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Multicultural Marketing in 2024: Change is Here, Opportunity Awaits  [REPORT]

The past year has been a roller coaster ride for multicultural marketing practitioners. From the recent Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action to increased scrutiny of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, companies are carefully assessing how these factors will impact their multicultural marketing budgets. ThinkNow shares this curiosity and has recently surveyed corporate decision-makers in multicultural marketing and multicultural consumer research, aiming to understand how they are strategically navigating the current landscape.

2024 Media Predictions: A year of transformation [REPORT]

The year 2024 is poised to be a year of transformation. With rapid technological advancements, shifting global dynamics, and a changing consumer landscape, businesses and organizations need to be prepared for the unexpected.

How to Use AI Responsibly in Marketing

Generative AI is beginning to transform marketing and advertising — and brand managers are scrambling to keep up with the onslaught. Eighty-two percent of marketers are familiar with generative AI tools and 65 percent have incorporated them into their tech stack, according to the "The Highs, Lows, and 'Whoas' of AI," which surveyed 317 marketing professionals. Yet many marketers are having a tough time leveraging the full potential of AI: 70 percent say they feel inundated by the current pace of AI development and its incorporation into their marketing strategies, while 42 percent still haven't received any formal training on AI and its applications in marketing.

Is the Gender Wage Gap the Same at Different Education Levels?

The gender wage gap — the difference between what men and women earn — is an often-cited marker of the progress women are making in the work force typically measured by comparing the average earnings of men and women.

Tiempo Company and MEL forge Alliance to increase Trust in Spanish-Language Media Among U.S. Latinos

Spanish-language news media company, Tiempo Company, and MEL, a Hispanic integrated communications agency, have joined forces in a partnership to increase trust in media from U.S. Latinos. Through this alliance, Tiempo Company, with its news brand Tiempo Latino, will leverage its extensive platform to develop comprehensive editorial content that transcends traditional boundaries by integrating data, technology, arts, psychology, and trends. Concurrently, MEL will develop integrated communications campaigns designed to propel Latino stories to the forefront of the conversation on the issues impacting Latino communities.

Republica Havas together with The Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease Association premiere “SEGUNDO”

Republica Havas, the Miami-based agency of Havas Group, presents its new campaign which focuses on a condition of Alzheimer’s disease that has to do with wandering on the streets. Because six out of 10 people who suffer from the disease get lost on public roads, “Segundo” aims to bring general awareness and education to these types of situations in which patients for an instant lose total notion of where they are or what they are doing there.

Why Fast-Moving Consumer Goods brands need dedicated promotional effectiveness analytics

In today’s tough economic climate, knowing what works best in terms of promotions – and why – have never mattered more. Yet almost half of all trade investment is loss making. How can you make sure you’re in the right half?

TelevisaUnivision 2024 Upfront

The company will be taking a new, unique approach to its Upfront presentation, creating an experiential day-long activation that brings to life the vibrance and passion of Latino culture that is dominating U.S. mainstream and drawing more marketers to embrace this powerful force as a priority investment for 2024.

January 2024 Retail Sales Results Reflect Altered Shopping Patterns

In January 2024, U.S. retail sales, including both discretionary general merchandise and consumer packaged goods (CPG), were flat in both units and revenue compared to the same month last year. Discretionary general merchandise spending declines continued at the newly established levels during the four weeks ending January 27, 2024, with 5% dollar and unit sales declines compared to last January. CPG performance held relatively steady. Food and beverage year-over-year sales revenue grew 1%, and unit sales were flat. Non-edible CPG sales improved slightly, with 2% revenue growth and a 1% unit sales decline, according to Circana, the leading advisor on the complexity of consumer behavior.  

Census Retail Sales Data Shows Consumers ‘Still Engaged’

Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau today shows that retail sales cooled in January but that households continued to spend, National Retail Federation Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said.

