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.

People routinely refer to the digital era as one of rapid change. But it’s more accurate to say the pace is uneven. This Roundup includes data, insights and interviews on the latest trends impacting digital ad spending and key happenings across marketing channels.

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

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.

eMarketer senior forecasting analyst Cindy Liu explores our usage numbers for connected TV in the UK, including key factors at play, like smart TVs. Watch now.

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.

eMarketer forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom shares our numbers for monthly Spotify listeners in the UK vs. the US. Watch now.

eMarketer principal analysts Nicole Perrin and Andrew Lipsman discuss what makes for a good loyalty scheme. They also break down Pinterest’s Q2 results, the impact of a negative review and lessons learned from Amazon Prime Day 2019.

When a B2B company is starting to build or assess its current marketplace strategy, understanding the different marketplace options is a first step. For our “B2B Marketplaces 2019” report, we analyzed the top three B2B marketplaces in the US—Amazon Business, Alibaba and Thomas—along with an overview of what makes their platforms work for both buyers and sellers.

Consumers are hesitant to engage with the latest automated customer experience offerings. In industries like healthcare and financial services, many prefer to consult with humans through traditional mediums. But in retail, more are willing to use emerging technologies—including chatbots and artificial intelligence (AI).

For the first time ever, US consumers will spend more time using their mobile devices than watching TV, with smartphone use dominating that time spent. Consumers’ use of smartphones will continue to make up the majority of their media consumption, but we predict that use will plateau by 2020 as consumers become increasingly uneasy about overuse of mobile devices.

Straddling the analogue and digital divide, Xers are readily reachable by marketers, but they can be picky when it comes to where and how they want to interact with ads. We spoke with demographics thought-leaders about this generation’s device and media usage.

Utilizing marketplaces is one way for a seller to expand reach. But for some manufacturers and distributors, that increased reach is not worth the competitive threats that they may face on a marketplace.

eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver and Nicole Perrin discuss a new bill banning autoplay video, the details of the Capital One hack, why a drone fell out of the sky and more.

Travel is the sixth-largest industry in terms of ad spending in the US this year, according to our newest estimates. Rising competition and a strong economy are prompting travel companies to increase their ad budgets to capture a larger market share.

Cord-cutting has often been described as consumers adopting over-the-top (OTT) services while dropping their pay TV subscriptions, but our latest forecasts show that OTT adoption has begun to stabilize while decreases to the number of pay TV households is accelerating.

US consumers dig digital audio, and as listenership heats up, so does advertiser investment. For direct-to-consumer (D2C) brands, podcasts are top-of-mind as they provide engaging and influential ad opportunities.

In our Facebook Advertising in 2021 report, eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson detailed how advertisers are currently engaging with Facebook and how that might change if controversy and the subsequent reduction of targeting tools continues. Among the CMOs we spoke with were Brandon Rhoten of the restaurant chain Potbelly Sandwich Works, Allison Lowrie of the digital classifieds service ANGI Homeservices Inc. and Peter Scheer of the ecommerce car retailer Vroom.

eMarketer senior forecasting analyst Oscar Orozco tees up our numbers for the US non-pay TV population and how we define cord-cutters and cord-nevers. Watch now.

eMarketer junior forecasting analyst Nazmul Islam breaks down our display and search ad spend numbers and explains why video is a large component of display’s growth in Canada. Watch now.