In analyzing 10 markets so far this year, we found that they tend to fall into one of two buckets: fear-fueled and hope-fueled. The hope-fueled markets comprise what are considered the emerging economies: Brazil, India and China. These mind-sets are manifesting themselves in brand behavior. Download study here.

If you haven't begun planning your holiday campaigns, then you're already behind. The first salvo of holiday email marketing has already been fired, with 8% of major online retailers having already mentioned the holidays in their email campaigns.

In it’s August 10th cover story about marketing to Hispanics, the Miami Herald opened its article with a reference to Univision’s Saturday-night variety show host Don Francisco. No big deal but the story reminded me of what I had heard a few weeks earlier on Power 96, an urban/hip-hop (English-language) Miami radio station with plenty of Latino DJs and popular with Miami’s urban Latinos. by Manny Gonzalez. To read El Blog CLICK above.

Chief marketing officers in the United States are increasingly optimistic about the economy and their customers’ purchasing activities, and are embracing the power of social media as they seek to promote their brands and attract new customers.

In the ongoing battle for greater sales and more market share, marketers are left wondering which strategy will increase their brand’s strength. In today’s tough economic times, advertisers seek insights to guide them in spending their limited budgets as efficiently as possible.

Advertisers seek insights to guide them..

Advertisers grapple with reaching consumers with the right brand messages at the right time even when economic times are good. In an economic downturn, with the need to maximize the impact of marketing dollars, delivering effective advertising is even more critical.

An old yet dominant definition of branding is emotion-driven storytelling in which the brand works to attract and guide us by projecting a desired lifestyle. An established yet fringe definition of branding is storytelling inspired by the tangible qualities of the objects or systems the brand supports. This later definition and approach to branding reverses out of transcendent, emotion-based brand experiences and gives more responsibility to the customer's intelligence to create the experience and meaning. What would our branded world look like if this approach was widely adopted? Rebranding Branding, a graduate thesis, explores this question.

In the battle for company resources during the downturn marketing must do more to promote its contribution to the bottom line in the annual company report.

Creating a winning marketing campaign requires extensive planning, a unique brand idea and a strong partnership between client and agency. Based on these pillars, Dieste Inc. and HP developed the HP Insider, an award winning multicultural marketing program. Launched in October of last year, the HP Insider has been recognized so far by the advertising industry with three prestigious awards.

2010 holds the promise to be a banner year for marketers. Customers and prospects alike are reevaluating their definition of value and actively seeking new business relationships. What's different?

Kraft Foods announced plans to become the first company to use the Smart Choices Program nutrition criteria to identify which products it advertises to children ages 6-11 in the United States.

This white paper outlines Nielsen’s approach to the emerging discipline of Shopper Management, an approach that integrates loyalty, transaction and consumer panel information and other contextual data, translates these data sets into segmentation layers that reflect consumer behavior, attitudes, product affinity, spending and promotional response patterns, then delivers actionable insights to guide in-store strategies. Download here.

Marketers in the $4 trillion global communications industry are facing unprecedented challenges in building loyalty and retaining customers as cut-throat competition and new service models undercut pricing, prey on lucrative customers and disrupt established markets.

Advertising, almost by definition is cultural. Advertising influences our culture. The culture influences advertising. Now, in a country with so many different cultures producing advertising that is meaningful to these diverse cultures is a challenge. While it is true that in some cases a single message may do well across cultures, many times the message would be more effective if it is customized to the target culture.

Strativity Group announced it will be unveiling the surprising results of their Customer Experience consumer study.