Marketing and media have become complex and messy. Chief marketing officers have to contend with fragmentation, an increasing number of different players providing technology platforms and solutions, and a whole new lexicon of marketing technology terms.

Agency senior executives are coming to terms with changes in client needs.  “More growth” rather than “more creativity” is what they are hearing.  The agency of the future is starting to sound more like a consulting firm with media and creative capabilities than a traditional service-oriented agency that wins awards.

Internet advertising will account for 52% of global advertising expenditure in 2021, exceeding the 50% mark for the first time, according to Zenith’s Advertising Expenditure Forecasts. That’s up from the 47% of global adspend that internet advertising will account for this year, and 44% in 2018.

After last year’s Cannes Lions, I opined that there was not enough talk about what we were there to celebrate: great creativity. I’m pleased to report that this year there was much more talk of how to create winning content. But I was shocked – and maybe I shouldn’t have been – to learn that creative award-winning ads have never been less effective.  by Daren Poole - Global Head of Creative / Kantar

Women are actually the fastest growing segment of gamers (and 55 percent of League of Legends fans are women, according to MasterCard) — illustrating the opportunity in this space to empower and segment women, especially as gaming is also a gateway to sports and tech.


Stories have the power to transfer information and knowledge and create ideological frameworks that determine how we see and relate to the world around us.  Using stories to sell products and services is as old as advertising itself.  Who is telling the story and what stories are being told are a constant battle for resources and attention.  In this new frontier, brands and marketers are facing a challenging environment in which to connect with consumers. 

Despite current global economic growth, expansion and opportunity, millennials and Generation Z are expressing uneasiness and pessimism—about their careers, their lives and the world around them, according to Deloitte’s eighth annual Millennial Survey.

If you’re one of those marketers who’s always relied on the 80/20 rule as a benchmark for sales success, you might want to adjust your strategy. That’s because today, more people than ever are interested in trying something they’ve never tried before.

In recent years, Mexico has been decidedly progressive in its efforts to combat discrimination and hate crimes on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.  A recent study by political scientist Caroline Beer concludes that Mexico is more progressive than the U.S. when it comes to LGBT rights, especially in the recognition of same-sex relationships.  By David R. Morse, CEO & President of New American Dimensions, Susanna Fránek, Cultural Anthropologist, Ethnologix, and Gerardo Gallart, CEO of La Fábrica de BTL

In the spirit of this Pride month, the Richards/Lerma team has written a really interesting white paper about Generation Z and their views of sexual identification and sexual orientation – and key takeaways re: gender identity and sexual diversity for brands and advertising professionals,  By Justin Rubenstein and Carlos Rodriguez - Richards / Lerma

The U.S. Hispanic population has grown by 83% since 2000, making it the second-fastest growth segment according to a Claritas Report, The Hispanic American Market Report. That means that almost one in five Americans are Hispanic.  By Karla Fernandez Parker - Senior Marketing Executive, Branding and Advertising in association with Adam R Jacobson are proud to announce the availability of the 2019 Hispanic Market Overview. 

The Culture Marketing Council: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing (CMC) announced its 2019 Hispanic Market Guide, the most comprehensive resource on the U.S. Hispanic market, is now available to download.

Casanova//McCann announced that it was the most awarded Hispanic advertising agency at the 2019 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. This is the second consecutive year that Casanova//McCann has earned this recognition.

Marketers need to keep their skills sharp and relevant in the ever-evolving digital age