daniel gilbert

Daniel Gilbert

About Daniel Gilbert

Daniel Gilbert is CEO of Brainlabs.

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How to measure marketing in a world without cookie-tracking

Ready or not, the cookie crackdown is in full effect. The cumulative effect of Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) on Safari, Enhanced Tracking Protection (ETP) on Firefox, and more granular third-party cookie blocking on Chrome are making measuring digital marketing activities increasingly difficult.

The division between strategy & execution is meaningless in a biddable world

The differences between the digital and pre-digital era of advertising aren’t as big as many like to think.

Underlying any marketing campaign, there is still (as there was in the past) a big idea that unifies communication across every channel, a distribution plan, an audience strategy, a measurement strategy, and a set of objectives.

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Google Shopping clicks for 20% cheaper in the EU: this is not a drill

Do you remember all that fuss about Google Shopping being anti-competitive?

For those of you who don’t, roughly a year ago the European Commission fined Google €2.4bn for favouring its own shopping comparison service ahead of competitors, and asked it to find a way of levelling the playing field. 

12 months later, and we have Google’s answer. And it’s great news for advertisers!

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If PPC is a line item on your media plan, you’re not very good at it

Biddable media is not the same as traditional media. You do not do deals, buy it upfront and report on the results later.

In AdWords, for example, you bid on trillions of different data points in a live auction.

So why do I keep seeing PPC as a line on the media plan? It’s a nonsense that weeds out the amateurs.

How to get the most out of audience data in programmatic

One of the great advantages of programmatic is access to audience data.

On top of the first-party data a business might hold, there is an enormous supply of third-party data that can be added to enhance targeting. Despite this, a CIM report this year found that 50% of all marketing is deemed ‘irrelevant’ by the audience it reaches.

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An AdWords script to reverse Google’s new ‘close variant’ matching

AdWords is ending exact match. Here’s a script to stop ‘close variant matching’ and keep exact match…exact.

Every so often, Google announces a change to AdWords that has significant consequences for account management.

Last year the big shift was the introduction of Enhanced Campaigns, the main element of which was the merging of desktop and tablet targeting settings and the loss of the ability to exclusively target mobile devices.

Now we’re on the cusp of Google’s latest alteration going live: the removal of strict exact keyword matching.