Hispanic voters are poised to play a potentially pivotal role as to whether the Democrats or the Republicans control the US Congress after the midterm elections. Hispanic voters have grown as a percentage of the electorate, largely as a result of young Hispanic-Americans attaining voting age.

Data. Data everywhere.  I’m borrowing from Charles Dickens here, but the vast expanse of data available to us can feel overwhelming at times, and the challenge of interpreting the data can feel a bit like wading through the foggy landscape he once described.  By James Oates, U.K. Client Delivery Lead

Virtue, the creative agency born from VICE, and El Rey, the entertainment brand founded by Robert Rodriguez, have joined forces to launch LA REYNA, an agency partnering with brands seeking to connect with the rising US Hispanic market.

Along with members of Puerto Rican distilleries and other representatives of the rum industry on the island, the secretary of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DEDC), Manuel A. Laboy Rivera and the executive director of Rums of Puerto Rico, Alexandra Salgado Colón, launched the Rums of Puerto Rico promotional campaign, "The Rum Standard" at the Casita de Rones de Puerto Rico in Old San Juan.

One of the reasons why culture is underestimated in marketing is because it is too complex and dynamic. They are different components that make up culture for individuals: music, tradition, religion, customs, language and furthermore. Culture is always morphing in meaning and changing over time.  By Regina Sanquintin - Florida State University

Procter & Gamble and its ad agency Wieden + Kennedy received top honors last night, winning the Best in Show award in the Multicultural Excellence Awards competition, held by the ANA (Association of National Advertisers), for a spot called “Love Over Bias.”

Driving community engagement forward, Kia Motors America launched a new campaign for the all-new 2019 Kia Forte with the help of the Latin Grammy award-winning, all-female Mariachi band, Flor De Toloache. The duo collaborated on a heartfelt digital series celebrating hard-working Latina business owners across the U.S.

Nearly seven million Latinos in the U.S. provide unpaid care to an aging or older loved one. Many Latino family caregivers see caregiving responsibilities simply as something family members do for one another, and do not seek outside help. AARP and the Ad Council offer support with a new PSA campaign, encouraging Latino caregivers nationwide to access free Care Guides, self-care tips, planning resources, legal and financial guidance, and more.

At the threshold of the 20th Century, a melting pot of adventurous immigrants, creative mavericks, and freedom-seeking African Americans shaped consumerism as we now know it.

Throughout the years, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations in the U.S. have become more popular. And thanks to Disney’s Coco, the holiday has reached a new level of awareness and acceptance among younger generations. Although Day of the Dead is about honoring those who have passed through traditions such as altars, catrinas, food, and music, I can’t help but think of some Hispanic marketing practices that should be put to rest.  By Maria Amor

Businesses are tasking marketing pros with more responsibilities than ever before. Sales and advertising are now commonly combined with marketing as well as public relations, digital, social media and everything else in that arena. With so many demands, marketing professionals are leaping to opportunities that either match more appropriately with their exact niche or are finding they're on a hamster wheel and are ready to have more peace with a new organization.

Who would want to be at an agency these days?  Pitch after pitch after pitch, controversy after controversy, new vendors every time you turn around, competition from (comparatively) new entrants.  It's no life for someone after a quiet life, that's for sure.  And now along comes a new threat: clients taking parts of the media agency role in-house, reducing their reliance on their partners and threatening agency revenue.  By Brian Jacobs

In her latest article in Marketing Week Helen Edwards declares, “Unless you’re ahead of the consumer, you can’t be ahead of the competition.” And she is absolutely right. The problem is that too many marketers seem to have defaulted to blindly following their consumers, rather than trying to stay ahead of them.  by Nigel Hollis

Women’s entrepreneurship is thriving in America. According to the 2018 State of Women-Owned Business report commissioned by American Express, 1,821 women-owned businesses were launched per day over the last year, bringing the total number of women-owned firms to 12.3 million, employing over 9 million people and accounting for $1.8 trillion in revenue.

Marketers are drowning in information. And they often scrap excess data rather than sift through and make sense of it.

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