Hollister X Lago Vista Snap Selected as Winner at The 14th Annual Shorty Awards

Hollister X Lago Vista Snap Selected as Winner at The 14th Annual Shorty Awards

Hollister X Lago Vista Snap has been selected as Winner at the 14th Annual Shorty Awards

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The Media Experience

The Media Experience

The Media Experience opens the aperture for talent without technical expertise to join the advertising industry while meeting real business needs, welcoming newcomers from diverse pipelines including those re-entering the workforce, those in other industries looking to pivot to media, recent college graduates, and those without college degrees.

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Commending our Caregivers: Happy Mother's Day From iProspect

Commending our Caregivers: Happy Mother's Day From iProspect

Commending our Caregivers: Happy Mother’s Day from iProspect

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Earth Day 2022: Investing in Growth Through Sustainable Media

Earth Day 2022: Investing in Growth Through Sustainable Media

There is no denying that climate change is a crisis. Dentsu and Microsoft Advertising partnered to publish a global research study around sustainable media that found that business leaders increasingly see climate change as a threat to their bottom line that needs to be addressed.

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iProspect snaps up Josh Dwiggins as new Global Chief Client Strategy Officer

iProspect snaps up Josh Dwiggins as new Global Chief Client Strategy Officer

iProspect announces the appointment of Josh Dwiggins to its global leadership team as Global Chief Client Strategy Officer.

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Women's History Month 2022

Women's History Month 2022

We’re honoring Women's History month with a special episode of the pod – We have some amazing women across our dentsu media agencies join us to share their perspective of being a woman in business, including the opportunities and breaking the biases.

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dentsu bolsters global media offering by bringing together iProspect and Vizeum brands to form future-focused iProspect brand globally

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BreaktheBias Championing Growth Through Intersectionality

BreaktheBias Championing Growth Through Intersectionality

#BreaktheBias: Championing Growth Through Intersectionality

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Operating in the intersection of 3 Cs can help brands win

Operating in the intersection of 3 Cs can help brands win

At the launch of the dentsu-e4m advertising report 2022 on Tuesday 1st February, iProspect’s Global President Amanda Morrissey shared the global perspective of convergence. Morrissey began her keynote address by highlighting that the actual convergence of media happened during the Covid-19 pandemic. “We have been talking about the convergence of media quite forever but all these years media was focussing on consumers' life, not in the technology world. The actual convergence happened during the pandemic when the long-pending fundamental change occurred”, Morrissey said.   While most media experts blame it on a change in consumers’ behaviour during the pandemic, Morrissey says otherwise. According to her, “It is not just the changing consumers’ behaviour because their behaviour has been changing earlier as well. It is actually a change in consumers’ conscience; the way they think about their problems and the lens through which they see the world has fundamentally changed. And this will continue to change their decisions moving forward.”   She noted that consumers' are now experiencing new ways of interaction with brands, new ways of entertainment, they are learning how media operates and how it gets delivered and that is where the lines of fundamentals are blurring.    “We can’t think of offline and online journeys separately because they are intertwined,” says Morrissey adding that the digital and virtual worlds are blurring and sometimes they are replacing the physical world as they all are interlinked. The pace of this change is not slowing down.   Morrissey laid emphasis on the 3 Cs for convergence-culture, content, and commerce. Explaining the success formula for the advertising sector, she noted, “Opportunity for growth lies in the intersection of culture, content and commerce, all powered by data. Brands will win in this world of convergence if they operate on intersection of culture, content and commerce and focus on delivering today and building a better tomorrow simultaneously”.   “We need to think about tomorrow, today, Morrissey said, adding that the change in fundamentals is being witnessed all across the world”, she added.   Citing the example of the UK, where she resides, Morrissey said that doorstep delivery of items grew by 120 percent in the pandemic which created huge opportunities for brands that were into d2C segment and those with physical shops to incur losses in the tune of 22 percent. She said that the US is expecting up to 18-45 percent growth in various categories in the online commerce segment. She also highlighted how the Chinese purchased over 40 percent of the goods online even before the pandemic, compared to 22 percent in the UK and 18 percent in the US.   “The behaviour of Chinese consumers is not due to technology but their openness to brace new things and willingness to shop online. The markets adopted technology according to the consumers' need, Morrissey further added.   Citing a quote by Cedric Charbit, CEO of Balenciaga-“We need to set ourselves up to anticipate the change, rather than process the change when its too late”, Morrissey advises marketers to be ahead of consumers and not respond to their needs.   She also gave an outline of changes likely to appear in the future such as everything will be shoppable, all forms of brand conversations be it video or text or anything, will allow shopping and contactless payment.   “Consumers' expectations are super high. They are very demanding now. The question is how brands are readying themselves to treat their consumers meeting their expectations. Apart from brand building, marketers will have to provide seamless experiences and interaction points to their consumers. Every media should be like performance media,” Morrissey explained. She said that her company is offering a series of tools to brands to keep a track of consumers interactions.   Talking about Metaverse and NFTs, Morrissey says innovations of the virtual world have started blurring lines with the physical world and the brands should be ready to leverage these technologies. “We are planning an entire ecosystem for brands that operate in the intersection of physical, digital, and virtual world to offer a broad range of immersive experiences. We are also working on how to add haptic technology in the virtual world so that users can touch and feel in the virtual world and bring them into the real-life world. We are also working on NFTs for clients,” Morrissey told the audience explaining how iProspect was blending virtual and physical worlds for the brands which want to remain ahead in the race.   Morrissey further added that the consumers will take decisions based on their gut feelings and hence brands should substantiate every claim that they make about any product, they have to have a sustainable strategy. “People focus on healthcare and wellness. Self-care brands will be expected their products of impact on consumers' lives, health monitoring, make more experiences able to make better choices. Predict and add value”, she said.   Adding further, Morrissey noted that ethics is at the heart of decision making and that brands need to think about the environment, ethical growth of business because consumers can see everything that brands do, including the supply chain.      Find the article originally published here: http://ow.ly/4jIM50HS072 Content 0

