Have advertisers (and their creative agencies) run out of ideas for improving their relationships?

Have you felt that everyone around you is getting angrier and that the news is getting worse? Caroline McCarthy says you can blame the advertising industry. Learn more about how advertising is fueling the battle for our attention and feeding the current dysfunction in media.

In this post, I suggested that all sorts of occurrences could trigger people’s impression of a brand. However, some occurrences have far more influence than others. Interaction with a brand, checking it our prior to purchase or using it once chosen will confirm or deny initial impressions.  by Nigel Hollis

Chinese general and military strategist Sun Tzu once said “When you know both yourself as well as your competition, you are never in danger. To know yourself and not others gives you half a chance of winning.” I think you’d be hard pressed to find a marketer or insights professional in the consumer packaged goods/retail industry who disagrees with the basic premise of this statement. That’s primarily because a foundational goal of most research is to understand the strength of our business position in a competitive context. And to assess our businesses against others, we calculate the strength of our brand affinity, measure our retail sales, and qualify our potential innovations via concept testing with normative benchmarks that predict performance in a competitive environment.

Marketers often talk about a brand being a set of memories and associations in people’s minds. But I suspect most of us exaggerate the strength of those associations. Most of the time people’s brand associations are dormant, waiting to be triggered by something relevant, at which point they combine to generate a sense of for what the brand stands.  by Nigel Hollis

What would the industry do if it heard almost a fourth of Nielsen’s panel were bots: frauds, robotic fictions, not real people?

New words stick when they come from below, and respond to a real need.

HispanicAd in association with Adam R Jacobson are proud to announce the availability of the 2019 Hispanic Market Thought Leaders (previously Hispanic CMO) for our readers.  Curated by Gilbert Davila, President/CEO, Dávila Multicultural Insights and Chairman of the Association of National Advertisers Multicultural Conference and Alliance for Inclusive and Multicultural Marketing (AIMM).

HispanicAd.com in association with Adam R Jacobson are proud to announce the availability of the 2019 Hispanic Market Overview. 

The Culture Marketing Council: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing (CMC) announced its 2019 Hispanic Market Guide, the most comprehensive resource on the U.S. Hispanic market, is now available to download.

Throughout the last 30 years, teen girls have grown up watching adults play high school students in films and on TV. But the tide is turning, and teen girls are seeing a more authentic depiction of themselves on their screens. Indeed, the rise of teen artists like Billie Eilish and Hunter Schafer is challenging traditional norms of what it means to be a teen girl in America. Along those same lines, teen activists such as Greta Thunberg and Emma González are leading social change and inspiring this younger generation to make a difference in the world as activists.


With Christmas less than a week away, retailers are getting ready to close the books on a solid holiday season. Several factors at play could affect the final results.

U.S. multicultural media revenues generated from advertising and marketing aimed at Hispanic, African and Asian Americans are projected to grow at an accelerated 6.3% to $28.72 billion in 2020, representing the fastest growth of this burgeoning market in eight years, according to new research from PQ Media. Key growth drivers are expected to be incremental shifts of ad and marketing dollars to multicultural media by savvy brands, as well as record media spending related to the U.S. presidential election and the Summer Olympics in Japan, according to PQ Media's U.S. Multicultural Media Forecast 2019.

Hispanic ad dollars are only 6% of the total U.S. ad spend, yet Hispanics comprise over 19% of the total population. This represents a significant discrepancy and a missed opportunity for brands and marketers.  by Karla Fernandez Parker

Technology will continue to redefine the media landscape in 2020, creating opportunities and challenges for marketers. As ad spend on social and tech platforms continues to grow; technology innovations will also enable a renaissance in real-world engagement. According to Kantar’s global 2020 Media Trends & Predictions report marketers and media owners will be challenged to develop the skills, engagement models and measurement capabilities to meaningfully engage consumers in the crowded media landscape.