Mobile

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.

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

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.

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.

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%.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

Since its launch in 2017, Peace Out Skincare—known for its Acne Dot patches—has been rapidly expanding its business through an exclusive partnership with Sephora, as well as its own direct-to-consumer (D2C) business.

App bidding (think header bidding for mobile apps) is becoming a more popular way for developers to optimize yield from their mobile apps. Andy Berman, head of North America at Facebook Publisher Solutions, joins eMarketer principal analyst at Insider Intelligence Nicole Perrin to discuss increased engagement with mobile games during the pandemic and how a hybrid model of in-app purchases and in-app advertising is working for app publishers.

As lockdowns slowly lift in the US, retailers face a changed shopping landscape. With lingering fears over renewed outbreaks, many consumers are wary of returning to stores.

As COVID-19 spreads around the world, many governments, health authorities and businesses are using technology and big data to combat the pandemic. But as these systems collect more sensitive personal information, they are also raising thorny privacy concerns.

Retail mcommerce sales in the UK will grow to £61.14 billion ($78.03 billion) in 2020, according to our latest estimates. And for the first time, retail mcommerce sales will make up more than 50% of total retail ecommerce sales in the UK.

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.

Retail social commerce sales in China will grow to $242.41 billion (RMB1.675 trillion) this year, accounting for 11.6% of total retail ecommerce sales in the country, according to our latest estimates.