First in a five-part series: eMarketer co-founder Geoff Ramsey sits down with top marketing executives from around the world to discuss the critical challenges they face and what they're doing to address those challenges. Today's topic: Digital transformation.

A while back I came across a presentation given by Douglas Holt, the man who wrote the book on iconic brands. In the presentation Holt makes a distinction between “better mousetraps” and “cultural innovators” and seems to imply the latter are somehow better. However, a quick look at BrandZ finds better mousetraps are far more valuable.  by Nigel Hollis

As Co-President and Chief Operating Officer of Alma Isaac Mizrahi begins his term as chair of AHAA: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing, three new members have joined its Board of Directors. Stacie de Armas, vice president of strategic initiatives & consumer engagement at Nielsen; Christian Martínez, head of U.S. multicultural sales for Facebook; and Marco Vega, co-founder of We Believers, will work closely with AHAA’s governing bodies, committees and executive director to support the organization’s strategic plan, which elevates the quality of Hispanic marketing in the U.S. and focuses on the value of segmentation and power of specialization.

Today’s marketers are in constant competition for consumers’ attention – not just with each other but also with people’s social feeds.  Consumers have more ways than ever to discover, research, purchase and promote products and services, but what content and sources do people seek out, trust and find most influential?

More and more millennials are finally earning and spending serious money. But millennials’ finances often remain fragile, constraining their expenditures. When they make purchase decisions, marketing is just part of what influences where their money goes.

As a researcher who has worked in the sample industry for over a decade, I was surprised that I had never asked myself the question, “why do people take online surveys?” It’s a practice that we just kind of take for granted in our industry. Researchers often assume that the primary driver is incentives, as every panel gives some sort of incentive to panelists to encourage participation. But because the incentives are small, there must be a more fundamental reason people take the time to check a few boxes.  By Mario X. Carrasco - Co-Founder and Principal of ThinkNow Research

Nielsen launched Marketing Budget Explorer.  Streamlining the media planning process, Nielsen's new media budget forecasting solution is an intuitive, web-based simulation tool that will enable brand marketers to easily evaluate thousands of combinations of marketing allocations and budget options, to make more informed, media planning decisions.

The ANA Alliance for Inclusive & Multicultural Marketing (AIMM) today announced a set of key priorities for the coming year that are specifically designed to help marketers increase their focus on multicultural marketing to help drive overall corporate growth.

Twenty-eight years! Why did we wait so long to tie the knot? Well, it wasn’t legal until June 26, of 2015. But we could have had a non-legally binding commitment ceremony or filed to be a civil union years ago.  But another way to look at it is, why get married at all? It won’t change who we are and what we feel for each other, not really. Is it for the benefits? Sure, that’s a small part of it. Is it to declare our love for each other, and announce it to the world? Okay, that too. Part of the matter is, and this is why we’ve waited so long, and why we’re doing it at all: same sex partners have fought hard for the right to marry. It was a stunning achievement, something nearly unthinkable 28 years ago, certainly unthinkable when I was a boy growing up in the blue-collar mill town of Manchester, New Hampshire, in the 1970s.  By David Morse - New America Dimensions

Whenever there is an outbreak of the measles, mumps or some other vaccine preventable infectious disease we hear a lot about herd immunity. The notion that if 90%-95% of a population is vaccinated infectious diseases cannot get a toehold in a population. This idea, however, may be providing us a false sense of security because for herd immunity to work, vaccinated individuals need to be distributed evenly among a population to act as buffers against transmission and it turns out they’re not.

Nielsen announced an agreement to use Comcast's set-top box data in its local television measurement service. With this agreement, Comcast becomes the fourth major cable or satellite provider whose non-personally identifiable TV viewing data is being integrated with Nielsen's comprehensive panel data.

If you are running a big brand it must seem like you have a large target painted on your back. Every other brand in the category wants a share of what you already have. And stories of big brands losing out to newcomers are everywhere. But are big brands really dying?  by Nigel Hollis

Growth has become hard to come by for many industries around the globe, and uneasy political and economic environments have made it even more difficult for agencies as companies curtail their ad and marketing spending.  By David Hohman, Managing Director, Nielsen Agency Solutions

US consumers are spending more time with their digital devices than ever before, and that holds true while they’re already watching something else. eMarketer estimates 177.7 million adults will regularly use a second-screen device while watching TV this year, an increase of 5.1% vs. 2016.

Is it blasphemous to say CMOs have outlived their usefulness? Marketing looks nothing like it did 10 years ago, yet the title of CMO still lingers like that well-worn suit in the back of your closet.

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