Media Buying


Digital Identity Crisis Will Be a Boon for Retail Media Sellers

One of the unique qualities of retail media advertising is the ability to use closed-loop attribution, tying ad engagements to sales. This is possible because the same company is running the ad and selling the product advertised. Brands often look to Amazon and Walmart.com because those sites facilitate closed-loop attribution—and with the ongoing disruptions to digital identity, this tool will likely provide even greater advantages to those who use it.

Almost Half of US Ad-Buying Decision-Makers Are Extremely Worried About Ad Placement on Social Media

Amid disinformation campaigns over the coronavirus pandemic and the upcoming presidential election, most US buy-side decision-makers are concerned about their ads potentially running up against controversial content on social media.

US Programmatic Podcast Ad Spending Will Double in 2020

Programmatic podcast ad spending, which we are forecasting for the first time this year, is growing at a fast rate from a small base.

We forecast that US travel digital ad spending will drop by 41.0% this year to just $3.24 billion. No other industry will decline as fast or spend as little.

What Is Connected TV, and What Is Driving Its Growth?

eMarketer forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom, junior forecasting analyst Zachary Goldner, and principal analyst Nicole Perrin discuss the evolving landscape of advertising through connected TV devices and how Roku stands out from the competition. They then talk about when we may see a return to pre-pandemic advertising budgets, the importance of earning consumer trust during data collection, and what happened to ad blocking.

While it’s too soon to bid adieu to the aspirational influencer, it’s clear that the pandemic has humbled many of even the most polished creators.

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.

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.

Retailers have traditionally leaned marginally toward direct-response advertising rather than branding, and thus they slightly exceed industry averages when it comes to spending on search rather than display.

What's Going on with Facebook and Apple?

eMarketer principal analysts at Insider Intelligence Nicole Perrin and Yory Wurmser discuss why Facebook is sounding the alarm on Apple's iOS 14 update to its privacy and tracking settings. They then talk about CVS's new ad platform, programmatic returning to pre-pandemic norms, and how mobile ad spending is fairing.

The Weekly Listen: SVODs and TV Ad Spending, Streaming Service Monikers, and Apple Aversion

eMarketer vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna steps in once again in as host of this week's "The Weekly Listen," where he and eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver and junior analyst at Insider Intelligence Blake Droesch discuss TV ad spending and subscription video-on-demand services during the pandemic, deepfake video technology, the new app tax from Apple, streaming services and the "positive" addition to a lot of their names, and foul-mouthed fowl.

The Ad Platform: Why the Buy Side Wants Log-Level Data

Programmatic transparency has come a long way in recent years, with many supply-side platforms (SSPs) now offering an interface for buyers to get log-level data. Amanda Martin, vice president of enterprise partnerships at Goodway Group, joins eMarketer principal analyst at Insider Intelligence Nicole Perrin to discuss why buyers are interested in this information, what is still making it difficult to understand and execute on, and her hopes for the future of transparency.

When it comes to protecting users’ personal information and providing a safe online environment, social network users in the US give lower marks to Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter.

The US computing products & consumer electronics industry will be the fastest growing digital ad spender in 2020, increasing its spend by 18.0% in a year when the total US digital ad market will only grow by 1.7%.

The Future of the Movie Theater

eMarketer forecasting analysts Eric Haggstrom and Peter Vahle and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss the future of the movie theater. Will movies make a comeback and what will they look like? They then talk about HBO Max with ads, AT&T's possible wireless phone plans subsidized by ads, and Apple One subscription bundles.

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.

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.

Podcasting Is a Bright Spot amid Declining Digital Radio Spending

Digital radio spending has declined during the pandemic, which is in line with reduced advertiser demand. We do, however, expect growth to rebound by 26.8% next year.

Ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) platforms saw strong growth in ad revenues last quarter, a bright spot in the overall ad market during the pandemic.