Media Buying

On today's episode, in our "Retail Me This, Retail Me That" segment, we discuss direct-to-consumer (D2C) brands: where they started, what they’re up to now, and where they’re headed. Then for "Pop-Up Rankings," we rank the top five D2Cs that are going to endure in the digital age. Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts analyst Andrew Lipsman.

Netflix is playing catchup with its younger competitors: The platform began building livestream capabilities while competitors launch completed products.

US average time spent with digital will hit 8 hours and 14 minutes per day in 2022 after first crossing the 8-hour mark last year. That 1.9% increase isn't as big as in past pandemic years, but it's still eating up a bigger share of overall time spent with media.

During the 2022 midterm elections, more than $1 billion will be spent on OTT and CTV ads, research projects. With the right tools and approach, political marketers can capture opportunities within this growing landscape.

On today's episode, we discuss how many people are cryptocurrency owners, which direct-to-consumer companies are leading the category, and what Meta's overall ad revenues total up to. "In Other News," we talk about the number of people who aren't using the internet and whether consumer enthusiasm for DoorDash will remain high. Tune in to the discussion with our analysts Whitney Birdsall and Nazmul Islam.

Consumers want control over their ad experiences: Google is taking steps toward greater personalization, but new data suggests that personalization experiences don’t always yield better results for advertisers.

Advertisers and platforms identify Hispanic media as a growth opportunity: TelevisaUnivision, NBCUniversal, and Canela are among the players looking to strengthen their relationships with this demographic group.

Podcasts are expected to reach more than 500 million listeners worldwide by 2024. With this growth and innovations in podcast advertising in mind, many marketers now see the channel as essential to their media buying strategy.

US TikTok users will spend more time with the social media platform this year than YouTube users will spend on YouTube. This difference will be just about a fraction of a minute but will expand in years to come.

On today's episode, we discuss what to make of Meta's turnaround user growth and slowing ad sales. "In Other News," we talk about the most important thing to pay attention to when it comes to influencers this year and whether Reels is Facebook's future. Tune in to the discussion with our analyst Jasmine Enberg.

Virtual product placements are about to become big business: Both Amazon and NBCUniversal touted new ad units during the NewFronts.

Two years in, Meta’s latest ecommerce effort fails to resonate: Retailers are frustrated by the lack of basic elements, such as the ability to display products in multiple colors.

Podcasting finds favor with brand advertisers: US ad spending on podcasts is growing at double-digit rates and will pass $2 billion in 2023.

NBCU is searching for new standards in video advertising: The network is challenging competitors and bringing new solutions across the fragmented industry.

Meta juggles its Facebook present and metaverse future: The social network gains users, but recent losses could mean less money for metaverse R&D, giving VR platform competitors an opening.

AppTrackingTransparency isn’t the death knell some feared: Just under half of all users have consented to tracking, far above initial estimates.

Consumers are growing frustrated with ineffective digital ads: A new survey shows that the ad industry’s lack of a proper targeting solution is alienating consumers.

Consumers are worried about the surge of ads in gaming: Xbox and Sony both have in-game ad programs in the works, and consumers aren’t thrilled.

Netflix is the final domino to fall in streaming’s advertising pivot: The company’s shocking loss of 200,000 subscribers means big changes are coming.