On a recent visit to Bangladesh I took part in a roundtable discussion on the use of research in advertising development. The consensus opinion appeared to be that good gut feeling was more important than research when it came to developing advertising. But that raises the question of how do you develop good gut feeling?  by Nigel Hollis

It is non-debatable that the last five years in the media industry has seen more creative enlightenment and tech innovation than the last fifty years combined. By Brian Katz, VP of advanced TV insights and strategy at Eyeview

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) announced that Stephen J. (“Steve”) McGowan has been named senior vice president, Corporate Research, effective immediately.

A new national study by Amplify Snack Brands, Inc. (“Amplify”) and the Center for Generational Kinetics discovered that Millennials have been the driving force behind the growth of the better-for-you snack category.

A decadelong economic recession has contributed to a historic number of people leaving Puerto Rico for the U.S. mainland. Between 2005 and 2015, Puerto Rico had a net loss of about 446,000 people to the mainland, with job-related (40%) and family or household reasons (39%) cited as primary causes among a plurality of those leaving.

Nielsen announced that it has received Media Rating Council (MRC) accreditation for its viewability integrations with Integral Ad Science and Moat for desktop display and video viewable GRP estimates in Digital Ad Ratings for age 13+ age/sex demographics.

Last week I presented at the TUAD, the Turkish Researchers Association, addressing the conference theme “Sharper vision guides brands to a profitable future”. The following is a summary of what I had to say.  by Nigel Hollis

In honor of National Beer Day this Friday, April 7, we took a peek at Hispanics beer facts in America.   We found out there are more Hispanics who consume beer than non-Hispanics, and they prefer imports over American suds. 

News headlines were non-stop throughout 2016. The unrelenting flood of stories included not just the Presidential election but also Syria, refugees, Brexit, Zika, terror attacks, celebrity deaths, and tense relations between police and communities.  Americans responded by watching, listening to and reading more news – a lot more news. Our tally of increased usage across national and local TV, radio and digital sources shows a 2016 increase of 11.3 billion minutes of news consumption per week, compared to 2015.

The Council for Research Excellence (CRE) tunveiled findings from the second of a two-phased neuroscience-based study designed to better understand how consumers view television programming and advertising in a multi-platform world.

Today we are drowning in a sea of data. Companies the world over – including Kantar Millward Brown – are using algorithms and cloud computing to beat that data into submission and force it to cough up its secrets. But what if the data is not measuring the most important things you need to know?  by Nigel Hollis

Multiple adversities, the research shows, put young people at increased risk of performing poorly in school or dropping out.

Today’s consumers watch TV and video in so many ways, ranging from first-screen connected devices (such as DVRs, VOD and OTT) to second-screen devices like smartphones, tablets, PCs and even wearables. As live TV’s share of overall viewing declines, it is becoming increasingly important for TV networks and advertisers to quantify and credit the consumption of content—and ads—across all viewing methods and devices.

In this part 2 of Latina Millennial Nuances a deep dive into their mindsets and that of their Non-Hispanic counterparts, SSG reveals that Latina Millennials are more introspective, more concerned about healthier lifestyles, and more focused on how they reflect their confidence through beauty. Not surprisingly, the study found that Latina Millennials also build stronger family bonds, are more digitally connected and have higher trust of the internet.

This new report traces the global evolution of smartphones and tablets to become the primary digital tool, revealing specific behaviors for which these platforms have become important to consumers’ daily lives

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