April 26, 2022 / Thought Leadership

Key Takeaways From the Digiday Media Buying Summit

 Ali Sayles, Media Supervisor 

This month, Connelly Partners gave me the opportunity to take a break from my day-to-day media planning responsibilities to attend the Digiday Media Buying Summit in Palm Springs, California. Along with enjoying the beautiful weather, I was able to learn from some of the top media executives in our industry. During our three days together, we covered a variety of topics ranging from emerging media and marketing trends, the cookieless future, and ways to evolve media strategies. I walked away with new connections, and a breadth of knowledge which I’m excited to share with my Connelly Partners colleagues and clients. Here are a few of the topics that stood out: 

Transparency is key. 

With the cookieless future upon us, it’s important, now more than ever, to ensure that we’re transparent with how we’re collecting and measuring media data. This impacts communication not only with marketing and advertising clients, but internal agency teams as well. 

Clean rooms are the new future. 

Clean Rooms are a must in order to ensure that media data is being used in a privacy compliant manner. Many media and technology vendors are offering their solution, but it’s important we align on which solution is the path moving forward. 2023 will be here before we know it.

Metaverse is emerging, but still too new.

There’s been a ton of conversations surrounding media and the Metaverse, but the hype outpaces the material value. There are still questions that need to be answered; Where does the Metaverse fall within the social and media landscape? Will there be advertising within the Metaverse? How will we do it? Can we measure it? It’s still too early to tell. 

Gone are the days of upfront media planning. 

The pandemic has increased the need for media teams to be nimble when it comes to our media strategies and tactics. We saw this with COVID-19, the Ukraine and Russia, as well as the chip in the auto industry. Events like these have forced us to have a plan A, B, C, and D ready to activate.

So, what’s next for media planning and buying? If there’s one thing that I learned, it’s that what’s next changes constantly. Tools, products, and technology are constantly evolving, but that’s the best part of our job; no day in media is the same. Stay hungry for knowledge, be a sponge, ask questions, and poke holes.

Oh, and stay hydrated, because it definitely gets hot in the desert.