“We’re living in a world of instant satisfaction,” asserts Nicolas Bidon, chief executive officer of WPP’s programmatic media agency, Xaxis. “At the touch of a button, consumers get a solution to their immediate problem. And, even where it’s not that easy to get their needs met now, that’s still what customers want.” The challenge, he notes, is that some industries have a hard time achieving that immediacy because they’re still in the midst of their digital transformation.

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Back in 1980, Al Ries and Jack Trout warned marketers that if they didn’t position their brands in consumers’ minds, their competitors would do it for them. That’s still true, but there’s another notable reason for brand positioning: “Whether or not a brand actively tries to spark a feeling, people are going to feel something about them,” says Kai Wright, global consulting partner at Ogilvy, author of Follow the Feeling: Brand Building in a Noisy World, and a stand-room-only speaker at ANA Masters of Marketing. “So, it’s dangerous when brands don’t actively have a strategy that unifies all of their marketing and communications and policies and practices towards one positive thing that everyone is striving towards.”

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Latinas have been the most talked-about demographic, but for many companies, they’re also hardest to understand, asserts Mónica Gil, chief marketing officer and executive vice president of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. “Many brands are using outdated data and strategies trying to reach Latinas,” Gil says. “Brands need to see Latinas as they are today, versus using past perceptions.”

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No industry is exempt from upheaval of today’s disruptors. That means every organization needs to transform the way they operate — especially how they use data and engage customers — if they are to grow and thrive. “The ecosystems are more complex; the challenges with technology are complex and expensive,” said John Sheehy, Starcom Worldwide’s global brand president. “So, marketers looking to unlock growth should focus on doing fewer things better, faster.”

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The line snaking down about four flights of stairs was a clear indication that Advertising Week attendees were keen to learn the strategies behind Rent the Runway’s and Glossier’s continued successes. Those strategies boil down to two simple, yet expansive feats: listening to customers and creating magical retail experiences.

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That 24-year-old sports enthusiast watching Major League Soccer on Univision and that 65-year-old news junky listening to NPR may not actually be in your target audience. Not everyone in a demographic will be, and that’s OK. There are other types of data that can effectively help you home in on the consumers who could turn out to be your next high-value customer.

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Two ad industry titans — Sir Martin Sorrell, executive chairman of S4 Capital, and Brian Whipple, CEO of Accenture Interactive — addressed a packed house at The Drum Arms’ activation at the Cannes Lions festival yesterday (18 June), each weighing in on key issues facing advertising.

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Investors are bullish on Angi Homeservices. The firm has delivered 17.80% earnings per share growth and 35.70% revenue growth over the past five years, according to Auburn Digest. A big driver of that growth: a marketing strategy that repositioned former adversaries — HomeAdvisor, Angie’s List, and Handy, which compete for customers who are looking for contractors they can trust with home improvement projects — giving them a new, common competitor to unite against.

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Telenovelas are known for their fiery passion and drama. That same passion is playing out this upfront season, as Univision Communications and NBCUniversal’s Telemundo Enterprises battle for the attention of US Hispanic audiences and the advertisers attempting to reach them.

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