The imperative to compete on the basis of customer experience is heightening the job security risks of chief marketing officers who are struggling to keep up with new digitally driven ways to engage, satisfy and enrich the experience of more mobile, savvy and fickle consumers.

As digital makes its mark on the advertising world, it's all too easy to forget that, collectively, traditional media still rules the roost. But for how long? We discuss this, and more, in the latest episode of eMarketer's "Behind the Numbers" podcast.

Miami-based independent marketing communications firm CCOM Group announced the rebranding of its business to represent the fluent and ‘always-on’ nature of today’s culture and the agency’s relentless effort to help clients authentically navigate this new and evolved space.

By Gonzalo López Martí   - Creative director, etc./LMMiami.com

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Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) announced that Liz Blacker has been appointed to SVP of Branded Content Revenue. Effective immediately, Blacker will be based in New York and report to Lisa Valentino, EVP of Revenue Innovation for UCI.

To really understand the attitudinal power of brands we need to look beyond the absolute scores and instead examine relative strengths and weaknesses. If more people say good things about a brand than claim to use it then that difference represents an opportunity to grow, provided that association has a positive relationship with business outcomes.   by Nigel Hollis

Yes, the 72-million strong Millennial generation is coming into their own and are starting to buy stuff. Enamored marketers are salivating (or running scared) at the prospect of serving them.  Older marketers, and students of consumerism, remember the defining impact of the last mega-generational cohort, the Baby Boomers; how they shaped consumer trends, created categories of products and services, and generally made or broke one’s business success.  By Stephen Palacios, Principal, Ahzul

The fast-moving-consumer-goods industry has a long history of generating reliable growth through mass brands. But the model that fueled industry success now faces great pressure as consumer behaviors shift and the channel landscape changes. To win in the coming decades, FMCGs need to reduce their reliance on mass brands and offline mass channels and embrace an agile operating model focused on brand relevance rather than synergies.

On May 25th, only 30 days away, the European Union will launch the greatest privacy experiment in history. On that date, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect. It will immediately impact the more than 508 million people who populate the EU and multi-millions more throughout the world who collect personally identifiable information about EU citizens. Despite the hopes and claims for these highly complex proposals, no one knows the true impacts of these stringent regulations.

The other week I was involved in a little email exchange with my colleagues about the power of social influence. As usual I was getting boxed into the Luddite corner until I realize that what was worrying me was the apparent assumption that social influence was universal and all powerful. If so, I beg to differ.  by Nigel Hollis

We are at a time of unprecedented commercial opportunity in global sports. Barriers to entry have never been lower. More markets around the world than ever before are receptive to the power of sports. It’s never been easier to reach millions—even billions—of fans.

According to a new study from the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council, news coverage about inaccurate, questionable and false digital media reporting measures have already caused 21 percent of marketers to pull back on advertising spend. More than 70 percent of brand leaders admit that negative news headlines have had an impact on budgets.

Despite the headlines about digital disruption in financial services, big banks are actually holding their own. Globally, financial-services revenues have grown 4 percent annually over the past ten years (thanks largely to growth in emerging markets), and fintech start-ups and large tech companies have so far captured only tiny slivers of market share.

KIDDOS Magazine, a Florida based, kids focused magazine, whose mission is to help strengthen the bonds between parents and their children by providing value-based content and activities, announced it will be partnering in 2018 with Amigos For Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect by strengthening families and educating communities, to coincide with National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April to help disseminate awareness and education of child abuse prevention.

Pretty much everyone watches TV, surfs the web, checks email and logs on to social sites, right? Wrong!

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