The major deals and integrations that shaped technology for marketers in 2019

At the start of 2019, martech expert Scott Brinker predicted it would be a buyer’s market for marketing tech merger and acquisition deals, ahead of what will be a “Second Golden Age of Martech.” Brinker’s forecast was spot-on with the martech industry seeing 246 mergers and acquisitions in the first half of 2019 alone, according

Pop-up ads: Why everyone hates them and why they’ll never die

“I love pop-up ads,” said nobody…ever. Pop-up ads have to be one of the most universally hated parts of online marketing. They’re annoying, interruptive and distracting. In fact, they’re so generally loathed that their inventor, Ethan Zuckerman, has apologized publicly for creating them. So why do we as marketers keep using them? Although Zuckerman’s original

Amazon holiday 2019: Record new Prime memberships as one-day shipping gets baked in

Amazon began heavily promoting free one-day delivery for Prime members earlier this year. Amazon said it attracted a record number of new Prime customers and trials this holiday season. More than 5 million people signed up new Prime memberships or free trials in a single week this holiday season, the company announced in a holiday

2019: The year that privacy got real for marketers

Europe’s GDPR took effect in May 2018, but 2019 was the year privacy got real for marketers in the U.S. There was a convergence of legal, technological and cultural factors that forced brands, publishers and tech companies to confront privacy head-on in ways they’d been trying to avoid for years. CCPA comes into sharp focus

Pro Tip: A look back at some notable tips from our digital marketing experts in 2019

Our community of digital marketers are dedicated to sharing tactics to help others elevate their performance so here are a few insights from the past year that were popular with readers. 1. What you cannot measure sometimes matters most “Marketers should use attribution reports to assess trends and relative impact, absolutely. But it’s a slippery

Social shorts: Facebook tests Brand Collabs tool on IG, Twitter beefs up safety council, YouTube creators protest censorship

This collection of social media marketing and new hire announcements is a compilation of the past week’s briefs from our daily Marketing Land newsletter. Click here to subscribe and get more news like this delivered to your inbox every morning. Facebook tests Brand Collabs tool on Instagram creators, Snapchat launches new ad format Instagram brand

Facebook tells senators it still uses location for ads despite user location services opt-out

We might soon see another FTC investigation of Facebook for “consumer deception.” The company acknowledged in a letter to two U.S. senators that it continues to capture and use location to serve relevant ads even if users have turned off location services. Bipartisan inquiry into Facebook’s user of location. Senators Coons and Hawley sent a