• Sparks & Honey Report Finds Rise In Disinformation Impacting Trust In Giving
    The rise in disinformation isn't just impacting politics and social discourse, it's having an impact on giving -- making it more important than ever for nonprofit charities to be transparent. That's a key conclusion of the just-published "Future of Giving 2020" report from Omnicom's Sparks & Honey. The report illustrate how even once bedrock recipients of giving, such as churches and religious institutions, are seeing their charitable base erode.
  • Out-of-Home Viewing Proves Big Boon For NFL Ratings, Despite Pandemic
    The first week of the NFL season, which also is the first to have Nielsen's out-of-home viewing estimates embedded in the ratings, has proven to have a significant impact, despite the pandemic. The out-of-home viewing, which mainly comes from bars, restaurants, health clubs, and offices that presumably have been impacted by reduced capacity due to COVID-19, boosted Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season's ratings by 7%.
  • Magna: U.S. Ad Spending Fell 7.2% During First Half, Erosion Poised To Moderate In Second Half
    The U.S. advertising economy fell 7.2% during the first six months of 2020, though the rate of erosion is expected to moderate to -2.0% during the second half, according to new estimates released today by IPG Mediabrands' Magna unit. Based on the new data, Magna shaved three-tenths of a percentage point off its projection for the full year, cutting it to -4.6% from the -4.3% it was projecting in its last update in June.
  • Ad Inflation Continues, Despite Recession, Though It Has Moderated Significantly
    While economic disruption moderated the rate of media cost inflation for advertisers this year, it won't actually go negative for any quarter -- including the height of the ad recession in Q2 -- according to an analysis released this week by R3 Worldwide.
  • Analysis Shows Broadcast Campaigns Performing As Well, If Not Better, Post-COVID
    While overall ad spending has declined, a new study of TV and radio ad campaigns indicates they are actually performing better during the COVID-19 pandemic. The analysis released this morning by performance analytics firm Veritone shows that on average, TV and radio ad campaigns are generating nearly 7% greater "lift" -- defined as increased traffic to the advertiser's website -- over the course of the 15-months analyzed.
  • In Its First Year, Disney+ Penetrates A Third Of OTT: On Track To Overtake Hulu
    Less than a year after its November 2019 launch, Disney+ is on track to overtake Hulu as the third-largest subscription video-on-demand service in the U.S. by 2024, according to new estimates released today by eMarketer. With an estimated 72.4 million viewers, Disney+ has already penetrated nearly a third (32.1%) of the U.S. OTT marketplace, according to eMarketer.
  • Average Prime-Time Scatter Prices Remain Stable During Pandemic, Thanks To NBC
    Prime-time network TV scatter ad prices have remained relatively stable for the Big 3 networks during the first five months of the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks mainly to gains by NBC. But the loss of major live sporting event have dragged average scatter ad prices down for ABC and CBS, according to a Research Intelligencer analysis of data released by television ad price intelligence firm SQAD.
  • Consumer Confidence Reaches Low In The 8th And Final Wave Of Kantar's COVID-19 Barometer
    Consumer economic confidence has hit a COVID-19 pandemic low, according to the eighth and final wave of pandemic-related tracking conducted by Kantar. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of respondents say they have either felt the impact or expect to be impacted soon by the economic effects of the pandemic, according to Kantar's COVID-19 Barometer.
  • How To Make The Emmys Better
    My mother-in-law hasn't watched the Emmy Awards in five or six years. The main reason, as she puts it, "none of the shows I watch get nominated anymore." Now, I'm sure the networks aren't particularly concerned about the 75-plus crowd, but they do seem intent on driving away generations of people who grew up watching the Emmys without doing much to bring in younger viewers. I also know a fair number of 45-plus viewers that no longer watch the Emmys. The Emmys continues to award TV series that most people haven't seen, which only serves to depress ratings. In this ...
  • Edelman Finds Americans Trust Employers, Not Government, To Fight Racism
    Americans trust their employers more than any other institution to do what is right in response to systemic racism and racial injustice in America, according to findings of a special report from the Edelman Trust Barometer. The report, "The Fight For Racial Justice In America," found 71% trust their current employer, vs. only 56% who trust the media, 50% who trust businesses at large, or 36% who trust the government.
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