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What will you get from OZY? Insightful news, flavorful profiles, illuminating podcasts and live events, and TV shows that refuse to pander. Every day, OZY serves up all-original reporting, bubble-bursting viewpoints and delicious recommendations. And above all, we bring a commitment to never be boring and to never settle for what’s ordinary.


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Equity Upfront 2023


By  Tony Hao, Published on AdAge

Despite the current challenging economic and geopolitical conditions, Interpublic Group of Cos.’ Magna is forecasting growth in ad markets around the world. The media agency forecasts a 9.2% growth in global ad revenue to $816 billion by the end of 2022.

The agency released its advertising forecast this morning, one day after WPP’s GroupM published its ad revenue midyear forecast. Magna similarly predicts that the growth of the ad industry will slow down: the 9.2% global growth rate drops from last year’s midyear prediction of 14%.

“Most of the headwinds facing the advertising market this year were expected,” the forecast reads, quoting Vincent Létang, Magna’s global market research executive VP. Létang cited several factors that have contributed to Magna’s anticipation of the ad industry’s deceleration, including the unprecedented boom of the market in 2021, the supply chain issues and inflation that predated 2022, and privacy restriction changes exemplified by Apple’s iOS privacy updates.

The global economy has also witnessed a slowdown since the second quarter of this year, and the geopolitical situation in Ukraine has increased energy prices, discouraged trade, and exacerbated global inflation. All these factors will inhibit the expansion of the ad industry in the second half of 2022, said Magna, which accordingly abated its prediction of the 2022 global ad industry—at the end of 2021, it predicted global ad revenue would grow by 12% this year.

‘Organic and cyclical factors’

Nevertheless, the ad market is still slated to expand, thanks to “organic and cyclical factors,” Magna predicts.

In a phone interview, Létang enumerated numerous “organic” growth factors of the ad industry. In digital marketing and online media, for example, video and audio marketing is still far from reaching its plateau. “Millions of small businesses are still developing,” said Létang, “and digital advertising was doing none of that two years ago.”

Through the expansion of the digital advertising landscape that started last year, e-commerce skyrocketed, and the development of new products in consumer packaged goods and pharmaceuticals have been shifting market priorities. In addition, impending policy changes, exemplified by E.U.’s ban on gas-powered vehicles in 2035, have accelerated the innovation of “production, technology, and communication,” said Létang.

Magna’s “cyclical factors” refer to periodic events that stimulate the ad industry. “The U.S. election is an obvious one,” said Létang, which will generate “about $8 billion of political advertising that will go into local television.” Létang acknowledges that not all political ads this year will contribute to an increase in ad revenue, but “90% of [U.S.’s political ads in 2022] will be incremental.”

Aside from the U.S.’s local political events, international sports festivities will also contribute to the increase in global ad revenue. Létang mentioned the Beijing Winter Olympics, which took place last winter, and the Qatar World Cup, as examples. The World Cup in particular will have a stronger impact on the global advertising industry, given that it will be held in November, right before the holiday season, when marketing campaigns abound and ad rates soar.

Magna observes that these organic and cyclical factors have already translated to a strong ad market in the first quarter of 2022, in which the U.S., for example, saw a 14% increase in ad revenue. “Consumer mobility finally recovered,” Létang said, “especially when it comes to transit.” Other industries also saw organic growth, most noticeably the betting, tech and entertainment industries.

Digital, traditional media, TV

Magna predicts digital advertising sales to grow by 13% to reach $534 billion, 65% of the total ad sales, in 2022. Among different digital ad formats, digital video will see the most growth of 16%, while search will occupy the biggest market share of $265 billion. Social advertising will only experience an 11% growth, lower than both video and search. Besides the aforementioned Apple privacy restriction updates, the plateauing of user and client numbers on social media is another factor in the slow growth of social advertising, according to Létang.

Advertising revenue for traditional media (TV, radio, out-of-home, print, and cinema) will grow by 4% to $282 billion, which represents 94% of the pre-COVID traditional media revenue. As the global pandemic situation alleviates, out-of-home ad revenue will welcome a 10% increase. Audio and TV will grow by 4%, while publishing will decrease by 3%, Magna reports. Much of such growth of traditional media will come from ads generated by cyclical events—traditional media ad revenue would otherwise only grow by 2%.

Traditional media is slated to grow thanks to its digital shares. In publishing and audio, for example, 50% and 20% of their revenues, respectively, come from ads in the digital format.

