It seems that irrational exuberance is no longer popular. Venture capitalists and investors have suddenly decided that actually disruptive brands do not get a free pass from the need to make money. Faced with demands for more accountability many disruptors will have to figure out what might be their real strengths.  by Nigel Hollis

The 68th edition of MISS UNIVERSE will return to Telemundo live and exclusively in Spanish on Sunday, December 8th from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia at 7pm/6c. The live simulcast will feature delegates representing more than 90 countries and territories from around the world.

While challenges posed by external factors are difficult to tame, CPOs and their organizations should shift from reactive to predictive supply chain management to offset risks as much as possible and be more resilient against both planned and unplanned events.

By Gonzalo López Martí  - Creative director, etc./

  • I had been hearing and reading the “Latinx” neologism bandied about for quite a while.
  • It is possibly just a fad in certain “progressive” circles.
  • Next thing you know, politicians jump on the bandwagon.
  • Namely Elizabeth Warren, who seems to be in dire need of a serious team of Hispanic political strategists by her side.
  • Mind you, I fully support experimenting with language.
  • It is possibly the best way to keep a culture vibrant and lively.
  • Second only to bearing lots of children.
  • Espanglish?

Many consumers feel brands don’t know them well enough to serve them in a way that makes them feel special, but when those brands seem to know too much--and act on that knowledge--they can quickly lose consumers’ trus

The marketplace is disruptive—and, if you’re a manufacturer or retailer, it’s likely that you’re feeling the force of it. That’s because a major paradigm shift is underway. At Nielsen, we see this shift firsthand every day as our manufacturer and retailer clients are increasingly leaning on us to help them navigate this change and pursue growth. So what are the major themes that have emerged from these conversations? Here are three that we see affect consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies most.

There tends to be a cyclical movement regarding where an agency optimization function sits within an organization, but it usually resides in either the marketing or procurement group. Regardless of where the program sits within an organization, the idea around optimizing the agency partnership has evolved from a focus on process efficiencies and cost savings to real opportunities for marketing procurement and marketing operations to partner with brand marketers to create additional value for executive stakeholders and the business at large.

Digital advertising’s readily available measurement metrics and low-cost perceptions make it more attractive by the day, which is reflected in the channel’s growing share of spend. But is it really as effective as marketers think it is?  by Kristanne Roberts - Global Development Director - Brand Lift Insights Kantar

The term “Latinx” is trending and has seen a steady uptick in search over the past two years, peaking in 2019:  It is during this “Latinx apex” that we decided to take a closer look at how popular the term “Latinx” really is among U.S. Hispanics and if it has staying power.

When Yale professor Cydney Dupree and her colleague analyzed more than two decades worth of political speeches and conducted experiments searching for bias when communicating with racial minorities, they were surprised by what they discovered. According to their report, published this year in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, conservatives generally addressed whites and minorities similarly, but liberals were likelier to modify their speech and “patronize minorities stereotyped as lower status and less competent.”  By Giancarlo Sopo / Courtesy of USA Today

Hispanics represent the many voices that make up the tapestry of our country.

Understanding how brands engage Hispanics in the marketplace is essential to removing labels that don’t represent the diversity of this thriving demographic. To give us insight into how this plays out in real time, I reached out to Nicole Preston, General Manager of DishLATINO Brand Marketing, a client, to glean best practices for crafting a winning customer engagement strategy that builds loyalty and drives usage of their core services.  By Mario X. Carrasco, co-founder and principal of ThinkNow Research

If you’re a woman in North America, the OECD estimates that you make $10,000 less than your male counterparts each year, and you’re charged between $1,300 and $2,135 more for products and services. It’s a gender fine that adds up to about half a million dollars over your lifetime—and that’s if you’re lucky. If you’re college-educated, a professional school graduate, a minority, or a Millennial, experts estimate that your gender fine ranges between $1 and $2 million.

As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to gain traction across various industries, marketers have been taking notice. While this technology is often discussed in relation to digital tactics, such as chatbots on company websites, it can also be incorporated into direct mail marketing efforts.

Growing up in Puerto Rico, Ingrid Otero-Smart was so introverted she rarely spoke in school.  Yet as President and CEO of Casanova McCann, Otero-Smart runs one of the largest multicultural advertising shops in the country. The firm works with blue-chip clients including Nestlé, U.S. Army and the California Lottery. This year, it was the most-awarded U.S. Hispanic agency at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the second year in a row Casanova earned that recognition.  By Court Stroud