In yesterday's live podcast (broadcast on Clubhouse), we discussed the audio social network movement: the advantages, disadvantages, key players, and what marketers should consider. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer principal analysts Debra Aho Williamson and Jeremy Goldman, and forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence Peter Vahle.

Etsy more than doubles sales in 2020: Overall ecommerce sales skyrocketed during the pandemic, but that's not the whole story—much of Etsy's success comes from its focus on small businesses, which will help it keep growing strongly even after the pandemic.

A new agency review: Walmart is reportedly in the market for a new advertising agency to oversee its estimated $600 million US advertising budget.

Instagram's Live Rooms go live: Users can now add up to three co-hosts to livestreams, making Instagram a better competitor to upstarts like Clubhouse, which threaten its pandemic-induced live digital entertainment crown.

Brand advertising can offer higher ROI for some verticals: According to new research from Facebook, ecommerce and retail verticals may find upper-funnel ads more cost-effective than direct-response advertising—so, some marketers may need to reevaluate their strategies.