What does 2020 look like for the media industry? Kantar’s experts around the world have identified 12 trends and changes that are poised to impact the media industry landscape in the coming year. Our aim is to help marketers navigate today’s ‘digital paradox’ with confidence.  by Guest Contributor Jane Ostler - Global Head of Media, Insights / Kantar

It’s about time women were portrayed in media accurately. When it comes to sports, there is a misconception that women’s sports aren’t popular. This isn’t actually true: Female athletes just aren’t getting the attention they deserve from the media — which are two different notions.

Hometown pride is a very real emotion that likely exists in the majority of Americans from coast to coast. To get a better sense of hometown pride, ask people if they listen a little more intently at the mere mention of their hometown? Do they have an affinity for a local sports team no matter how good or bad they may be? Do they tend to compare other places to their hometown. Have they ever heard a story stemming from a friend's hometown? If the answer is yes to any or all of these questions, that is the impact localism has on creating personal relevance and meaningful connections with consumers.

Strategy consultants find and implement pathways for "sustainably improved performance" for their clients. I've worked with agencies and brands to navigate the correct pathways for improved performance for the past 30 years. And when you work in many similar situations over several years, you perceive the broad patterns that affect all players.

Traditional celebrities built their influence and fame through traditional channels such as television, radio, magazines, movies, music, or other fields of talent. They have fan bases across all age groups, income levels, geographic locations, and a varied general public. Internet celebrities, on the other hand, built their presence through non-traditional media channels such as social media, blogs, vlogs, and other internet-based platforms. They have subscribers on various platforms including YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitch TV; reaching niche audiences who have specific interests.

ViacomCBS Inc.announced the completion of the merger between CBS Corporation and Viacom Inc. The combined company, which is renamed ViacomCBS, creates a premium content powerhouse with global scale, including leadership positions in markets across the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity is characterized by the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions. Creativity involves two processes: thinking, then producing.

The number of people enrolled in school in the United States reached 76.8 million in 2018 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This is 2.2 million below the level reached in 2011, when 79.0 million were enrolled in school. Enrolled students make up 25% of the U.S. population age 3 and older.

You’ve heard about multicultural societies and groups, but have you thought about multicultural individuals and what they bring to organizations? Multicultural individuals — such as Chinese-Canadians, Turkish-Germans, or Arab-Americans — commonly think, perceive, behave, and respond to global workplace issues in more complex ways than monocultural individuals.

In mid-April, it became known that Univision Communications wants the FCC’s approval to have one of its many wholly owned subsidiaries take on direct ownership of Univision Radio. The subsidiary is based in Mexico, and as such a foreign ownership ruling has been requested of the Commission.

In 2020, 69% of all digital media* will trade programmatically, up from 65% this year, according to Zenith’s Programmatic Marketing Forecasts 2019. The total amount spent programmatically will exceed US$100bn for the first time in 2019, reaching US$106bn by the end of the year, and will rise to US$127bn in 2020 and US$147bn in 2021, when 72% of digital media will be programmatic.

The ANA’s Marketing Word of the Year for 2019 hits particularly close to home for many marketers and the consumers they target.

Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. announced the launch of La Rubia Blonde Ale in New York and Connecticut. The expansion builds on La Rubia’s robust double-digit growth to date and will be focused on connecting the beer’s easy-drinking style and authentic brand story rooted in family with Hispanic consumers in key markets.

U.S. advertising will grow +6.2% in 2019 to $244 billion. This will mark a fourth consecutive year of solid mid-single-digit growth for the industry on an underlying basis. Taking out directories and direct mail makes the health of the industry look even stronger, with a +7.6% underlying growth rate for 2019, although including political advertising in all years brings growth down a few notches to +3.8% all in. However we look at it, growth has been robust relative to the general economy, which is generally decelerating on an underlying basis.

Lynn Blashford, marketing VP at hamburger restaurant chain White Castle, doesn't target customers according to their age. Nonetheless, Blashford is keenly aware of millennials' craving for authenticity. "They have an appreciation for nostalgia when the story is authentic, and that works to our advantage because we have a heritage that goes back 98 years," she says.

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