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Finances Have Been a Source of Stress for Parents Regardless of the Pandemic Jul 8

Along with struggles surrounding their work/life balance, kids’ screen time and childcare, parents find plenty to worry about. And the coronavirus pandemic has aggravated already high stress levels.

The Ad Platform: Advertisers Demand Flexibility in Uncertain Times

Digital media is relatively flexible, which has benefited it during the pandemic. Ivan Markman, chief business officer at Verizon Media, joins eMarketer principal analyst at Insider Intelligence Nicole Perrin to discuss how digital platforms can be even better at supporting this flexibility, as well as the explosion of connected TV advertising and the future of virtual and augmented reality.

The depth and lasting impact of the global recession, along with the sharp economic downturn in the UK, signal a long and challenging road to recovery.

The World of Voice

eMarketer principal analyst Victoria Petrock and forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence Peter Vahle discuss the wonderful world of voice: podcasts, radio and voice ads. They then talk about Google holding on to data, a new bill to ban facial recognition technology and a bunch of robots that can cook and serve food.

The Tech Giants Are Coming for Your TV

eMarketer analyst Ross Benes, forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom and principal analyst at Insider Intelligence Andrew Lipsman discuss how the tech giants are coming for your TV. They then talk about why lululemon athletica bought connected fitness startup Mirror, why premium loyalty programs are in fashion and what happens when stay-at-home orders end.

More than Half of Internet Users Say Safety is the Most Important Factor when Planning Their Next Vacation

With the coronavirus still looming across the country, 54% of US internet users indicated that feeling safe is the most important factor when booking their next vacation.

US TV Upfront Ad Spending Will Fall $5.5 Billion for the 2020-2021 Season

US upfront TV ad spending will decline 1.4% in the 2019-2020 season to $20.28 billion, and drop a substantial 27.1% in the 2020-2021 season to $14.78 billion, a $5.5 billion difference year-on-year.

Since its launch in 2017, Peace Out Skincare—known for its Acne Dot patches—has been rapidly expanding its business through an exclusive partnership with Sephora, as well as its own direct-to-consumer (D2C) business.

Instagram Is on Pace to Overtake Twitter as a News Source

A similar percentage of users now turn to Instagram for news as they do Twitter, according to new data from the Reuters Digital News Report.

If the coronavirus pandemic has produced any winners in the retail sector, digital merchants are among that number.