Nikhil Lai

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Capitalize On Search Marketing’s Evolution With Two New Reports

Nikhil Lai November 22, 2022
In 2023, marketers plan to spend more on paid and organic search despite data deprecation and economic headwinds. According to Forrester’s Q3 B2C Marketing CMO Pulse Survey, 2022, 82% of CMOs plan to increase paid search budgets and 74% plan to increase SEO budgets in 2023. As search budgets grow, the medium is changing radically. […]
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This Holiday Season, Turn Impressions Into Intent

Nikhil Lai November 15, 2022
Marketers are turning to retail media to generate and harvest demand while expanding sell-through this holiday season.
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Google’s Delay Is No Excuse: Prepare For Cookie Deprecation’s Impact On Paid Search

Nikhil Lai October 28, 2022
In July, Google delayed the death of third-party cookies … again. This delay gave marketers a false sense of security, despite other browsers blocking third-party cookies, Apple letting users opt out of IDFAs, and privacy bills mandating the use of cookie consent banners. Often, marketers focus on data deprecation’s impacts on paid social and programmatic […]
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Predictions 2023: Facing Economic Headwinds, The Media Industry Will Consolidate

Kelsey Chickering October 27, 2022
CMOs will face mounting pressure to demonstrate ROI, pushing media companies to innovate and consolidate in order to protect their share. Read our media predictions for 2023.
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Outexecute When You Can’t Outspend: How To Compete With Amazon In Paid Search

Nikhil Lai October 11, 2022
Given Amazon’s dominance, competing with it in the Google Ads auction is uniquely challenging. But companies can use a strategic approach to make gains.
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Performance Marketing Is Underperforming

Nikhil Lai August 10, 2022
Every advertising channel now parades as “performance” to appear accountable to outcomes. This dilution, along with three trends, is causing performance marketing’s underperformance.
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Port In The Storm: Takeaways From Amazon’s Q2 2022 Earnings

Nikhil Lai July 29, 2022
For B2C marketers, Amazon's latest earnings report yielded insights on advertising, e-commerce, and more.
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From Question Mark To Exclamation Point: Takeaways From Spotify’s Q2 2022 Earnings

Nikhil Lai July 28, 2022
In Q2 2022, Spotify’s revenue, advertising, and monthly active users (MAUs) grew, defying fears that inflation and subscription fatigue would weaken demand. Spotify’s strong Q2 2022 performance continues the company’s rebound from its bouts with cancel culture in Q1 2022. Advertising Growth Is Solid, But Subscriptions Bolster Business Unlike Snap and Twitter, whose revenues fell […]
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Alphabet’s Profit Falls, But Advertisers Are Sticking With Search

Nikhil Lai July 27, 2022
Here, we break down three key takeaways from Alphabet’s Q2 2022 earnings release and call and what they mean for B2C marketers.
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Why Netflix Chose Microsoft In Its Bid To Enter Advertising

Joanna O'Connell July 14, 2022
The speculation has been swirling for months that Netflix was getting into the ad business. We’ve long seen this as necessary for Netflix and have been clear about the upside, so no big shock there. What is notable is the news that Netflix chose Microsoft as its adtech partner. Why Microsoft? Microsoft’s acquisition of Xandr, […]