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BlackRock spotlights Bitcoin ETF with progress-driven ad campaign

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BlackRock spotlights Bitcoin ETF with progress-driven ad campaign

BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has intensified its advertising efforts for its new spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), positioning the digital asset as a symbol of “progress.”

The campaign for the IBIT fund adopts a notably understated style, especially when compared to the more flamboyant marketing strategies of its rivals. The advertisement features a simple design with a yellow background, showcasing a plane’s silhouette on a runway, accompanied by the message: “Get your share of progress.”

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BlackRock spot ETF advertisement | Source: X

This approach has caught the attention of industry experts, including Bloomberg Intelligence ETF analyst Eric Balchunas. He remarked that BlackRock’s strategy finds a balance between traditional fund advertising and attempts to appeal to a younger demographic.

Balchunas highlighted the company’s potential to dominate the category in terms of liquidity, suggesting that an increase in advertising efforts is a strategic move. He found it noteworthy that BlackRock associates Bitcoin with the concept of progress rather than categorizing it strictly as a commodity or currency.

The firm’s advertising narrative also emphasizes that the ETF makes Bitcoin standardized in investment portfolios as stocks and bonds. The message was part of BlackRock’s initial advertisement for the IBIT fund, which was launched on Jan. 11, targeting the affluent older generation. Since its introduction, the IBIT fund has attracted $5.3 billion, as reported by Farside.

The surge in advertising coincides with Google’s decision to permit crypto-related ads earlier this month, marking a significant shift in the digital advertising landscape for cryptocurrencies.

BlackRock’s IBIT tops Bitcoin ETFs with $2.4b weekly inflows

The broader market for Bitcoin ETFs has witnessed remarkable growth, with a record $2.4 billion invested in the last week alone, according to CoinShares. This influx represents a substantial portion of the $2.45 billion directed toward digital asset investment products during the same period.

The interest in spot Bitcoin ETFs, particularly those recently approved in the U.S., has notably overshadowed the outflows from Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust, which transitioned into an ETF.

BlackRock’s IBIT and Fidelity’s FBTC were the primary beneficiaries, attracting $1.6 billion and $648 million, respectively. James Butterfill, head of research at CoinShares, commented on the widespread distribution of net inflows among various providers, indicating a growing interest in spot-based ETFs.

The record inflows into the crypto asset class, with Bitcoin ETFs accounting for 99% of the total, coincide with Bitcoin’s price reaching $52,000 for the first time since December 2021. The latest resurgence in value has sparked speculation among investors about the potential for new all-time highs for the cryptocurrency later in the year.