Valentine’s Day spending is predicted to reach $14.2 billion in the U.S. this year. 40% of U.S. shoppers plan to shop online (up from 2023’s 35%), making it the most popular destination for gifts.
Scroll down to our toolkit section to see all our V Day campaign tips so you don’t miss out on sweet profits!
Here’s what you’ll find in today’s DTC:
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Uh oh, Europe is tightening up on user privacy regulations and the Digital Markets Act is making sure big tech companies are following through on these changes.
What’s the Digital Markets Act?
The EU Digital Markets Act (DMA) gave European users more data privacy control when it came into effect last year. But, starting March 6th, 2024, the DMA declared they will be cracking down on six large online platforms that they designate as “gatekeepers”.
Who are the gatekeepers?
These gatekeepers are 6 big tech companies: Meta, Alphabet, Amazon, Microsoft, Apple and ByteDance. They will be heavily fined if they do not comply with DMA.
The Digital Markets Act (DMA) will prevent large companies from abusing their market power, provide smaller companies with equal opportunities, and give users more control over their data privacy.
What this means for ecommerce brands:
Because of DMA regulations, Google is making lots of changes to stay compliant and that they have your expressed consent when it comes to data sharing.
Two big changes coming to Google and your website:
Does DMA apply to my business?
If you are promoting or selling products to European countries then yes, this applies to you.
Google is already sending out warnings if you have a non-compliant website GDPR consent banner.
What do I need to do?
Google has compiled more information on setting up consent mode. The easiest way to comply is to use a Google-certified Consent Management Platform (CMP) which collects user consent on your behalf.
If you are a business that uses a platform like Shopify you can also use an app. We popped one in the Toolkit section to get your searching started!
Europe has the strictest privacy regulations in the world and to ensure your website doesn’t get penalized make sure to send the right consent signals before the March deadline.
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While businesses are busy creating campaigns leading up to the Super Bowl, let’s not forget about this one scrappy content tactic.
The Pilothouse team shares that this ONE tactic can have a huge impact on your reach and engagement. 📈
That’s right. Memes should also be part of your Super Bowl campaign strategy!
The game is always packed with viral moments and these humorous takes can be impactful for organic content and paid ads.
This year, we are already seeing memes roll out ahead of the Big Game thanks to the Chiefs clinching their win and securing their place in the Super Bowl.
How to go meme hunting:
Pay super close attention to platforms like Reddit and X to find memes you can easily repurpose for your brand. 👀
[Super Bowl Meme]
Here is an example of how a brand leveraged a Super Bowl meme for social:
This Friday Beers Instagram post is a perfect example of a viral organic post. 🏆
They used a football player right after he missed a really important kick (and lost the game for the team) and tweaked it to their brand with the saying “Another Monday.”
[Friday Beers Super Bowl meme]
Not only is this meme highly relatable but football fans will be “in on the joke” and more likely to comment and engage.
Pilothouse explains this strategy could almost be used for any brand organic by creating memes or jokes of the most viral content from the Super Bowl.
So enjoy the game and then go meme-hunting afterwards for some great post-game content!
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Sound on! Attention grabbing images in your ad aren’t always enough so try adding some music as well.
The right beat can elevate your ad and create the right vibe to promote your brand or products.
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