Media & Entertainment

Internet users don’t love digital ads, but they don’t hate all formats equally. Consumer surveys have found it’s interruptive ads that frustrate users most: ads that take over the screen, prevent users from reading text, or force them to wait before a video plays, for example.

Retail media has revolutionized the search ad market, where most of the focus still is. But display and video ads that target consumers higher in the funnel are becoming a more important part of the mix, and technological innovation is ushering in new ad products that bring together the best of branding and the best of performance marketing.

Roku is helping Shopify merchants deploy CTV ad campaigns: The move will increase the total addressable market of Roku’s ad platform, while also increasing accessibility for SMBs.

Digital video viewership passed 3 billion people worldwide in 2020 as growth outpaced pre-pandemic expectations. By year-end 2021, that number will hit 3.26 billion, but growth is expected to slow.

Streaming services hit highs and lows at this year’s Emmy Awards: While Netflix and Apple TV+ swept categories and broke records, Paramount+ users struggled to simply watch the event.

Spotify is still expanding its podcast listenership in the US, while Apple Podcasts’ has essentially stagnated. In fact, Spotify will narrowly surpass Apple in this metric by the end of this year.

On today's episode, we discuss Facebook's new Ray-Ban smart glasses, whether time spent on TikTok actually surpassed YouTube, what branded gaming on Roblox looks like, how to get noticed as a marketer, whether selling Super Bowl ads early is a good move, how to make friends while working from home, how two people reversed climate change in their hometown, and more. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer principal analyst Suzy Davidkhanian, director of reports editing Rahul Chadha, and analyst at Insider Intelligence Blake Droesch.

Nearly 10 years after the failed Google Glass launch, Facebook and other device makers are trying, once again, to make smart glasses mainstream.

On today's episode, we discuss what this new Amazon TV is all about, how soon we can expect TV commerce, whether we'll see voice-enabled ads, and what the content play might be. We then talk about Peloton launching its own apparel brand, why lululemon is crushing expectations, and Amazon's cashierless technology coming to Whole Foods. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer principal analyst at Insider Intelligence Andrew Lipsman.

US adults spend significantly more time listening to terrestrial radio than to any other ad-supported audio format.

Top-down government intervention in China’s tech sector is not new, but the current blitz of new policy announcements is keeping even the most seasoned marketers on their heels.

In North America, TV is the dominant screen for viewing OTT video content, accounting for 82% of time spent on the activity in Q2 2021.

Amazon’s new smart TVs will disrupt both the connected TV (CTV) and TV measurement industries: Amazon Fire TV is already a major player, but its new CTV lines will let it take advantage of the ongoing fracturing of TV measurement.

In Q2 2016, Spotify was primarily an ad-supported platform among 25- to 54-year-olds in the US.

Disney's exclusive theatrical runs come back with "Shang-Chi": The Marvel movie will only come to Disney+ after 45 days—and while that's better than straight-to-streaming, it's still an adjustment for theaters used to 90-day runs.

Around the world, mobile is the No. 1 device for watching YouTube, capturing 63% of the platform’s video views in Q2 2021.

On today's episode, we discuss how Disney+ stacks up against the competition and how Disney-owned Hulu and ESPN+ are getting on. We then talk about the Media Rating Council (MRC) taking its accreditation from Nielsen's measurement services, whether national TV ad minutes per hour are going up or down, and if Apple TV+ will ever be able to enter the real streaming wars conversation. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer principal analyst at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna.

The fall TV blitz may not be enough to undo new viewing habits: Broadcasters may not be able to reverse pandemic-era trends, and the number of new streaming services is putting a strain on viewers' wallets.