By Gonzalo López Martí- Creative director, etc / LMMiami.com

  • There’s a strange phenomenon in the rarefied atmosphere of professional tennis: for quite a while now the top slots of the men’s ranking has been ruled by dudes in their 30s.

The US labor market looks markedly different today than it did two decades ago. It has been reshaped by dramatic events like the Great Recession but also by a quieter ongoing evolution in the mix and location of jobs. In the decade ahead, the next wave of automation technologies may accelerate the pace of change. Millions of jobs could be phased out even as new ones are created. More broadly, the day-to-day nature of work could change for nearly everyone as intelligent machines become fixtures in the American workplace.

Marketing and media have become complex and messy. Chief marketing officers have to contend with fragmentation, an increasing number of different players providing technology platforms and solutions, and a whole new lexicon of marketing technology terms.

Internet advertising will account for 52% of global advertising expenditure in 2021, exceeding the 50% mark for the first time, according to Zenith’s Advertising Expenditure Forecasts. That’s up from the 47% of global adspend that internet advertising will account for this year, and 44% in 2018.

This fall, a quarter of all US households will send their children back to class with brand new supplies, clothing, gadgets, and tech in tow, making July through September the second-biggest shopping season of the year. 2019 is no exception: This year’s back-to-school (B2S) spending is expected to reach $27.8 billio

Many of us talk about change. Especially the people who work at large companies or governmental organizations. “We need to do things differently.” But what do we mean by this? It’s a very broad statement. Mostly it means that we want to work smarter, more efficient and of course: be agile.

It's said there are two rules that should be accepted working under a boss. The rule no. 1 is the boss is always right. The rule number 2 states that if the boss is wrong, then, refer to the rule number 1.

In 1990, a new company called General Magic spun out from Apple. It took Silicon Valley by storm as rumors spread of its secret, “next big thing” project. Four years later, the company shipped its first product: a handheld, wireless personal computer—what was essentially a smartphone, even down to the emojis, all the way back in 1994. But the mid-’90s tech landscape wasn’t ready for an innovation so far ahead of its time—after all, the average consumer didn’t even have email and certainly was not prepared for 21st-century, anytime-anywhere communication. The product flopped, and General Magic shuttered.

Sixty-three percent of Americans view disinformation—deliberately biased and misleading information—as a “major” problem in society, on par with gun violence (63%) and terrorism (66%), according to the 2019 Institute for Public Relations Disinformation in Society Report.

In 2018, 96% of FMCG growth took place outside hyper and supermarkets, e-commerce grew 20%, discounters have been appearing almost everywhere, and new hybrid retail formats are becoming more common place around the globe.

As consumers continue to evolve their shopping behavior, redefine trends, and move their shopping activity online, the retail industry has been challenged to adjust to a landscape that’s constantly shifting. Store closures, bankruptcies, mergers, and consolidations are the new normal in today’s retail environment.

As businesses work to localize their marketing strategies, advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine translation (MT) are making it easier to customize content for multinational audiences. As a result, the language services industry—which specializes in translation and localization—is experiencing a huge digital transformation, leaving translators and other language experts increasingly anxious about the future of their profession.

Women are actually the fastest growing segment of gamers (and 55 percent of League of Legends fans are women, according to MasterCard) — illustrating the opportunity in this space to empower and segment women, especially as gaming is also a gateway to sports and tech.

 

Stories have the power to transfer information and knowledge and create ideological frameworks that determine how we see and relate to the world around us.  Using stories to sell products and services is as old as advertising itself.  Who is telling the story and what stories are being told are a constant battle for resources and attention.  In this new frontier, brands and marketers are facing a challenging environment in which to connect with consumers. 

Despite current global economic growth, expansion and opportunity, millennials and Generation Z are expressing uneasiness and pessimism—about their careers, their lives and the world around them, according to Deloitte’s eighth annual Millennial Survey.

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