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February 05, 2024

Bitcoin ETF Issuers Unleash Marketing Blitz as Google Approves Ad Campaigns

Bitcoin ETF Issuers Implement Strategic Marketing Blitz on Google

Asset management companies including BlackRock, Grayscale, Fidelity, Invesco and Bitwise initiated an extensive online advertising campaign for their repective Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The issuers aim to enhance the visibility of their products for a broad audience, with a specific focus on retail investors.

This strategic move capitalizes on a modification to Google’s marketing regulations regarding the promotion of cryptocurrency instruments. The new update now permits advertisements related to cryptocurrencies to be displayed alongside search results for queries related to “Bitcoin ETF,” facilitating increased exposure.

The companies have intensified their marketing efforts, while being currently involved in a fee reduction competition. With the exception of Grayscale, which maintains a 1.5 percent fee, all other Bitcoin ETF issuers have either waived or significantly reduced their fees, aiming to attract more investors as the nascent products expand their asset bases.

According to Invesco, Google and other search engines play a crucial role in their broader marketing strategy.

Recently, the company decided to decrease the management fee on its Bitcoin ETF, lowering it from 0.39 per cent to 0.25 per cent. Invesco now competes with BlackRock and Ark Investments, the first companies to implement fee reductions. BlackRock currently offers a fee of 0.25%, while Ark Investments has set its fee at 0.21%.

In the pursuit of investor attention, Bitwise has engaged the spokesperson from Dos Equis’s “The Most Interesting Man in the World” in its advertising campaign. In a recent move, the social media platform X account of Franklin Templeton temporarily incorporated laser eyes, a well-known cryptocurrency meme, into its logo.

Meanwhile, BlackRock intends to display Bitcoin ETF advertisements on buildings located in major United States cities, focusing on those previously used by former banks and financial organizations.

However, while attention-grabbing tactics like enlisting well-known figures or incorporating memes may generate interest, advertising on platforms like Google proves to be a more efficient tool for asset managers seeking to attract capital from investors.

Google has chosen not to disclose specific figures related to advertisement spending for any of the Bitcoin ETF advertisements. The company highlights the variable nature of costs, as advertisers engage in a bidding process to secure advertisement placements.

Notably, while Google permits advertisements for cryptocurrency exchanges and wallets, its regulations prohibit advertisements for initial coin offerings and any marketing initiatives deemed to “otherwise promote the purchase, sale, or trade of cryptocurrencies or related products.”

Bitcoin ETFs Launch Spurs $7 Billion Investor Inflow

The launch of eleven spot Bitcoin ETFs on January 11 marked a unique occurrence where the issuers introduced their products simultaneously. Since then, investors have already allocated over $7 billion to the nine combined new products, with the majority flowing into ETFs offered by BlackRock, Fidelity, Bitwise, and Ark Investment Management.

However, the period also witnessed a net withdrawal of over $5.6 billion from Grayscale’s ETF product.

As of the conclusion of January, the overall net inflows across all products amounted to just under $1.5 billion. This financial activity occurred in a market environment where the value of Bitcoin was trading at approximately $43,000, showing a slight decrease from the initial value of $44,000 at the beginning of the year.

Accompanied by strategic marketing efforts, the dynamic landscape of new Bitcoin ETF products is set to target as many investors as possible, thereby bolstering wider adoption of the digital currency.

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About The Author

Alisa is a reporter for the Metaverse Post. She focuses on investments, AI, metaverse, and everything related to Web3. Alisa has a degree in Business of Art and expertise in Art & Tech. She has developed her passion for journalism through writing for VCs, notable crypto projects, and scientific writing. You can contact her at [email protected]

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Alisa Davidson
Alisa Davidson

Alisa is a reporter for the Metaverse Post. She focuses on investments, AI, metaverse, and everything related to Web3. Alisa has a degree in Business of Art and expertise in Art & Tech. She has developed her passion for journalism through writing for VCs, notable crypto projects, and scientific writing. You can contact her at [email protected]

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