Rebecca Sentance

About Rebecca Sentance

Deputy Insights Editor

Rebecca is an internet aficionado, technology enthusiast, and an ardent fact-checker. Her favourite topics to sound off on include voice search, SEO, emerging technology, digital transformation, UX, and ridiculously overhyped marketing trends.

 Away from the blog, she can mostly be found on Twitter.

Articles & briefings

Retail media in 2023: What do the experts predict?

News and developments in retail media dominated 2022. “Everything is an ad network“, summarised analyst and investor Eric Seufert. As online continues to represent an increased proportion of shopper spend in the wake of Covid-19, retailers (and beyond) are increasingly waking up to the advertising opportunities that this presents – while brands are seeking new […]

Search and SEO in 2023: What do the experts predict?

From Google announcing multi-modal ‘multisearch’ to the spam targeting efforts of its Helpful Content and Product Reviews updates, to developments in generative AI that could have disruptive implications for web search, it’s been an interesting year in search and SEO. We reached out to a number of experts to get their thoughts on how they […]

How FMCG brands are getting the most out of first-party data

The coronavirus pandemic has formed new consumer habits around buying fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG, also known as consumer-packaged goods or CPG). While the astronomical spike in online purchasing that was seen in the early days of the Covid-19 lockdowns (and again in late 2020 and early 2021) proved to not be permanent, many more consumers […]

Ad targeting illustration featuring a large magnet pulling hearts, likes and money towards it. One person is sitting in the bend of the magnet with a laptop, another is standing next to it with a bow and arrow. Another is nearby with a clipboard. Images of a clock, a target with an arrow in it, and a video play icon surround the magnet.

The contextual advertising boom: What is it, and how can brands take advantage?

In an increasingly privacy-conscious web, contextual ad targeting is having a moment. Discussion website and self-proclaimed ‘front page of the internet’, Reddit, recently announced the acquisition of Spiketrap, an audience contextualisation company. As well as further building out Reddit’s advertising offering, the move to acquire Spiketrap highlights Reddit’s intention to capitalise on advertising that matches […]

A pale-skinned avatar with brown hair and glasses, wearing colourful pink, blue, purple and green clothing, hovers in front of a giant BMW iX which is floating at a slant. The two are suspended amidst a psychedelic landscape of strange shapes and jungle-like plants.

A metaverse reality check: What role for brands?

Many companies are eager to explore investments in the metaverse, but what is the best way to go about this? We conclude our three-part series, ‘A metaverse reality check’, by looking closely at the practical considerations behind metaverse investment, and consider what some major brands have been doing in this space.

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