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The Weekly Listen: Working from Home Forever, Hulu Transactional Ads and Google to Pay Publishers Jul 2

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss what it might be like to work from home forever, Hulu's new transactional ads, Google paying select publishers, America's diversity, switching brand loyalty, YouTube's short videos, an eerie fact about corn and more.

Households in the UK Are Becoming More Digitally-Savvy, Some for the First Time

The pandemic is pushing more people to digital—some even for the first time—as many look to activities they may not have considered before lockdown.

US Ecommerce Will Rise 18% in 2020 amid the Pandemic

After eMarketer's February 2020 forecast projected modest growth of 2.8% to $5.621 trillion in total US retail sales, the coronavirus pandemic then took the US economy by storm, causing closures, stay-at-home orders, and a decline in the demand of non-essential goods.

Media Buyers Don't Expect Ad Spend to Return to Normal Levels This Year

Signs of media buyer optimism in early May seem to have been outliers, based on recent research from Advertiser Perceptions, which has been tracking US marketers' attitudes during the pandemic.

How Millennials Will Deal with Another Recession After Delaying Adulthood

eMarketer principal analyst at Insider Intelligence Mark Dolliver discusses how another recession will affect millennials and how they've delayed adulthood, but not forever. He then talks about what happens when you buck gender stereotypes in ads, the truth about people ages 65 and older and whether our digital lives will become more intertwined.

Despite a downgrade to our forecast, digital ad spending in China will still grow 5.0% this year. But there will be a power swap among the major platforms, as Tencent displaces Baidu and becomes the No. 2 publisher. And Alibaba will remain No. 1, but with lowered expectations.

In a world where consumers are empowered with unlimited access to information and ever-growing expectations, brands need to deliver remarkable experiences in order to differentiate.

Jonathan Adams, executive director and managing partner at Wavemaker, joins eMarketer co-founder and Insider Intelligence chief evangelist Geoff Ramsey in a conversation about the health of the ad ecosystem amid unprecedented disruption. Among the many topics they cover are the balance between subscription- and ad-supported video and the role of walled gardens.

In this Meet the Analyst Webinar, eMarketer principal analyst Nicole Perrin checks in on the state of customer experiences in 2020, how the pandemic has changed them, and how brands are continuing to work toward a single customer view to best serve their audiences with relevant and useful messages.

Half of Worldwide CEOs Have Seen Diminished Demand for Their Products and Services

As consumers and businesses alike pull back on spending amid the coronavirus pandemic, 50% of CEOs worldwide say that diminished demand for their company’s products and services is the biggest obstacle to their business’ viability right now, according to June 2020 data from YPO.