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Three Quick Things From CES 2023
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We’re home from CES 2023 and abuzz with the latest tech powering the next chapter of modern marketing. Read on for three quick things you need to know about how technology will impact brand marketing this year. Reach out if you’d like to connect on any of these trends.
TECH RISING = DATA RISING
While the tech at CES is dazzling in its own right, the data it unlocks for brands is the true thought-provoker as we leave Vegas. Every tech advancement is generating fresh ways to capture first-party data from consumers. It’s on marketers to scope these technologies with a healthy mix of skepticism about privacy implications and eagerness about the ability to (more) seamlessly connect consumers to brands.
Watch this Space: Pinterest announced a new data clean room collaboration with LiveRamp and Albertsons as the latter seeks to build a retail media network.
Get Smart on Impact: Do Consumers Understand the Bargain of Digital Data?
THE THREE C’S
Whether it was ever-more integrated home devices, new content partnerships, or gifting modern travelers with free wifi, the power of truly connected brands to drive performance is clear. In the year ahead, marketers need to prioritize linking content, commerce, and community in order to effectively serve consumers and boost brand efforts. Tech companies learned “built it and they will come” is a bad way to engage consumers; marketers, too, need to focus on delivering the content consumers want, when they want it, and engage digital and IRl communities to power better experiences.
Watch this Space: Delta announces Delta Sync, a new chapter of connected travel.
Get Smart on Impact: How Warner Music Group is Preparing for Connected Consumers in 2023
TECH IS ABOUT TO HAVE A POLITICAL YEAR
TECH IS ABOUT TO HAVE A POLITICAL YEAR – The subtext on the convention floor this year was that tech is about to face increased scrutiny and possibly even regulatory action from governments around the world in the year ahead amid growing concerns that products and services are veering us closer to “1984” than 2023. Expect the industry’s practices around data privacy, competition, and content moderation to come under close examination and consider the reputational risks of marketing certain products or services if they are perceived as “bad tech.”
Watch this Space: How TikTok Became a Diplomatic Crisis
Get Smart on Impact: Mark Penn in Forbes on Twitter, TikTok, and the Year Ahead
🤖 Category Transformations
Check out the announcements from the past week we predict will drive the biggest vertical transformations in the year ahead.
- Automotive: Sony and Honda Afeela – a collaboration with Qualcomm that illustrates the future of in-car entertainment.
- Travel & Hospitality: Richtech Robotic’s ADAM is a boba-making robot that delighted attendees; Richtech’s robots are already deployed across restaurants and hotels.
- Media & Entertainment: TikTok and Vevo launch a new weekly show curating music videos from the top-trending songs on TikTok
- Luxury and Fashion: Paula Abdul’s IdolEyes Fashion Audio Glasses protect the eyes, let users take calls, and use the best in modern sonic tech to enhance music and content.
- Healthcare: Vivoo showcased its at-home urine test kit/app using machine learning to analyze test strips and serve up ‘wellness’ insights to users.
Live from the Stagwell Content Studio @ CES 2023
Stagwell’s Content Studio returned at CES, delivering behind-the-scenes interviews with C-Suite execs at the world’s most ambitious brands on the trends and transformations they’re tracking at CES.
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