Social/Digital Media:

  • Facebook will look to support new eComm functionalities via its Accelerator program
  • The White House gives TikTok until September 15 to sell; Microsoft mulls purchase
  • Facebook unveils its new music video approach, which could provide a boost for Facebook Watch
  • Snapchat publishes first-ever ‘CitizenSnap’ report which outlines contributions to societal improvement
  • Twitter provides insights into the rise of Twitter Watch Parties during COVID-19
  • WhatsApp now lets users fact-check forwarded messages right in the app
  • Pinterest posts significant increase in users in Q2, while revenue is impacted by COVID-19

Brand Pivots & POVs:

Consumer Behavior is Changing:

  • Is the pandemic driving demand for leisurewear? (eMarketer)
  • Which apps/websites do U.S. podcast listeners use to listen to podcasts? (eMarketer)
  • Consumer spending tanked in second quarter. What the trends mean for retailers. (Forbes)
  • What online shoppers want right now (Retail Dive)
  • Gen Z, Millennials drive growth in mobile video during pandemic, Snap study says (Retail Dive)

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Media/Tech Consumption: NBC’s Peacock reported 10 million sign-ups, but marketers should keep an eye on time spent Why Tubi is secretly the one streaming service you need right now (with 25MM viewers and 100% year-over-year grown in hours watched) TikTok makes first...

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Social/Digital Media: Facebook will enable users to broadcast their messenger rooms with Facebook Live Facebook tests new page design which de-emphasizes Link counts TikTok launches “Creative Fund” to pay platform influencers for their efforts Pinterest launches “Make...

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