The Weekly Listen: Quibi's Funeral, Ads Near Political Content, and Facebook Post-Election Oct 30

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss the end of Quibi, Facebook's mini social networks called "Neighborhoods," Uber reclassifying drivers as employees, whether ads near political content affect brand perceptions, the state of Facebook post-election, how long Americans spend looking for things they've lost, a creature that sleeps while moving, and more.

The Pandemic Has Had Minimal Impact on US Messaging App Usage

This year, 146.3 million US smartphone users will use mobile messaging apps at least once a month.

Zoom and FaceTime Are Holding Back OTT Messaging App Adoption in the US

Pandemic-related stay-at-home mandates have accelerated OTT messaging app adoption in most parts of the world. In the US, however, alternative means of communicating, including Zoom and FaceTime, have hindered usage of OTT messaging services.

eMarketer is pleased to moderate a Tech-Talk Webinar featuring Merkle’s Sandra Swindle, senior vice president, CRM technology delivery leader, along with The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company’s Matt Wilkinson, general manager, digital marketing, and AAA Club Alliance’s Scott Lugar, CMO. They will discuss how marketing technology modernization can deliver relevant and valuable customer experiences.

How Total Media Ad Spend Will Shake Out Around the World

Worldwide total media ad spend is expected to record a growth of -4.5% this year to reach $614 billion. This is just slightly up from our previous forecast of -4.9% growth in June 2020, but a sharp contrast to our pre-pandemic estimate of 7.0%.

US Holiday Ecommerce Sales Will Surge 35.8% to $190.47 Billion, Offsetting Brick-and-Mortar Declines

Retailers are bracing for a softer holiday season due to the pandemic. They will see, however, a major shift to ecommerce this holiday season.

What Might Come Out of Google's Antitrust Suit?

eMarketer forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom, principal analyst Nicole Perrin, and research analyst at Insider Intelligence Mariel Soto Reyes discuss the possible outcomes of the US Department of Justice's antitrust lawsuit against Google.

Tencent-owned WeChat will remain China’s leading mobile messaging app with 705.4 million monthly users in 2020, according to our estimates.

Earlier this month, Mucinex unveiled Sickwear, a six-piece fashion collection that aims to help consumers get through the cold and flu season in style. While it may not be the typical route for a healthcare brand, its parent company RB has been leveraging different channels, including TikTok and now social commerce, to reach consumers—particularly those who may not be aware of its direct-to-consumer (D2C) business.

eMarketer is pleased to moderate a Tech-Talk Webinar featuring Salesforce Datorama's project marketing manager, Emily Hoffman, and Dennis Blynov, global business and marketing transformation lead at automotive brand Polestar. They will share how data analytics can help grow customer relationships and boost brand recognition.