More than Half of Global Finance Executives Are Canceling Recruitment or Freezing Hiring

Putting a freeze on hiring is the top action finance executives worldwide are taking to reduce costs amid the pandemic, according to May 2020 data from Gartner.

Amazon Is About to Hit the Gas

eMarketer research analyst Daniel Keyes, principal analyst Andrew Lipsman and senior forecasting analyst Cindy Liu at Insider Intelligence discuss what happened when Amazon eased up for a few months and what will happen when it hits the gas. They then talk about some new Google features, Amazon looking to buy a driverless car company and some maybe permanent grocery store foot traffic trends.

TechStyle Fashion Group, a global fashion retailer that operates membership-based direct-to-consumer (D2C) brands—including ShoeDazzle, JustFab, Kate Hudson’s Fabletics and Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty—has become one of the fast-growing retailers with more than 5.5 million active members worldwide since it launched a decade ago.

Roku was the top connected TV (CTV) platform in the US last year with 84.7 million users, according to our estimates. This year, that figure will grow 12.5% to 95.2 million.

Placing Ads Next to Coronavirus Coverage and  How Advertisers Feel About Advertising

eMarketer forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom and principal analyst Nicole Perrin at Insider Intelligence discuss how advertisers are navigating placing ads next to coronavirus coverage and how they feel the advertising industry is shaping up this year. They then talk about theSkimm launching a digital membership model, The New York Times halting third-party ads data and why winning top of search might not matter.

Parents Struggle to Find Work/Life Balance, Turning to Digital to Keep Kids Busy

Roughly a third of US parents said working from home, while taking care of their kids at the same time, has been one of the biggest ordeals they’ve had to deal with during the pandemic.

US Podcast Listeners Will Surpass 100 Million This Year

The US podcast audience grew tremendously in 2019, as significant investments from major audio streaming services made podcast content more accessible. We now estimate that there were 92 million monthly US podcast listeners in 2019, up more than 15 million from our previous estimate of 76.4 million.

Five Insights on How China Is Striving to Be the Next 5G Leader

There is increasing demand for 5G's potential to enable emerging technologies like autonomous driving, health tech and virtual and augmented reality.

Will Facebook Shops Be the New Digital Mall?

Insider Intelligence junior analyst Blake Droesch, research analyst Daniel Keyes and principal analyst Andrew Lipsman discuss Facebook Shops and whether businesses and customers will want to use it. They then talk about the significance of Walmart shutting down Jet.com, whether polls will work on LinkedIn and what shoppers expect to do after shelter-in-place orders end.

For our new report “Influencer Marketing and the Path to Purchase,” we spoke with a number of social media influencers to find out what brand partnerships look like from their perspective. They shared insights on what creative collaboration looks like, how to engage their followers, and what they do to measure the performance of their content.

China’s online population continues to grow at a healthy clip, despite the rate of expansion naturally slowing due to the now-enormous base effect. We estimate that 914.1 million people in China will be internet users in 2020, which represents 65.6% of the population. This figure should cross 975 million by 2022, even as growth rates decline from 4.5% this year to 3.1% two years from now.

Clothing and apparel retailers will see steep declines in 2020 as spending on discretionary items comes to a near halt amid the ongoing pandemic. We forecast a drop of nearly 22% in 2020 for total sales of apparel and accessories, which equates to a year-over-year loss of over $100 billion.

The Weekly Listen: Joe Rogan Goes to Spotify, Twitter Reply Limits and TikTok AR Ads

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch and forecasting analyst Peter Vahle at Insider Intelligence discuss Joe Rogan moving exclusively to Spotify, sports trickling back, Twitter letting users limit who replies to them, TikTok AR ads, a grandmother who violated GDPR, an entire indoor town and more.

In the US, People Are Switching to Digital for Live Sports Viewing

Sports are on hold in the US due to the coronavirus pandemic, but digital live sports viewership will still rise more than 14% this year thanks to continued organic growth and accelerated cord-cutting.

eMarketer was pleased to moderate a Tech-Talk Webinar featuring Chris Jacob, director of product marketing at Salesforce. He shared the latest insights from the trailblazers that can help marketers transform their strategy and campaigns—and compete successfully in the new decade ahead.

eMarketer was pleased to moderate a Tech-Talk Webinar featuring GlobalWebIndex’s Virna Sekuj, senior insights analyst, and Katie Gilsenan, consumer insights manager. They shared insights from GWI’s latest wave of research, conducted across 17 countries, including the US and UK, to help prepare marketers for the long road to normalcy.

Weeks after China lifted its lockdown restrictions placed months ago to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, there’s a sliver of hope for the country’s retail sector.

The Ad Platform: What's Coming for US Digital Ad Spending in H2?

eMarketer is working on an updated forecast of US digital ad spending for June. Forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom and principal analyst Andrew Lipsman join host Nicole Perrin to talk about some of the big questions we're asking about connected TV, performance advertisers and digital ad product innovations.

Demand for Fast and Innovative Delivery Persists amid the Pandemic

Frictionless commerce, a trend permeating many facets of the customer journey today, leverages technology to improve the retail experience by saving people time and hassle. And arguably the most competitive battleground in frictionless commerce is in fast and free ecommerce delivery.

Walmart Is an Ecommerce Winner During Pandemic

Walmart's US ecommerce sales are expected to rise 44.2% to $41.01 billion this year, a significant bump from 2019’s stellar 36.8% growth—and an increase from our January 2020 estimate of 27.0%.