Catering to audiences’ most ardent passions is at the heart of brand affinity

Most brands would be hard-pressed to think of a more disruptive time for business than what they’ve experienced over the past 18+ months. From shifts to digital to advertising cutbacks to supply chain challenges to rising privacy and data security needs—all amid a global pandemic—the landscape for advertisers has been anything but smooth sailing.

What are the top CMO challenges, trends, priorities, and key actions for 2022?

Why accessing, activating, and respecting data may not be as incompatible as you think

Many marketers mistake Hispanic marketing for Spanish-language marketing. We hear it all the time: “More Latinos speak English so you can just reach them through mass media efforts.” Absolutely wrong. This mistaken approach is costing companies millions of dollars every year in unrealized growth.  By: Gonzalo Del Fa, Chair of the Hispanic Marketing Council

Some CMOs see an opportunity to play a much more integral role for the organization — others are not convinced

The biggest problems currently plaguing agencies stem from a single source: loss of power in their client relationships.  By Mark Duval - The Duval Partnership

Marketers are always under pressure to prove the ROI of their campaigns, but the demand for brand growth has only sharpened as companies work to pull themselves out of pandemic-induced strains. Though this demand is more pressing, the question of how to solve it is an age-old one: To grow market share, should brands spend their time on upper-funnel, brand-building efforts or mid- and lower-funnel efforts that will secure quick wins for the business?

In 2020, the global economy experienced one of the worst declines since the Great Depression.  Yet, while the ripple effects of COVID-19 have thrown many businesses into disarray, some companies have not only managed to stay afloat amidst the chaos—they’ve thrived. Using data from Kantar BrandZ, this graphic looks at the top 100 most valuable brands of 2021.

Marketing leaders are increasingly turning to agile methodologies to help improve the speed and performance of their teams along with the many partners they use for creative, production, and measurement expertise. In our experience, though, the shift to agile is often far from seamless for these constellations of teams. Our recent survey of marketing executives found that only 3 percent characterized their transition to agile marketing with their partners as “smooth,” while more than 80 percent reported the journey to be filled with obstacles.

After a year like no other, consumer packaged goods (CPG) marketers face a hard question: how to power above-average growth in the next normal.

A critical finding of the study is that misaligned content erodes the impact of hardworking ad creative that had proven strong performance in the standard content. In addition, the study found that brands need to be proactive about how to treat misaligned content to avoid diminishing the effectiveness of otherwise powerful ads.

An overreliance on outdated tracking methods could mean costly delays in a fast-paced market

The digital era of industry change has emphasized the lowest price, automated tactics, and direct response metrics at the expense of strategy. Planning our media investments in order to maximize the outcomes we seek is a lost blend of science and art.

ANA's Alliance for Inclusive and Multicultural Marketing (AIMM), Nielsen and Media Framework announced a collaboration aimed at increasing investments in multicultural and inclusive-owned media (African American, Asian, Hispanic, LGBTQ and People with Disabilities) to help brands and agencies measure their investment and impact on multicultural and inclusive-owned media and the communities these represent.