Despite the growing popularity of connected devices in the home, including smart devices, streaming media players, and smart TVs, a new report from The NPD Group reveals that 31 percent of U.S. households do not currently have a broadband connection (25Mbps per second download speed or greater). This equates to roughly 100 million consumers, totaling nearly one-third of the U.S. population, and the vast majority of these consumers are in rural markets.

It’s official – Physical and digital engagement is paramount for effective customer engagement. No matter what age, gender or location, consumers around the world agree that when it comes to brand interactions, personal, trusted and reliable omnichannel engagement is THE preferred option and choice.

This report details additional foundational research on modeling and segmentation conducted in support of the 2020 Census Integrated Partnership and Communications Program. Modeling efforts offer predictions of Census tract overall self-response rates, proportion of self-response on the internet, and timing of response.

Have you ever stopped to wonder how a company can accurately measure consumer behavior without knowing what every single person is doing? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, we see questions about this very topic all the time. After all, with more than 325 million people living in the U.S., it’s understandable that people might be skeptical about our ability to measure media engagement and shopping habits without checking in with each and every person in the country.

Many marketers may want to believe that customers prefer personalized marketing experiences, but while research backs up that claim, recent consumer skepticism over the use of personal data means that there’s a growing sentiment that more personalization does not beget a better experience.

I was lucky enough to interview a total of 16 advertising industry luminaries in Cannes for our Future Proof podcast. Each interview was provocative (and occasionally expletive) but, collectively, they represent a compelling viewpoint on the big issues facing marketing today.  by Jane Ostler - Global Media Domain Lead / Kantar

Perion Network Ltd. announced that Undertone, a cross-platform Synchronized Digital Branding for the world’s most prominent brands, and Alphonso, a TV data company that is relied on by marketers, agencies and broadcasters for mission-critical metrics, are partnering to bring together Undertone’s digital creative capabilities and premium reach with Alphonso’s large-scale TV viewership data.

The other day I spoke with an agency owner who told me that they aren’t “doing new business” right now because they had just closed a large account. Some readers will understand immediately why that thinking is detrimental to an agency’s fiscal health (and if not, I’ll explain it shortly). It’s a fast way to shut down a conversation with me, given my work as an agency new business consultant—and it’s certainly not the first time I’ve heard it.  by Mark Duval - The Duval Partnership

What’s ahead for telecom providers in 2019? Fifth generation (5G) wireless technologies will be gaining ground quickly, unleashing the full potential of augmented and virtual reality, Smart Cities, and IoT. Mic Locker, managing director in Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) industry practice, shares her thoughts on opportunities for growth in our new telecom industry overview.

The Ad Council announced a new arm: Ad Council Edge. A strategic consultancy, Ad Council Edge, builds on the Ad Council’s rich history of developing compelling and cutting-edge purpose-driven marketing campaigns to advise companies and nonprofit organizations on ways to inspire and engage the public on today’s most pressing issues.

Though still avant-garde in the marketing industry, consumer neuroscience offers marketers powerful insights that they can begin implementing into their campaigns today

By Gonzalo López Martí - Creative director, etc  /

  • Last week I laid out the following theory: younger generations and, hence, fresh talent, simply don’t want to work in advertising anymore.
  • If you are young and bright these days, Silicon Valley’s gravitational pull is way stronger than Madison Avenue’s.

Tajín International Corporation announced they have joined forces with well-known national food brands, partnering with the Tyson® and Hillshire Farm® brands. Adding to a roster of strategic partners including Century Snacks – the makers of Snak Club® Trail Mixes and Snack Nuts and Truco Enterprises the maker of On The Border Chips and Dips.

When I read “Managing In-House Agency Creative Content and Legal Concerns,” the Association of National Advertisers’ new study with Boston Consulting Group and Reed Smith, one thought kept crossing my mind: Partnership is key.  by Marla Kaplowitz - president and CEO of the 4A’s

The ANA has teamed with the Boston Consulting Group and Reed Smith on an initiative to understand the top concerns in-house agencies have for both creative content development and legal issues. Importantly, our work also provides strategies to address those concerns.  By Bill Duggan