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Some 65% of TikTokers prefer content from brands that feature original sounds, according to 2021 MRC Data. TikTok sounds allow users to attach posts to songs and other audio which can then drive an association between the song and the brand. TikTok already has a Commercial Music Library of royalty-free tracks, but brands can push social campaigns a step further by creating their own viral songs.

Gen Alpha is not a younger Gen Z, and brand messaging targeting the generation should be unique to what matters to them. As the most digitally native generation yet, they expect out-of-the-box digital experiences and forward-thinking tech capabilities. And YouTube is playing an outsized role in brand awareness and discovery.

As consumers hunt for the best deals, generative AI will drive $194 billion in consumer spending by enabling brands to provide personalized customer service, marketing promotions, and commerce experiences, per Salesforce. Social media advertising will also have an outsized impact on purchase decisions versus traditional marketing efforts.

TikTok will beat Facebook in time spent in 2025, with US adults spending over 5.19 billion total minutes per day on the platform, while they will spend a total of 5.02 billion total minutes per day on Facebook, according to our forecast.

Key stat: Nearly 60% of TikTok viewers are more likely to trust a brand after hearing about it from a creator compared with hearing about it from a standard, in-feed ad, said Sam Kimmel, global creator partnerships lead at TikTok, during a CreatorIQ webinar.

Best Buy believes we’ve hit a low point in tech demand: The combination of inflation and shifting spending patterns has made for a tough environment for the consumer electronics retailer.

By 2026, 90% of online content could be AI-generated. A premium on human-crafted content could follow as regulators race to establish standards for responsible AI use.

What is Nielsen doing with big data? The company announced a new currency days before the Media Ratings Council meets to approve it.

On today's podcast episode, in our "Retail Me This, Retail Me That" segment, we discuss how toy brands are using TikTok as a marketing channel for children and adults alike, and how brands are making their toy stores more experiential to drive sales. Then, for "Pop-Up Rankings," we rank toy brands whose creative marketing strategies are making their toys stand out. Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts analysts Sky Canaves and Carina Perkins.

Smart carts enable brands to put their products right in front of shoppers as they move through the store. Digital cooler screens use bright, informative visuals to pique consumer interest. And digital end caps add an element of interactivity to the old-school format. Here’s how retailers can put them to use to up their retail media game.

Membership-based retailers might have an edge in retail media. While most retail media networks tout first-party data and closeness to purchase as benefits of this burgeoning channel, membership stores like Sam’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and more have rich troves of historical data on its members.

Key stat: About 98% of creators use Instagram feed posts, Instagram Stories, and Instagram Reels, putting the platform above TikTok, Facebook, and other popular social networks for creator use, according to Mavrck.

Brands can capitalize on social trends with real-world products and programs, but they have to be able to act at the speed of TikTok. That means giving creators autonomy, having a strong brand identity, and keeping a close eye on trends.

What’s happening? Active user figures are falling on both X (the platform formerly known as Twitter) and Meta’s Threads, which started strong but has stumbled recently, with more than 80% of users logging off. Their loss could be LinkedIn’s gain, as both Gen Z use of the platform and B2B ad spend there increase.

Alibaba's two AI models rely on open-source technology for image understanding and complex interactions, reflecting a strategic move toward wider adoption.

Amazon and Disney could team up on ESPN: Thursday Night Football could make Amazon a desirable partner for ESPN’s uncertain streaming future.

On today’s podcast episode, we take a deeper dive into lesser-known areas of Amazon’s business. First, we examine the initiatives at play for the company's TV and voice businesses. Then, we discuss Amazon's ambitions around “just walk out” and smart payment technology. Tune in to the conversation with our analysts Grace Broadbent, David Morris, and Yory Wurmser.

“We all want to create that aura and the air of excitement so the customer across all channels can say, ‘It is indeed my happy place we’ve got here,’” Dhriti Saha, COO of The Container Store, said at eTail Boston this week.

On today’s podcast episode, host Bill Fisher is joined by our analyst Paul Briggs and forecasting writer Ethan Cramer-Flood to examine the size, advertiser opportunity, and competitors in the free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) service space.