Attribution is a puzzle that many marketers haven’t cracked.

Sizing the gap between brand promise and brand experience. Disappointments.

The ongoing evolution of the Chief Marketing Officer role is a topic that frequently dominates panels at ad industry events. According to a new study, CMOs will likely pay more attention to technology strategies and making their interactions more human in the next year.

Direct-to-consumer (D2C) brands—encompassing everything from startups like Billie offering women's razor subscriptions to Casper, the once online-only mattress company that has products now being sold at Target—have been growing in popularity for a variety of reasons.

Much has been written about the importance of distinctive brand assets, but marketers keep defaulting to package graphic changes as a misguided short-cut to make their brand more relevant, or attempt to gain new users.

Television has long been the go-to medium for reaching audiences at scale. The first TV advertisement in the U.S. — a spot for Bulova Watch — aired in 1941, costing the company a cool $9, Quartz reports. That spot opened the floodgates for the TV advertising industry to grow into what's now an estimated $70 billion industry.

The rise of the U.S. Hispanic population and labor force is setting pace to be the next demographic phenomenon, with Latinos accounting for more than half of the U.S. population growth from 2016 to 2020 and up to 80% by 2040-2045. And that population increase has significant implications when it comes to consumption, largely because the median age of U.S. Hispanics is notably lower than that of non-Hispanic White consumers.

So last week I posted about portfolio momentum as described in “The Granularity Of Growth” and mentioned that share gain only accounted for a measly four per cent of compound revenue growth for large companies across a five year time frame. But why is that, and when do companies benefit from share growth?  by Nigel Hollis

Brands come in all sizes and in a multitude of categories, but all brand marketers have something in common: They want their marketing messages to reach customers and prospects at times and in places where they will be most effective. With the widespread and growing availability of location-targeted mobile ad technology, they're now able to do that as never before.

Waste is not just a dirty word, no pun intended. It’s a source of great anxiety for those who encounter it, no matter what it is or where it originates from.

Clearing out our bookshelves I came across a book called “The Granularity of Growth”. It reminded me that one of the most important things that marketing does is to help keep up a brand’s momentum. Sales today are often earned in the past and today’s marketing actions have consequences next year.  by Nigel Hollis

Hispanic consumers are young, digitally connected and socially engaged. For brands and marketers, connecting with this important and growing consumer segment requires action now. And tapping into technology and community values will play a big role in how businesses engage with Hispanic consumers today and in the future.

The report tracks the value of the world’s most valuable brands and provides insights on the potential of strong brands. The total brand value of the 2018 BrandZ Top 100 is $4.4 trillion following a record 21% growth – equating to a rise of nearly $750 billion.

After a dinner at which I sounded off about the inability of big companies to innovate, my friend sent me a link to this article, ‘Why Big Companies Squander Good Ideas’ . It is another interesting read and it strikes a chord with me because it does not buy into the typical disruption model or assume that everyone is an idiot.  by Nigel Hollis

In the past, TV advertising's value was obvious. Ask anyone "Where's the beef?" or "Can you hear me now?" and chances are they'll immediately associate those questions with Wendy's and Verizon. But in the digital-first world, TV's place in an omnichannel marketing strategy is shifting.