WHAT THE..? A new report from NewsGuard, which uses journalists and artificial intelligence to identify sources of misinformation online, found more than 42,000 programmatic ads from 4,315 brands running on websites spouting misinformation about the vaccine and COVID over the past year. Programmatic continues to fail brands.

Programmatic ad fails, again

OPENING: More and more brand interactions are happening online, but what does that mean? Too many marketers are still using vanity online metrics (impressions, traffic) to measure their online marketing. Today, that’s not an accurate picture of what’s happening online.

The importance of your branded website design

SUMMARY: 93% of consumers used the internet to find a local business in the last year, with 34% searching every day and 87% of consumers read online reviews for local businesses in 2020 – up from 81% in 2019. Nearly nine out of ten (89 percent) consumers worldwide make the effort to read reviews before buying products (Trustpilot, 2020). Consumer reviews can make or break your product/brand.

Consumers trust other consumers