TV ad sales also benefit from its digital share, specifically AVOD. Magna predicts AVOD revenue to grow by 10%-15%.

National forecasts

Magna expects U.S. advertising revenue to grow by 11.1%, to reach “a new all-time high at $326 billion” by the end of 2022 and account for 39.9% of the global market. Notable driving factors for U.S.’s ad industry include political ads and the recovery of entertainment and travel. On the other hand, pure-play digital media and social media, due to Apple’s new privacy restrictions, will continue to see the growth of their ad sales decelerate. CPG categories, due to the increasing gas price and the global supply chain issues, may stagnate or decrease their ad budgets.

Among other top-15 advertising markets around the world, India and South Korea will both post strong growth of 15% and 11% respectively, Magna predicts.

China, the second-largest ad market, which accounts for 15.4% of global ad revenue, will grow by only 8%. Magna attributes China’s lethargic market to the nation’s strict COVID lockdowns and increasingly tightened regulatory environment for digital media.

Germany is among the countries that will suffer the most from the current economic and geopolitical events of the world, as its ad market will only expand by 6%. Germany abundantly exports automobiles to China and imports raw materials from Russia and Ukraine.

Nevertheless, Germany’s ad industry stagnation appears only temporary. “They’re slowing down, but not falling off a cliff,” said Létang. “There’s resilience.”


Read the Global Ad Forecast


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YouTube Brand Safety Validator – Case Study

Over the past several years, YouTube has made progress on improving brand safety and suitability controls available to protect clients brands. In order to help clients navigate the growing options across the platform, Mediabrands partnered with YouTube and Google to further streamline the adoption and monitoring of suitability settings to ensure that our client interests are better protected.

As part of this effort, we worked closely with Google in 2020 to adopt the Brand Suitability Validator (BSV). Using BSV as a monitoring tool, we could achieve greater control in ensuring that our teams are implementing the correct settings when setting up campaigns on the platform.

This document details this initiative, and the great results that were achieved as a result of this partnership.

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Does every second *really* count?

Snapchat partnered with MAGNA and the IPG Media Lab on a joint research study to dispel the myth that 6-second ads aren’t as effective as traditional 15-second spots.
The research1 showed that on Snapchat, shorter ads persuaded more consumers to consider purchasing the products featured in the commercials compared to 15-second ads. We wanted to highlight key learnings from this research as well as offer additional best practices for how advertisers can plan their video buys on Snap.
To evaluate video performance across devices, platforms and ad lengths, MAGNA leveraged a digital-laboratory-based experimental design. They recruited over 7,770 participants from a representative panel on both PC and mobile devices. Panelists’ media habits were evaluated to assign them to a platform: either Snapchat, a video aggregator, or a full-episode player (FEP). Participants were asked to select content to watch during a controlled experience that looked like the real thing while ads were served during the standard intervals in which they would typically appear native to that platform. However, MAGNA was able to control which ads were served to ensure proper randomization and allow for the same brands and creatives to be tested across platforms. All behaviors were tracked and, after the media experience, participants were asked to complete an online survey measuring branding metrics including ad awareness, brand perception, and purchase intent. A diverse group of brands from varying industries with different target audiences were included in this experiment: MINI, Clinique, LEGO, and a major CPG brand.

Regardless of length, full-screen vertical ads on Snapchat drove more than 2x the lift in awareness than other platforms tested.

On Snap, 6-second ads were more persuasive than 15-second ads for both younger and older generations.

This is because shorter ad lengths recorded highly positive perceptions that were equal among both younger and older generations. When 6-second ads were viewed on Snap, the majority of participants considered the ads immersive, innovative, and represented the brand well.

Interestingly, younger people are LESS likely to feel that 15-second ads are “innovative” and “offer new info.”

Shorter-length Snapchat ads were also more persuasive than either lengths tested on other platforms.

15-second ads are still valuable — they increase awareness of new products.
We found that of the ads tested, the ads that marketed a new product saw longer lengths provided greater efficacy on Snapchat. Therefore, new product launches should be a time to consider Extended Play Commercials in your media mix.
Lastly, we wanted to gauge the incrementality we could offer by developing creative custom for Snap, rather than cutting down from longer-length assets.
What we discovered is that creative significantly embodies Snapchat’s creative best practices. Cut-downs and customized creative performed similarly and, when we looked at persuasion across all ads tested, the delta was consistent for the two separate creative executions.

