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With the close of 2012, the online ad industry is percolating with industry predictions for the New Year. There are several trends that we can expect will continue in 2013 as well as new ones that will arise. According to my crystal ball, I believe we will see:
• The inevitable continuation (and acceleration) of marketing data/analytics providers migrating from offline to online
• The inevitable continued migration of advertising budgets from search-to-display
• Increased demand for data (as we're still in the 2nd or 3rd inning of a long game)
• Consolidation taking place as highest-quality data providers rise to the top
Migration of budgets from offline to online is something that direct marketers have been experimenting with for some time, and this New Year is no different. Marketers, who have leveraged offline data to reach consumers through direct mail and other traditional offline channels, will continue to follow their target customers as they migrate online and onto mobile devices. Offline data companies that stand still will be left behind as marketers test, scale and leverage high-performing online data, sometimes on a stand-alone basis and sometimes integrated with offline data.
Along with this trend is the continued tendency for consumers to spend a significantly greater proportion of their... Read more