The current situation surrounding Cambridge Analytica and Facebook over the use of potentially sensitive consumer data is substantial. Embedded in the wide-ranging commentary surrounding this incident has been a hard-hitting debate about the direction our industry must take.  By Bob Liodice, CEO, ANA

Disruptive times call for transformational leaders with a knack for addressing complex problems. To navigate effectively, we must learn to let go—and become more complex ourselves.  By Sam Bourton, Johanne Lavoie, and Tiffany Vogel

“I told you so.” It’s unlikely that Tim Cook -- maybe the most respected exec in Silicon Valley -- would use such callow words.  Yet that’s exactly what he’s telling anyone who ever doubted that consumer data mining would result in scandals like the one currently engulfing Facebook.

More than a week has passed since the Cambridge Analytica controversy engulfed Facebook, and as yet, there is no end in sight.

With cord-cutting accelerating and over-the-top (OTT) viewing on the rise, outlays on TV ads will slip 0.5% in 2018 to $69.87 billion. As a result, TV’s share of total US media ad expenditures will drop from 33.9% in 2017 to 31.6% this year.

Jack Myers TomorrowToday forecasts that Hispanic online spend will continue to grow and increase its share of total U.S. online spend to 2.3% by 2020.  Hispanics are now the youngest demographic group in the U.S., a major factor in rapidly growing digital media consumption.  Hispanic online ad spend has grown steadily at 18% per year or above since 2012 and is expected to maintain that growth rate through 2020.  Hispanic digital ad spend includes online display, search, video and other ad spend.

John Leguizamo announced that he and his partners are expanding their Latino media and entertainment company to form NGL Collective, and have appointed advertising industry veteran, Joe Bernard, as Chief Revenue Officer, effective immediately.

Jack Myers TomorrowToday forecasts that Hispanic broadcast network TV ad spend will grow at a slightly faster rate than total U.S. broadcast TV ad spend, increasing its share from 11.6% in 2018 to 12.3% in 2020. 

By Gonzalo López Martí - Creative director, etc    /

Folks, here’s a draft of the keynote I have in mind for a seminar organized by the chamber of commerce of a certain upscale metropolitan area in the US Eastern Seaboard that has seen a marked spike in the growth of its Hispanic population. The members of said chamber of commerce are plenty intrigued by the newcomers’ lifestyles and shopping habits. Oddly enough for an upscale DMA in the US of A in 2018, marketing to Latinos seems to be uncharted territory for this crowd of marketers so I’ve opted to start with the very basics. Take a look and tell me what you think:

Amid growing industry speculation about cuts to digital advertising budgets, Zenith has found no evidence that advertisers as a whole are shifting budgets away from online advertising – in fact, its share of global advertising expenditure continues to rise rapidly. Zenith forecasts that advertisers will spend 40.2% of their budgets on online advertising this year, up from 37.6% in 2017.

For 2018 MAGNA anticipates that a robust economic environment and historically high consumer confidence should generate yet another growth year for the US advertising market. MAGNA is anticipating the overall market to grow by +5.5% to $197 billion. This is an acceleration on last year (+2.7%) and stronger MAGNA’s previous forecast of +5.0%.

TV advertising can be made much better: better for brands, for networks, for viewers. But this won’t happen until TV advertisers speak directly to TV ad sellers.

Cities are perhaps the best example of how complex adaptive systems can work in the real world.  As the world becomes a more complex and connected place, they may be the answer to our future.

Facebook faces new pressure amidst news that a political consultant was able to access private information of some 50 million users without their knowledge. In the latest episode of eMarketer's "Behind the Numbers" podcast, social analyst Debra Aho Williamson digs into the potential implications for marketers.

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises announced it has named Krystyna Hall as Vice President of Corporate Communications, effective immediately.