GA4 Is Here, Cookie-less Web, The Attribution Nightmare, and Brand-Focused Marketing with Jeff Greenfield


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In this episode of the Marketing CLARITY Podcast, I’m joined by Jeff Greenfield as we navigate the changing landscape of digital marketing. Get ready for a deep dive into Google Analytics 4 (GA4) and the decline of third-party cookies. How are these changes impacting the marketing industry, and what does it mean for your marketing strategies?

You’ll hear expert insights on the potential challenges and opportunities that come with the shift to GA4 and the demise of third-party cookies. It’s not all data doom and gloom—this episode will inspire both marketers and business owners to explore new creative ways to analyze and target audiences, with a renewed focus on storytelling and branding.

Jeff Greenfield is a seasoned entrepreneur with a diverse background in strategy, growth, and marketing. As the Co-Founder and CEO of Provalytics, he has spearheaded the development of the next generation of Attribution, addressing the challenges posed by new privacy regulations and the impending cookie apocalypse. Jeff has dedicated three decades to building and leading teams, with a strong focus on leveraging innovative marketing techniques empowered by cutting-edge technology.

Prior to his current role, Jeff served as the COO and co-founder of C3 Metrics, a renowned multi-touch Attribution platform. Under his guidance, C3 Metrics attracted a prestigious client roster that included JP Morgan, US Bank, Hertz, Nestle, Peapod, Carhartt, Edward Jones, and Fender. Jeff’s expertise and thought leadership have been widely recognized, leading to his participation in numerous conferences such as NAPTE, NAB, Mediapost, BANFF, MASB, ANA, and TVOT.

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Navigating the Changing Landscape of Digital Marketing

The Shift to Google Analytics 4 (GA4)

Google Analytics has been the go-to tool for web analytics for years, with a reported 98% of all companies using it to measure their ad effectiveness. However, GA4 is an entirely different product, and many marketers are still not familiar with it.

Starting in July 2023, marketers will need to transition over to GA4 as Google Analytics will no longer provide the previous data. This shift could lead to a significant “oh my God” moment for many marketers, potentially leading to a surge in searches for new analytic tracking tools in Q4 of 2023 and Q1 of 2024.

The transition to GA4 could also be seen as a good thing, as it forces marketers to step back and reevaluate their marketing strategies. With the decline of third-party cookies, marketers will need to find more creative ways to analyze and target their audiences, which may bring back a focus on storytelling and branding.

The Demise of Third-Party Cookies

Third-party cookies have long been the backbone of ad tech, allowing marketers to track user interactions and measure the effectiveness of their campaigns. However, with privacy regulations like GDPR and CCPA on the rise, third-party cookies are on their way out.

This decline in the use of cookies can be seen as both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, marketers will no longer have an unprecedented amount of data at their disposal. On the other hand, this lack of data may help drive marketers back to a more artistic approach, focusing on storytelling and brand-building rather than relying solely on data-driven decisions.

Branding as the New Growth Lane

The decline of third-party cookies may lead to a renewed focus on branding as a key driver for business growth. As marketers shift back to the top of the marketing funnel and concentrate more on awareness and reach, they may be able to increase ad effectiveness.

One example of this shift back to branding can be seen in the success of Airbnb, who stopped all of their lower-funnel advertising and moved to branding, resulting in a significant increase in ad effectiveness. Other large companies are following suit, leading to a potential trend for smaller businesses to think more about content ads and other branding strategies.

Going Beyond the Data: Embracing the Emotional Side of Digital Marketing

The world of digital marketing has long been driven by data, leaving emotions and human connections taking a backseat in some aspects. However, recent changes in privacy regulations and challenges in attribution have prompted marketers to reevaluate their approach, bringing back the power of storytelling, effective content marketing, and fostering emotional connections with customers. In this article, we discuss how marketers can adapt to these changes and harness the power of emotions in their marketing strategies.

Emotion and Content Marketing: A Powerful Pair

One of the most significant takeaways from recent marketing trends is that marketing campaigns rooted in emotions and storytelling have as much, if not more, impact than targeting based on personal data. This is because human beings are driven by emotions. For instance, it has been found that the emotional state of people viewing advertisements can increase sales if the ads are aligned with that emotional state.

The challenge then for marketers is to create and distribute content that acknowledges, aligns with, or evokes emotions in their target audience. By doing so, marketers can forge deeper connections with customers, leading to increased sales and long-term loyalty.

The Reeducation of Digital Marketers

As the digital marketing landscape becomes increasingly data-driven, there has been a decline in the focus on emotions and storytelling. To navigate through this evolving era, marketers need to undergo a process of reeducation, whereby they learn, understand, and emphasize the importance of emotions in their campaigns, instead of solely relying on user-level data.

AttributionCertified.com, an upcoming certification service, aims to equip marketers with the knowledge and skills needed to adapt to these changes in digital marketing, including understanding the power of emotions and making the best decisions for their campaigns.

Aligning Marketing Efforts with Emotional States

Shifts in privacy regulations and concerns have led to marketers reconsidering their approach to ad targeting. As a result, brands are beginning to focus more on the emotional state of the content in which their ads appear. For example, they may choose to run ads alongside comedy content if their product is more likely to sell well in that context.

This approach, aligning messaging with the emotional state of consumers, can lead to significantly increased sales. It’s a simple and effective way of cutting through the noise and ensuring that marketing campaigns resonate with the target audience on an emotional level.

Leveraging AI and Analytics in Emotion-Driven Marketing

While there has been a shift toward prioritizing emotions in marketing, AI and analytics still play a crucial role. Advances in cloud computing and machine learning allow marketers to process large volumes of data much more quickly and efficiently, assisting them in understanding the emotional drivers of their target audience.

By incorporating this information into their campaigns, marketers can make data-driven decisions that better align with the emotional states of their customers, leading to more effective marketing efforts overall.

Marketing Beyond Attribution

The changes and challenges in attribution that marketers are currently facing can seem daunting. However, these changes offer an opportunity for a resurgence of emotion-driven marketing strategies. By focusing on building a stronger emotional connection with their customers, marketers can create more engaging and effective campaigns.

Going forward, marketers must be flexible and adaptable, able to balance both the data-driven and emotional aspects of their campaigns. By embracing the power of emotions in digital marketing, marketers will undoubtedly thrive in this rapidly-evolving industry.

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