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Gen Z among consumers most likely to keep buying during the economic downturn: Datacenter Weekly
Disney’s data deal with Kroger and PepsiCo
“Disney Advertising has launched a beta test with Kroger Precision Marketing and PepsiCo that will let packaged-goods marketers use shopper data to reach target audiences across select Disney inventory, starting with Hulu,” Ad Age’s Jack Neff reports.
The timing: “After starting with a handful of beta advertisers, the program is expected to roll out broadly for CPG marketers in the second half of this year,” Neff adds.
Essential context: “The move comes as packaged-goods marketers are turning to connected TV and retail media to reach audiences that are increasingly hard to find on linear TV and target in digital,” Neff notes. “The impending loss of cookies on Google’s Chrome browser and privacy barriers erected by Apple and others have made retail data such as Kroger’s increasingly valuable.”
Macroeconomic news and data in a nutshell
• “US unemployment claims tick up to 245,000, but still low,” ABC News reports
• “Fed’s Williams says inflation is slowing and labor market is cooling,” per MarketWatch
• “Mortgage rates rise for the first time in more than a month,” The Hill reports
The consumers most likely to keep buying during the downturn
Performance marketing company Wunderkind gave Datacenter Weekly an exclusive first look at its new study titled “The Industry Pulse: Consumer Spending During Economic Uncertainty,” based on a survey of 500 consumers in the U.S. (An additional 500 consumers were surveyed in the U.K., but we’re focusing on the U.S. portion of the study.) Some key findings:
• Across demographics, “52% of U.S. consumers are cutting back on non-essentials, with 37% cutting back on essentials too,” per Wunderkind’s report.
• But Gen Z intends to keep spending: “In the U.S., the younger generation isn’t phased by the economic downturn as they registered the highest levels of consumer confidence, with only 22% stating a need to reduce discretionary spending.”
• “The percentage of high-income U.S. consumers passing on luxury items is a mere 13%. The majority (63%) of this demographic say they have no need to cut back at all,” Wunderkind’s survey found.
Google’s optimistic take on post-cookie targeting
Essential context: “Google still intends to remove third-party cookies from Chrome at the end of 2024, ditching the online tracking tools in a bid to catch up to privacy measures pushed by other platforms, such as Apple,” Sloane adds.
• “Nielsen’s Media Rating Council TV accreditation restored after 19-month suspension,” from Ad Age
• “Elon Musk threatens to sue Microsoft over using Twitter data for its A.I.,” per CNBC
• “Mike Lindell ordered to pay $5M for losing ‘Prove Mike Wrong’ election data challenge,” NBC News reports
• “TikTok data collection could reveal what floor a user is on, cybersecurity firm says,” from The Guardian
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