Social Media


Social Media Didn’t Experience the Pandemic Bump You May Have Expected

Many people turned to social media in recent months to stay connected with friends and loved ones and to share information. But the pandemic didn’t increase the number of people using social networks or messaging apps.

What Happens to Print During a Pandemic?

eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver and Nicole Perrin, junior forecasting analyst Nazmul Islam and senior forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence Oscar Orozco discuss what the coronavirus pandemic has and hasn't done to print media. They then talk about racial diversity in ads, millennials in decision-making roles, and American teens' favorite social media platforms.

The Weekly Listen: Digital Events During COVID-19, Fighting Misinformation on Twitter, and Online Shopping Through YouTube

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch, principal analyst Jillian Ryan, and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss the major digital pivot to reimagined events amid COVID-19. Then, the usual suspects talk about Twitter's fight against election misinformation, TikTok's potential rivals, untapped marketing to lower-income customers, ecommerce within YouTube, and how cats aren't as heartless as they seem.

What Does the US House Antitrust Report Mean for Facebook's Future?

Business Insider Intelligence research associate Hirsch Chitkara and eMarketer principal analysts at Insider Intelligence Mark Dolliver and Nicole Perrin discuss the latest intelligence report from the US House of Representatives, what it could mean for advertisers, and what its findings might mean for the future of Facebook.

Where Americans Socially Network

eMarketer senior forecasting analyst Peter Newman and junior analyst at Insider Intelligence Blake Droesch discuss how the pandemic affected Americans' social networking behavior and where the major platforms now rank. Then, Blake talks about Facebook allowing cross platform messaging between Messenger and Instagram, shopping on Reels and IGTV, and a Delta Air Lines social media post.

Smart Marketing with Instagram Stories

eMarketer junior analyst at Insider Intelligence Blake Droesch discusses the options that marketers have to utilize Instagram Stories through paid advertising and influencer partnerships. He also talks about measurement metrics that marketers can utilize to determine whether their Instagram Stories strategy is effective.

Despite a Pandemic-Driven Decline in Usage, LinkedIn Is in a Premium Position for Canada’s B2B Marketers

LinkedIn is the modern professional’s digital Rolodex. Since launching in 2003, it has afforded its users professional network continuity in an era of fluid career movement. In fact, it’s LinkedIn that has helped facilitate greater career mobility from company to company, and even industry to industry.

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.

The Biggest Challenges Marketers Face Today

eMarketer principal analysts at Insider Intelligence Debra Aho Williamson, Andrew Lipsman, Nicole Perrin, and Jillian Ryan discuss the biggest challenges facing marketers today, and how to tackle them. They then talk about Apple delaying its major privacy update, Snapchat running ads inside "Minis," ecommerce marketers' reliance on Facebook ads, and a new job title that came out of the pandemic.

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.

A Deep Dive into the Digital Lives of Internet Users Worldwide

eMarketer principal analyst at Insider Intelligence Karin von Abrams discusses our Global Media Intelligence Report 2020, which compiles data and insights about internet users’ digital and traditional media usage across 42 countries. This annual project is a partnership between eMarketer and Starcom, and based on research from GlobalWebIndex. Also joining the discussion are Jason Mander, chief research officer at GlobalWebIndex, and Kelly Kokonas, executive vice president of global data strategy, technology and analytics, at Starcom.

A Social Media Reckoning After the US Election

eMarketer junior analyst Blake Droesch and principal analysts at Insider Intelligence Debra Aho Williamson, Mark Dolliver, and Jeremy Goldman discuss how social media might change as a result of the continued spread of misinformation on the platforms and general negative sentiment surrounding them. They then talk about the best way to use Stories, influencer ad disclosure, and which consumer group has increased its social media usage the most during the pandemic.

Nearly A Fifth of the US Population Will Be TikTok Users in 2020

TikTok’s future in the US is still uncertain, but any decision will affect a significant number of US consumers. We forecast that TikTok will have 65.9 million monthly US users in 2020, up from 35.6 million in 2019.

The Weekly Listen: Negative Emotions in Ads, End of the Upfronts, and Influencer Parents

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss how negative emotions are received in ads, whether we're witnessing the beginning of the end of the Upfronts, if paying with your hands is a good idea, the significance of LinkedIn Stories, if parents are actually influencers, what the Boston Celtics and Twitter have in common, and more.

eMarketer vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna speaks with Business Insider Intelligence senior research analyst Audrey Schomer and research associate at Insider Intelligence Daniel Carnahan about a recent report titled "Digital Trust Report 2020: How US social media users rank 9 major social platforms on privacy, safety, misinformation, ad annoyance and ad relevance." They break down the report into easy-to-understand bits and examine how users are helping to shape the popularity of the platforms examined in the report, available on eMarketer PRO.

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.

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 Weekly Listen: Oracle Wins TikTok Bid, the 2021 Summer Olympics, and Paramount+

eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson, junior analyst Blake Droesch, and vice president of content studio at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna discuss Oracle winning the TikTok bid, the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo definitely happening next year, CBS All Access being rebranded to "Paramount+," "YouTube Shorts" being tested in India, Americans' 2020 travel plans, what living creature is technically immortal, and more.

Facebook and the US Election

eMarketer principal analysts Debra Aho Williamson and Mark Dolliver, and forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence Eric Haggstrom discuss Facebook's recent decision on political ads and how brands can reach social users over the coming months. They then talk about Facebook's plans to limit ads on pages, how this year's events have changed Gen Z's relationship with brands, and why Americans still pay for live TV.

TikTok Sees Major Growth in the UK amid Pandemic

TikTok’s future may be uncertain in the US, but its UK operations continue to grow robustly despite security concerns. According to our latest UK social network forecast, the Chinese-owned video platform will have several milestone moments this year and next.