Every time I look around, we’re growing.  Latinos, that is, along with entities to which Latinos belong.  Two recent examples struck me as indicative.  By Carlos E. Cortés / Univision Consumer Insights

GO Veggie!, formerly Galaxy Nutritional Foods, has named Whitney Velasco-Aznar to its newly created role of Vice President of Marketing.

Have you ever heard of CONANDA? For those of you who answered that it was America’s neighbor to the North, you’re an idiot.

The 2008 economic crash had a profound impact on the hopes and dreams of young adults coming of age in recent years. They grew up in boom times, forever optimistic about their futures--but today's economy presents challenges they never expected. In this “next normal,” how have their career aspirations and experiences changed? And when there's time for play, what do they do to unwind?

Millennials are known as a digitally savvy group, but does that mean that they view traditional ads as less effective? According to polling by Adroit Digital, many millennials don’t. When the January 2014 study asked US millennial smartphone users about the effectiveness of digital vs. traditional advertising, 36% said that digital ads were more effective; however, the percentage of those who said they were equally effective was close behind, cited by 28% of 18- to 33-year-olds.

Half of Americans (50%) who are aware of advertising don’t trust what they see, read and hear in advertisements.  44% think that advertisements are dishonest.  A clear majority (58%) thinks that there should be stronger requirements for proving claims in advertising.

LatinWorks  announced the launch of nTrigue, a new strategic business unit designed to expand upon the firm’s media planning and buying operations. nTrigue is set to begin operations on April 15th, 2014.

The Digital Place Based Advertising Association (DPAA) announced that the sector's 2013 revenue growth rate far exceeded that of the overall U.S. ad industry, as well as that of such media categories as traditional out-of-home and television.

According to Facebook, the leveraging of language targeting segments created efficiencies across major metrics, driving up engagement across Spanish and English creative. 

The National Grocers Association (NGA) and the Center for Multicultural Science (CMS) recently conducted the first study to estimate how much the Hispanic shopper spends in the independent retail grocery channel.   The study found that Hispanics spend an estimated $22.8 billion in retail grocery stores (or 17% of the total estimated annual sales of the independent retail grocery channel).

Lapiz promoted the Chicago Latino Film Festival with a new campaign, "All About Great Stories."

Sensis together with ThinkNow Research  launched a new research initiative focused on U.S. Hispanic millennials. The research study, titled “The Hispanic Millennial Project” provides a comprehensive look into Hispanic millennials, including comparing them with non-Hispanic millennials, as well as their Hispanic counterparts age 35 and older.

A few years back, I and some colleagues were contracted by the Coca Cola Retailing Research Council of North America to help the council tackle what had become a critical issue among U.S. food retailers: How to successfully market and merchandise to ethnic consumers. The result was the actionable “Grow With America Best Practices in Ethnic Marketing and Merchandising” industry report.  By Terry J. Soto, Author and President & CEO, About Marketing Solutions, Inc.

America is in the midst of two major changes to its population: We are becoming majority non-white at the same time a record share is going gray.  In 1960, the population of the United States was 85% white; by 2060, it will be only 43% white. Our intricate new racial tapestry is being woven by the more than 40 million immigrants who have arrived since 1965, about half of them Hispanics and nearly three-in-ten Asians.  Explore these shifts and examine America's four generations through animated charts, graphics and videos in a new interactive essay by Paul Taylor that synthesizes findings from the new book, The Next America.  

U.S. interactive advertising revenues for 2013 hit an all-time high of $42.8 billion, according to the IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report for the full-year, exceeding broadcast television advertising* revenues ($40.1 billion), for the first time ever.