Mobile


Boomers Are Slower to Adopt New Technologies, but They’re Likely to Stick with the Ones They Value

Boomers aren't entirely nondigital⁠—they were, after all, the pioneers of adopting home computers—but at this point in their lives, they're a bit more reluctant about adopting newer technologies. That's true even for tech with real-life utility, such as voice assistants and smart-home devices, which could help boomers age in place and deal with the physical challenges that accompany increasing age. Along with concerns about things like privacy, it’s partly a matter of the inertia about adopting new things that tends to set in as one gets older.

Can Instagram's 'Reels' Steal Users from TikTok?

eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson and junior analyst at Insider Intelligence Blake Droesch discuss whether Instagram's "Reels" feature can steal users from TikTok. They then talk about whether Twitter might buy TikTok, the Federal Trade Commission's potential Twitter fine and a new study about how young consumers engage with premium video.

eMarketer principal analyst Nicole Perrin and forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence Eric Haggstrom discuss Google's checkered Q2 earnings. They then talk about how Google plans to take on Amazon's online shopping dominance, the antitrust investigation into Google, and what would happen if Google tracked people after they asked it not to.

eMarketer analyst Ross Benes, senior analyst Audrey Schomer and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss the full release of NBCUniversal's new video streaming service, Peacock, and where it slots in to a crowded market. Then eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver and vice president of research Jennifer Pearson discuss some new and interesting findings about young people's use of screens.

How the Coronavirus Is Changing US Social Media Usage

When US consumers started spending more time at home during the pandemic, they also started using social media more, providing an unexpected boost to engagement on these platforms.

The Weekly Listen: Twitter Hack Fallout, Ranking Social Issues and Instagram's TikTok

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch and forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence Peter Vahle discuss the impact, concerns and potential outcomes of the Twitter hack, which social issues matter most to consumers, Instagram's TikTok competitor, defining hate speech, text message marketing, when someone snuck something into the baseball hall of fame and more.

In India, TikTok Will Reach More than Six Times as Many Users as Snapchat

In our first forecast for TikTok usage in India—the short-form video app's largest overseas market—we estimate that its monthly user base grew 328.8% year over year to 79.0 million in 2019. We expect that figure to reach 124.9 million this year, up 58.1%.

The first reported cases of COVID-19 were in Wuhan, China, in late December 2019. The government then issued a mandatory quarantine order on January 23 that confined the city’s inhabitants to their homes, and other cities soon followed with their own lockdowns. With little to do and nowhere to go, media usage in China spiked.

Laura Martin, managing director at Needham & Company, joins eMarketer co-founder and Insider Intelligence chief evangelist Geoff Ramsey to discuss her outlook for ad spending, the Facebook boycotts, the importance of the gaming audience and why Netflix cannot survive unless it embraces advertising.

The Weekly Listen: Farewell Cinemas, TV Streaming Price Hikes and Uber Buys Postmates

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss whether cinemas can survive, TV streaming price hikes, Peloton's Roku app, whether TikTok will be banned in the US, Uber buying Postmates, why airplane food tastes so bad and more.

The Weekly Listen: LGBTQ+ in Ads, Paying Media and Will TikTok Get Banned or Bought?

eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver and Nicole Perrin and junior analyst at Insider Intelligence Blake Droesch discuss whether TikTok will get banned or bought by someone (like Microsoft), Australia making big tech pay for media, "Prime Gaming," digital revenues exceed print at The New York Times, appealing to the LGBTQ+ community in ads, who gave America it’s most popular chocolate and more.

Majority of US Shoppers Will Turn to Digital for Holiday Shopping Needs This Year

Many consumers’ shopping behaviors have moved online in recent months, and that trend is likely to continue through the holiday shopping season.

With mobile accounting for more than two-thirds of US digital ad spending, the pandemic's economic effects didn’t spare mobile ad spend. Still, the format is faring slightly better than most other media and will eke out growth in 2020.

The Weekly Listen: TikTok vs. America, Pandora Interactive Ads and TV Ads in Console Games

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss TikTok's chances of not getting banned, Spotify video podcasts, Pandora's interactive voice ads, HBO Max sign-ups so far, TV ads in console games, why American farmhouses are typically painted red and more.

Launching a new app can be a challenge for many brands. Getting consumers to download and use it continuously can be just as tough.

As Americans hunkered down under stay-at-home guidelines for much of March and April, they unsurprisingly consumed more mobile media. The added mobile time, however, wasn’t distributed equally.

The Number of Health and Fitness App Users Increased 27% from Last Year

As coronavirus cases continue to rise in parts of the country, consumers are remaining wary of returning to gyms or visiting their physicians in person, with many turning to apps.

How Marketers Are Using Social Listening Right Now

Marketers have long turned to social media to hear and respond to what people are saying, gauge sentiment, and inform and support their team's marketing strategy. But the coronavirus pandemic has put fresh emphasis on the practice known as social listening.

As Consumers Continue to Shelter in Place, Alcohol Purchases Increase

Since stay-at-home orders were put in place, more adults in the US have significantly increased their alcohol purchases.

The vast majority of mobile time is browsing online. We estimate that US adults will spend, on average, more than 4 hours with mobile internet, with 88% of that time spent within apps.