It’s long been a paradox that, despite the fact that consumers ages 50 and up have the lion's share of the wealth and income in the U.S, marketers are over-enamored with the 18-49 demographic. The oft-stated justification for aiming at the younger generation is that they are more likely to be open to new products and/or switching brands; and their lives are more centered on consumption and consumerism.  

Digital marketing has driven home the importance of content, as marketers strive to keep customers engaged and drive brand awareness. These were the top two benefits of content marketing, according to an August 2013 survey of marketers in North America from Unisphere Research. And marketers are certainly putting money behind that effort: 48% of respondents reported devoting at least 10% of their budget to content creation, with 19% of marketers allocating 25% or more.

A consortium of leading Internet radio companies has united for the first time to collaborate on a definitive study of Internet radio consumption in the United States. The Streaming Audio Task Force, comprising Pandora, Spotify and TuneIn, engaged Edison Research to survey over 3,000 online respondents ages 12+ to ascertain their media usage and habits, and the results indicated that for the first time in history, Internet radio is used by the majority of online Americans (53%). In addition, the total time spent with audio is clearly expanding as people are now enjoying more audio from more devices in more places.

As mobile platforms advance, one of the most valuable components, location, has revolutionized marketing outreach. Slated to grow to a nine billion dollar industry in a matter of years, location offers an unprecedented advantage for marketers to connect with consumers at the right place and time.  

Whether it’s advertising via old standbys like TV, newspapers and radio or newer media like mobile and online, earning consumer trust is the holy grail of a successful campaign, according to Nielsen’s latest Trust In Advertising report.   The good news for advertisers is that consumers around the globe are more trusting now than they were several years ago. In fact, the study reveals that trust in online advertising is increasing, as is trust in ads on TV, radio and movie screens.

Creative minds share the stage and spill their secrets with Yahoo at sfBIG Breakfast

YouTube is no longer a repository of videos tossed together in a free-for-all manner. The “channelification” of YouTube has been popular with advertisers and a boon for the video platform, too. Jamie Byrne, director of content strategy, spoke with eMarketer’s Paul Verna about how the channels underscore a number of innovations at the company.

Despite the sluggish economy, the spirits industry poured on growth in 2012, and it’s no coincidence that the number of distilleries across the U.S. is continuing to rise. Instrumental in driving growth were small-batch bourbons, whiskeys and single malt Scotches, plus innovations in flavor (think Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey and dessert-inspired Pinnacle Whipped Vodka).

  The US may be the world’s largest ad market, but advertisers still spend more to reach consumers in other markets, particularly those in Australia and Europe, according to eMarketer’s latest Global Media Intelligence Report, produced in collaboration with Starcom MediaVest Group.

  This year, Alma DDB had the honors of not only taking home the title of “Agency of the Year,” but also winning two of the six categories awarded for two of its clients: State Farm, for the Multiethnic Interactive Media category and Tobacco Free Florida, for the Multiethnic Talent in Advertising category.

  Los Tweens & Teens has partnered with Ford Motor Company to publish an important series regarding how parents can inspire a love for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in their young girls.  

  Sensis won a contract from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to help raise awareness about the effect wood burning has on the region’s air quality.

   “Thinking Under the Influence: The Next Five Years,” taking place at the Eden Roc Renaissance Hotel in Miami from April 28-30, will once again bring together the highest caliber of speakers, including notable newsmakers, CMOs and industry experts, to showcase the best of Hispanic and Latin American marketing and creativity.

  The ANA (Association of National Advertisers) and 4A’s announced new guidelines to help agencies and clients improve their productivity in the agency search process. 

  Who should manage a company's social media presence? According to a new survey by The Creative Group, it's a tough question. When advertising and marketing executives were asked which department is best suited to oversee an organization's social media efforts, the response was divided: 39 percent of respondents said public relations/communications and 35 percent said marketing.