Advertising & Marketing

Historically, most marketers have equated search with general search engines—especially Google. But many of consumers’ most commercially oriented queries are entered directly on retail sites. And for the most part, that means Amazon.

Consumers are constantly in search of convenience, particularly in the form of timesaving. In the past 12 months, numerous direct-to-consumer (D2C) meal plan services have emerged, offering consumers an alternative solution to home cooking without paying a dreaded visit to the grocery store—or spending time trying to figure out a recipe.

For months, survey data has shown that very few US businesses are ready to comply with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). With the legislation having kicked in on January 1, at least half of US companies may still be struggling to comply.

Aptly named D2C brand Brandless, an online purveyor of minimalist grocery, wellness and home goods, has oriented its brand around the rise of digital-first shoppers who prefer products that include fewer, more natural ingredients. These shoppers have an evolving view of brands and don’t harbor any particular affinity for household names they grew up with.

Three and a half years ago, the UK voted to leave the EU. The country then plunged into a deep depression, cities were razed and the ad industry collapsed into a heap of self-loathing—actually, maybe not. While things are not great, they’re not as bad as some feared.

China has proven to be a hotbed for digital innovations, especially in the past few years. During this time, marketers worldwide have observed the latest trends coming out of the country, applying what they learn to their own markets.

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch and vice president of content studio Paul Verna talk about a potential Facebook injunction, Hulu binge ads, YouTube's ads of the year, Lyft's new car rental service, Pandora voice ads, Google's top searches of 2019 and more.

Mobile dethroned TV in 2019 as the channel where US adults spent the most time. While it may be a symbolic threshold for now, it’s still notable that the average US adult spent 3 hours, 43 minutes (3:43) on their mobile devices in 2019, compared with the average 3:35 spent watching TV. As recently as 2016, US adults watched nearly an hour more of TV than they spent on their smartphones and tablets (4:05 vs. 3:08).

Though social commerce conversions will remain a challenge, the mid-funnel opportunity is growing. Instagram’s continued rollout of shoppable content features is helping brands and influencers spotlight product content and forge a better path to purchase. Pinterest has also introduced features to make it easier for retailers to upload and promote product content. And video-first platforms Snapchat and TikTok are both testing shoppable content features.

eMarketer principal analyst Yory Wurmser discusses one thing that summed up 2019 for him and some of his predictions for 2020, focusing on the promise of 5G.

eMarketer principal analyst Nicole Perrin discusses one thing that summed up 2019 for her and some of her predictions for 2020, focusing on the measurability of digital advertising.

Marketers have embraced location data for several reasons. It can help personalize experiences for customers, better isolate customer paths to purchase, create better customer segments, and identify opportune moments to target potential clients. But new restrictions on collecting location data will make it more costly for advertisers in 2020.

We couldn’t have been more correct in late 2018 when we predicted that privacy concerns would snowball in 2019, creating greater challenges for digital marketers with regard to audience identification, targeting and tracking.

While our 2019 prediction of digital’s influence on the reinvention of brick-and-mortar has materialized, it may have also undersold Amazon’s omnipresence in the space. The 800-pound gorilla of retail will continue to cast a wide shadow.

Marketing simply isn’t what it used to be. From big data, AI, GDPR and agile workflows—it’s a lot to keep in check. If you want to compete in today's digital landscape, you need to make your customers happy. Constantly. Join Michael Trapani, director of marketing at Acoustic, for eMarketer One-on-One, a new short-form video interview program. Michael sits down with us at our New York studio to discuss Acoustic’s findings from their recent marketing trends report and shares several developing benchmarks to improve your business outlook and stay competitive.

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch and vice president of content studio Paul Verna talk about Uber testing ad displays for its cars, YouTube attempting to invite more edgier advertising, Netflix making deals to extend its reach, Plex launching a free, ad-supported streaming service, Americans tell us their favorite Thanksgiving pie flavor, and more.

eMarketer vice president of content studio Paul Verna discusses how another Disney is being created. He then talks about why Facebook is helping users take their photos and videos with them, why emotionless TV ads aren't thinking long term and why there was a flurry of political ads on Facebook over Thanksgiving weekend.

After not seeing enough healthy pet food products in the market, Jonathan Regev and Brett Podolsky, co-founders of The Farmer’s Dog, set out to shake up the pet food industry with healthier homemade food designed specifically for different breeds, ages and sensitivities. We recently spoke with Regev, CEO of The Farmer's Dog, about the company’s current customer acquisition strategy and the role trial discounts play in acquiring new customers.