Wave, the first social media study on a global scale, has tracked the dynamic shifts that have taken place within the social media landscape for the last seven years. As part of this year's survey, the importance of the human need to connect combined with the proliferation of smartphones reveals compelling insights into consumer behavior. These insights offer brand marketers an opportunity to create customized media strategies that speak to consumers locally at the global level.

  Fully 91% of American adults own a cell phone and many use the devices for much more than phone calls.

  Millennial males in the US have earned a reputation as laggards. But that’s not how today’s young men regard themselves, according to a new eMarketer report, “Taking the Measure of Millennial Men: As Sort-of-Grownups, as Digital Users, as Consumers.”

  To get a handle on how the shopping dynamics of consumers around the world are changing after the recession, Nielsen analyzed consumer transactions totaling $33 trillion in GDP across 14 countries* to see how people are shopping these days. The analysis looked at year-over-year growth rates for a three-year period and found that while spending intentions around the world are up, trips per household are either flat or declining, reflecting a new consumer mindset across both developed and developing markets.

  Cisneros announced the appointment of Jonathan Blum as President of Cisneros Media, a newly formed corporate division encompassing all of the organization’s affiliated media and entertainment companies, aligning their business strategies and fostering greater synergy. 

  EPMG adds Alejandro “Alex” Sánchez to its executive team in the role of executive vice president and director of Hispanic media and custom publishing.

  The sharp decline in the U.S. population of unauthorized immigrants that accompanied the 2007-2009 recession has bottomed out, and the number may be rising again. As of March 2012, 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants were living in the United States, according to a new preliminary Pew Research Center estimate based on U.S. government data.

  Media research company Nielsen Holdings N.V. has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its proposed acquisition of Arbitron Inc. may substantially lessen competition.  Nielsen will divest and license assets and intellectual property needed to develop national syndicated cross-platform audience measurement services.

  The 2013 Insurance Barometer Study (IBS), now in its third year, reveals that Hispanics still have a low rate of life insurance ownership (59 percent) when compared to Whites (62 percent) and African Americans (66 percent.)

  Experian Marketing Services announced results from a recent survey that asked more than 200 marketers to share their cross-channel marketing plans for the holiday season.

  Social media is all about community. Without community, there is no social – unless you're having schizophrenic conversations with yourself. But, there's a big difference between BUILDING a community and FOSTERING a community.

  It’s easy for marketers to become overwhelmed by social media. There are so many social networks, and each one can seem essential to your brand’s success. However, it’s not necessary to spend resources on them all. Rather, pick the channels that make the most sense for your brand. There are two key steps to determine which social networks are right for you. First, identify your brand’s audience and goals. Second, understand the strengths that each social network offers to brands.

  To address perpetually mounting competitive pressures, organizations need workers who bring passion to their jobs to navigate challenges and accelerate performance improvement. Yet only 11 percent of U.S. workers surveyed by Deloitte possess the necessary attributes that lead to accelerated learning and performance improvement. These and other insights are highlighted in a new report from Deloitte’s Center for the Edge entitled "Unlocking Passion of the Explorer."

  The Latin Recording Academy and Eventus announced that Rubén Blades, Fonseca, Arthur Hanlon, Víctor Manuelle, Draco Rosa, and Voz de Mando will perform at various Latin GRAMMY Acoustic Sessions across the country.

  In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Univision presented “We Are One,” a brief video that celebrates the important role Hispanics play in the fabric of American life, contributing to the growth of businesses, the workforce and well being of America.