Media Buying


Reading the Tea Leaves on Facebook’s Q1 2020 Earnings

Facebook had a decent Q1, all things considered. Ad revenues rose 17% year over year, reaching $17.44 billion, and user growth was especially strong. There are now nearly 3 billion people using Facebook’s family of apps on a monthly basis worldwide.

The Ad Platform: Consumer Confidence and Concern During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Ellen Houston, managing director at research firm Civis Analytics, joins host Nicole Perrin to talk about some of the company's recent polling about how consumers are reacting to the coronavirus pandemic. They cover media usage, job and virus worries, shopping behaviors and more.

In its Q1 results announced earlier this week, Alphabet's ad revenue growth slowed significantly due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the slowdown was in line with our more optimistic expectations for the digital ad market, meaning cautious optimism may be in order for Q2.

Without Sports, What Happens to Cord-Cutting and TV Ad Dollars?

eMarketer analyst Ross Benes, forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom, Business Insider Intelligence research associate Daniel Carnahan and senior analyst Audrey Schomer discuss whether the coronavirus might accelerate cord-cutting, whether sports TV rights will shift to digital platforms quicker, how a delayed NFL season could impact ad spending, how many Americans watch sports, what a second COVID-19 wave might do to the leagues and its lasting effects on sports consumption.

US Consumers Are Flocking to TikTok

TikTok is experiencing a substantial boost during the coronavirus pandemic. It added more than 12 million US unique visitors in March, reaching 52.2 million, according to data provided to us by Comscore. Between January and March, its US unique visitor count rose 48.3%.

How Will the Coronavirus Change the Facebook and Google Duopoly?

eMarketer principal analysts Nicole Perrin and Debra Aho Williamson discuss how COVID-19 has changed engagement and the flow of ad dollars to the digital duopoly of Facebook and Google. They then talk about gamifying social distancing, Mozilla and Scroll's 'Firefox Better Web,' and Instagram 'Co-Watching.'

Live TV vs. Video Streaming During the Coronavirus Pandemic

eMarketer analyst Ross Benes and forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom discuss what people in quarantine are watching. Will TV advertising dip? Which streaming services will gobble up new users? They then talk about Apple's new iPhone, how HBO Max plans to launch and empathy-led marketing.

Three Takeaways from Snap’s Q1 2020 Earnings: What Advertisers Need to Know

Snap Inc. reported strong gains in both users and revenues in its Q1 2020 earnings on Tuesday, despite growing concerns about the impact of the coronavirus on worldwide ad budgets. Here are three takeaways for advertisers.

TV ad spending in the US will decline by between 22.3% and 29.3% in H1 2020, about $10 billion to $12 billion less than expected. Our previous forecast, completed on March 6, 2020, called for a 2.0% increase for the full year.

Despite the economic downturn brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, we estimate that US spending on digital video advertising still has the potential to increase by as much as 7.8% during H1 2020—or decrease by as much as 5.2% vs. H1 2019.

Ad Spending Surged for Amazon in Q1 as Shoppers Stocked Up

Advertising on Amazon has been volatile for the past few months as consumers caught on to the approaching coronavirus crisis and began stocking up on supplies. Shopping surged, driving many products out of stock. That in turn dried up advertising competition in certain categories—and Amazon’s de-prioritization of nonnecessities had the same effect on other categories.

eMarketer senior forecasting analyst Oscar Orozco joins global director of public relations Douglas Clark to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting eMarketer’s forecasts on time spent with audio, including new figures for Spotify, Pandora and total podcast listeners.

Netflix Climbs Further on Top of the Video Streaming World

eMarketer analyst Ross Benes, forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom and Business Insider Intelligence senior analyst Audrey Schomer discuss Netflix subscriber and revenue growth. Will we see a "Netflix with Ads" option? Does the streaming giant have an impending content problem? They then talk about political ad spending, whether tablets will make a comeback and Google asking advertisers for identification.

Netflix added 2.31 million net new paid subscribers in the US and Canada in Q1 2020, bringing the region's total subscriber count to 69.97 million. That's growth of about 5% year over year. The company attributed stronger worldwide growth to increased media consumption during quarantines.

Teens' and Kids' Media Diets During the Coronavirus

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Lucy Koch and vice president of research Jennifer Pearson discuss the media diets of kids and teens in quarantine. They then talk about how older individuals and women are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, the video streaming platforms with the best kids content and more.

eMarketer senior forecasting analyst Oscar Orozco joins global director of public relations Douglas Clark to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting eMarketer’s forecasts on time spent with social media, including revised numbers for Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.

eMarketer senior forecasting analyst Oscar Orozco joins global director of public relations Douglas Clark to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting eMarketer’s forecasts on time spent with digital video, including the role of connected TVs and smartphones.

The 'Podcast' Podcast: Listening Habits and Ad Spending

eMarketer forecasting analysts Eric Haggstrom and Peter Vahle, along with principal analysts Andrew Lipsman and Nicole Perrin, discuss the who, what, where, when and why of podcast listening, and how advertiser approaches toward the medium are changing. They then talk about Roku users viewing habits, tech to fight robocalling and Facebook's couples-only messaging app.

China's economy, and subsequently its ad market, will face ongoing challenges this year due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. However, history shows that programmatic advertising—the use of automation in the buying, selling or fulfillment of ads—is in a strong position to withstand such downturns.

In this episode hosted by eMarketer global director of public relations Douglas Clark, forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom discusses how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting eMarketer’s video ad spending forecasts, including predictions on digital video viewing habits heading into Q2.