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Facebook Dating launched in the US last week, giving users ages 18 and older access to typical dating app features like specialized profiles and matchmaking algorithms. Though the dating app space is crowded, Facebook has an opportunity to set itself apart by simplifying what's arguably the most vexing aspect of online dating: setting up a profile.

How Consumers Really Feel About Ads

eMarketer principal analyst Nicole Perrin explains how consumers feel about ads why they feel that way: What ads do they least like? Which ones are they most receptive to? How should advertisers respond? Then, principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson talks about the US launch of Facebook’s dating service, how young people feel about ‘likes’ and the impact of the social platform’s latest data breach.

Why Retailers Need to Pay Attention to TikTok

Video-sharing app TikTok was the darling of VidCon this year. The media latched onto its low-fi approach of seeding creators all over the conference, where fans could easily interact with them. By contrast, YouTube creators were often cordoned off into formal presentations and meet-and-greets.

Facebook to Steer Readers to Publishers’ Sites

eMarketer principal analyst Nicole Perrin discusses Facebook’s plan to give publishers more curation control over how their articles look on the platform. She also talks about the implications of letting Yelp users personalize their homepage experience and how effective the BBC’s new voice assistant can be in a competitive digital market.

The Weekly Listen: YouTube Kids Ads, Facebook ‘Clear History’ Tool, and Discreet Facial Recognition

eMarketer principal analysts Nicole Perrin and Mark Dolliver join vice president of content studio Paul Verna to chat about YouTube’s announcement that it will stop targeting ads toward kids, whether podcasts are the future of radio, the significance of Facebook’s new ‘Off-Facebook Activity’ feature and more.

The Three Ps of Gen X Tech Use: Plugged In, (Social) Platforms and Privacy

Adopting new technology is the norm among Generation X, and unlike digital natives, this adoption hasn’t crowded out old media. But before marketers can tap into Xers’ widespread accessibility, they should understand their unique device and media usage, social platform preferences and privacy concerns.

The Weekly Listen: Verizon Sells Tumblr, Facebook Movie Ads, and Snapchat’s Newest Spectacles

eMarketer principal analysts Nicole Perrin and Mark Dolliver join vice president of content studio Paul Verna to discuss Verizon’s sale of Tumblr to Automattic, the acceleration of cord-cutting, Facebook’s new movie ads, Snapchat’s third pair of sunglasses and more.

eMarketer senior forecasting analyst Cindy Liu breaks down our Facebook audience numbers for key age groups and a silver lining for the social network.

eMarketer forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom discusses ad spend trends for Weibo, China’s Twitter, and drivers behind its continued growth.

How Authentic Can an Influencer Really Be?

eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson discusses the influencer shift toward authenticity, and why influencer marketing may soon become regulated. She also assesses Facebook’s mind-reading program, a TikTok smartphone and Apple’s new credit card.

Consumers Are Influenced by Brands on Social

More brands are using social platforms like Pinterest and Instagram to not only discover new products, but to ultimately buy them. And that seems to be paying off, according to a July 2019 study from rating and review marketing company Yotpo.

The Renaissance of Somewhat Controversial Public Transit Ads

eMarketer principal analysts Nicole Perrin and Andrew Lipsman discuss the wave of contentious subway ads: What's allowed? What isn't? Why have startups become obsessed with marketing on public transit? They also talk about YouTube's latest FTC fine, a new partnership between TikTok and the National Football League and more.

Is Instagram’s New Close Friends App ‘Threads’ the Future of Social?

eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson and junior analyst Blake Droesch explain whether Americans want a social app geared toward close friends. Then, forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom discusses whether the Disney+ bundle can lure sports viewers from cable, breaks down whether Waymo’s robot taxi improvements outweigh rider complaints and more.

What Does Your Brain on Influencer Marketing Look Like?

Measuring attribution and return on investment remains a key challenge when marketing with influencers—which means that it can be hard to quantify the merits of utilizing them. But neuroscience research from the UK, showing cognitive responses to traditional marketing vs. influencer posts, may provide some answers.

Facebook’s Privacy Tool Is Here and Here’s What Advertisers Need to Know

Facebook recently announced that it will finally roll out its long-promised “Clear History” tool, now known as “Off-Facebook Activity.” The tool will show users the information third-party websites and apps have shared about them with Facebook and allow them to disconnect that browsing history from their profiles, preventing its use for ad targeting.

You Can Tell a Lot About Someone Just from Their Voice

eMarketer principal analyst Victoria Petrock explains how much you can learn from someone's voice, British Airways's VR in-flight entertainment headsets and a recent facial recognition ruling against Facebook.

eMarketer has downgraded Facebook user growth in both France and Germany, due to declines among younger age groups as they shift their usage to other platforms. Total user growth for the platform will essentially be flat in both countries, according to our latest social user forecast.

Is the Internet Manipulating Me?

eMarketer principal analyst Nicole Perrin talks about the dark side of the internet. She also discusses how Facebook can target ads without personal data and Lyft's Q2 results.

Influencers Have More Sway Among D2C Shoppers

Scrolling through social media, it’s hard not to be influenced by influencers. Do you need another carry-on bag? Probably not. But do you have to have it after you saw an influencer capturing its essence on the hills of Santorini, and you suddenly saw yourself there? Of course you do.

How Ratings and Reviews Guide Consumers

Consumers can be super picky about shopping. Some will spend hours looking for the right deal, only to back out at the last-minute because of shipping costs. Others won’t consider a product unless it’s accumulated enough positive ratings and reviews—or unless their closest confidants personally recommend it.