U.S. Hispanics are ahead of the curve when it comes to digital. They lead in adoption of new devices. They are power users of mobile and over-index in video consumption. But despite the facts, these consumers are vastly underserved, and the opportunities to reach them through digital remain largely untapped. But what, exactly, should marketers be doing? To see what’s working (and what’s not), Vice President of Americas Marketing at Google, Lisa Gevelber, looked at the strategies of leading brands and forward-thinking marketers. Here are the top lessons she learned.

Consumer adoption of network connected technology is on the rise, with 69 percent of consumers planning to buy an in-home device in the next five years, according to the 2014 State of the Internet of Things Study. By the end of next year, a total of about 13 percent of consumers will own an in-home IoT device such as a thermostat or in-home security camera. Currently, only about 4 percent of those surveyed own such a device.

Population experts will join EthniFacts’ Guy Garcia and NPR’s Maria Hinojosa to mark the date of the “Multicultural Tipping Point,” when the United States will officially become a nation comprised of primarily interethnic individuals, on Friday, August 22 at 10 – 11 a.m. at Father Duffy Plaza in Times Square, between 46th and 47th Streets.  The EthniFacts CulturEdge Countdown Clock will appear on the Clear Channel digital billboard to the west of Father Duffy Square during the press conference.

A milestone is expected to be reached this fall when minorities outnumber whites among the nation’s public school students for the first time, U.S. Department of Education projections show. This is due largely to fast growth in the number of Hispanic and Asian school-age children born in the U.S., according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data.

Have corporate marketers figured out social media measurement?

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) announced the new season 2014-15 programming line-ups for its Univision Network and UniMás broadcast and Galavisión cable networks.

Not to worry, the global marketing economy is robust and picking up pace, according to the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council’s eighth “State of Marketing” report, which was released today. And more importantly, chief marketers are confident that they can meet management’s revenue and market share goals for the coming year.

The Hispanic Retail 360 (HR360) Summit, presented by Pepsico, is  the only industry event with the power to congregate an impressive group of over 500 executives in retail, consumer products and marketing across the nation to address America's most prolific shopper segment, Hispanics. Inspire by San Antonio's rich Spanish and Mexican culture, where Hispanics make up 63% of the population, this year's event made history with record breaking attendance, active digital engagement and a line-up of speakers that are reshaping the conversation.  By Lili Gil Valletta, Co-Founder XL Alliance & Media Contributor

Last week, Nancy Hill, of the 4A’s, wrote an op-ed on Wall Street Journal’s CMO Today blog explaining why agencies are not in a position to attract and afford the kind of talent Wall Street and Silicon Valley can. She noted that the average annual starting salary in an advertising or media agency is between $25,000 and $28,000, while Google, Microsoft or management consulting firms pay between $70,000 and $90,000.

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The Telemundo Station Group announced a series of leadership appointments in its sales organization, including naming Matt Boxer as Vice President of Business Development, Joe Napolitano as Vice President of its National Sales Offices and Jenney Valverde as Vice President of Sales Marketing.

mun2 for the first time will simulcast live the 2014 edition of Premios Tu Mundo (Your World Awards), the star-studded award show that celebrates U.S. Latino pop culture set to broadcast live on Thursday, August 21, at 8PM/7c from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

There’s never been a time when U.S. consumers have had as much video content to choose from as they do today. But even with myriad options—and more coming online every day—few areas of the media landscape have the power to engage consumers the way local TV does.

GroupM issued its biannual This Year, Next Year futures report, forecasting global advertising investments will reach $534 billion in 2014, a 4.5% increase over 2013. The company predicts investments in 2015 rising an additional 5.0% to $560 billion - finally exceeding the pre-crisis peak of 2007/2008 in real terms.

I want to thank Nancy Hill of the 4A’s and Bob Liodice of the ANA for examining the critical issues of talent, compensation and the media and advertising industry’s slowness to change in back-to-back columns in The Wall Street Journal’s “CMO Today” earlier this week.  Each courageously went out on a limb, and our industry will be better for it.

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