With the impending disappearance of third-party cookies, businesses must adapt to collect data from alternative sources. AI is proving invaluable in this endeavor. AI platforms and machine learning algorithms excel at making sense of unstructured data, such as social media posts, reviews, and product comments. This "first-party data" is self-reported, making it the most accurate form of customer information. The demand for this type of data is on the rise, as evidenced by the 8000% increase in search volume for "first-party data" over the past five years.
One remarkable tool in the AI-driven data collection arsenal is Sprinklr's social listening platform. This platform harnesses AI to collect voice-of-the-customer data from more than 30 digital channels, uncovering trends and untapped insights. The demand for Sprinklr's AI solutions is growing, with an impressive 34% year-over-year increase in customers receiving at least $1 million in services. This trend is reflected in their Q3 revenue, which saw a 24% year-over-year increase in 2022.
As the advertising industry continues to evolve, advertisers are turning to AI solutions to enhance ad creation efficiency. In April 2023, Google announced its plans to integrate generative AI into its advertising platform. The search volume for "generative AI" is on a rapid incline. This integration will allow users to input images, text, and video, which Google's platform will then optimize for performance. Google Ads is also testing AI-generated headlines and descriptions for ads. Omneky, a startup, is already offering AI-powered ads in a SaaS model, centralizing ad data and using AI insights to create new ads. This shift toward AI-driven ad creation is reflected in their recent funding round, which raised $7 million, bringing their total investment to $10 million.
Another significant development in advertising is the rise of programmatic advertising, where AI plays a crucial role in purchasing ads that target specific audiences at optimized times and places. This method brings together demand side platforms (DSPs) used by brands and supply side platforms (SSPs) used by ad publishers, using automation to lock in ad prices and placements in real time. This automation ensures bidding changes and auctions are decided in milliseconds, providing advertisers with hyper-targeting capabilities.
Programmatic advertising has gained substantial traction, accounting for 27% of the total volume of digital video ads in the first half of 2022, with predictions indicating it will reach 50% by 2026. Insider Intelligence forecasts a nearly 17% growth in programmatic display ad spending in 2023 alone. The ability to tailor campaigns with precision has led to innovative advertising strategies, such as targeting users within a 10x10-meter geographical radius and personalized campaigns for specific target audiences.
Connected TV (CTV) is at the forefront of advertising's future. With over 109 million U.S. households (83.6% of total households) using CTV devices, opportunities for CTV ads are booming. In 2023, CTV ad spending in the United States is expected to reach $26.92 billion, with predictions of further growth to $43.59 billion by 2026. This growth is driven by the rise of free ad-supported TV (FAST) channels, which offer consumers a way to access content without extensive subscription fees.
The surge in FAST channels is evident, with more than 1000 new channels debuting in 2022, bringing the total to 3,720. Ad revenue via FAST channels is expected to reach $4.5 billion in 2023 and surge to $6.1 billion by 2025. The appeal of these channels lies in their ability to reach consumers who are seeking free content. Major players in the streaming industry, like Netflix and Disney+, have recognized this trend, further contributing to the growth of CTV ad spend.
CTV ads are gaining popularity due to their effectiveness. Research shows that viewers pay more attention to CTV ads compared to linear TV ads, with viewers paying attention for three seconds longer. Furthermore, viewers are more likely to discuss brands they see in CTV ads, making it a valuable channel for brand exposure and engagement. As we move forward, expect CTV ads to expand into digital out-of-home and connected TV ads, with forecasts predicting programmatic advertising spending to surpass $314 billion by 2026.
Short-form video content is becoming the dominant strategy in marketing, with marketers reporting the highest return on investment (ROI) from this format. Video ad spending continues to grow, with a 21% increase in digital video ad spend in 2022. Consumers are demanding more video content from brands, and 89% of them have been convinced to purchase a product or service after watching a video. Short-form videos, even as short as 10 seconds, are gaining traction and are considered 2.5 times more engaging than long-form videos on social media.
The surge in short-form video content is also facilitated by AI, which is making video production more accessible. AI-powered technology is emerging, allowing platforms like Facebook to create videos based on text inputs and manipulate images into motion. As this technology matures, it is expected to become a powerful tool for video advertising. Advertisers are embracing these innovations, with brands like Apple combining social media campaigns with traditional advertising avenues, creating a seamless and engaging experience for users.
The smart speaker market is booming, with over 200 million expected in the U.S. by the end of the year. Voice search has become a prevalent means of interaction, making it a prime opportunity for advertisers. However, voice searches differ from typed queries, often utilizing long-tail keywords and conversational language. Advertisers are adjusting their strategies accordingly.
To capitalize on voice search, many brands are optimizing their online content, including FAQ sections on websites and Google Business Profiles. This strategy aligns with the shift in consumer behavior, as more individuals turn to voice searches for browsing and product research.
Advertising's Impact Smart speaker ads are proving effective, triggering a 25% increase in brain activity compared to standard audio ads. Engagement and emotional responses are heightened when consumers interact with these ads. According to the 2022 Smart Audio Report, over half of smart speaker owners are likely to respond to ads, making it a promising avenue for advertisers.
Social media has emerged as a dominant force in advertising, with global ad spend surpassing $230 billion in 2022. By 2024, this figure is expected to reach $300 billion. Platforms like YouTube and Facebook continue to lead with over 2 billion users each, attracting a significant share of ad spending. Advertisers are recognizing the potential of emerging platforms like TikTok, which has seen a substantial surge in interest and ad revenue.
TikTok's search volume for "TikTok ads" has surged by over 8000% in the past five years. The platform's share of U.S. video ad spending has grown significantly, positioning it to challenge YouTube's dominance. Advertisers are capitalizing on TikTok's popularity, with ad revenue surpassing $11 billion in 2022.
In the realm of social media advertising, authenticity and transparency are gaining momentum. Brands like Dove are leading the way with campaigns aimed at addressing social issues and promoting positive change. Apple's Shot on iPhone Challenge exemplifies the blending of social media advertising with traditional avenues, fostering user engagement and brand loyalty.
In conclusion, the advertising industry is undergoing a profound transformation driven by AI and changing consumer behavior. Advertisers have the opportunity to deliver highly tailored and immersive experiences, but they must also adapt to the challenges posed by the evolving data landscape. As third-party cookies fade into history, the ability to access valuable data will require new strategies and technologies to ensure continued success in the dynamic world of advertising.