Media Buying


On July 1, 2020, many advertisers pulled their spending from Facebook and Instagram, and in some cases Twitter, to show solidarity with the racial justice movement and for other reasons. While it got a lot of media attention, the ad boycott did not negatively affect the social properties’ ad revenues.

Today marks a big milestone at Insider Intelligence: We launched our new platform, unifying our two brands (eMarketer and Business Insider Intelligence) into a single online experience and expanded our Financial Services coverage. We also just published a report that’s been long in the making--and it happens to be our very first under the new brand.

eMarketer principal analyst Jeremy Goldman, forecasting analyst Peter Vahle, and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss Spotify's strategic positioning as a complete podcasting ecosystem. They then talk about how much time Americans spend on their phones during their lifetime, why Alexa's asking follow-up questions, and what we can expect from the new "Apple One" bundle.

One thorny problem with connected TV (CTV) advertising is that the growing number of ad dollars spent on CTV has attracted fraudsters. How big is this problem? It depends who you ask.

Today’s sociopolitical events have lit a fire under brands to address social injustice and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in deeper ways than they have in the past. Companies are using marketing and advertising to respond to and support discussions about systemic racism and the Black Lives Matter protests, the fight for LGBTQ rights, the #MeToo movement, the COVID-19 pandemic, and issues of immigration reform, to name a few.

eMarketer forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom and principal analyst at Insider Intelligence Nicole Perrin discuss Google's (and YouTube's) latest earnings. They then talk about how much of a concern ad fraud is within connected TV advertising, the implications of the California Privacy Rights Act, and how people interpret emotionally infused ads.

eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver, Nicole Perrin, and Yory Wurmser join vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna to discuss what a revised Section 230 might look like, the pivot to localized and loyalty-based marketing next year, re-reclassifying Uber and Lyft drivers in California, the changing tides of media ad spending, AMC Theatres being close to the edge, how an apple and an onion can taste the same, and more.

Worldwide total media ad spend is expected to record a growth of -4.5% this year to reach $614 billion. This is just slightly up from our previous forecast of -4.9% growth in June 2020, but a sharp contrast to our pre-pandemic estimate of 7.0%.

This year, digital ad spend in the US entertainment industry will drop by 6.9% to $7.03 billion.

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.

The food and beverage category is seeing the biggest gains in retail ecommerce sales growth this year as more consumers have gotten comfortable shopping online amid the pandemic. Over the past few months, Kellogg’s has also experienced this digital growth and implemented ongoing efforts to adapt to the rapidly changing retail environment.

David Cohen, CEO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) joins eMarketer co-founder and Insider Intelligence chief evangelist Geoff Ramsey to discuss how digital advertising is adapting to changing times, including the growth of the connected TV ecosystem, developments in privacy regulation, the quest for marketing attribution, and the need for identity resolution in a post-cookie world.

A major challenge in measuring connected TV (CTV) audiences is that most of the time people spend streaming happens devoid of advertising.

In June, the Media Rating Council (MRC) announced it would be shifting its focus from ad delivery to outcomes in its standards development work. MRC senior vice president of digital research and standards Ron Pinelli joins eMarketer principal analyst at Insider Intelligence Nicole Perrin to talk about what the MRC has learned so far about current measurement and attribution practices, why it's important to have a shared set of standards for measuring outcomes, and whether advertisers are ready for a shift away from user-level attribution.

Business Insider Intelligence research analyst Daniel Keyes and eMarketer principal analyst at Insider Intelligence Andrew Lipsman discuss how Amazon tripled its revenues during an economic recession. They then talk about how Pinterest posted such strong Q3 growth, Walmart converting some stores into ecommerce labs, and Under Armour selling its smartphone app MyFitnessPal.

Prior to the pandemic, we expected search ad spending to grow by 14.4% this year as part of a trend of gradually slowing growth from 2018 through the end of our forecast period in 2024. When the pandemic upended those expectations, we revised our outlook in anticipation of a virtual halt to travel industry search spending. But as more information has come in throughout the summer and early fall about the pace of consumer ecommerce spending, we have again updated our estimates of search ad spending in 2020—this time, in a positive direction.

eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson and junior analyst at Insider Intelligence Blake Droesch discuss Snapchat's surprising Q3 earnings. They then talk about the current TikTok debacle, how Facebook is monetizing WhatsApp, and the development of Facebook Gaming.

Ecommerce channel advertising is having a big year, with eMarketer forecasting accelerated growth for 2020. Profitero CEO Bryan Wiener joins eMarketer principal analyst at Insider Intelligence Nicole Perrin to discuss consumers' massive shift to ecommerce, how it's benefited the ad businesses of Amazon and other marketplaces, and what online sellers should consider as they strategize for Q4 and beyond.

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.

US TV ad spending is now expected to decline by 15.0% this year to reach $60 billion, down from $70.59 billion in 2019.