Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) announced that Malek Robert (“Bobby”) Amirshahi has been named senior vice president, Corporate Communications, effective immediately.

At a conference in October 2016, Bob Liodice -- the CEO of the Association of National Advertisers -- posed a clear challenge to its members: “The CMO must get more involved with the activities of their suppliers” (meaning agencies and others who provide them with marketing services). With a deterioration of the relationship between advertisers and agencies, he pointed out that the CMO really needs to steer the ship. There is no room for detachment in any area, particularly media because of its rising complexity and rapid requirements in decision making.  By Mike Drexler

Internet advertising will attract 36.9% of all advertising expenditure, up from 34.0% in 2016. This will be the first year in which more money will be spent on internet advertising than advertising on traditional television (which will total US$192bn).

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

  • When I started out in this biz roughly two decades ago, fooling around with a company logo was considered a quasi-mortal sin of bad taste.
  • A serious, unprofessional faux pas.
  • Utter sloppiness.
  • Or, worse, branding suicide.
  • Strict corporate identity guidelines were enforced.

Trust in key institutions has plummeted in the US, but a new survey finds significantly more consumers say they trust advertising now than said the same three years ago.

Cision released its 2017 State of the Media Report, which includes findings from a survey of 1,550 journalists, editors, influencers and producers. With the rise of misinformation and "fake news," a major new trend emerged in this year's report: journalists are extremely concerned with the public's perception of the industry.

Brewing giant AB InBev has kicked off a global media planning and buying review and is inviting the six major holding companies to put together teams to pitch the assignment, the company confirmed early Wednesday.

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

  • THE big problem that might be scaring away Twitter’s users: it is one of the most notorious open air landfills of modern culture.
  • Fake news, widespread poisonous snark, harassment, hostility, hatred, impropriety, vulgarity, filth and multitudes of anonymous or bogus accounts singlehandedly dedicated to trolling fulltime are the everyday currency in the 140 character realm.
  • Nevertheless, for those who have the stomach, open mind and thick skin to put up with the detritus, the little blue bird’s habitat can also be a fascinating cultural observatory full of small discoveries.
  • One man’s trash is another one’s treasure.

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises announced it has named Beau Ferrari to Executive Vice President of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. Ferrari previously served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development for Univision Communications Inc.

Although I’ve spent much of my professional life as a marketer, it’s safe to say I — like most of us — have spent much of my personal life as a consumer. Recently, a colleague asked me which brands I was loyal to, and I had to really think about it. Finally, I recalled a particular coffee brand that I always buy.

In today’s fast-changing environment, it seems like we’re bombarded by new approaches and techniques to help us understand how much consumers “love” a new product idea every day. Product innovation specialists spend time and energy pursuing trends and various techniques, whether it’s “gamification,” the wisdom of the crowds, or the various “quali-quant” approaches prominent in new product innovation processes. The point of this post isn’t to debate the merits or limitations of these approaches—lots of great thinking is taking place in the market today. But we spend a lot of time on finding the “the new new thing” in order to pick the “best” idea and not enough time on the fundamentals.  By Ramon Melgarejo, SVP, Innovation Practice

Deloitte recently completed “Business Chemistry in the C-suite,” a study on the Business Chemistry types of 661 C-suite executives, finding two of four primary Business Chemistry types – which highlight both similarities and differences in working styles – account for nearly two-thirds of the sample.

The Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) announced on March 14th the 50 Most Powerful Latinas (MPL) in corporate America.

Casa Modelo announced the launch of its newest ready-to-serve chelada, Modelo Chelada Tamarindo Picante.

HAVANA: Although the US trade embargo on Cuba still exists, a new report from Kantar Millward Brown advises international brands to take a serious look at the opportunities the country presents.

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