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Good morning, Marketers, what will the new consumer look like?
A study shared below indicates that consumers are ready to spend. Over the last 16 months, they’ve taken to spending more time and more money on digital channels. These swelling revenue streams will be captured by marketers and ecommerce strategies that address the new consumer where they are and how they do business.
Data is at the heart of these marketing adjustments. A new partnership between ZoomInfo and LeanData shows why the B2B journey is also irrevocably digital.
Behind the data, however, is consumer behavior. Further down, we look at how ad experiences on YouTube are adjusting, in the form of uninterrupted ad pods, to viewer behavior when they watch long-form content on the platform.
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LeanData and ZoomInfo integrate on lead delivery
ZoomInfo, the database of company and contact information, is partnering with LeanData, the automated lead to account matching and routing solution, to enrich LeanData’s matching and routing flows with information from ZoomInfo’s database. Both solutions are Salesforce native, so it’s Salesforce records that will be enriched.
The aim is to increase the completeness and accuracy of LeanData’s routing flow in real-time, getting more comprehensive records to sales reps, and thus increasing their efficiency and effectiveness.
Why we care. The B2B marketing-to-sales motion is becoming more seamless — it has to. Why? Because this is no longer a world in which marketers do their digital thing and hand off the leads to sales to do their telephone, demo, event thing. The B2B buyer journey is now irrevocably digital and increasingly self-serve, top to bottom.
Marketers should care, therefore, how their leads are matched to the correct accounts and routed to the right sales representatives, and if that can happen with enriched data appended, so much the better. Everyone’s in the same revenue race now.
Spending outlook shows signs of acceleration
A report compiled by 451 Research for S&P Global Market Intelligence shows positive results on consumer spending outlook and confidence in the economy and jobs. The results were based on two surveys of over 3,000 North American respondents, conducted in April this year (in early days, therefore, for the COVID-19 vaccination program).
37% of consumers said they expected to spend more during the next 90 days, a big increase YoY; 63% expected the economy to improve over the next 90 days; and, predictably, the biggest increases in planned spending YoY feature travel and restaurants. That doesn’t necessarily mean, however, that most consumer spending is directed at those sectors -— it’s rather that they were out of the game entirely a year ago.
Most consumers (71%) were planning to return to in-store shopping, followed by indoor dining and personal services like hair salons (around 60% each). Travel was far behind at 30%, as were fitness and training and sporting events.
Why we care. These are interesting indicators, despite less direct evidence of the efficacy of the vaccination program back in April. It would be reasonable to assume that prospects for consumer spending on travel, for example, have only improved.
Marketers will be ingesting a range of data like this to develop a picture of the new consumer. Nobody is coming out of the last 16 months unchanged. One might expect a lingering sense of economic security and a reluctance to spend. Happily, these surveys suggest the opposite.
Ad pods on YouTube will soon be eligible for non-skippable in-stream ads
Ad pods, introduced in 2018, are when two video ads are served back to back. The idea was to compact the ad-viewing experience to ensure that viewers do not leave when multiple ads are played during the video they’re watching. This ad type is most often served to audiences watching longer-form content in order to reduce the number of interruptions to the viewing experience.
“We saw that users who engaged with multiple ads in an ad break experienced up to 40% fewer interruptions,” wrote Tript Singh Lamba, Director of Product Management at Google. The new format will make ad pods “eligible to serve non-skippable in-stream ads in addition to skippable in-stream ads and bumpers.”
Why we care. This is a good move for advertisers who want to reach their audiences on YouTube without being skipped over, but will likely be an annoying addition for YouTube watchers who will now have to sit through multiple ads before, during, and after their videos without a way to skip it. Either way, YouTube wins because of the ad revenue coming in or viewers switching to their ad-free paid subscription.
Quote of the day
“80% of product is onboarding. 80% of managing is hiring. 80% of sales is marketing.” Sahil Lavingia, founder Gumroad, investor and entrepreneur