In business as in war, the surest way to lose a battle is to send your troops marching in multiple directions. Military leaders know that battles are won by concentrating their forces on a clear objective.

Retail sales have largely recovered from the pandemic heading into the holiday season but the growing number of coronavirus cases remains a threat and additional federal stimulus could help keep the economy on track, National Retail Federation Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said.

The turbulent future of TV and how marketers can prepare

America is often described as a “melting pot” of different nationalities, ethnicities, and cultures. Much to the dismay of Teddy Roosevelt (who in a 1916 speech noted “There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism”), Americans have perfected naming each ethnic group within our borders distinctly, and those names have evolved.

There’s never a good time to reduce ad spend, but the challenges and uncertainties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic were too great for most brands to ignore, driving widespread advertising cutbacks across channels and markets. The pause in spend likely had an adverse effect on brand awareness for many companies, which means that now is the time to get back in the game—but with a strategic, well-balanced approach.

Brands need to be more agile than ever, as consumer behavior keeps shifting amid the pandemic

The role of the Chief Marketing Officer is more difficult than ever: ‘business as usual’ is no longer an option and the future is clouded by uncertainty. Although no one could have predicted the pandemic, some marketing leaders report feeling better prepared for the road to recovery than others.

Multicultural audiences are significantly driving mainstream identity and influencing emerging trends. According to UM’s Annual Cultural Dimension study, two out of five general population consumers indicate being influenced by Latino, Black, and Asian segments when it comes to passion points like music, fashion, hair care, food, sports, and more.

Brands need to be more agile than ever, as consumer behavior keeps shifting amid the pandemic

Product development and innovation in the consumer-goods industry has never been easy. The involvement of many stakeholders creates a multitude of opportunities for even the most promising innovations to go off track. And competing priorities can cause organizations to lose sight of the initial product and business goals.

Multicultural consumers are poised to become the majority in the next twenty years. One of the largest demographics in the multicultural ecosystem is U.S. Hispanics, who account for about half the population growth in the country. With slowing immigration, most of that growth is supported by U.S. births. The burgeoning numbers are driving a  1.2 trillion dollar  Hispanic/Latino consumer market, making them an attractive target for companies and brands.

As the COVID-19 pandemic extends beyond seven months, the year-end holidays are next in line for disruption.

inZa Lab announced the release of its 2020 Gen Z Consumer Insights Report: How Gen Z Confronts Uncertainty. The report provides an in-depth look at how Generation Z (born between 1996-2010) has changed amidst the political, environmental, economic, and social turmoil of the past year.

Geoff Ramsey of eMarketer discusses COVID-19's effects on the industry, e-commerce, and mobile advertising

With the pandemic adding uncertainty for marketers, it’s more important than ever to understand the media landscape. Findings from Kantar’s inaugural Media Reactions 2020 study reveal that marketers lack the understanding and the data they think they need. Nearly half of marketers (48%) — a growing proportion — feel that they don’t have all the data they need to make decisions in their roles. The research also finds that two-thirds are worried about the future and think that an inability to track digital media via cookies will dramatically disrupt the industry — a situation that could further impede marketers’ ability to monitor advertising effectiveness.

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