Health-Conscious Audiences struggle with Connecting Pharma Messaging Across Channels [REPORT]

MAGNA Media Trials and PatientPoint released a research study, “Pharma Messaging Effectiveness: Cross-Channel Analysis,” today. The report explored the impact of prescription drug advertising across media channels and resources (e.g., online health portals, health and wellness blogs, social media, TV, radio, pharma websites, etc.). Pharma ads served in a healthcare provider’s (HCP) office outperformed all other channels as the most trusted source of health information, regardless of respondents’ age. The study found ads showed in an HCP office earned up to +16% higher level of trust compared to ads on websites and online health portals, which was the second most trusted communication channel.

More than Words: How to Connect with U.S. Hispanics through Authentic and Meaningful Content

I love language, I love culture, and I am fascinated by what happens when the two meet. News of the emerging dialect in South Florida resonated with me for two reasons. First, I learned English in Miami and have lived there twice. Second, the article shows how languages and cultures influence each other.  By Alberto Navas - SHRM-CP, MBA

ON THE FUTURE OF ADVERTISING – The sea changes that are upending advertising

Advertising is an amazing industry. It’s worth about a trillion dollars globally, grows above GDP, and is either the primary business model or one of the fastest-growing ones for at least five of the top ten companies by global market cap. Advertising matters to traditional media companies and tech giants, big brands and small businesses, agencies and other ad services and tech providers, and now even to nonmedia consumer companies that are starting advertising businesses.

National Puerto Rican Day Parade launches 2024 Scholarship Program

The National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP) is now accepting applications for its 2024 National Scholarship Program.  

Ethnic Diversity among Marketers declining [REPORT]

ANA’s study “A Diversity Report for the Advertising/Marketing Industry,” revealed that ethnic representation among marketers declined substantially from 32.3% in 2022 to 30.8% in 2023. This was a sharp reversal from the previous three years where ethnic diversity increased from 27.6% in 2019 to 32.3% in 2022.

How to Strengthen the Relationship Between Marketing and PR [PODCAST]

Is your PR agency on your A-Team? It's a question that CMOs and marketers navigating an increasingly complicated media terrain need to ask themselves. Is PR called in from the get-go when the ad brief is being developed or once the campaign is fully baked to knock out a press release and pitch a few media outlets? The response could spell the difference between a marketing campaign that is meh and one that maximizes the effort and provides brand lift.

4 Ways to Elevate In-House Creative Agencies

The world of in-house creative agencies is witnessing a paradigm shift, one that calls for a transition from tactical efficiency to transformational creativity. As a seasoned strategist and consultant in this dynamic space, I've identified four imperatives that distinguish the best in-house agencies: identity, structure, process, and positioning. Let's unpack these elements to understand how they can revolutionize your agency.

NAB announces Hispanic Media Coalition to Increase Voter Participation

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), in collaboration with Hispanic media groups and organizations, today announced a first of its kind coalition focused on get out the vote (GOTV) efforts for the Hispanic community. The nonpartisan coalition consisting of 13 organizations is dedicated to increasing voter registration and voter turnout in the Hispanic community for the 2024 national elections.

ONE OF OUR OWN – K.C. Community Radio Host Killed in Chiefs Parade Shooting

Lisa López has been a private mobile DJ for more than 15 years. As Kansas City Community Radio — 100kw KKFI-FM —notes, López played for all types of crowds, so she has plenty of music knowledge.  López was a co-host of KKFI’s “Taste of Tejano,” joining in March 2022 to co-host with Tommy Andrade and Monica Frias McGee.  By Adam Jacobson

Gustavo Garcia named Chief Digital Officer at Messianu/Edelman/Lerma

Messianu/Edelman/Lerma announced the addition of Gustavo Garcia as its Chief Digital Officer. With over two decades of expertise in spearheading digital and social media strategies across a diverse array of sectors including consumer packaged goods, media, automotive, food & beverage, tech, and hospitality, among others, Garcia brings invaluable insight to MEL’s leadership team. Prior to joining MEL, Garcia served as an Executive Vice President in the U.S. Digital practice at Edelman.

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