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According to GoogleFacebook and Amazon are the top three digital ad platforms in the U.S. Together they capture just under 70% of all digital ad dollars spent according to eMarketer. More than two-thirds of all digital spending!

Facebook and Google have been predicted to control an estimated 59.3 percent of all digital ad spend in the U.S. Both platforms have launched a series of capabilities to bring more automation into campaign management. Fundamentally, Facebook and Google’s updates are building machine learning into campaign strategy at higher level than other companies.

Introduced in 2019, the Google Local Ads format is designed for one purpose: to drive brick-and-mortar store visitation. Google Local Ads use a combination of display, text, and video assets across Google search, Google Maps, Google Display Network, Google My Business, and YouTube to optimize across platforms with the goal of driving brick-and-mortar store visitation.

Google collects data on their more than one billion active users across three million websites and apps to identify users’ demographics, behavior, location, and intent. They then use machine learning technology to identify consumer patterns to optimize budgets toward users most likely to visit a store location.

Facebook includes a list of inventory where advertisers can purchase media, including Facebook, Instagram, and Facebook’s related mobile apps, mobile websites, Instant Articles, and videos. In June 2019, the platform slowly started to introduce Instagram Explore as an additional placement for advertisers to display creative messaging. Facebook Search Results Ads are available to all advertisers. Ads that are added to the Facebook Search Results placement will appear both in general search result pages and Marketplace search results and are designed to fit each experience natively. Furthermore, they look similar to News Feed ads, have the same transparency and controls, and share the same “Sponsored” label as other ads across Facebook.

Advertisers are strongly encouraged to bid on automatic placements to achieve more efficient campaigns by selecting all available inventory. In 2019, 68 percent of competitor agencies have started adopting automatic placements or using at least four placements. Facebook’s bidding system leverages machine learning to help automate where ads are seen to maximize results. 

Platforms become more accessible for small businesses by automating day-to-day responsibilities that signals a trend for smarter campaigns by automating all digital campaigns within Google and Facebook, with more data signals to optimize what would be difficult to do manually .

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