After the release of our first article “When Black is LOUDER than Brown – Part 1” on Tuesday, we have been involved in a flurry of emails, texts and calls with executives regarding the purposeful announcement by the Dentsu Network of their media-buying program (Project Booker) designed to create “Inclusion with Exclusion”. 

The COVID pandemic, as it has with nearly every other business around the world, has completely upended the way we perceive the limitations on ways business can be conducted, and the way marketers can interact with their audiences. The use of virtual sales channels and other digital transformation strategies have undergone remarkable acceleration.

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Meredith Corporation  announced the launch of its first Spanish-language Alexa Skill, Mi Afirmación del Día, from its Health brand.

A Latino-led management group headed by Fuse Media CEO Miguel "Mike" Roggero has acquired a majority, controlling interest in Fuse Media. 

Aprende Institute is launching in the United States. Aprende Institute’s expert-led online courses are designed for Spanish-speaking students looking to take their passions and career ambitions to new heights.

America is often described as a “melting pot” of different nationalities, ethnicities, and cultures. Much to the dismay of Teddy Roosevelt (who in a 1916 speech noted “There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism”), Americans have perfected naming each ethnic group within our borders distinctly, and those names have evolved.  By Mario Xavier Carrasco / ThinkNow

Mattel, P&G, and other major brands take a much more inclusive approach to gender

Consumers across generations and geographies are flocking to digital self-service channels when engaging with brands, yet many get frustrated when their needs aren't met. This frustration has led to 73% of consumers questioning why they're doing business with the brand.

Capitalism has contributed to significant gains in economic growth and prosperity throughout its history. But at a time of growing public discontent about rising inequality, heightened competition from economies with different models, and existential threats including from climate change, capitalism in its current form—and American capitalism in particular—may face its most serious test.

This report from ANA's Alliance for Inclusive and Multicultural Marketing (AIMM), based on three separate studies among ANA members, concludes that women overwhelmingly comprise the bulk of the marketing industry's workforce and at the senior leadership level, female representation is now likely at an all-time high. However, ethnic diversity continues to be poor, especially for African-American/Black and Hispanic/Latino.

With the nation's leading multicultural marketing executives logged on to participate in the virtual 2020 ANA Multicultural Marketing & Diversity Conference, which began Tuesday with strong sessions from Procter & Gamble Chief Brand Officer Marc Pritchard and Nestlé U.S. CMO Alicia Enciso, the ANA released a new diversity report that paints a sober picture of just how lacking diversity remains in the U.S. marketing industry.  By Adam R Jacobson / Radio + TV Business Report

With a new administration set to take charge of the U.S. government on January 20, new policies could impact a range of matters relevant to the advertising industry or, alternately, in other spheres, a status quo approach could offer at least four more years that, in some ways, resembles the last four years.   By Brian Wieser / Global President, Business Intelligence, GroupM

GROWTH. If there is one word that best describes the imperative nature of marketing and the priority shared by all CMOs in these unprecedented times, this is it. Growth has never been a greater priority than it is today. This is not a new idea of course. The industry and CMO community have rallied around the importance of marketing as a growth vehicle in prior years.

Nine of 10 chief executives, advertising, promotions, sales & marketing managers are non-Hispanic white. Without breaking  internal marketing "culture bubbles" to put cultural fluency and insights at the core of every brand strategy, brands risk a break up with Gen Zers and their parents.

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