Integrated marketing communications (IMC) is now broadly embraced by marketers, according to a new survey of members of the ANA (Association of National Advertisers) fielded by CoActive Marketing Group. Results of the research indicate that 74 percent of marketers now employ IMC campaigns for most, if not all, of their brands.

The search-engine optimization (SEO) community has gone gaga over social media. The evidence is everywhere.

Making sure even small marketing budgets are not wasted.

Niche marketers may have a harder time targeting their audiences, but at least it doesn't cost as much as mass campaigns.

Targeting advertising towards African Americans, Hispanics, Asians and Whites requires distinct media plans according to BIGresearch's most recent Simultaneous Media Survey (SIMM 11, Dec. 07) of 15,727 participants. Not only do these consumer groups use traditional media differently, their adoption of new media is also quite unique.

AHAA’s 24th Semi-Annual Conference in San Antonio experienced first-hand the passion from speakers like President and CEO of AT&T Mobility Ralph de la Vega who urged a packed room of Hispanic marketing specialists to consistently reinvent, take risks and explore new territory to remain fresh and relevant. View speech.

Bravo, Apple, Showtime, HBO, Absolut, and Levi's, are the gay-friendliest brands, while WalMart, Dunkin Donuts, Cracker Barrel, Exxon Mobil, and Samsung earn the lowest marks from gay and lesbian consumers, according to the 2008 Prime Access/PlanetOut Gay and Lesbian Consumer Study.

A new poll by Entertainment Weekly shows three out of four TV viewers prefer product placement over commercials.

Merkle released its annual e-mail marketing study, 'View from the Inbox'. Conducted in conjunction with national survey research firm Harris Interactive, the study is designed to measure and track attitudes and behaviors toward permission-based e-mail among U.S. consumers. Permission-based e-mail marketing (PEM) is a marketing approach used to reach consumers who voluntarily sign-up to receive updates, offers and information from select organizations.

The word trust most likely conjures the feeling(s) deep down in your gut. It does mine. Typically, when I have the slightest "off" feeling, I should follow my gut instead of my head. Trust is core to this. What about brand trust? When you just read the words, what did you think?

Getting the tastemakers on your side.

Practically anyone can start a blog—about whatever interests them. As a result, there are millions of blogs, many covering niche avocations and including product recommendations.

Recently. I was asked to speak at a Digital Summit conducted by a major brand marketer for the benefit of its brand teams -- eager to learn more about how to use broadband video. Never reluctant to help educate and grow the category, I eagerly took the advertiser up on its invite.

Watch a school of fish swim. They have no leader. No one is telling them what to do. Instead they are paying close attention to the fish next to them, in order to move at exactly the same time in exactly the same direction. This type of swarm behavior defies convention. Animal groups moving together as one without ever being told what to do. The comparison of swarm behavior to human interaction has become increasingly relevant as human instincts and social technologies have merged to create an unprecedented collective intelligence.

On April 22nd the DDB Latin America & US Hispanic region conducted an all day seminar under the "Digital Day" banner. It was a different kind of "D Day" for all of us DDBers.

It was certainly an eye opener for some, a confirmation for others and a kick in the butt for a few.

By Luis Miguel Messianu - President & Chief Creative Officer at Alma DDB

This paper is for branding advertisers. By brand advertisers we mean the marketing leaders at the big brand companies as well as the talent at the agencies that work with the advertisers helping them get their message out.

One of the largest U.S. Hispanic/Latin American agencies took a major step towards better understanding just how important digital technology is to Latinos. The Y&R Brands Miami office held it’s first, in a series, of Digital Days. Employees from the Bravo Group, Wunderman and Y&R came together to delve deep into the Hispanic digital world. They examined, with the help of a panel of experts, just how closely the Internet and mobile technology are intertwined with the lives of their consumer.

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