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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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Twitter Blue Is Still Singing A Sad Tune

Mike Proulx November 10, 2022
Twitter's blue checkmark no longer signals legitimacy. That underscores our guidance to marketers to take a wait-and-see approach to media investments on Twitter.

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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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Meta’s Short-Form Video Strategy Isn’t Reeling In Market Share

Mike Proulx September 6, 2022
The company's TikTok alternative simply isn't winning, new Forrester data indicates.
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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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Elon Musk’s Twitter Acquisition Has Become Part Of The US Culture War

Mike Proulx May 31, 2022
We’re still several months away from the anticipated close date of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition — whether it’s on again or off again depends on the day. A lot has happened in just the five weeks since the deal was announced, and we anticipate more will happen between now and October. But rest assured: We […]

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The Majority Of Chinese Social Media Users Are Social Savants

Xiaofeng Wang May 18, 2022
Compared to their US counterparts, online adults in China are far more likely to use social media to buy products and interact with brands. Here are three takeaways for marketers.
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Twitter: Elon’s Battle Over Free Speech Is A Fight Against Content Moderation

Mike Proulx April 25, 2022
What will actually happen to Twitter if Musk takes over is mere speculation at best. But we do know that users are polarized.
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Handling International Data Transfers Is Nothing New — Someone Tell Meta!

Enza Iannopollo March 10, 2022
If, in the world of privacy, I had to pick one topic that never goes out of fashion, it would be managing international transfers of EU personal data. Since the introduction of the EU Data Protection Directive in 1995 and continuing with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), companies engaging in the storage and/or […]
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Advertisers Are Inadvertently Funding Russian Disinformation

Kelsey Chickering March 7, 2022
Disinformation is fueling war, and advertisers are inadvertently funding the problem. It's time to fight inertia and take action against disinformation.
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Social Media Plays A Bigger Role In Commerce Than Just Buying

Jessica Liu January 19, 2022
Social media can't serve advertisers well as a standalone commerce channel. Instead, treat it as a key driver in the discover and explore stages of the customer journey.

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Cancel Culture: Confusing, Complex, And Contentious

Mike Proulx January 10, 2022

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Meet Forrester’s New Principal Analyst Covering Media: Kelsey Chickering

Mike Proulx December 1, 2021

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Weekly Usage Of TikTok Surpasses Instagram Among US Gen Z Youth

Mike Proulx November 18, 2021

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Social Media Users Interact With Friends And Family More Than Brands

Jessica Liu October 27, 2021
Yesterday, we published the annual refresh of our Forrester social consumer segmentation. In 2021, consumers who use social media at least weekly (the heaviest users we survey) overwhelmingly prefer to interact with friends/family over brands/companies and influencers on social media. The real question for brands is: “Does my target audience want to interact with my […]
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The Metaverse Won’t Fix Facebook

Mike Proulx October 25, 2021
As Facebook eyes the metaverse, Forrester's latest survey shows consumers want substantive changes to Facebook's ecosystem. Read our full analysis here.
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LinkedIn Has Not Given Up On The China Market

Xiaofeng Wang October 15, 2021
On October 14, 2021, Mohak Shroff, senior vice president of engineering at LinkedIn, published a blog post: China: Sunset of Localized Version of LinkedIn and Launch of New InJobs App Later This Year. It triggered multiple follow-up reports from major media outlets, with titles containing words like: LinkedIn to Shut Down Service in China Microsoft […]
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Marketers, Stop Being Part Of The Facebook, Inc. Problem — Start Being The Solution

Jessica Liu October 12, 2021
Facebook, Inc. is in the hot seat again due to a recent The Wall Street Journal “Facebook Files” exposé and 60 Minutes whistleblower interview. As we’ve said again and again, a singular event won’t be enough to bring down the social media behemoth. Facebook will experience a degradation of its reputation by a thousand cuts: […]
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Halloween Comes Early For Syniverse, FB, And Twitch — What We Can Learn From Their Spooky Outages Plus Breaches

Jeff Pollard October 7, 2021
As renowned ghost hunter and solver of mysteries Scooby-Doo would say, “Ruh roh, Raggy!” It looks like more than ghosts are wreaking havoc on haunted networks. We’re less than a full week into October, and Cybersecurity Awareness Month isn’t quite taking shape the way we expected. Ostensibly, orgs decided to pivot and use this time […]
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