Takeaways for Advertisers

  • Plan for objectives — not length Length is not a predictor of ad efficacy. Instead, consider differences among devices and media channels as a way to optimize media budgets and still achieve your objectives. Snapchat was shown to be more effective at improving both awareness and purchase intent than the OLV platforms tested. Leverage campaign measurement to align on which media channels and selections are able to achieve your specific objectives.
  • Activate commercials on Snapchat to drive persuasion  Regardless of age, 6-second ads were shown to be persuasive on Snapchat.
  • When introducing new products, consider Extended Play Commercials on Snapchat. 
  • Custom creative isn’t necessary, as long as creatives incorporate Snap’s best practices.
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The Power of Connecting with What’s Happening

By Taylor Ward, Research Manager, Twitter and Kara Manatt, SVP Group Director, Magna Intelligence.


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For as long as mass media has existed, brands have had a seat at the table during major cultural moments. As viewers, we’ve come to expect to see our favourite sporting events and concerts brought to us by brand sponsors. It is common practice for the ads we watch to feature celebrities and be in touch with the latest popular trends. More recently, we’ve even begun to see brands support and help drive social issues that are important to their audience. In 2019 Twitter and MAGNA interviewed 505 people in the UK for their research on “The Power of Connecting with What’s Happening,” where they looked at how brand involvement in culture impacts consumer perceptions and what it means for a brand to be culturally relevant.

Forty-one percent of those surveyed felt it is important for brands to be involved in social issues and movements, while 36% consider it important for brands to be involved in live events (such as the BRIT awards) and trends like organic and clean products. Young adults (A18-35) feel even more strongly, not only about culture in general, but also the importance of brand involvement in it. And all signs point to that sentiment growing over time.

For brands, aligning with and reflecting culture is key to staying relevant and top-of-mind; and for those that do it best, integrating with culture is truly part of their identity. However, what impact do these efforts have on their business objectives? As it turns out, a sizeable one. Almost one-fifth (18%) of a consumer’s purchase decision is based on a brand’s cultural involvement. This is good news for marketers who have little control in the short term over the other factors that drive purchase decisions—price and quality (55%) and brand perceptions (27%)—but who have direct control over how their messaging reflects culture.

Brands who have established themselves as more culturally relevant in the eyes of consumers also benefit in other ways. At a high level, consumers are simply more likely to identify with them; 2.5 times more likely, to be exact. It establishes a personal connection, which is no small feat for an advertiser. Culturally relevant brands also have the added perks of being seen as “authentic,” “innovative,” “inspiring,” and “thoughtful”–all attributes that can be difficult to convey in an ad. Instead, these attributes are implicitly communicated through actions and campaigns aimed at making those connections (e.g. giving back to local communities, sponsoring the Latin Grammy Awards, etc.).

So what are the best ways for brands to be involved in culture? In our current uncertain times, some brands have taken quick action to adjust and respond. Take Spotify, for example. While involvement with culture is nothing new for them–they have always supported events that are important to consumers–they’ve recently sought to play a positive role in the current global crisis. This includes conveying messages of support for key workers on the frontlines, and matching donations up to $10 million USD to provide COVID-19 relief for the music industry globally. These efforts align with the actions that consumers consider important—giving to the community (52%) and supporting social issues that are important to everyone (48%).

While “giving back” is at the top of the list for consumers, that’s not the only impactful option available to brands. They can get into consumers’ good graces by being inclusive, transparent, and of course “sponsoring cultural events”. This is good news for all brands. With so many options available, it means they have the ability to get involved in ways that are truly authentic. While the research shows that being a culturally relevant brand pays off in a myriad of ways, it is important to focus on the issues, trends, and events with which they genuinely align.

By asking consumers to rate the cultural relevance of brands across a range of industries, (including those that are often thought of as less “exciting”), we confirmed that they have the ability to stand out as relevant regardless of their category. Even more traditional verticals such as financial services have wide variation in cultural relevance from brand to brand. This demonstrates that every industry has room for competition and growth when it comes to cultural relevance.

While this research demonstrates that playing an active role in culture is critical to brands’ business objectives, COVID-19 has put the spotlight on something more personal; corporations no longer exist simply to drive sales. Now more than ever, it’s important for brands to stay engaged and be there for their customers. Making donations, giving thanks to frontline workers, and being a resource for information and support not only has a positive impact on-brand, but also helps serve a greater purpose.

For more recommendations on how your brand can effectively communicate during this difficult time, see Twitter’s blog post ”Brand Communications in a Time of Crisis.”