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Penry Price, vice president of marketing solutions at LinkedIn, speaks with eMarketer vice president of business development Marissa Coslov about LinkedIn’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, including ramped-up support for customers who are pivoting their marketing campaigns.

For our new report “Influencer Marketing and the Path to Purchase,” we spoke with a number of social media influencers to find out what brand partnerships look like from their perspective. They shared insights on what creative collaboration looks like, how to engage their followers, and what they do to measure the performance of their content.

Direct-to-consumer (D2C) brand Cuts Clothing has grown a lot since it first launched in 2016 on Kickstarter. “Since day one, we have been focused on making premium minimalist shirts for the modern man,” said Steven Borrelli, CEO and co-founder of Cuts.

What the Coronavirus Has Done to the Influencer World

eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson and junior analyst Blake Droesch discuss how brands are changing their approach to influencer marketing, the main challenges influencers are struggling with and what influencer marketing might look like going forward. They then talk about TikTok's call-to-action button, how platforms are dealing with misinformation and Twitter's purchase of a mobile-focused demand-side platform.

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.

Brands and Retailers Are Changing Their Approach to Influencer Marketing

As the pandemic continues to alter consumer behavior, some brands and retailers are shifting influencer marketing initiatives to highlight products and services that are now in demand. Influencer agencies and platforms are seeing more interest from industries that were not investing heavily in influencer marketing previously, and some marketers are taking a more performance-based approach to working with creators.

What to Make of Facebook's Q1 2020 Earnings

eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson and forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom discuss Facebook's earnings, $6 billion Jio investment, changes to Messenger Kids and what's happening with its digital currency Libra.

Twitter’s Q1 earnings from last week beat Wall Street expectations on both user and total revenue growth. But ad revenue growth was flat due to a sharp decline in March. Here are three takeaways for advertisers.

As social distancing continues, US social network users are spending more time than previously estimated with social platforms.

COVID-19 Hinders Influencer Marketing Collaborations, Causes Some Creators to Shift Focus

Fallout caused by the spread of the coronavirus—including travel restrictions, business closures and event cancellations—has taken its toll on the influencer marketing industry. Social distancing and fewer collaborations with brands have made it difficult for social media creators to produce regular content, causing some to shift focus.

The Weekly Listen: Joe Rogan Goes to Spotify, Twitter Reply Limits and TikTok AR Ads

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch and forecasting analyst Peter Vahle at Insider Intelligence discuss Joe Rogan moving exclusively to Spotify, sports trickling back, Twitter letting users limit who replies to them, TikTok AR ads, a grandmother who violated GDPR, an entire indoor town and more.

The Weekly Listen: Well-Being as the New Luxury, a TikTok Change and Brands Lighten Up

Insider Intelligence principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch and vice president of content studio Paul Verna discuss whether well-being will be the new luxury, what TikTok's new CEO needs to do, brands lightening up, the localism trend, France's latest big tech bill, the fastest creatures on Earth and more.

TikTok Expands Shopping Features by Bringing Creators into the Fold

TikTok’s social commerce features are not as robust as Instagram's or Pinterest's, but the popular short-form video app has been slowly adding shopping ads while integrating creators along the way.

Social Networks See Boosts in Engagement Among Users, but Not Equally

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.

The Weekly Listen: Can Uber Survive?, Facebook's Oversight Board and Amazon Wants AMC Theatres

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch and senior forecasting analyst Oscar Orozco discuss whether ride-hailing apps can whether the storm, how much power will Facebook's oversight board actually have, Starbucks reducing its reliance on cash, Amazon possibly buying AMC Theatres, the next wave of sports programming, updated cookie consent, what does yawning tell you about yourself and more.

Breaking Down Mixed Messages in Twitter's and Snapchat's Q1 2020 Earnings

eMarketer principal analyst Debra Aho Williamson, senior analyst Jasmine Enberg and forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom discuss Twitter and Snapchat's earnings and what to make of the mixed messages. They then talk about the best times to post on social, whether people think social content is getting better or worse and a new video ad format from Snapchat.

The Weekly Listen: Facebook Introduces Zoom Rival, How's Quibi Doing and Getting Back to Normal

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver, junior analyst Blake Droesch and senior forecasting analyst Oscar Orozco discuss Facebook's "Messenger Rooms," how Quibi is doing, when people will comfortably resume certain activities, why the NFL draft broke records, Australia making Facebook and Google pay media outlets and more.

Reading the Tea Leaves on Facebook’s Q1 2020 Earnings

Facebook had a decent Q1, all things considered. Ad revenues rose 17% year over year, reaching $17.44 billion, and user growth was especially strong. There are now nearly 3 billion people using Facebook’s family of apps on a monthly basis worldwide.

US Consumers Are Flocking to TikTok

TikTok is experiencing a substantial boost during the coronavirus pandemic. It added more than 12 million US unique visitors in March, reaching 52.2 million, according to data provided to us by Comscore. Between January and March, its US unique visitor count rose 48.3%.

How Will the Coronavirus Change the Facebook and Google Duopoly?

eMarketer principal analysts Nicole Perrin and Debra Aho Williamson discuss how COVID-19 has changed engagement and the flow of ad dollars to the digital duopoly of Facebook and Google. They then talk about gamifying social distancing, Mozilla and Scroll's 'Firefox Better Web,' and Instagram 'Co-Watching.'