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iProspect’s CES 2022 & The Future of Tech Report

iProspect’s CES 2022 & The Future of Tech Report

New technologies change the way consumers interact with the world around them and with each other. Two years into the global pandemic and ideas and products have emerged that reimagine how we do things in our new way of living. 2022 will be an interesting year for the tech industry, as we will see more of proactive product development versus the reactionary pivots that we saw in 2021.  The pandemic continues to place more emphasis on certain industries based on how our society has needed to connect, work, and shop from afar. There is an accelerated attention towards more practical products and applications that fulfill our near-future needs; however, we still have our eye on conceptual tech ideas and a far-future imagined. CES presents an enormous opportunity for brands to add value to their overall customer experience – it’s not about finding the next big thing, but about how that thing is going to change the future of brand marketing. We’ve identified some of the latest technologies and how they can be applied to current business challenges, grounding emerging trends with consumer insight and understanding to test the right technologies today - and preparing brands for tomorrow. iProspect’s CES 2022 & The Future of Tech Report includes:  Tech trends to watch for 2022 Virtual show floor tour presented by Yahoo and MediaLink Two episodes of “dentsu @CES Unscripted” podcast series dentsu x The Verge | CES 2022 virtual session Click here to download the report. 0

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5 Minutes with Danielle Gonzales

5 Minutes with Danielle Gonzales

Danielle Gonzales joined iProspect as its first ever North America CEO in October - and at a bit of a transformative moment for the business, having recently launched as a global full-service media agency.

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Get Ready For The Cookieless World

