"Nobody knows anything," summed up William Goldman, the most successful Hollywood scriptwriter ever (he wrote 33 produced screenplays), in a memoir written at the peak of his success. "Nobody knows anything. Not one person in the entire motion picture field knows for a certainty what's going to work. Every time out it's a guess and, if you're lucky, an educated one." The same should be said about marketing, particularly for integrated marketing.  By Michael Farmer

U.S. consumers purchased barbecue-related consumer packaged goods (CPG) items at a faster clip this past April than they did over the same period in 2019, according to new analysis from NCSolutions (NCS). Also, consumers spent more in April 2021, compared to March 2021, than is typical at this time of year on a range of barbecue-focused products.

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises unveiled its 2021-2022 programming lineup bolstering its position as the leading multiplatform content creator for today’s Latino.

This year, our team put together Visual Capitalist’s inaugural Generational Power Index (GPI), which looks at power dynamics across generations in America.

Nielsen has responded to the Media Rating Council (MRC)’s Monday news release regarding a confirmed understatement by as much as 6% of the Total Usage of Television (TUT) by Persons 18-49 during the ratings measurement company’s February 2021 measurement period.  By Adam Jacobson / Radio TV Business Report

According to researcher Jason Dorsey, Gen Z is “the most photographed generation in the world’s history.” Gen Z members 17 and under are also the first multicultural majority generation in America as of 2020, with Hispanics being the largest multicultural segment at roughly half.  Our country’s changeover to a multicultural majority continues with all persons under 35 by 2028 and all persons under 50 by 2033.  By: Nancy Tellet, Research Chair, Hispanic Marketing Council (HMC)

There’ve been quite a few headlines recently about agency employees being overworked to the point it affects their mental health. In this week’s post, I want to explore how that connects to agency new business and what can be done to address it.  By Mark Duval - The Duval Partnership

Over half of supply chain organizations have improving diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) as an objective or goal, but only a quarter have formal targets according to the Supply Chain Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey by Gartner, Inc. and the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM).

Hispanics are the driving force behind shifts in the American demographic landscape and in popular culture. As consumers demand equality and proper representation coupled with culturally literate, responsible practices from marketers, brands must lead with culture-driven insights and centralize Hispanic marketing as a core practice for achieving sustainable market relevance and growth. To arm them with the cultural insights needed, the Hispanic Marketing Council (HMC) has released its 2021 Hispanic Market Guide, the most comprehensive resource on the U.S. Hispanic market. The new publication is now available to view online or download for free.

HEINEKEN USA and its TECATE brand announced the official, multi-year U.S. sponsorship of LIGA BBVA MX. Tecate USA will also be a partner of LIGA BBVA MX's other competitions, LIGA BBVA Expansion MX and LIGA BBVA MX Femenil.

The new report details how the self-reliant buyer and a chaotic, digital-first customer journey have flipped much of the sales action to the top of the funnel, making marketers responsible for nearly half of a company’s revenue. Yet scarce resources, mediocre data skills, and a skeptical CEO threaten to undermine marketing’s efforts.

Let's talk about planning. Even better, let's be clear what we mean by the word, then let's talk about it.  By Brian Jacobs / The COG

The Bauhaus school of art, popular in the 1920s, is emblematic of the period’s growth and innovation. One hundred years later, its view on innovation is just as relevant, as brands and society deal with an unprecedented rate of change.

Brands are still adjusting to this new landscape — a misstep can place a company in negative light and damage brand perception and loyalty. Porter Novelli recently conducted a study and published its finding in a report about U.S. corporate cancel culture and consumer behavior.