Since the U.S. Supreme Court has settled the debate around the inclusion of the citizenship question in the upcoming 2020 census, the business community can once again focus on what truly matters: the rich data it will provide to all of us, and how to apply the new learnings that this data will unlock.  By Isaac Mizrahi-  Co-President of ALMA

The 2016 ANA report on media transparency was a welcome and long-overdue wake-up call for the global advertiser community. By highlighting the existence of nontransparent trading practices in the U.S. media market — by most measures the largest and most sophisticated in the world — the report focused many national and global advertisers' attention on the issue of transparency in media. It was the first stepping stone on the journey to more transparent media trading.

Marketers continue to be very focused on achieving greater effectiveness, more dynamic delivery, and better use of content. However, truly unlocking growth requires a broader mindset that addresses the entire customer lifecycle and the corresponding organizational support to make it a reality, including decision-making authority, budget alignment, and overall cross-functional empowerment.

When her time as a senior policy adviser in the Obama White House was coming to an end, Dr. Knatokie Ford had one question guiding her next move: How do we ensure that no matter who occupies the building next, the work will continue?  It was with that question in mind that Ford, who holds a doctorate in experimental pathology from Harvard, joined the #SeeHer initiative as an adviser on STEM and entertainment engagement. Ford's work in diversity and inclusion in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and her passion for the power of storytelling serve as the foundation for Fly Sci Enterprise, the company she founded to help leverage entertainment media to enact social change.

At this year’s Cannes Lions, Peter Field’s analysis of entrants into the UK’s IPA awards declared a crisis in creative effectiveness, blaming organisational short-termism for the decline. At Kantar we have long championed the role of creativity in driving brand predisposition, that if converted into action, delivers short term sales and longer-term equity. So, if award-winning ads are becoming less effective, how can we help restore them to their former strong effectiveness?  by Daren Poole - Global Head of Creative / Kantar

At this year's Advertising Week New York , brands, advertising agencies, and technology platforms came together to share insights around a common theme: How do we better align to customer expectations in an age of constant digital disruption?

In a world where consumers are no longer tied to broadcast and cable schedules to catch their favorite shows, live sports are the exception. Sports is one of the few remaining content types/genres that fans will go out of their way to watch live.

Using a dashboard to measure and present key performance indicators (KPIs) is essential for any marketing team. A central repository of the most critical indicators of your business’ health helps inform strategy and tactics, and it lets the C-suite make adjustments that can steer the company on a better course.

Earlier this year the ANA launched the Trust Consortium in partnership with our outside counsel, Reed Smith LLC, to help address the issue of trust between marketers and the advertising ecosystem. The Trust Consortium consists of subject matter experts committed to working together to keep trust on the front burner, emphasizing transparency, integrity, and growth for the overall health and well-being of the industry.  By Bill Duggan

With a growing population and a strong attachment to their roots, Hispanics are asserting their cultural influence and carving a space for themselves in the U.S. For many years, advertisers were given a binary choice on how to best reach Hispanic audiences. Either you reach them culturally through Spanish language media or pray that your general market message resonates enough to engage them through traditional media outlets.  By Mike Reid / Pandora

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I have long been convinced that our basic, human motivations are changing far less slowly than the means to satisfy them; witness this post from 2014. Maybe that is why I enjoyed John Sills’ far more extensive exploration of the subject in a recent WARC article.  by Nigel Hollis

Whether you’re selling an innovative new razor, a new season of a television series or a provocative message for an established sporting goods brand, it’s all about the launch. Making a big splash—the right kind of splash—plays an increasingly critical role for long-term success in consumer markets.

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