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Online Shopping Starts Setting Records

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The amount of time people have spent online in the past few weeks has likely never been higher. It's one of the natural reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic. People are working from home and doing their entire jobs online. Others are communicating with loved ones through video calls. Still others are buying almost everything they want and need on the internet to avoid going to stores or even going outside. As more and more states lock down and people stay home, internet use has exploded. This is perhaps the premier time for web traffic and online advertising, as the amount of potential buyers -- and just the sheer amount of eyes on each search or each site -- is unprecedented.

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Google and Facebook See Ad Declines

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Two of the biggest platforms for ads these days are Google and Facebook. They may operate in different spheres -- search results and a social media -- but these are two places where people tend to flock and they're the kings of online marketing. That's not going to change, but they are seeing a recent drop in ad spending as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to get worse by the day. That pandemic, which has caused many people to essentially shelter in place, has decimated a lot of industries and they're cutting ads as a result. There is also the thought that this pandemic, even after it ends, could lead to a global recession.

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COVID-19 Leads to Online Shopping Spike

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It's not the way that anyone would have wanted it, but online shopping has seen a massive surge lately. COVID-19, often called coronavirus, has forced people to stay home to slow down the outbreak. Many are allowed to work from home, and others have professions where they simply cannot go to work at all; for instance, gyms, bars, restaurants and many other places were closed by the government in Michigan and other states. Those workers suddenly find themselves with a lot more time. What are they doing with it? According to Amazon, it looks like they're shopping online. The spike in traffic to the largest U.S. online retailer has been so dramatic that they're going to hire 100,000 employees to respond to the demand.

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