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Top 10 NFL advertisers this season: Datacenter Weekly
GroupM launches ‘readiness program’ for the post-cookie era
“GroupM, WPP’s media investment arm, is lending its weight to push ad tech providers to experiment in Google’s post-cookie platform, announcing that it is working with its brands and Google Chrome to prepare for the coming shift in digital advertising,” Ad Age’s Garett Sloane reports.
The details: On Wednesday, GroupM launched “what it called a ‘readiness program,’ in partnership with Google Chrome, to understand how the ad tech ecosystem will evolve once cookies sunset next year,” Sloane notes. “GroupM has already been testing parts of Google’s Privacy Sandbox, which is a series of APIs—application programming interfaces—designed to run ad auctions, deliver ads and measure their effectiveness without relying on cookies that track consumers. But the true tests won’t start until January, when Google’s Chrome web browser turns off 1% of internet traffic to cookies.”
Essential context: “Google has said it expects to turn off 100% of third-party cookies by the end of next year,” Sloane adds. “Many ad tech providers are working on alternative identity solutions, and they are building up first-party data products that attempt to address privacy concerns.”
Macroeconomic news and data in a nutshell
• “U.S. applications for jobless claims rise as labor market begins to show some signs of cooling,” per the Associated Press
• “Wholesale Inflation Posts Largest Monthly Decline Since the Start of COVID-19 Pandemic,” from U.S. News & World Report
• ICYMI: “US ad employment is now at an all-time high,” from Ad Age Datacenter
Also see: Layoffs and budget cuts—tracking economic moves and news
The advertisers that love the NFL
Top 10 NFL brand advertisers, ranked by TV ad impressions share of voice (SOV)
Live, national linear, English-language NFL games only, Sept. 7-Oct. 31
3. Bud Light—2.30%
4. Burger King—2.15%
5. State Farm—1.81%
6. Amazon Prime—1.73%
Also read: Flag football is attracting major brands and Gen Z
More NFL news: Ad plans for Prime Video’s Black Friday game
Gen Z ❤️ podcasts
“Gen Z has typically been associated with ephemeral attention spans—after all, this is the same generation that’s driven the rise of TikTok,” writes Ad Age’s Gillian Follett. “But new data shows Gen Z does have an appetite for some long-form content, especially podcasts. The demographic is driving a significant spike in podcast listening in the U.S., according to Spotify’s latest annual ‘Culture Next’ report, which tracks trends across the streaming service’s Gen Z user base.”
The details: “In the first six months of 2023,” Follett reports, “Gen Z consumers (who currently fall between the ages of 11 and 26) generated almost 900 million podcast streams on Spotify—a 48% increase over the number of streams the cohort drove in the first half of 2022.”
Essential context: “That data stems from surveys of more than 11,000 Gen Z consumers, focus groups and in-depth interviews conducted in partnership with youth culture agency Archival, as well as Spotify’s own first-party data,” Follett adds.
Keep reading here.
• ICYMI: “Consumers speak out on brand activism and Intuit finds a novel way to gather Gen Z data”—the Nov. 10 edition of Datacenter Weekly
• ICYMI: “What brands are actually willing to pay Instagram influencers”—the Nov. 3 edition of Datacenter Weekly
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