It’s hard to believe 2012 is coming to an end. It was a big year for us here, with the launch of Madison Ave Insights in October, and a notable one for the advertising industry. As always, agencies tried to top the year before with bigger and better creative, regulatory agencies stepped up oversight and enforcement, and technological advances happened at a pace that seemed like every minute. From the Super Bowl to Cannes to the Summer Olympics to the Presidential election, marketers have been busy year-round with how to balance rapid change and new technology with threats from regulators and competitors while doing great creative and effective advertising. This has been a very hard dance to learn.
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During the holiday season, helping others is on many people’s minds. We see more charitable branding and increased advertising to encourage people to give – to capture the true spirit of the holidays. Right after the shopping whirlwind of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we celebrated “Giving Tuesday” with the hashtag #GivingTuesday trending on Twitter. Many large charities are encouraging donations on social media, among other platforms. Text a number and you can donate $10 to American Red Cross to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Salvation Army volunteers are ringing their bells on street corners and outside of suburban shopping malls. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital launched a Thanks and Giving campaign across a variety of platforms – television, … Continue Reading
2012 is projected to be a big holiday shopping season, with consumer spending expected to return to near pre-recession levels. The National Retail Federation’s 2012 consumer holiday spending survey forecasts that the country’s holiday spending will rise 4.1% to about $586 billion – the most optimistic forecast since the recession. But a lot has changed since the pre-recession 2007 holiday shopping season. The consumer shopping experience has seen significant changes in these past five years, and the holiday shopping season is different today than it was then – a sign of the technological advances that have been made, as well as the strides retailers and advertisers are making with digital, data, social media, and mobile.
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