Real change needs empathy, not sympathy. It takes life experience, not advertising expertise. And it requires rising leaders to re-imagine the 'fit it in or get out' industry we've inherited.  By William Esparza -  CEO of hyphenated

A majority expect significant reforms aimed at correcting problems in democratic institutions and representation will take place in the next decade. Many say this will result in positive outcomes for the public good; others are less convinced  A large share of experts and analysts worry that people’s technology use will mostly weaken core aspects of democracy and democratic representation in the coming decade. Yet they also foresee significant social and civic innovation between now and 2030 to try to address emerging issues.

The BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands 2020 just launched and it will probably come as little surprise that Amazon is the world’s most valuable brand, growing 32% over last year. More surprising might be the results of a new analysis reviewed in the report which finds that perceived difference helps explain abnormal returns.  by Nigel Hollis

In this episode, Myrna de Jesus, Strategist from Zubi, talk her amazing marketing career and the importance for a company to build trust with their audience.

Latinx was originally formed in the early aughts as a word for those of Latin American descent who do not identify as being of the male or female gender or who simply don't want to be identified by gender. More than likely, there was little consideration for how it was supposed to be pronounced when it was created. Nevertheless, people have attempted to assign some pronunciations to it. The most common way to pronounce Latinx is the same way you would Spanish-derived Latina or Latino but pronouncing the "x" as the name of the English letter X. So you get something like \luh-TEE-neks\.

Will 2020 be the year of 5G wireless networks? Many consumers and businesses think so, but we’re also witnessing the first signs of disillusionment. Explore three stages of infrastructure-led 5G innovation, along with 5G infrastructure investment opportunities in the United States, to promote deployment, adoption, and commercialization.

A great majority of marketers believe that future brand growth will be tied to marketing innovations and technology, but many of them spend little time learning how to utilize either of those tools, according to a new ANA report.

The world’s most valuable brands have seen their total brand value increase by 5.9% despite the economic, social and personal impacts of COVID-19, according to the 2020 BrandZTM Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands ranking released by WPP and Kantar. The total brand value of the Top 100 global brands reached US$5 trillion, equivalent to the annual GDP of Japan. It has increased by 245% since 2006, when the total brand value first reached US$1 trillion.

IPG Mediabrands released its 10 Media Responsibility Principles (MRP) as part of a larger effort to balance brand safety and brand responsibility in advertising. While “Brand Safety” protects the brand, “Brand Responsibility” protects the communities that a brand serves, weighing the societal impact of the content, the publishers and services, and the platforms being funded by advertising. IPG Mediabrands’ MRPs are a call to action for companies to hold themselves to higher standards more broadly when it relates to brand safety and brand responsibility matters, not just in media.

It's a bit of a business this blogging lark. You write a piece on Facebook and the various companies who have decided in one shape or form to pull funds from the platform, only for Mark Zuckerberg to change the rules thus rendering out-of-date most of what I'd written. If you see him, have a word with him for me, would you? Thanks.  By Brian Jacobs

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, most of us are trying to understand how to honor this critical moment in our country and evolve. The consequences are many and will continue to impact us as individuals, and as business leaders.  By Isaac Mizrahi -  Co-President of ALMA

United by their mutual skepticism about attempts to define "Total Market," indeed wary of the concept itself, Pedro de Córdoba /  Eventus  and David Morse /  New American Dimensions began a regular correspondence via e-mail and text about a month ago. The following is a distillation. [We previously published this article on 4/25/2015 and is worth republishing]

The Covid-19 crisis and its fallout — including recession, layoffs, and uneven economic pain — as well as recent protests over police brutality and demands for racial justice have presented many of us with challenges that we’ve not encountered before. The high-stakes and unfamiliar nature of these situations have left many people feeling fearful of missteps. No one can reduce mistakes to zero, but you can learn to harness your drive to prevent them and channel it into better decision making. Use these tips to become a more effective worrier.

The new report, The Power of Belonging: What It Is and Why It Matters in Today's Workplace, measures employees' sense of belonging and finds that White men score higher than female employees and employees of other races or ethnicities. Among those groups, Black women and Asian women score the lowest.

2020 has been one of the most challenging years for the advertising sector since the Great Recession of 2008. However, among all the paused and cancelled campaigns, digital video remains relatively stable, driven by Connected TV (CTV).  According to IAB’s U.S. 2020 Digital Video Advertising Spend Report: Putting COVID in Context, CTV is largely responsible for the sector’s resilience and was least impacted by COVID-19.

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