Josch Chodakowsky

Recent content by this author:

  • Ad Fraud in 2022

    Pulse   May 26, 2022  

    Ad fraud is predicted to cost marketers $81 billion dollars in 2022, and as malicious software and bot programming gets more and more sophisticated, this number only stands to rise. Digital advertising is no longer even close to optional, and so marketers must proactively make sure they understand how ad fraud is evolving and be prepared to combat it. Fraud detection software and staying on top of data analytics are two of the major ways to fight ad fraud, and the resources here discuss these and more.

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  • Using Data Clean Rooms to Secure Consumer Privacy Among Marketing Partners

    Pulse   May 19, 2022  

    With the (slow) erasure of the third-party tracking cookie, zero, first, and second-party consumer data has emerged as one of the main ways to collect consumer information. But with this large stock of private customer data, marketers now need a secure way to share that data with their partners, while simultaneously maintaining their users’ privacy.

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  • A Rose By Any Other Name: The Evolution of Brand Reputation and Accountability in the Era of Cancel Culture

    Pulse   April 6, 2022  

    No matter which side of the cancel culture debate you may fall on, the impact it has for brands hasn’t essentially changed from any other previous form of accountability companies have faced. Consumers expect brands to act, at the least consistently with the values they espouse, and studies continue to show that a brand’s reputation and trust amongst consumers increase when they’re doing good for society, whether that’s through sustainability initiatives or in the ways they’re helping communities.

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  • Heroes at Zero: How Marketers Can Help Companies Reach Their Net Zero Sustainability Targets

    Pulse   April 6, 2022  

    Net0 defines net zero emissions as “the balance between the greenhouse gases that have been emitted and the offsets that have brought those emissions to zero. Zero carbon is when no GHGs were emitted to begin with. Successful carbon reduction strategies include lower emissions targets every year until zero emissions are achieved.

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  • Keep Colors Bright All Year Long: How to Avoid Rainbow Washing Your Pride Marketing

    Pulse   April 6, 2022  

    Marketing to any demographic includes looking at sets of trends and profile basics to craft a message that will reach them most effectively (the explosion of articles discussing "marketing to millennials" is an easy way to see this in action). The issue with reducing groups of a similar generation, race, or preferences to a target on a marketing calendar, however, is that it forgets the individual, and betrays strong consumer preferences for personalization.

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  • Light at the End of the Tunnel: How Dark Stores and Micro-Fulfillment Centers are Revolutionizing the Retail Supply Chain

    Pulse   April 6, 2022  

    As the well-worn proverb says, “necessity is the mother of invention,” the pandemic hit retail spaces particularly hard, pushing consumers to use ecommerce more as social and safety protocols increased. While there may be more stores open now, shoppers have found that the convenience and speed when ordering items online is invaluable even long after the protocols have gone.

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  • QR Codes: Are they Back for Real This Time?

    Pulse   April 6, 2022  

    QR Codes are an extension of the barcode, and were first introduced as a way for manufacturers to scan larger amounts of data quickly. By 2011, retailers and tradeshows were able to take advantage of smartphone technology to utilize QR codes in their inventories, badging, and check-ins — and slowly there emerged consumer usage in the form of online offers.

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  • SEO for the Future: To Keyword Clusters, and Beyond

    Pulse   April 6, 2022  

    SEO was a lot simpler in a less-crowded marketplace; you could optimize by keyword for your product, industry, or customer demographics and watch your traffic grow. In 2021, however, not only is the online space left with little metaphorical keyword elbow room, but search engines have gotten smarter to keep up with consumer demand.

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  • Is It Live, or Is It an Infomercial?

    Pulse   March 25, 2022  

    The COVID-19 pandemic and the quarantines that followed quickly changed the way brands could sell and show off their products, fostering a need for marketers to get inventive with their tactics. The online space also evolved during this time, becoming increasingly dominant and the perfect place to welcome creativity beyond banner ads, video, and social posts. Enter livestreaming, a tactic already well established by gamers and other communities as a way to connect with one another in real-time. What better way for marketers to connect with consumers with so many traditional methods inaccessible for the foreseeable future? Similar to a television informercial or home shopping network, livestreaming offers all of the benefits of those models but cuts out production costs and call-center intermediaries. While brand livestreaming is mainly centered in Asia at the moment, there is a huge opportunity and an eager audience ready for marketers to connect with everywhere else. Read on for more information about the livestreaming trend, how to do it, and what other brands have done in this space.

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  • Half-Human, Half-Machine, All Marketing: Managing Algorithmic Limitations

    Pulse   March 24, 2022  

    When AI-based algorithms were introduced to the marketing world they were an immense game changer: they upped the ante on how brands could target their existing audiences, and they sped up the process of understanding how to build new ones. As machine learning grew exponentially, however, it also lost much of its human touch. Without a balance of human input and safety checks, algorithms can adopt human biases (including hate speech), and cannot adapt fast enough to real-time crises like COVID-19. The resources here discuss how marketers can best work with algorithms to ensure they reach desired targets with efficient, optimized results, and avoid communicating the wrong messages.

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  • Who's on First? Party Data Efficiency in the Wake of the Cookie's Demise

    Pulse   March 16, 2022  

    As the news of the cookie’s so-called demise has spread far and wide (and we’ve previously discussed here), there have been a number of potential strategies laid out for marketers looking to navigate this brave new world. While further leveraging influencers or re-designing loyalty programs have emerged as two possibilities, we’ve also witnessed a natural tendency to focus on party data above all. This makes sense, as it’s the “death” of third-party data (in reality, privacy regulation barriers) that prompted a re-examination of how to properly use consumer data in the first place. Enter (or, re-enter, as it may be) first- and zero-party data, best explained by this chart from Cheetah Digital:

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