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With UK adults having so much time on their hands, it’s perhaps surprising to see audio struggling to hit the same, or at least similar, heights as video. However, with commuting (a key listening environment) essentially nixed, maybe this was to be expected after all.

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss polarization on Facebook, whether kids spend more time on TikTok or YouTube, how much people trust influencers, Facebook trying to make TV social, out-of-home advertising in Q1, podcast ad skipping, pyramids where they shouldn't be and more.

As the coronavirus pandemic leaves many fearing for their health and jobs, consumers are shifting their time and money toward things with immediate utility in daily life. But they're not entirely closed off to companies with products that don't fall under that category — brands can still prove their value during the crisis by providing help to others.

This year, US adults will spend an average of 24 minutes per day on mobile messaging apps — like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger — which is up 4 minutes from 2019 estimates, according to our newest figures.

The average time spent with subscription OTT video content in the US will surpass 62 minutes per day this year, up 23.0% from 2019, according to our latest estimates. That's an acceleration from 2019, when it grew by 15.0% year over year.

With the coronavirus pandemic leading to a significant economic slowdown, we’re providing updated guidance to our clients about what we expect for ad spending during H1 2020. We finalized our most recent complete forecast on March 6, 2020, before the cascade of drastic social distancing and market declines began in the US. Since then, we have provided guidance through a series of "Analyst Take" notes on US ad spending. Guidance for US search, out-of-home, display, digital video and TV are now available. We also issued ad spending guidance in Canada, China, France, Germany and the UK. We will update our full-year forecast for ad spending again in June.

The coronavirus pandemic has significantly affected publishers’ short-term ad revenues. A March 2020 survey from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) found the majority of US news publishers have dealt with pauses, adjustments and cancellations of campaigns, while the same has been true to a lesser degree for non-news publishers in the US.

Bob Liodice, president and CEO of the Association of National Advertisers, joins eMarketer co-founder and Insider Intelligence chief evangelist Geoff Ramsey in a conversation about how the pandemic is affecting the ANA: How has it pivoted? How does the business fallout from the pandemic compare with previous economic downturns? What is the ANA's outlook for ad spending in 2020 and 2021?

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eMarketer analyst Ross Benes, forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom and vice president of content studio Paul Verna at Insider Intelligence discuss the launch of HBO Max. How is it different from HBO's other products, can its content compete and do Americans want it? They then talk about Disney+ reaching 55 million subscribers, programmatic OTT being set to surge and a new merged entity called NBCUniversal Television and Streaming.

eMarketer is working on an updated forecast of US digital ad spending for June. Forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom and principal analyst Andrew Lipsman join host Nicole Perrin to talk about some of the big questions we're asking about connected TV, performance advertisers and digital ad product innovations.

Stephen Smyk, senior vice president of podcasting and influencer marketing at agency Veritone One, spoke to us about the pandemic's impact on podcast advertising, where advertisers can find opportunities during the crisis and how ads will look as more dollars are invested into programmatic.

How is the coronavirus changing media spending? eMarketer co-founder and Insider Intelligence chief evangelist Geoffrey Ramsey discusses this with Brian Wieser, global president of business intelligence at GroupM, during the inaugural episode of "The Executive Roundtable." This new "Behind the Numbers" show brings you inside the mind of some of the industry's most influential voices.

More time spent at home during the pandemic means more time being spent on social media. But not all social platforms are benefitting in the same way. In our latest forecast on time spent with media in the US, we expect adult social network users to log an average of 1 hour, 22 minutes (1:22) per day in 2020, up nearly 7 minutes over last year.

As stay-at-home orders remain in effect due to COVID-19, TV viewership and time spent is getting an unexpected bump. But once the pandemic is over, we expect both to decline again, according to eMarketer’s latest forecast on US time spent with media.

Mosaic Foods has had to acclimate to a new normal in the past few months, and as a relatively new brand, that hasn’t always been easy. Before the pandemic, employees of the meal delivery company were able to test out new recipes and offer feedback right then and there. But today, meals are shipped to co-workers who do video taste tests and offer notes.

How well do you know the terms of your contracts with programmatic partners? Shailin Dhar, co-founder and CEO at Method Media Intelligence, an ad verification and analytics technology provider, joins host Nicole Perrin to explain how the programmatic media supply chain can leak ad dollars, including to fraud.

eMarketer principal analysts Andrew Lipsman and Nicole Perrin discuss what to make of Amazon's Q1 2020 earnings from a retail and advertising perspective. They then talk about Walmart's "Express Delivery," a new company that automates brand creative, Amazon using independent seller's data and why a senior executive stepping down is such a big deal.

With in-person interactions ground to a halt, consumers in countries affected by the coronavirus pandemic are turning to live video to stay connected.

Over the course of just a few months, the coronavirus has changed how consumers in China digest media. As adults are taking additional precautions and continuing to stay home, they are spending more time with both digital media and TV. We increased our projections for time spent with digital in China and lowered those figures for print.