Amazon Music to Surpass Pandora in Monthly Listeners by 2023

Amazon Music will increase its user base by 18.5% to 45.8 million this year, which represents 21.3% of digital audio listeners, according to our latest estimates. As it continues to invest and grow its audio strategy, we expect Amazon Music will surpass Pandora in monthly listeners by 2023.

The Biggest Challenges Marketers Face Today

eMarketer principal analysts at Insider Intelligence Debra Aho Williamson, Andrew Lipsman, Nicole Perrin, and Jillian Ryan discuss the biggest challenges facing marketers today, and how to tackle them. They then talk about Apple delaying its major privacy update, Snapchat running ads inside "Minis," ecommerce marketers' reliance on Facebook ads, and a new job title that came out of the pandemic.

As the Pandemic Widens Economic Inequality, Upper-Income Groups Aren’t Unscathed

With wide disparities in consumers’ balance sheets, there’s less variation than one might expect in the incidence of financial anxiety, which has percolated up the income scale.

Radio Ad Spending Will Decline by 25% This Year

During the pandemic and ensuing lockdowns, fewer people commuted to work daily, and many local businesses cut their marketing budgets as they fought to stay open. These conditions have strained the radio advertising market.

Most Marketers Don’t Believe In-Person Events Will Happen This Year

Roughly seven in 10 (71.2%) US ad and marketing executives think it’s at least somewhat unlikely that in-person business events, including conferences and large industry shows, will take place by the end of 2020.

Facebook and the US Election

eMarketer principal analysts Debra Aho Williamson and Mark Dolliver, and forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence Eric Haggstrom discuss Facebook's recent decision on political ads and how brands can reach social users over the coming months. They then talk about Facebook's plans to limit ads on pages, how this year's events have changed Gen Z's relationship with brands, and why Americans still pay for live TV.

How Has the Pandemic Affected Spending?

US history has seen plenty of recessions. But a recession during which consumers are largely confined to their homes for weeks on end and afraid to set foot in stores when they do venture out? That’s something new. And there’s a mix of commonality and difference in the ways different income groups have responded to this weird set of circumstances.

Watch this eMarketer One-on-One, a new video interview series where industry leaders share how to stay competitive in the marketing and advertising worlds. Abhay Singhal, CEO of InMobi, talks with Geoff Ramsey, co-founder of eMarketer and chief evangelist of Insider Intelligence, about the power of in-app advertising for brands. Abhay also debunks a few in-app advertising myths and offers insights on what may lie ahead.

The lockdown heightened consumers' awareness of brands that could meet their needs, particularly within digital channels. This had led to an increased degree of brand switching.

US Digital Radio Ad Spending Will Drop 17.0% in 2020

We forecast that US digital radio ad spending will shrink from $4.48 billion in 2019 to $3.72 billion this year, a 17.0% decrease.

The Weekly Listen: Oracle Wins TikTok Bid, the 2021 Summer Olympics, and Paramount+

eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson, junior analyst Blake Droesch, and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss Oracle winning the TikTok bid, the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo definitely happening next year, CBS All Access being rebranded to "Paramount+," "YouTube Shorts" being tested in India, Americans' 2020 travel plans, what living creature is technically immortal, and more.

Jenny Rothenberg, director of growth at Morning Brew, discusses the importance of maintaining a human connection with readers, how brands can stay true to their missions, and what we can learn from Morning Brew’s exceptional growth.

The US telecom industry has long been an advertising behemoth. While the telecom space has fewer companies than any of the other industries we track, these players are almost all huge spenders.

The Ad Platform: Checking in on Programmatic Trends 6 Months into the Pandemic

"Volatility" has been the watchword of the pandemic in regards to programmatic display ad buying. Nicolas Bidon, CEO of Xaxis, joins eMarketer principal analyst at Insider Intelligence Nicole Perrin to discuss what the programmatic media firm has experienced in recent months, and what's coming as targeting and attribution challenges mount.

Brands Leveraging Digital Audio Don’t Have the Metrics They Need to Measure a Campaign’s Success

Audio advertisers have no problem showing that their ads were listened to, but they face difficulty in proving whether their ads affected listeners’ behavior.

Be Cautious About ‘Cashing In’

Speaking with authenticity is a trait that people don’t often associate with brands and marketers. They are, after all, always trying to sell—and the pandemic hasn’t stopped them.

US Disney+ Viewers on Track to Surpass Hulu by 2024

According to our latest estimates for over-the-top (OTT) video services in the US, Disney+ will have 72.4 million users this year, representing 32.1% of OTT viewers.

Instacart and the Future of Grocery

Business Insider Intelligence research analyst Daniel Keyes and eMarketer principal analyst at Insider Intelligence Andrew Lipsman discuss the future of grocery and why Instacart is leading the charge. They then talk about lululemon's magical Q2, what Amazon's latest wearable can do that others can't, and how Peloton's new equipment fits into its overall strategy.

The Weekly Listen: Virtual Water Coolers, Frugal Consumers, and Instagram on Facebook

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss how to recreate those water cooler moments in the digital world, how much Super Bowl LV commercials are going for, watching Instagram Stories on Facebook, parents' more positive view of devices, the number of Facebook Watch viewers, the difference between frugal and cheap, what you didn't notice about that double rainbow, and more.

Can Netflix Fight Back Against the Horde of Rivals?

Business Insider Intelligence senior analyst Audrey Schomer, eMarketer senior analyst Ross Benes, forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom, and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss the streaming wars. How long can Netflix maintain its lead? What does the future hold for premium video-on-demand? What's the ceiling for Disney+? And what do we think of the new Apple TV+ bundle strategy?