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Brands Are Creating Zoom Backgrounds to Class Up Your Quarantine
The coronavirus outbreak and its resulting era of quarantine has us all beaming unfiltered versions of our homes out to the masses, bosses and clients included. Fortunately, popular video conferencing platform Zoom allows users to add “virtual backgrounds” for green-screen-like video backdrops—and now, brands are quickly jumping in to get ahead of the demand for suitable images.
Summer Olympics in Tokyo Postponed to 2021 Due to Coronavirus
The 2020 Summer Olympics have officially become the latest sports event—and by far the biggest—to be postponed as a result of COVID-19. The move will have a massive impact on Comcast’s NBCUniversal, which began marketing the event back in 2018, and Discovery Inc., which has Olympics rights through 2024 in several European countries via Eurosport.
Entertainment & Ad Tech Scope Out Next Steps in This New Reality
Peacock, Quibi and HBO Max Still Plan to Launch as Scheduled
Upcoming streaming services Peacock, Quibi and HBO Max still plan to debut as planned despite coronavirus-related upheaval. Peacock’s complications included the disruption of three daily live programs focused on the Summer Olympics, while Quibi’s plans for a red-carpet launch event and a SXSW activation were canceled.
A+E Networks Shifts Upfront Push From Content to COVID-19 Social Initiatives
After canceling its annual upfront event, A+E Networks is downplaying the programming plans it had initially planned to tout and instead focusing on its COVID-19 initiatives and other pro-social community efforts, including working with the American Red Cross, as well as the Ad Council and CDC’s new marketing initiative by sharing info on its networks, donating money and airing PSAs.
- “This unprecedented new landscape serves up a challenge to brands to embrace the realities of modern marketing in a digital world,” says Amy Cotteleer, chief experience officer and partner at Duncan Channon. “It’s a world where brands must put people, not products, first; where consumers crave connection, not commercials; where technology must deliver better experiences, not just broadcast information.”
Sports Leagues Were Already All in on TikTok. Then the Coronavirus Hit.
Long before the coronavirus pandemic, the major American sports leagues started cultivating their presence on TikTok. Now, many of those leagues, along with their teams and athletes, are rerouting their social media strategies and rethinking TikTok during an outbreak that promises to render their sports dormant for the foreseeable future.
Media Agencies Are Rethinking Their Supply Chain to Combat In-Housing
Programmatic trading is entering a new era. Marketers are increasingly taking media buying in-house as changes in privacy laws and spending and Big Tech’s dominance put pressure on the legacy business models of network media agencies. In response, some of these players are starting to alter how they repackage ad tech and then offer it to advertisers in a bid to better improve their proposition.
- Related: While the advertising and media industries try to figure out how to operate in this new reality we all live in, sell-side ad tech is taking measures to ensure buyers can make their payments as ad budgets are being pulled and memories of recent clawbacks linger.
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Best of the Rest: Today’s Top News & Insights
- How Wedding Brands Are Helping Distressed Couples Amid COVID-19 Cancellations
- Casual Dining Chains Among Hardest Hit in Wake of Pandemic
- What Walgreens Boots Alliance’s Head of Wellness Learned From Working Around the World
- Saatchi & Saatchi New York Names Daniel Lobatón as Chief Creative Officer
- Diageo Names New CMO and North American President
- Opinion | There Are More Opportunities Than Ever Before for Women to Connect With Each Other
- Seeing Record Traffic, Pinterest Rolls Out Tips for Life at Home and Coronavirus Info
The LA Rams Reveal New Look—Amid Pandemic—to Mixed Reviews
The LA Rams debuted a refreshed look and feel for the brand including a new logo, typeface and color scheme. So far, the response suggests that the timing—launching the refresh during a pandemic—may not have been the best choice.
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- Imagery of Human Contact Is Down 30% in Social Media Ads
- A Bacardi Rum Factory Is Now Producing Hand Sanitizer
- Since UK Officials Weren’t Advertising, 3 Creatives Made Posters to Keep Londoners Home
- COVID-19 Puts Experiential Careers on Hold For Young Talent
- Snapchat’s Newest Research Shows How Coronavirus Is Changing the Way We Live
- How One Day at a Time Was Canceled by Netflix but Made the Move to Linear TV