Growth Hacks for the Bold

Growth Hacks for the Bold

Welcome to Katalys Connect – your weekly shortcut to the latest in performance marketing.

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What’s in this issue? Each Tuesday, we pack the latest trends, actionable insights, and industry breakthroughs into a quick read – ensuring you’re not just keeping up, you’re staying ahead.

  • Monetization: Discover how publishers are reclaiming power with content-driven advertising and explore the potential impact of AI on the news industry.
  • Growth: Learn how major players like TikTok and Shopify are adapting to a changing industry landscape, and how the healthcare industry is leveraging influencer marketing.
  • The Future of Commerce: Uncover how retail media networks and AI are revolutionizing advertising for brands and retailers alike.

Forbes’ Coupon Cut-off • While Google’s anti-spam engines rev up, Forbes ditches its coupon directory – will other publishers follow suit?

  • Forbes’ preemptive move underscores the sweeping influence of Google’s policies on digital content strategies, sparking industry-wide shifts.

  • This strategic pivot could influence how publishers manage third-party affiliations, impacting their visibility and operations in search engines.

Renaissance of Content Creation • As the cookie crumbles, publishers are seizing newfound power, redefining advertising by prioritizing content over audience metrics.

  • The shift from cookie-based and MFA advertising welcomes a new era where quality content drives ad strategies, empowering publishers with greater control and influence.

  • With 96% of publishers now relying on contextual targeting, the focus on content quality over sheer audience size is reshaping the advertising landscape.

News Industry’s AI Dilemma • AI continues to reshape the media landscape and news outlets face a stark choice – forge partnerships with AI firms or fight them in court.

  • The New York Times and eight regional outlets have launched a legal battle against AI behemoths OpenAI and Microsoft, highlighting a rift over how to protect journalistic content.

  • On the flip side, powerhouses like the Associated Press are striking deals worth millions, betting on collaboration rather than confrontation—painting a stark contrast in the battle for the future of news.

TikTok Defies Uncertainty • Amid legislative challenges, TikTok rolls out new advertiser tools at Newfronts, showing a commitment to growth and its future.

  • Despite a potential U.S. ban, TikTok is pushing forward by enhancing its Pulse Premiere program, providing advertisers with innovative ways to integrate alongside trending content.

  • Adding notable partners like Paramount Global and the NHL to the Pulse Premiere program showcases TikTok’s appeal and strategic importance to major content creators.

From Storefront to Ad Front • Shifting gears, Shopify steps into the advertising realm, launching dynamic tools to supercharge merchants’ marketing game.

  • Shopify’s strategic pivot to include advertising as a core part of its offerings is a response to the evolving needs of its merchants, enabling them to better target and attract customers.

  • By balancing merchant success with its own revenue growth, Shopify is crafting a symbiotic relationship that benefits both the platform and its users, potentially setting a new standard for e-commerce platforms.

Pharma Leaps into Influencer Marketing • As digital landscapes shift, healthcare giants are tapping influencers to craft compelling, audience-focused campaigns.

  • While patient testimonials have long been a staple in healthcare advertising, the inclusion of influencers introduces a nuanced dynamic, balancing regulatory compliance with the need for relatable health narratives.

  • A recent survey revealed that 70% of U.S. adults turn to social media for healthcare information, with 93% taking actions such as scheduling doctor visits – highlighting the significant impact of social media on health behaviors.
Future of Commerce

Retail Reinvented •  As commerce giants evolve, retail media networks are becoming the new battleground for advertising innovation and revenue growth.

  • Cutting-edge developments, such as Instacart’s AI-smart carts and Google’s new retail media tools with Lowe’s, signal a future where ads are more than noise—they’re smart, strategic engagements.

  • With an estimated 64% of retailers gearing up to deploy media networks by year-end retail media is set to become a new standard for digital advertising within the sector.

Beauty Meets AI Innovation • Estee Lauder partners with Microsoft, bringing AI-driven creativity and efficiency to beauty marketing and product development.

  • The partnership’s new AI chatbot taps into a rich product database to rapidly generate localized marketing campaigns, enhancing target precision.

  • Generative AI also accelerates Estee Lauder’s product development, swiftly adapting to market trends and consumer needs, speeding up time to market.

Snapchat Supercharges AR Ads • Snapchat unveils new AR and ML advertising tools at IAB NewFronts 2024, enhancing interactive ad capabilities and partner collaborations.

  • Snapchat’s new AR tools integrate Lenses and Filters into all ad types, turning everyday ads into captivating, interactive experiences that spotlight products dynamically.

  • By investing in machine learning, Snapchat has streamlined the creation of AR assets, enabling brands to transform 2D product catalogs into immersive try-on experiences efficiently.

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