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The Ad Platform: Getting and Keeping Customers in the Social Distancing Economy Aug 5

Shoppers' routines have been disrupted, and many have tried new brands or digital retailers as a result. Jaysen Gillespie, vice president and head of analytics and data science at Criteo, joins Nicole Perrin, eMarketer principal analyst at Insider Intelligence, to discuss acquiring vs. retaining customers during the pandemic, along with other marketing strategies for the social distancing economy.

Today’s brands must consistently deliver tailored, meaningful and relevant communications to customers and prospects alike, but it’s challenging. Find out how eBay used optimized marketing language to increase brand engagement and loyalty.

As the pandemic caused widespread shutdowns, consumers who traditionally preferred brick-and-mortar retail shifted at least some of their spending to digital channels.

US Podcast Ad Spending to Surpass $1 Billion Next Year

Podcast listenership in the US has been soaring in recent years and advertising dollars are following. Podcast ad spending is a bright spot amid lackluster digital radio spending. According to eMarketer’s latest forecast, US podcast ad spending will surpass 20% of digital radio ad spending this year and cross the $1 billion mark next year.

How Digital Giants in China Are Helping Revive the Country's Retail Sector

China’s retail sector has been on a steady path to recovery over the past few months. According to June data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in China, retail sales experienced a year-over-year drop of 1.8%, reaching $485.30 billion (RMB3.353 trillion). That was an increase of 1 percentage point over the prior month.

After launching in roughly 450 US Whole Foods locations—and partnering with New York City-based Italian restaurant Pomodoro Rosso last year—plant-based meat company Meatless Farm launched its own direct-to-consumer (D2C) site amid the pandemic, as consumer shopping behaviors continue to lean to ecommerce.

During its recent earnings call, Comcast said that NBCUniversal's new streaming service Peacock reached 10 million sign-ups since its soft launch in April this year.

eMarketer analyst Ross Benes, senior analyst Audrey Schomer and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss the full release of NBCUniversal's new video streaming service, Peacock, and where it slots in to a crowded market. Then eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver and vice president of research Jennifer Pearson discuss some new and interesting findings about young people's use of screens.

Six in 10 US Business and Technology Decision-Makers Find Employee Training Challenging

Of the US business and technology decision-makers polled, 61% cited training and development as a workforce challenge during the pandemic, according June data from TEKsystems.

Most US Parents Believe Virtual/Distance Learning Will Hinder Their Child’s Success

As debate flares over the potential reopening of K-12 schools and universities this fall, 37% of US parents strongly disagree that their child would be just as successful with virtual/distance learning.