My conclusion is that Cannes is an ad festival by tradition only anymore. What it has turned into is a tech-deal-makers meet, agency-deal-makers swap meet.  Don’t get me wrong. Deal-making is really important. And to have a large number of buyers, sellers and middle men in one place is convenient, allowing for meeting after meeting after meeting in search of a deal. But it has very little to do anymore with celebrating great creative work.

By Gonzalo López Martí - Creative director, etc / LMMIAMI.COM

  • What is it with your average creative that he -or she- whines, kicks, screams and throws tantrums yet he -or she- rarely has the rocks to start his or her own agency?
  • How many agencies in America were founded by creatives?
  • How many agencies in the US Hispanic market were founded by creatives?

Thirteen percent of advertising and marketing executives surveyed plan to expand their teams in the second half of 2016, according to new research from staffing firm The Creative Group. This is up from 11 percent in the first half of the y

“Whistle” launches tonight with a fully integrated effort for both the General and Hispanic markets, including an epic :90 online version just in time to kick off the Copa America tournament. Or – as we soccer aficionados call it – “let’s use all our personal days month.”

US consumer packaged goods (CPG) and consumer products advertisers will spend $5.97 billion on digital advertising in 2016, an 18.2% gain from 2015 that will see this sector account for 8.7% of total US digital ad spending for the year, as explored in a new eMarketer report, “The US CPG and Consumer Products Industry 2016: Digital Ad Spending Forecast and Trends.”

LAPIZ appointed Luciana Cani as its new senior vice president, executive creative director overseeing the agency's creative team.

Of all the art forms, few have the power to stir strong emotions as music. And few have had such an easy and fruitful relationship with advertising.

The Real Academia Española launches a campaign against “Spanglish”.

As we were presenting work to a client a question came up: “Where is the Latino relevance in the execution?” Frequently, when presenting creative work for the Hispanic market, there is tension in trying to show something that is unique to Latinos in the work, and the question of whether or not you really need it.

Few people would answer “yes” to this question—yet that’s the current state of package design at many consumer products companies.

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) announced the launch of Univision Story House, a new content development and production venture that will produce original content for UCI’s portfolio of owned networks as well as third party networks and platforms

Corinthians fan base is the largest, most passionate, and most influential in Brazilian soccer, with more than 30 million supporters.  During games for the Sao Paulo Championship, supporters participated in a challenge: instead of the famous cheering to encourage players, the fans were invited to sing jingles for brands that support the project.

It was the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death this weekend.  It’s quite an achievement to be remembered for what you wrote over 400 years later. The British bard was obviously an enormously gifted wordsmith.  I was reminded of the importance of wordsmithing as I was working with a client on process, architecture and organizational structure.  We jointly creating a new approach to allocating budgets, defining target audiences and creating integrated marketing plans. But we soon realized that language stood in the way of clarity.

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) eleased “Multiscreen Video Best Practices,” a research report created in partnership with Millward Brown Digital and Tremor Video, showing that 10-second mobile video ads have greater brand appeal and persuasion potential for Millennial audiences. In comparison, 30-second spots outrank their shorter brethren in those same categories among consumers age 35 – 54.

Nearly half of US creative professionals say the creative process could be better, according to February 2016 research. Just 2% of respondents said it was already perfect.

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