Advertising & Marketing


Social Media Didn’t Experience the Pandemic Bump You May Have Expected

Many people turned to social media in recent months to stay connected with friends and loved ones and to share information. But the pandemic didn’t increase the number of people using social networks or messaging apps.

3 Key Trends Shaping the Media Landscape This Year

As the coronavirus spread in the first half of 2020, we might have expected radical changes in the media behavior of consumers around the world. But for the most part, that didn’t happen. That’s just one insight to emerge from eMarketer’s newly released 2020 Global Media Intelligence (GMI) Report, a detailed look at internet users’ engagement with digital and traditional media in 42 major markets, produced in collaboration with Starcom Worldwide and GlobalWebIndex.

Yes, Adults Are More Stressed Because of the Pandemic, Especially with Juggling Work and Home Life

Many adults worldwide are feeling the effects of the pandemic, particularly on their mental health

Is the 5G iPhone 12 the Future of Smartphones?

eMarketer research analyst Hirsch Chitkara and principal analyst at Insider Intelligence Yory Wurmser discuss the new 5G iPhone 12 and whether it will be a game-changer. They then talk about living in a mobile-first world, why your next phone might come without any apps and rewarded video vs. in-app purchases.

Why Procter & Gamble Wants to Upend the Upfronts

Traditionally, advertisers make big spending commitments to get the best deal on TV inventory. eMarketer principal analyst at Insider Intelligence Nicole Perrin speaks with fellow principal analyst Andrew Lipsman, senior analyst Ross Benes, and forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom about why Procter & Gamble's chief brand officer Marc Pritchard thinks marketers don't benefit from this arrangement as much as those on the sell side do. They also talk about what's going on at Quibi, Apple TV+, and The Walt Disney Co.

The media and entertainment industries have traditionally made up a small fraction of the US digital ad market, and we expect their shares to remain flat or diminish through 2021. This partly has to do with traditional media conglomerates tightening their belts; their own ad revenues will continue to decline as ad dollars shift away from print and TV and toward the digital duopolies.

Rather than blindly relying on third-party brand safety mechanisms baked into programmatic exchanges, brands should look at other indicators for quality and develop direct relationships with publishers.

In a challenging year for advertising worldwide, Germany will experience a slowdown similar to that of every other market we track. Germany’s digital ad spending had grown at double-digit rates for each of the past three years, but pandemic-disrupted 2020 will see that growth slow to just 0.8%.

What Does the US House Antitrust Report Mean for Facebook's Future?

Business Insider Intelligence research associate Hirsch Chitkara and eMarketer principal analysts at Insider Intelligence Mark Dolliver and Nicole Perrin discuss the latest intelligence report from the US House of Representatives, what it could mean for advertisers, and what its findings might mean for the future of Facebook.

The Weekly Listen: Negative Emotions in Ads, End of the Upfronts, and Influencer Parents

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss how negative emotions are received in ads, whether we're witnessing the beginning of the end of the Upfronts, if paying with your hands is a good idea, the significance of LinkedIn Stories, if parents are actually influencers, what the Boston Celtics and Twitter have in common, and more.

A Deep Dive into the Digital Lives of Internet Users Worldwide

eMarketer principal analyst at Insider Intelligence Karin von Abrams discusses our Global Media Intelligence Report 2020, which compiles data and insights about internet users’ digital and traditional media usage across 42 countries. This annual project is a partnership between eMarketer and Starcom, and based on research from GlobalWebIndex. Also joining the discussion are Jason Mander, chief research officer at GlobalWebIndex, and Kelly Kokonas, executive vice president of global data strategy, technology and analytics, at Starcom.

What Happens to Print During a Pandemic?

eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver and Nicole Perrin, junior forecasting analyst Nazmul Islam and senior forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence Oscar Orozco discuss what the coronavirus pandemic has and hasn't done to print media. They then talk about racial diversity in ads, millennials in decision-making roles, and American teens' favorite social media platforms.

Streaming Services Spend Heavily on Marketing amid Pandemic

Most advertisers have pulled back their spending, but streaming services are marketing themselves as heavily as ever.

In recent months, both Instagram and Snapchat have made several changes to their products that are reminiscent of growing contender TikTok. Instagram launched its highly-anticipated feature Reels, which allows users to create short videos set to music, and Snapchat introduced a slew of new features, including adding music and a test for vertical navigation.

Senior Marketers Are Split on the Future of Offices

As companies like Twitter and Microsoft announce long-term remote work policies, business leaders are grappling with what their return-to-office plan may look like.

The Weekly Listen: Digital Events During COVID-19, Fighting Misinformation on Twitter, and Online Shopping Through YouTube

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch, principal analyst Jillian Ryan, and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss the major digital pivot to reimagined events amid COVID-19. Then, the usual suspects talk about Twitter's fight against election misinformation, TikTok's potential rivals, untapped marketing to lower-income customers, ecommerce within YouTube, and how cats aren't as heartless as they seem.

Apparel manufacturing company Dickies recently launched a digital-first content campaign to build on its ongoing diversity efforts. Amid the pandemic, it had to be shot by the very creators highlighted in it, using their own devices.

Marketers Spend on Live Sports Ads

eMarketer senior analyst Ross Benes, forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom and senior forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence Oscar Orozco discuss the gradual return of sports audiences and how advertisers are viewing these marketing opportunities. They then talk about Facebook halting political ads after the election, Twitch selling inventory on Amazon's advertising platform, and out-of-home advertising in Q2.

The healthcare and pharma industry has been slower to embrace digital marketing compared with other verticals we track. Heavy regulation makes ad targeting more difficult, which has kept traditional media buys and in-person marketing popular.

In terms of the allocations of spend across industries, 2020 will be a story of two trends. On one hand, digital ad investments (and advertising investments overall, for that matter) in some sectors will decline immensely as a result of those industries facing insurmountable barriers. On the other, the pandemic will allow certain other industries to remain resilient in terms of digital spend, with relatively strong growth forecasts for the year. It comes as no surprise that the automotive and travel industries will experience huge spending declines in 2020. As the UK imposed strict lockdown rules, pretty much all travel was nixed for several months. Investment in digital advertising by these two industries will thus suffer, with spend declining by 20.4% for auto and by 36.7% for travel this year.