Demographics

Snap continues its Q3 storyline into Q4: Users top estimates in fourth quarter, but dwindling cash is a hurdle to innovation and growth.

Discovery—not influencers—is what separates TikTok and Amazon’s ecommerce businesses: The retail giant is trying to replicate TikTok’s success via its “Inspire” video feed.

2023 is the year of performance marketing. Budgets are getting leaner, and pressure is mounting for marketers to deliver. Advertisers need to be intentional about audience, platform, and measurement when serving up ads. Here are five charts every marketer needs for building the perfect ad campaign.

Gen Z will make up 20% of the population in the US this year, putting it solidly in line with millennials, Gen X, and baby boomers, per the US Census Bureau. That said, 42% of Gen Zers will still be minors, and as a result their spending power will remain below that of older generations.

Discord doubles down on youth with Gas acquisition: The app is huge with teens, and the deal shows the acquirer’s interest in moving beyond its gaming roots.

Gen Z is slightly less concerned than any other generation about buying from brands that reflect their social values, according to December 2022 data from Morning Consult.

This week, Meta announced its Variance Reduction System, which it says will equitably distribute ads via census data and machine learning. The new tech was created in partnership with the US Department of Justice (DOJ), representing the first instance of direct court oversight for Meta’s ad targeting and delivery, according to a DOJ statement.

TikTok deal with IMDb enables discovery feature: Users can link to TV and movie content in their videos.

Gen Z feels better than millennials about its relationship with social media: But while platforms are popular brands among teens, data shows they can have negative mental effects.

Marketing and advertising has room for improvement on diversity: A study shows progress in female and non-white worker representation, but concerns remain.

Gen Zers aren’t watching appointment TV. They’re not even the biggest cohort of connected TV users. (That distinction goes to millennials.) Instead, Gen Z is watching short digital videos and looking for new ways to interact with friends. Here are five charts on what Gen Z’s media consumption looks like.

Orders made via buy now, pay later (BNPL) increased 85% over Cyber Five, according to Adobe Analytics. “It’s a win-win for retailers” as it increases basket size and boosts conversion rates, our analyst Grace Broadbent said on the “Behind the Numbers: Reimagining Retail” podcast.

“Attention must be earned in an instant.” That’s according to our analyst Paul Verna. “The dominant ad formats [on social media] are below 15 seconds and in some cases as low as 3 seconds.”

What does 2023 have in store for retailers? The answer is a bit of a mixed bag.

In the marketing lingo bingo game, “Gen Z” ranks at the top. (Yes, there’s also “TikTok,” but that’s largely due to its proximity to Gen Z.) So what happens when the hot topic is also the thing that makes you the most uneasy?

Meta is struggling after hemorrhaging money on its metaverse ambitions and as Instagram faces serious competition from TikTok. Meanwhile, TikTok recently reduced its global revenue goals for the year and could be facing some regulatory and legal hurdles ahead. And don’t even get us started on Twitter.

Mcommerce growth is slowing, but mobile’s importance isn’t going anywhere. The channel is vital for commerce on social platforms, retailer apps, and mobile browsers. But as digital tools enter retail spaces, mobile will prove important for more than just mcommerce sales.

Underage users are both an asset and huge risk for platforms: TikTok and games like Fortnite are thriving thanks to their young users, but controversy could make advertisers wary.

Though year-over-year growth of social buyers is slowing slightly following a two-year surge, US social commerce sales will continue to climb through 2025. We take a look at what’s driving this growth, which platforms are emerging as leaders, and what social buyers really want.

Consumer habits are changing, and Gen Zers are a major driving force. Their shorter attention span, social buying habits, and lack of brand loyalty will push several industries to evolve—especially as Gen Z’s spending power grows. These shifts in financial services, advertising, and social make up four of our top trends for 2023.