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The second half of July means Q2 earnings are out. While some results were surprising, others showed companies’ continued growth, and in one instance, even a potential rebound. We offer our analysis on six companies as well as our own forecasts.

eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson reviews Snapchat’s recent earnings. Also, vice president of content studio Paul Verna discusses the Brexit cloud looming over marketers, how local news has remained so trustworthy and increased ad spend on political videos.

Stacey Grier, who became Clorox's CMO in December 2018, shares similar attitudes to her predecessor. For our report on the future of Facebook advertising, eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson spoke with Grier to find out why marketers still rely on Facebook for effective targeting and how Clorox is working alongside the social giant to make the platform a positive place for advertisers—and consumers—in the future.

Some influencers accept free products as payment for endorsements, others charge thousands of dollars for a single post. While the compensation scale varies by following and content type, some marketers are concerned that teaming up with social media influencers is getting expensive.

eMarketer forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom and vice president of content studio Paul Verna chat about Americans’ ever-changing media consumption habits. They also dissect planned spend on July Fourth, Gen Z’s selective social network use and a Wikipedia founder’s call for a social media strike.

Mary Meeker, “queen of the internet” and venture capitalist at Bond Capital, released her highly anticipated annual “Internet Trends Report” and touched on everything from digital media usage in the US to consumer confidence in China in the 333-slide presentation she gave at the Recode Code Conference earlier this month.

Every Friday on eMarketer’s “Behind the Numbers” podcast, we discuss the most intriguing headlines of the past week. Today, we cover the ongoing debate over whether major social and digital media services are platforms or publishers. We also delve into the gig economy, the music streaming space, drone deliveries and a peak that’s higher than Mt. Everest. Host Marcus Johnson leads the conversation with eMarketer guests Nicole Perrin, Aaron Root and Paul Verna.

eMarketer junior forecasting analyst Nazmul Islam shares our new numbers on internet usage among seniors in Canada and the factors contributing to our higher estimates. Watch now.

Measuring influencer attribution is already an issue for marketers, and the recent privacy updates on browsers like Apple’s Safari and Google Chrome aren’t going to make things easier.

According to a January 2019 survey from influencer marketing agency Mediakix, 61% of US marketers agreed that it’s difficult to find the right influencers for a campaign. And more than one in four US marketers said that brand safety and alignment was a challenge when it comes to influencer marketing.

eMarketer senior forecasting analyst Cindy Liu discusses our usage numbers for Instagram in Brazil and what’s driving its popularity. Watch now.

eMarketer senior forecasting analyst Cindy Liu explores our usage numbers for Facebook in Canada and the age group helping to preserve the platform’s top position. Watch now.

eMarketer senior forecasting analyst Cindy Liu shares our usage numbers for Instagram and what is driving growth in Canada. Watch now.

Instagram's new Explore page ads will bring more opportunities for marketers—but they also raise concerns about the limit of organic reach, which some claim has already happened in the Instagram feed. Savvy marketers have established best practices to get their content featured on Explore, but when ads are introduced, it could become more challenging to appear there organically.

eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson discusses Instagram’s evolution by analyzing some of the most important emerging trends. She also weighs in on why people follow or unfollow brands, the “like” feature and TikTok’s interest-based ad targeting.

Instagram has introduced a branded content feature that will soon bring sponsored influencer posts to your newsfeed—even if you don't follow their account.

Facebook users are spending less time on the social platform, and that is leading to a reduction in overall time spent with social networks in the US. Time spent on social networks declined by 1 minute last year, a stark difference from the cumulative 13-minute gain in 2016 and 2017.

Social networks are generally thought to occupy the upper end of the digital marketing funnel. While brand awareness is still the bread and butter of social marketing, social may also have a place further along the path to purchase.

We estimate that more than half of the US Hispanic population will use messaging app WhatsApp at least monthly this year. The platform’s US Hispanic user base of 32 million is growing because of its data cost savings, messaging encryption capabilities and popularity in Latin American countries.

eMarketer senior forecasting analyst Oscar Orozco compares our time spent numbers on messaging and social network apps, and shares what activity is the likely influencer for growth. Watch now.