Marketers are no strangers to managing complex relationships and campaigns. But as digital ecosystems (of vendors, platforms, agencies, business, etc.) expand and the lines between sectors blur, marketers are rethinking how to build value and their own roles.

This presentation features tips and tools from our Marketing Knowledge Center that are sure to supercharge your social media efforts.

Amid growing industry speculation about cuts to digital advertising budgets, Zenith has found no evidence that advertisers as a whole are shifting budgets away from online advertising – in fact, its share of global advertising expenditure continues to rise rapidly. Zenith forecasts that advertisers will spend 40.2% of their budgets on online advertising this year, up from 37.6% in 2017.

For 2018 MAGNA anticipates that a robust economic environment and historically high consumer confidence should generate yet another growth year for the US advertising market. MAGNA is anticipating the overall market to grow by +5.5% to $197 billion. This is an acceleration on last year (+2.7%) and stronger MAGNA’s previous forecast of +5.0%.

Strong headwinds are certainly ahead for influencer marketers. For one, it’s looking like this will be the year that the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will become more heavily involved. eMarketer has put together this selection of articles, insights and interviews so you can understand what will be critical to influencer marketing in the coming months to be prepared—and to avoid the risks.

TV advertising can be made much better: better for brands, for networks, for viewers. But this won’t happen until TV advertisers speak directly to TV ad sellers.

Holding company shares are falling.  Their ad agencies are shrinking, with low morale, low salaries and hiring freezes.  Accenture and Deloitte are the new, growing competitors.  Advertisers are cutting spend but investing in-house.  Chief Creative Officers are disappearing, not entirely due to sexual harassment charges.  Confused by some or all of this?  Read on!

A new data set made public by GlobalWebIndex, in partnership with Publicis Media, sets out to improve advertiser, publisher and agency understanding around the online behaviors, cultural preferences, and linguistic choices of Hispanic Americans, who currently comprise 18% of the US population.

The brand team for Genentech’s Nutropininjectable human growth hormone was mystified. One-third of all prescriptions was for Hispanic children but non-Hispanic children had better, more consistent outcomes.  by Beatriz Mallory

Tampico Beverages announced the launch of its brand refresh, including an updated logo, a new look and feel across its family of fruit flavored juice drink products, website and social media channels.

Maritz Motivation Solutions have released a new report – “From Transient to Resolute: How Deep Does Loyalty Go?” -- providing insights on the depth of brand loyalty. According to the Maritz-Wise Marketer report, based on data from a study of more than 2000 US consumers, 68% of consumers identify as “transient” loyalists, saying they can be convinced to buy a competitor’s brand. Just 29% of consumers identify as “resolute” loyalists who buy only their favorite brands. Three percent say they are “detached,” not loyal to brands at all.

For the most part, the study found that consumers shop for a variety of grocery-related items in-store. For example, roughly 96% of US internet users said they primarily shop for food and beverages at physical locations. And the same goes for products like household cleaning supplies, paper and plastic products, and personal care and hygiene products.

Mark Ritson’s review of Radiocentre and Ebiquity’s new report on the dichotomy between marketers’ perceptions of media channels and the data on effectiveness of those channels is fascinating but somewhat depressing. Ritson concludes that the evidence will not make any difference to where marketers spend their money.  by Nigel Hollis

Last week, I debated for the affirmative that ‘the future is female’ at the lively International Women’s Day Great Debate in Sydney, hosted by the Institute of Managers and Leaders. While at first glance it seemed the affirmative side (obviously the future is female!) would be the easier position to argue, I knew it was to be a tough gig on a day where there is inevitably a chorus of male voices asking, ‘when is International Men’s Day?’ or ‘what about the men?’.  By Anne Rayner - Global Director of Communications Research

With retail sales increasing 3.5 percent in 2017, compared to a gross domestic product growth rate of 2.3 percent the same year, the retail sector is showing signs of healthy growth thus the so-called ‘retail apocalypse’ is a myth, according to a new study from Deloitte. The study, “The great retail bifurcation: Why the retail “apocalypse” is really a renaissance,” found that the retail sector is healthy and shows strong signs of growth.

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