Get Ready For The Cookieless World

Get ready for The Cookieless World Download the full dentsu report to focus on what you should and need to know today to prepare for 2023 By: Caroline Fülep, Associate Director, Paid Search, iProspect   What is happening For many years, ‘big data’ in marketing has been ripe for the taking. Tech and ad platforms approached tracking people’s personal data as an implicit and default choice. For businesses that grew in the digital space over the past years, it meant unlimited access to valuable data that enabled them to reach people who were most likely to buy their products or services. At any time. Wherever they were online. However, as consumers started to worry about the data companies were collecting on us, we started taking steps to reduce, or at least select, the personal data to be shared online. This shift in consumer behavior has started a revolution in the digital marketing industry. User consent is now at the core of privacy regulations across the globe – GDPR in Europe, LGPD in Brazil, CCPA in California, APPI in Japan, among many others. Today, one out of two people (52%)1 believe that it is essential that organizations gain active consent to use their personal data to serve them the most relevant online ads. In addition to legal regulations, limitations on tracking technology have increased exponentially since 2017 when Apple introduced its Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) to limit cross-site tracking and conversion measurement. This move by Apple – who had little to lose in the advertising revenue world – led to a slew of tech and ad platforms following suit. Each platform likely wanting to show off their user privacy focus similar to Apple. Perhaps most notable alongside Apple’s iOS 14 updates, were Google’s commitment to ending third-party cookies by 2022/2023, and the rise of other types of tracking prevention. This will impact brands and advertisers across different dimensions. Why we need to care These dramatic changes in the industry will lead to fewer opportunities for ad targeting and personalization, especially for acquisition-focused campaigns. It will be important for brands to adjust strategies, by prioritizing those that interact with the ads and inviting them to take the next step (and share first-party data like email addresses to be used for future targeting and personalization). It will also be imperative to continue investing in creativity that will catch user attention. It is imperative that brands understand these changes will also affect marketing measurement and KPIs. For example, without third-party cookies, most display and programmatic view-through conversion data will disappear, but consumers will not have simply stopped converting after seeing banner ads. Most brands leverage tactics such as retargeting user profiles based on interactions (e.g. site visit, click on the banner, abandoned cart) and extend their audiences through modeling, which will be impacted with the end of third-party cookies in 2023. Although the deprecation of third-party cookies undeniably disrupts how brands engage with audiences online, alternatives continue to emerge. With no single silver bullet solution but many workflows and new concepts arising, the digital world is racing to find helpful and privacy-first options for targeting and measurement. How to prepare Advertisers must look to more durable methods to continue activating audiences and measuring the impact of digital programs in the future. Some alternative routes are already known, such as the importance of nurturing first-party data sources. Others are still in development, such as Google’s Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoCs) and unique ID solutions from The Trade Desk and Liveramp, each with different potentials for scale, levels of investment needed, and infrastructure requirements. For most brands, business continuation and growth are not likely to come from a single alternative, but from a blend of alternatives, which are unique to needs. A one size fits all mothership will no longer be achievable, and instead rigorous test & learn options will help prove out performance and tactics. It will likely be based on a combination of:  First-party data relationships including learning how to motivate users to share their personal or CRM/email data.  Partnerships with platforms and walled gardens using unique and shared identity solutions to identify users in different environments.  Non-audience-based targeting solutions such as contextual targeting; focused on the type of content people consume rather than a specific audience type. Hybrid measurement models including in-platform attribution, incrementality testing and fast-paced media mix modeling. Dentsu’s definitive guide for global marketers, The Cookieless World, cuts through the ambient noise to help focus on what you should know today and investigate tomorrow to be ready in 2023 when the world becomes cookieless. 0

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How iProspect Is Building an End-to-End Media Mindset

How iProspect Is Building an End-to-End Media Mindset

Danielle Gonzales, CEO Americas, and Duncan Smith, Chief Media Officer US, at iProspect sat down with Adweek to discuss where the agency is headed and the new media mindset.   How have iProspect’s own brand initiatives progressed since the refresh in March? How has iProspect redefined itself? Danielle Gonzales: It’s been a transformative moment for iProspect—we evolved our organization to offer clients a competitive advantage by bringing a performance mindset to all media decisions. In addition, we’ve cross-trained our teams, brought together expert skillsets, [and] better enabled tools and technology to be used for end-to-end connectivity.  We’ve already seen a considerable amount of progress with the positioning and output of iProspect over the last year. The vision of iProspect enabled significant wins, such as Cox Communications and LinkedIn, as a true full-service, performance-driven media agency. We have been accelerating the delivery of those services not only for Cox Communications and LinkedIn but across our client portfolio every day. Not only has the balance of the work shifted, building on our world-class performance foundations to offer more strategic and omnichannel activation, we have also evolved the internal organization and services to form a cultural mindset. Over the past year, we have built a larger, stronger and more consolidated strategy team to work across our entire portfolio, continuing to drive market-leading thought leadership around all things performance while balancing that with award-winning brand strategy and personnel. We have also doubled down on communications planning expertise and are currently raising the bar for those disciplines across the entire body of our account management and planning teams.  As we continue to evolve and accelerate growth, we want to ensure that our mission to close the gap between brand and demand is well heard, understood and embraced by our clients and the industry. In addition, we will continue to develop thought leadership around the intersection of all things performance. How has the company’s approach to performance marketing evolved? How has the definition sharpened or been refocused in terms of the work iProspect has been doing? Duncan Smith: iProspect has always been at the vanguard of performance marketing. Our belief that no dollar should be left unaccounted for can now be applied across every interaction with a consumer, driving communications and commerce up and down the marketing funnel. To achieve this means taking the lens of performance to all of the media and marketing decisions activated by our clients—evolving our product to be more strategic and consultative, more outcomes-focused across every touchpoint, and more dynamic and addressable in execution. Check out the full article here 0

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