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This article explains how cannabis marketing has shifted rapidly toward the digital realm as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and explains how one cannabis retailer has evolved their marketing strategy to thrive in the era of online ordering, delivery, and curbside pickup. The author represents PrograMetrix, a Seattle-based programmatic advertising agency that specializes in helping cannabis, CBD, and hemp brands run compliant digital ad campaigns.

This article explains how cannabis marketing has shifted rapidly toward the digital realm as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and explains how one cannabis retailer has evolved their marketing strategy to thrive in the era of online ordering, delivery, and curbside pickup. The author represents PrograMetrix, a Seattle-based programmatic advertising agency that specializes in helping cannabis, CBD, and hemp brands run compliant digital ad campaigns.

For a long time, cannabis marketing didn’t exist. Then suddenly, it did. Fast forward a few years, and this nascent vertical within the modern marketing sphere remains a unique tangle of federal restrictions, state regulations, platform-specific policies and gray-area confusion, complicated by the sudden classification of businesses within it as “essential.”

So, how do today’s cannabis business owners create a marketing strategy that works in 2020? Below, we take a look at how cannabis marketing has evolved over the last few months before diving into one example of a Seattle-area cannabis retailer that’s risen to the challenge, evolving their marketing strategy quickly and successfully to capture an influx of new customers during COVID-19.