Apr 7, 2020 - Economy

Online shopping demand has never been higher amid coronavirus lockdowns

Data: Parse.ly; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios
Data: Parse.ly; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

New data from Parse.ly shows that demand for shopping-related content online is up far more than any other type of web traffic.

Why it matters: The coronavirus pandemic has created a new reality for media publishers: the need to convert an influx of traffic into consumer dollars instead of ad dollars.

  • The data shows that commerce and lifestyle services — including healthy living and cooking — could be promising options, as well as general news subscriptions.

Between the lines: Traffic is up across-the-board for content publishers, but it’s not just coronavirus content, it’s almost every content category.

  • Be smart: For the first time in several years, politics, law and government-related is not the top content category in Parse.ly's network.

What's next: Parse.ly says it's launching a free attribution tool to help media companies convert traffic to other things besides ads, like premium subscriptions, event sign-ups, commerce sales.

Go deeper: See what Americans are buying online during the pandemic

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