At first blush, the word Latinx –the gender-neutral, non binary term used to describe the nation’s diverse Hispanic population-- seems ubiquitous.  It pops up regularly in press releases, in news headlines, in social media posts, in campaign mailings. But scratch below the surface, and you find little substance under the semantics. Courtesy of Billboard Magazine.

Acento Advertising in partnership with Duncan Channon and APartnership collaborated on the overall strategy which switches up the traditional smoking cessation approach of shaming and scaring smokers into quitting, opting instead to encourage and normalize the idea that failing is part of the quitting journey by highlighting stories of real California smokers and vapers.

Global creative agencies are among the most decentralized business organizations in the world. Office heads and the client heads within their offices have complete independence in the way they manage their operations. Client heads are virtually unsupervised -- no one above them knows what work they are leading and whether or not fees and resources are appropriate for the work. C-suite executives focus more on the hunt for new business than on the management of their fragmented organizations. This makes agency transformations particularly tricky.

Quick question. When an agency is in serious financial trouble, where’s one of the first places their owners turn? If you guessed “agency new business consultants,” you’re not wrong.  By Mark Duval - The Duval Partnership

The Future 100: Trends and Change to Watch in 2021 highlights emerging consumer behaviors with 100 trend predictions from Wunderman Thompson Intelligence. Trends span culture, tech and innovation, travel and hospitality, brands and marketing, food and drink, beauty, retail, health, work and finance

(Y, sí, tu abuela también lo hace.)

Diversity is more important now than ever. Organizations need to ensure that they are recruiting a diverseworkforce, and have the DEI strategies to empower diverse voices and inspire retention.

Cross media planning offers an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the range of media and datasets available to marketers. This is why a seasoned professional like Kevin O'Reilly (pictured below), Senior Vice President of Product, Data and Monetization for a4 Advertising, is the go-to person to help optimize advertising messages in the planning stage through sales enablement across cable, OTT and digital.

Last year around this time, I published “The State of the Union – Privacy Law’s Impact on the Sample Industry” sharing my views on how privacy legislation impacted the sample industry in 2019. Since then, the world has radically changed.  A worldwide pandemic sparked a global health crisis. Social and political unrest upended the status-quo, and Joe Biden was elected the 46th President of the United States. The election was so bitterly contested that it resulted in a violent attack by extremists on the U.S. Capitol. Many are wondering how we can collectively move forward.  By Art Padilla is a Director of Panels at ThinkNow.

Today’s crises, like the deaths that fuel the calls for racial equity, are not new; however, the responses to the crises are unprecedented. People in more than 4,200 cities and towns around the world have staged protests.  Fifteen to 25-plus million people in America have participated in them, and not just people from Black communities.  Over half of protestors (54 percent) are white, marking a notable difference from racial protests of the past.  By contrast, the US civil rights movement had hundreds of thousands of protesters. In addition, the largest group taking to the streets represents America’s newest generations, with the majority of protesters under the age of 35.

2020 was a year of historic growth for the U.S. consumer technology industry with sales up 17% (through Dec. 26, 2020)1 and according to The NPD Group’s latest Future of Tech2 forecast this momentum will continue into the first quarter of 2021. In Q1 2021, NPD expects 12% consumer tech sales growth versus Q1 2020. But even with a strong start to the year, comparisons to the monumental growth seen in the latter part of 2020 will result in a -2% decline year-over-year in 2021, as sales reach nearly $110 billion. NPD expects to see an additional year-over-year -2% decline in sales in 2022, followed by flat sales in 2023.

Not every marketer does influencer marketing, but a large majority do. In our first-ever forecast, we estimate that 67.9% of US marketers with 100 or more employees will use influencers for paid or unpaid brand partnerships in 2021.

Our Friends at ThinkNow posed the following:  ”Acculturation has long been used in media research among Hispanics respondents but it is time to revisit it use. Acculturation assumes a linear progression towards American culture.  American culture becomes increasingly shaped by diverse audiences".  We asked our readers at HispanicAd and the results are in.

Building a multicultural plan that genuinely integrates the creative and the media disciplines is one of the biggest challenges in today’s multicultural space.  By Isaac Mizrahi - Co-President of ALMA

Well, here we are again. It's a new year, full of hope, aspirations and ambitions -- even if a quick look outside as we emerge from our duvets seems to confirm that things are still horrible, a pandemic is still raging, democracy is still under threat, and the old issues of 2020 have not mysteriously disappeared.