UK Media & Consumer Market Update — September 16, 2020
Accurate as of: 16 September 2020
UK Media & Consumer Market Update
Current UK status:
Visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus for all official information.
- As of 4pm on 15 September 2020, a total of 20,292,025 people have been tested for coronavirus (COVID-19), of which 374,228 were confirmed positive.
- 41,664 patients in the UK who tested positive for COVID-19 have died.
- Local lockdowns continue in the North of England, Birmingham, Leicester, Blackburn, Oldham, Pendle and Bolton.
- The Government’s new rule regarding a maximum of 6 people permitted to meet indoors and outdoors came into force on Monday. This has been met with criticism, but it is the Government’s response to growing case numbers, and is in place in order to prevent a ‘second wave’.
UK travel restrictions:
Visit www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonwealth-office for all official information.
- As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.
- A 14-day mandatory quarantine for all UK arrivals except for those announced as exempt. See here for the full list of exempt countries. Countries can be added or removed from this list at any time.
- FCO travel advice includes information on any health measures in place for visitors to a country or territory. These can include a requirement to self-isolate, quarantine or undergo testing for coronavirus, or even restrictions on entry.
- All travellers entering the UK or returning to the UK must complete a comprehensive passenger locator form, or risk a fine.
- Boris Johnson has been warned by the bosses of the UK’s 20 biggest airports he risks “irreparable damage” to the economy unless he moves to replace quarantine with Covid-19 testing in the next week (Telegraph)
- Rishi Sunak has hinted at a replacement for the Government’s staff furlough scheme, which many travel companies are asking to be extended. Employers’ National Insurance contributions and business rates could both be cut as the chancellor considers “creative” ways to help firms beyond the end of the furlough initiative (Travel Weekly)
- The end of the furlough scheme, u-turns on travel corridors and ongoing slump in overseas bookings set to see more tourism businesses collapse (Guardian)
- Hundreds of Emirates staff in the UK have reportedly been warned they could face redundancy (TTG)
- Aviation recovery is at a halt according to new analysis of pan-European data carried out by the Anker Report (Independent)
- The Irish Government is expected to announce on Tuesday a new system for deciding quarantine as it ditches the “green” list of countries that it introduced at the start of the pandemic. It is expected to follow a standardised model being pushed by the European Commission under which arrivals from any country with more than 50 Covid cases per 100,000 of the population over the past 14 days and a positive test rate above three per cent could face quarantine (Telegraph)
- Thomas Cook has been revived as a “Covid-ready” online travel agency, almost a year to the day since the iconic travel brand was feared lost for good. The online-only business will initially focus on flexible, customisable trips to countries on the government’s travel corridor list (TTG)
- Tui UK customers awaiting refunds for holidays cancelled due to coronavirus will receive them by the end of the month. The UK’s largest operator made the commitment after the competition watchdog started an investigation after receiving thousands of complaints from people that they were not receiving refunds for their cancelled holidays within 14 days under consumer protection law (Travel Weekly)
- British Airways boss has told Government MPs that the business is still fighting for its own survival, last week flying 187,000 passengers, versus over a million in the same week in 2019 (Independent)
- Travel recruitment specialist C&M Travel Recruitment has launched an online portal for staff at threat of redundancy or who have recently lost their job (TTG)
- Virgin Atlantic has repeated its call for a UK-New York travel corridor, as the carrier’s operations chief told TTG he believed the British Government “is listening” to industry pleas on airport testing (TTG)
- Denmark looks likely to be added to the UK’s ever-expanding quarantine list this week after a rise in positive tests saw its seven-day case rate climb to 34.8 per 100,000 people (Telegraph)
- Visit Britain has been tracking consumer sentiment on travel since May this year, some key current findings are (Visit Britain):
- ‘Concerns about catching COVID 19’ is the leading reason cited by people not feeling confident about taking a UK holiday or short break either by September this year or from October onwards.
- ‘Restrictions imposed on travel by government’ is the second most influential reason across both time periods, with significant proportions feeling that travelling is not ‘the responsible thing to do’ in the current situation.
- Only 35% of UK holidays have gone ahead as planned since lockdown.
- The South West of England had the highest share of holiday trips.
- 20% of the adult population anticipate taking a domestic overnight short break or holiday this ‘autumn’ (during September or October)
- Almost two thirds (65%) of Autumn travel intenders have yet to actually plan their trip, while 72% have yet to book it.
- Countryside or village is the leading destination type this autumn (33% intending to visit), followed by ‘traditional coastal / seaside town’ (32%).
- Enterprise software platform Oracle has won the ‘partnership’ agreement with TikTok. The deal looks set for approval from the White House after TikTok’s parent company ByteDance knocked back Microsoft’s offer. But after news earlier this week that TikTok won’t be selling the algorithm, and reports that China would prefer to shut TikTok down than to sell it, it’s not actually clear what Oracle will be getting for their $20 billion. They’re also, as per the first line, entering into a ‘partnership’ not a ‘sale’ so who knows.
- Speaking indirectly of US politics, Snapchat says that over 400,000 people have registered to vote through their in-app registration tools. Social’s got a big point to prove around the November elections this year trying to prove they aren’t ‘destroying democracy’ and ‘sabotaging freedom’ or whatever. Twitter’s already banned political advertising completely and added badges to relevant profiles but they’re also launching a new 2020 US Election Hub to help propagate useful, accurate, and timely information.
- Still speaking of largely US-centric politics, high-profile celebrities are freezing their social accounts as part of the ongoing #StopHateForProfit campaign. You may remember an ad boycott back in July designed to squeeze Facebook’s bottom line which, ironically, overlapped with a period of 10% revenue growth for the first three weeks of that month. Kim Kardashian is leading the charge, along with Leo DiCaprio and Sacha Baron Cohen, though it remains to be seen how much damage their withholding to do to the platforms. Smaller social networks haven’t survived the loss of their biggest creators but Facebook and Instagram are likely too large at this point to be affected by a smattering of a few (albeit enormous) accounts.
- On the topic of high-profile creators leaving, TikTok’s biggest creator Charli D’Amelio is joining rival network Triller. Let’s just drop that news and let you connect that info with the above sentence and see how you feel about a hybrid TikTok without its biggest stars.
- Because all social news has been TikTok-related somehow, YouTube’s launched their new ‘Shorts’ tool in India where, you’ll remember, TikTok has been banned for a while. There’s not a lot more to this one because it’s like TikTok 3.0 (if you consider Reels to be TikTok 2.0) so stay tuned for stats on uptake, etc. To digress, we can’t help but feel like perhaps social platforms should be looking to innovate rather than imitate though we’re aware that copying an app experiencing meteoric growth is obviously shareholder-friendly.
- Unrelated to TikTok, Facebook news. First of all, the social network has reinvented… itself? Facebook Campus is a new tool the social network has launched to help college students connect. You know, like it was originally designed to do before it dismantled governments or whatever. They’re also rolling out new organic content testing tools through Creator Studio so you can A/B test your posts, they’ve been ordered to stop sending European user data to the US, and Instagram’s adding automatic closed captions to IGTV videos.
- Facebook’s also partnered with Coursera on a new social media marketing professional certificate program. There are tons of people out there looking for certifications and qualifications in the social marketing space so this’ll be the perfect opportunity for you. Pair that with Facebook’s Blueprint course for paid social and you’ll be off to the social races.
- While you’re learning, dive into this article about three ways to make the most of your ecommerce activity at the moment.