June 2023: What's new in the world of digital
Posted on 10th July 2023 at 16:45
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Author: Dave Trolle
It has been a busy June in the world of digital marketing and we mark it with a bumper edition of the Digital Revolution, with 4 headline updates about Linkedin, TikTok, Google and Microsoft with a bonus update as well.
LinkedIn Moves into the Generative AI Space
What is it?: This is the first of a few new ad launches which are coming out soon, to include In-Stream Video Ads, Conversation Ads and Thought Leader Ads, as LinkedIn beefs up its ad offering. The AI solution is only available to advertisers in North America, however we anticipate that this will be rolled across other markets including the UK soon.
Why is it important?: LinkedIn is the perfect paid channel to target your B2B customers, however adding another channel and target audience can often become challenging, due to the resource that businesses have in place. Whilst LinkedIn’s new release won’t and shouldn’t take all of the time away from campaign creation, it will definitely help!
What action should you take?: Since the turn of the year, there are so many use cases where Generative AI solutions can be used to enhance your marketing activity. We recommend that as a business you embrace the change and understand how these solutions can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your operations. We are leading working groups across our clients to support this, and it is something we would highly advise.
TikTok Shop Tests Visual Search
What is it?: On June 13th, TikTok announced a further step to help them achieve their ecommerce targets, by introducing a feature allowing users to upload a picture of a product, to find the same or similar products via TikTok Shop. This is available to trial to all markets outside of the US.
Why is it important?: Whilst TikTok shop hasn’t seen the anticipated adoption rate, it was announced this year that TikTok had become the most shoppable social platform. A report from Channel X, suggests that 10 consumers a year are shopping via TikTok vs 9 for the Meta platform (Instagram and Facebook). This new feature will help consumers improve the discoverability of the products they are looking for, another potential step to TikTok becoming a search engine channel.
What action should you take?: TikTok is clearly not for every sector, brand or target audience and the question of whether TikTok shop is worth the time and investment is still questionable for brands. Irrespective of this new feature, we would recommend that you review the market to see what other people in your sector are doing.
Looker Studio Makes New Data Fields Available from GA4
What is it?: With less than a month until the official migration date to Google Analytics 4 (GA4), Google announced that they had made 170 new data fields, previously not available to utilise in Looker Studio (formally known as Data Studio).
Why is it important?: Looker Studio is one of the most commonly adopted data visualisation tools, due in part to its seamless integration with Google products, the ability to add connectors such as Zapier or Funnel.io for other channels and the fact that is free to access and use. Most marketers and data analysts will have had some real challenges transitioning existing reports, which used Universal Analytics data, as Looker did not have a large chunk of the metrics available. Whilst not all the data views are replicable, this release is a massive move forward.
What action should you take?: Whilst there are new data visualisation capabilities available directly in GA4, our view and from speaking to other industry peers, is that solutions like Looker Studio have a place and allow more flexibility for reporting. We would recommend that if you haven’t already, you attempt to migrate all the existing dashboards you have (refresh your data sources in GA4), understand the gaps and see if GA4 is able to support with this.