Chapter Four:  Asian American - In American popular culture, the image of the Asian has run the gamut, from exotic orientalism to turn of the century fears of the Yellow Peril; from the sexually emasculated Chinese laundryman to the lascivious and predatory Chinatown shopkeeper; from the Viet Cong to the Japanese corporate samurai. Frank H. Wu writes in his book, Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White (Basic Books, 2002), that growing up Asian in America carried with it a bundle of stereotypes, some friendly, some benign, and some outright harmful. In the eyes of white America, because of his race, he could find himself converted into any one of dozens of images attributed to Asians.  By David Morse / New America Dimensions

In an era of rapid technological change, digital identification provides a significant opportunity for value creation for individuals and institutions.

This year, chief executives tell a different story. Trade conflicts, political upset, and a projected slowdown in global economic growth have increased uncertainty and decreased confidence in revenue prospects. Explore the strategies organisations are using to navigate this new environment.

The U.S. Census Bureau released results from the 2020 Census Barriers, Attitudes and Motivators Study (CBAMS). The national survey and series of focus groups were designed to better understand the nation’s attitudes toward the 2020 Census, potential barriers that may inhibit participation, and possible motivators of responding.

Just because everyone’s thinking about 5G doesn’t mean everyone understands what it is or what it might imply for their industries and brands. You might have a better idea if you’d attended CES where it was a hot topic. For those of you not lucky enough to be one of the 180,000 attendees, here’s a quick primer, along with a look at its marketing potential.

Out-of-home (OOH) advertising is weathering the digital storm better than several other legacy ad mediums.

According to Boston University’s 2018 Menino Survey of Mayors, the affordable housing crisis remains top of mind for America’s municipal leaders, with housing costs being the only issue both Democratic and Republican municipal leaders agree serve as a significant barrier to the social mobility of their city’s residents. Likewise, a majority of mayors across the country view affordable housing as an integral part of their city’s infrastructure, and nearly all believe decisions regarding housing should be made at the municipal level, not state or federal.

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“No privacy has been infringed in the marketing of this product.”

  • Do you think consumers would care if a brand pitched its wares under this disclaimer?

Chapter Three:  African Americans: When once asked to define jazz, Louis Armstrong replied: “Man, if you don’t know, don’t mess with it.” The same could be said about race. For earlier generations, race, like religion or politics, was not seen as fair game for polite dinner conversation. At least not among whites. Things have always been different for African Americans, who at least in the company of each other, have always tended to talk freely about race and racism. Blacks have had their group identity forged in the fires of slavery and Jim Crow, a couple of words whites are not sure it’s even okay to mention. Race has been an integral part of the daily lives of most African Americans and its derivative, racism, is experienced in myriad forms: unemployment, incarceration, crime, getting turned down for loans, and missed taxicabs. For blacks, race has always been a subject that demands to be addressed.  By David Morse / New America Dimensions

iProspect released their fourth annual whitepaper, 2019 Future Focus: Searching for Trust, built to help marketers navigate and master the notions of truth and authenticity in the hyper-sensitive global media landscape today. The report predicts that those businesses grounded in credibility, relevance and reliability across all their marketing channels will see trust at the very foundation for their success in the digital economy.  

As people conduct ever more of their lives as consumers and social animals online, they leave telling and durable traces of their behaviors, values, and inclinations behind them in digital repositories. Marketers have not been slow to recognize the opportunities presented by this information or to capitalize on them.

Last week, more than 188,000 tech enthusiasts descended upon Las Vegas for CES to get a glimpse of the latest and greatest gadgets from around the world. As far as dazzle, the show didn’t disappoint. Hundreds of products were on display, including eye-popping 8K TVs, super-fast computers, dancing robots, self-driving cars and higher-tech drones.

Fortune 500 board representation of women and minorities saw an all-time high at 34 percent (1,929 board seats), compared to 30.8 percent in 2016 (1,677 board seats). Total minority representation increased to 16.1 percent (912 board seats) from 12.8 percent in 2010, the first year Fortune 500 data was captured. Report findings point to the increase being driven by the Fortune 100 companies, which have 25 percent women and 38.6 percent women and minorities.

Connected intelligence is leading the way in transforming media, and we asked some of our global experts across Kantar to create 12 lively predictions for 2019. They are intended to be useful and practical, not grand airy-fairy concepts. We want to help marketers and agencies tackle their media and effectiveness challenges head on.

Deloitte Global forecasts smart speakers will be worth US$7 billion in 2019, becoming the fastest-growing connected device category. This is according to Deloitte’s 18th edition of Technology, Media & Telecommunications Predictions.