Social Media


Following a redesign in early 2018 that prompted some US users to leave the platform and stifled growth elsewhere, Snapchat is making a comeback. New features and a rebuilt Android platform are giving the social network new momentum. In its latest forecast on worldwide social network users, eMarketer has upgraded its estimates for Snapchat users for 2019 through 2023.

eMarketer forecasting analyst Rini Mukhopadhyay tees up our usage figures for mobile messaging apps worldwide, which recently hit a tipping point against mobile phone social network users.

eMarketer junior analyst Blake Droesch, principal analyst Andrew Lipsman and junior forecasting analyst Nazmul Islam explain how Americans’ social media behaviors are changing, whether teens are more likely to use TikTok vs. Facebook, the impact of Tumblr’s “Group Chats” and the likely popularity of Twitter’s new “Topics” feature.

We spoke with Lone Thomsen, who was recently appointed global CMO of The Meatless Farm Co. The former head of media and communications at The Coca-Cola Co. discusses the brand's new partnership, its US market expansion and why plant-based diets are becoming so trendy.

Last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat through a congressional hearing over the company’s Libra cryptocurrency efforts, Instagram launched a standalone messaging app for users, and Twitter banned political advertising on its platform—and that was just a tiny portion of what made the news.

eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver and Nicole Perrin and junior analyst Blake Droesch discuss how moderation plays into online communities, analyze Snapchat’s Q3 results and shed light on how streaming services are gearing up for the next front in the streaming wars.

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver and vice president of research Jennifer Pearson discuss young people: why they don't always want to be reachable, how many think their parents are addicted to their devices, why they stay on social media despite resenting it and more.

eMarketer, in collaboration with Starcom Worldwide and GlobalWebIndex, released its annual Global Media Intelligence Report on key digital trends worldwide this week.

It’s now been more than a year since TikTok launched in the US, and in that short period, the Chinese-owned video app has capitalized on the viral nature of its platform by partnering with a number of brands and slowly unveiling a slew of advertising capabilities.

eMarketer junior analyst Blake Droesch explains Facebook’s mass app removal, new ad initiatives and hiding likes. He also discusses Twitter’s controversial “hide replies” feature, Snapchat increasing the length of video ads and more.

Since Instagram rolled out its Checkout feature earlier this year, brands have begun linking influencer content to shopping tools as a way to drive—and measure—direct sales. Should the platform hide likes from public view, which it began testing in the US this week, influencer marketers could be forced to look beyond vanity metrics to more advanced measurement tools, including social commerce and in-store purchase behavior.

Though TikTok has become a craze among some younger Americans over the past year, recent headlines over a US government investigation into the platform’s Chinese parent company ByteDance regarding national security concerns have some marketers worrying.

eMarketer senior analyst Jasmine Enberg joins principal analyst Nicole Perrin to discuss a Pew Research Center survey about Americans’ opinions about social media and the news, and whether people really consider Facebook a go-to source of information about current events.

The nature of kids’ screen time has change dramatically since the heyday of Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and today’s screen universe is ever-expanding, presenting parents with new challenges of limiting consumption and monitoring content. New research from the Angus Reid Institute shows that parents in Canada are worried about the potential addictiveness of digital devices.

Even for some luxury brands, authenticity trumps production quality when it comes to influencer marketing. That’s the case for American Express, which uses a mix of long- and short-term influencers to promote its products and services in a way that feels organic to the influencers’ aesthetic.

eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson and junior analyst Blake Droesch explain whether people (and advertisers) should get excited about the new social media phenomenon TikTok. They also discuss Instagram’s new messaging app Threads, Facebook’s potential rebrand, Snapchat’s new dynamic ads and more.

eMarketer forecasting director Shelleen Shum breaks down Facebook’s average ad revenues per user in the UK, including Instagram.

Creators are all over the news, but are they different from influencers? While it’s easy to say yes, it’s hard to say why. For our latest report, “Video Ads in Social Media 2019,” we explored how the two are differentiated.

eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver and Nicole Perrin join vice president of content studio Paul Verna to discuss Airbnb’s upcoming IPO, Facebook’s acquisition of “mind-reading wristband” company CTRL-labs, highlights from New York Advertising Week 2019 and more.