Brandon Verblow

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This Is A Story All About . . . Stories: One Takeaway From The #DMWF

Brandon Verblow November 8, 2018

Like the opening sequence of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the social media landscape is getting “flipped-turned upside down” by the ascendance of stories. Well, that may be a bit dramatic, but they are certainly starting to make waves. Stories are growing in popularity as a mode of sharing and consuming content on social media. […]

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GDPR And Google Q3 2018 Results: Are We Out Of The Woods Yet?

Brandon Verblow October 26, 2018

As I listened to Google’s Q3 2018 earnings conference call, the Taylor Swift song “Out Of The Woods” kept playing in my head. (This is the part where I pretend I tried to fight it. But let’s be honest, I didn’t mind.) As with the relationship in the song, I wondered if we were indeed […]

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The Video Universe Is Expanding, And Video Market Players Must Adapt

Brandon Verblow August 9, 2018

In season four of Netflix’s BoJack Horseman, an animated series about the struggles of a former 90s-era sitcom star of the same name, BoJack’s agent Princess Carolyn is pitching a new series starring BoJack. The pitch is to executives at the fictitious WhatTimeIsItRightNow.com, an online source for local times around the world.[i] The website has […]

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Facebook’s Latest Earnings Report Should Not Alter Marketers’ View Of Social Ad Spending

Brandon Verblow August 1, 2018

Facebook’s Q2 2018 earnings call was not well-received by investors as evidenced by the stock’s 19 percent price drop equating to the largest-ever loss in market value in one day for a U.S. traded company. But if you’re a marketer looking to forecast your spending on social advertising over the next several years, Facebook’s latest earnings […]

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Facebook's Latest Earnings Report Should Not Alter Marketers' View Of Social Ad Spending

Brandon Verblow August 1, 2018

Facebook’s Q2 2018 earnings call was not well received by investors as evidenced by the stock’s 19 percent price drop equating to the largest-ever loss in market value in one day for a US traded company. But if you’re a marketer looking to forecast your spending on social advertising over the next several years, Facebook’s latest […]

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Changing Attitudes To Targeting Could Threaten Digital Ad Spending

Brandon Verblow June 7, 2018

The balancing of the privacy-personalization paradox will be the defining dynamic impacting digital ad spending over the next several years. Future growth in digital ad spending is heavily based on the expectation that as targeting capabilities improve, marketers will be able to justify paying a higher price per ad, which will lead to higher overall […]

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Search Advertising Enters 2018 On The Cusp Of A Renaissance

Brandon Verblow January 3, 2018

In recent years, search has been the important but sleepy mainstay of the digital advertising market. Even though it garners the most digital advertising dollars, the attention paid to search has faded as growth has matured and novel channels like social and video have emerged. However, search is poised to experience a late-stage renaissance as […]

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Allocate Your Marketing Dollars More Efficiently

Brandon Verblow November 13, 2017

Marketers are increasingly under pressure to show that their digital marketing investments are generating returns. Large firms like Unilever have moved to more regularly reevaluate their marketing spending as part of a shift to zero-based budgeting — adopted in part to ward off potential interference by activist investors. Ad fraud and viewability concerns are giving […]

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The Data Digest: eCommerce May Be The Only Way To Challenge The Google/Facebook Duopoly

Brandon Verblow September 20, 2017

As will be no surprise to advertising industry watchers, the duopoly of Google and Facebook once again demonstrated its dominance of the ad market following the release of their Q2 2017 earnings results. According to Forrester’s just launched Digital Marketing Tracker report, Google and Facebook accounted for 74% of both ad revenue and growth among […]

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The Data Digest: Instagram And Snapchat Have Room For More Ads, According To Forrester Data’s US Youth Survey

Brandon Verblow August 29, 2017

While Facebook again signaled on its latest earnings call that the ad load in its core News Feed is approaching an upper limit, other social networks have more room to increase their ad load. According to a Forrester Data Consumer Technographics® survey fielded in January 2017 to 4,502 US youth between the ages of 12 […]

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YouTube Concerns Will Boost The Long-Run Outlook For Online Video Ad Spend

Brandon Verblow March 30, 2017

Poor quality inventory and lack of transparency are problems for the digital ad industry. My colleague Susan Bidel and I have recently published reports that show how the related problems of fraud and lack of viewability result in wasted spending by marketers and a lost revenue opportunity for quality publishers. For further detail, clients can […]

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The Data Digest: Online Video Ad Spending Is Set To Make A Splash In 2017

Brandon Verblow February 2, 2017

Up until now, paid services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO have dominated US online video viewing, particularly for long-form, TV-style content. Uptake of ad-supported, TV-style online video has been slower; traditional TV providers control much of this content, and they’ve been cautious about making their programming available outside the lucrative TV bundle. Even if […]

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Understanding The Global Digital Marketing Landscape

Brandon Verblow August 30, 2016

Welcome to my blog! I joined Forrester earlier this year as an associate forecast analyst on the ForecastView team, focusing on digital marketing (DM) topics. The ForecastView team’s goal is to answer the questions “How much?” and “When?” To this end, we publish five-year forecasts that provide forward-looking, quantitative guidance around the key issues that […]

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