Many consumers in Latin America are no longer content to let brands sit on the sidelines of tough conversations. The events of 2020 have increased the public’s expectation that companies will take a stand on top-of-mind social causes, such as discrimination, poverty, and climate change.

Pinterest Live goes live: The platform’s livestreaming feature will let creators tag products in their streams, which hits two major goals for Pinterest—to become more creator-friendly and tap into social commerce.

The WhatsApp privacy showdown continues: Regulators in Germany blocked this weekend's controversial data-sharing update and are looking to take the fight to the entire EU.

Although 2020 was ad spending’s most disappointing year on record worldwide, it could have been worse. In fact, the final figures outperformed dire mid-pandemic projections.

Here's when TikTok will dance past Snapchat

In-person discovery is an integral part of a spirit marketer’s strategy. So when brand discovery shifted online, Brenne Whisky found that consumers aren’t shy about a buy-to-try purchase. Watch Industry Voices Spotlight on CPGs with Brenne’s president and founder Allison Parc to hear how direct-to-consumer (D2C) access made continued discovery possible.

Canada’s incumbent banks lose ground in customer satisfaction: The Big 5 Canadian banks saw lower overall satisfaction as a group in J.D. Power’s annual survey—but this poses little risk to their market positions, given the strong satisfaction with their direct bank units and their hard-to-replace legacy offerings.

Digital billing platform snapped up rival OODA Health for $450M—tech like this could not only help patients improve financial literacy, but also help hospitals better comply with CMS’ price transparency mandates.

Rho adds to business banking lineup with SMB credit card: The accounts payable assistance provider is offering a credit card with adjustable terms that’s targeted to small and medium-sized businesses—and enters a crowded field for the product.

On today's episode, we discuss how Spotify did in Q1, what to make of its new subscriptions for podcasts, and how we expect audio consumption habits to change this year. We then talk about why people still listen to the radio and best practices for voice ads. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence Peter Vahle.

The second year of virtual upfronts: Today is the first day of the TV upfronts; this cycle will likely see a greater focus on cross-platform offerings and higher prices for inventory.

Facebook’s consumer VR advantage: Recent VR headset announcements show device-makers are increasingly pivoting toward enterprise customers as a result of Oculus’ unbeatable price point.

Disney's streaming growth slows: The company's streaming platforms saw subscriptions slow last quarter, but its earnings call highlighted sports and international expansion as points of optimism for the future.