Kelsey Chickering

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The US Senate Hearing To Protect Online Children: Alcohol Use Is “Age-Gated” — Why Isn’t Social Media?

Kelsey Chickering January 24, 2024
Social media platforms are under fire for their failure to protect children against a wide range of issues, including mental health concerns and sexual exploitation. This will be the main topic at a January 31 US Senate hearing, where the CEOs from Meta, X, TikTok, Snap, and Discord will testify on what they’re doing — […]
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How GenAI Is Impacting The Social Tech Landscape

Kelsey Chickering November 28, 2023
Generative AI’s emergence triggered a landslide of interest and experimentation across sectors, including social media and content. Forrester’s Global AI Software Forecast, 2023 To 2030 supports this, as content marketing is the third-largest category for specialized genAI software spend. The rapid evolution of generative AI technology within the social tech landscape has sparked a race […]
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Advertisers Will Take The Bait And Test TikTok Shop This Holiday Season

Kelsey Chickering November 21, 2023
TikTok Shop will be a key player this holiday season. Discover how advertisers can get the most out of the new social commerce player.
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Predictions 2024: Big Media Gets Its Mojo Back

Kelsey Chickering October 31, 2023
Big media gets its mojo back in 2024. Check out this preview of Predictions 2024: Media And Advertising and discover the trends that will define the year ahead.
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Boost Your Social Media Team With A Social Suite Provider

Kelsey Chickering October 24, 2023
Social media is now a mainstay of most marketing plans, and shifts in the media landscape make social suites critical for marketers to efficiently manage their social media efforts — all in one place. What Are Social Suites? Forrester defines social suites as: platforms that combine multiple social tech capabilities into a single unified offering, […]
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“TikTok Shop” Launch Makes US Social Commerce Plausible

Kelsey Chickering September 12, 2023
ByteDance officially launched its social commerce experience, “TikTok Shop,” in the US. It includes features such as a dedicated shop tab for searching products or browsing product categories, the ability for creators to tag products for purchase, an affiliate funnel for sellers, secure checkout, and brand product portfolios. So far, over 100,000 creators signed up […]
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Overscripting Will Sabotage Your Creator Partnerships

Kelsey Chickering July 17, 2023
In Forrester’s Q1 2023 B2C Marketing CMO Pulse Survey, nearly three-quarters of US B2C marketing and advertising execs say that they plan to partner with creators and influencers in 2023. This doesn’t mean that all of these partnerships will succeed, however. In our just-released report, Best Practices For Creator Marketing Campaigns, we found that overdirection is […]
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Meta’s Advertising Backbone Guarantees Threads’ Monetization

Kelsey Chickering July 6, 2023
Last night, Meta launched its rival app to Twitter, Threads, in 100 countries. This new app is garnering initial excitement and downloads, but it still has a long road ahead to scale and retain an audience, integrate new features, and eventually monetize through advertising. The easiest part for Meta will be monetizing Threads because if […]
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From Breakup To Makeup: e.l.f.’s Creator-Led Media Strategy Spins Sorrow Into Sales

Kelsey Chickering May 30, 2023
E.l.f. exemplifies a creator-led media strategy with premium content. Discover how the brand hit the mark with their TikTok couple collab.
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The Rise Of The Creator Economy: Creators Displace Advertising Paradigms

Kelsey Chickering May 10, 2023
With more than 300 million creators worldwide, the creator economy has grown exponentially over the last several years and shows no signs of slowing down. Creators — individuals who make and monetize social media content — matter to brands because they wield the power to make ideas, trends, songs, or products go mainstream overnight. They […]
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Safety Shouldn’t Mean Censorship: Maintain Section 230 And Incentivize Moderation

Kelsey Chickering February 24, 2023
If a party guest made a racist comment at the dinner table, would you blame the host? What if the host remained silent and did nothing to stop the guest? How about if the host gave that guest a microphone? These are the types of questions that the Supreme Court is tackling via two cases […]
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Twitter Needs Advertisers, But Advertisers Don’t Need Twitter

Kelsey Chickering December 28, 2022
Recent concerns around brand safety should prompt advertisers to test elsewhere.
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CMOs Drive Growth With Media Inclusivity

Kelsey Chickering December 13, 2022
After the 2020 murder of George Floyd, brands and agencies swiftly made bold commitments to invest in Black-owned media companies. The goal? To better reflect the diversity of brands’ audiences and create a more equitable media ecosystem. While well intentioned, it too narrowly focused media dollars solely on minority-owned media groups and away from other […]
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Consumers Haven’t — And Don’t Plan To — Shop Via Social Media

Kelsey Chickering November 16, 2022
US consumers have little interest in doing their shopping — let alone holiday shopping — on social media platforms.
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Grounding Twitter Ad Dollars Is Common Sense, Not Activism

Kelsey Chickering November 4, 2022
Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover has been — at best — chaotic and tumultuous. Advertisers are uncertain about what direction the company will take: What will happen with content moderation? Will Twitter become a mainstream Gab with a steady flow of disinformation? While Musk has tweeted that “nothing has changed with content moderation,” racist tweets have surged […]
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Advertisers Pause In Twitter Purgatory

Mike Proulx November 4, 2022
When Twitter first announced its intent (back in April) to be acquired by Elon Musk, Forrester said that disinformation and hate speech are ultimately at stake — and that ad dollars are at risk. In the days following last Friday’s closing of the deal, GM paused its paid advertising on Twitter. Soon after, IPG’s Mediabrands […]
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Predictions 2023: Facing Economic Headwinds, The Media Industry Will Consolidate

Kelsey Chickering October 27, 2022
CMOs will face mounting pressure to demonstrate ROI, pushing media companies to innovate and consolidate in order to protect their share. Read our media predictions for 2023.
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Predictions 2023: Consumers Will Spend More And Demand Better

Dipanjan Chatterjee October 25, 2022
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Pass The Sticks: Brands Should Take The Gaming Controller

Kelsey Chickering August 23, 2022

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The EU Strikes Again As A Global Leader In Mindful Media: Updated “Code Of Practice On Disinformation”

Kelsey Chickering June 28, 2022
The EU announced an updated Code of Practice on Disinformation, aimed at combating the online spread of disinformation via regulatory measures, including “demonetizing the dissemination of disinformation.” Forrester’s research shows that the monetization of disinformation is a vicious cycle in which the ad supply chain infrastructure supports and funds — often inadvertently — the spread […]
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