Deloitte’s 10th annual Tech Trends report identifies those trends that are likely to disrupt businesses in the next 18-24 months, including advanced networking, intelligent interfaces, serverless computing and more. These trends are part of a larger convergence of powerful forces that are driving disruption across industries.

ThinkNow released its ThinkNow Snapshot: 2018 Total Market Markers + Milestones, identifying the top trends that shaped multicultural research. Milestones range from shaky consumer sentiment to the proliferation of mobile shopping and from the rise of stream-ing services to the new multicultural mainstream consumer.

According to this study, 67 percent of U.S. respondents have used live chat, social media, or texting for customer service. Among Gen Z and Millennials, 46 percent and 47 percent respectively have used social media to communicate with customer service in the past year -- compared to only 7 percent of Baby Boomers and 26 percent of Gen X. More than a third (36 percent) of Gen Z consumers prefer social media for simple inquiries compared to only 5 percent of Baby Boomers.

Choice has always been coveted among consumers. When it comes to the media universe, the abundance in devices, services and content has never been more prevalent, which in turn is opening up a complex web of consumption behaviors. With all of this technology at consumers’ literal fingertips, which of these platforms are they focused on?

Walker & Company Brands, the company that makes health and beauty simple for people of color, today announced that it will join the Procter & Gamble Company family of brands to better serve consumers of color around the world.

The U.S. Census Bureau announced the release of new data on the makeup of student bodies from kindergartens to universities across the country. According to the latest data, the number of students nationwide enrolled in school was 76.4 million in 2017, not statistically different from the level in 2016. Those who are enrolled make up 24.7 percent of the population age 3 and older.

The report, “The Cut – Exploring Financial Wellness Within Diverse Populations,” is based on a survey of more than 3,000 U.S. adults and examines the financial lives of a diverse group of Americans: women, black Americans, Latino Americans, Asian Americans, caregivers, and the LGBTQ community.

Experts say the rise of artificial intelligence will make most people better off over the next decade, but many have concerns about how advances in AI will affect what it means to be human, to be productive and to exercise free will

To grow sales, more companies are teaming up to attract each other’s customers—and persuade their existing customers to buy more—by creating a positive association with another brand. Well-known alliances include McDonald’s Happy Meals with Disney toys and Dell PCs with Intel processors.

As far as news coverage of emerging trends in marketing go, this one was exceptional: "New Report Cites Skyrocketing Growth of Internal Agencies," the Ad Age headline shouted, while Adweek weighed in with, "ANA Report: In-Housing Agency Work Is Accelerating." MediaPost followed suit with "ANA: Over Three-Quarters of Our Members Have In-House Agencies" and Campaign US ran with, "Number of In-House Agencies Rise Dramatically, ANA Study Finds."

Ntooitive announced Armando Guerrero is joining the team as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. Guerrero will be based in Los Angeles and responsible for managing partnerships for Ntooitive’s advertising technology platforms nationwide.

Impremedia has designated Iván Adaime as its new CEO, effective December 10th, 2018, replacing Gabriel Dantur, who will return to LA NACION, Impremedia’s parent company, where he will bring his significant expertise in digital transformation and change management.

What if there was a proven, brand-safe video ad format that's equally effective for targeting unique consumers and regions, or blanketing the whole country with a campaign? A medium that offers loyal, engaged audiences at competitive CPMs and the power of sight, sound, motion, and narrative?  What if marketers found out that their agencies won’t even consider it for campaigns because they can’t buy it at their preferred profit margin?

In a world where the pace of change is accelerating, the drivers of change are varied and diverse across regions and marketers, as are the signals of evolving consumer behaviors. Many factors are shaping the world we live in, but which ones should businesses and organizations be focused on, and what opportunities do they present?

By Gonzalo López Martí - Creative director, etc/LMMiami.com

“Never do or say anything you wouldn’t do or say in front of your kids.”

  • I know, it is not 100% enforceable.
  • But you get the point.

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