Demographics


In the latest episode of "Behind the Numbers," the first in a two-part series, eMarketer demographics specialists Mark Dolliver and Jennifer Pearson discuss kids and screens—and how parents approach the mix.

If you’re still looking for a holiday gift for a parent or grandparent, a wearable device could be well-received. Americans 55 and older are the fastest-growing group of electronic wearable users in the US, according to eMarketer’s latest wearables forecast, largely due to the devices’ enhanced health features.

The number of boomers watching digital video on a monthly basis might not be as high as younger generations, but the 37.7 million who will do so this year are more likely to use computers and streaming services than their smartphones.

This year, 64.8 million millennials will watch digital video at least once a month, according to eMarketer estimates. That figure will continue to increase year over year, reaching 66.8 million by 2022.

Every week on eMarketer’s “Behind the Numbers” podcast, we take a few minutes to discuss some of the most intriguing headlines of the past seven days. This week, we're chatting about Amazon's controversial HQ2 (er, 3) decision. Plus: Juul's move to quit social, and the rise of the nanoinfluencer.

Store closures are the hallmark of the so-called retail apocalypse, but the demise of brick-and-mortar locations might be more apparent to industry watchers. The average consumer doesn't always pay attention—unless a particular store meant something to them.

Even with the ubiquity of digital buying, the in-store shopping experience continues to have importance. And even more so with younger consumers.

Buying store brands used to be viewed as sacrificing quality for price, but post-recession private labels began flourishing and have gained popularity with retailers and consumers over the past decade.

Younger Gen Xers and older millennials behave similarly when it comes to smart speakers. Like millennials, Gen Xers are also early adopters of the technology, though at a slightly lower level.

Kids and teens may not be old enough to buy a smart speaker, but that's not stopping them from spending a lot of time with voice technology.

Due to the growing number of channels available and younger consumers reaching adulthood, expectations for customer service have been changing.

As baby boomers age and the 65-plus population expands, the need for healthcare services will increase rapidly. Heidi Culbertson, CEO of Marvee—a tech company that builds Alexa skills for aging adults—is among a group of healthcare providers and entrepreneurs betting that voice assistants can fill this need.

Just like their younger cohorts, Gen Xers are shifting their viewing habits from traditional TV to digital video.

While kids are not likely to own a smartphone or have a large social media presence, video dominates their digital activity.

As digital marketing becomes more automated, marketers are allocating more of their budgets to marketing technology. Research indicates CMOs spend about 30% of their budgets on tech products.

In the latest episode of "Behind the Numbers," we dig into a new study about YouTube usage. What kinds of content are users consuming, and what drives additional views?

Unsurprisingly, seniors are the least likely adults to use any voice technology. According to our estimates, 3.8 million seniors in the US will use a smart speaker this year.

This year, 8.2 million baby boomers in the US will use a smart speaker. That's a 28.6% increase from 2017, according to eMarketer estimates.

This year, 24.9 million US millennials will use a smart speaker. That's more than a third of the millennial population and a 38.3% increase from 2017, according to eMarketer estimates.

This year, 84.8 million people in the US—or roughly a quarter of the population—will use Snapchat, a 7.1% increase from 2017, according to eMarketer estimates.