Media Consumption

The one thing you can do to get more customers

"If you're trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language, the language they use every day, the language in which they think. We try to write in the vernacular" ~ David Ogilvy How is that this nugget from Ogilvy, the father of advertising, is [...]

How you can nail Experiential Marketing ?

If you’re out grocery shopping on the weekend, chances are you will be ambushed by several cheery product demonstrators inviting you to sample their wares. That’s experiential marketing in its most basic form. So essentially, experiential marketing aka engagement marketing connects consumers to experience a brand up, close and personal. Remember Red Bull’s Stratos Jump? [...]

How Canadian retailers can thrive on Chinese appetite for luxury ?

“There’s rich, there’s filthy rich, and then there’s crazy rich.” — People.com while reviewing Kevin Kwan’s New York Times bestselling series that reveals the outrageous world of high net worth Asian society with humour and heart. Remember, Canadian funnyman Russell Peters’ sketch about him bargain-hunting in a seedy Toronto mall, manned and frequented by Asians selling knock-off brand name goods? Well, the joke [...]

Five reasons why your multicultural marketing isn’t working

Most brands assume they can make a splash in multicultural market segments with some help from the same agency or boutique that has been handling their promotional needs so far. After all, as humans, we all have similar responses to emotions and biases? Right? Wrong. So wrong. And this is probably why your current ethnic [...]

Does your brand speak to the Ethnic Millennial in Canada?

The “avocado-toast” eating, self-centered "I, me and myself" millennial (born between 1981 and 2000) may be a cliché, but as consumers, this group wields notorious spending power. Now, throw into this already complex mix, the subgroup of ethnic millennials, and you'll need to rethink your marketing plan completely to include tailored messaging. Not to toot [...]

The Untapped Markets: Insights into consumer behaviours of LGBTQ, Indigenous and Disabilities diverse communities

Not a day went by in June without some organization, outfit and brand proudly proclaiming themselves as LGBTQ (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) friendly. It was, as things are these days, an attempt to ride the coattails of a trending hashtag. It’s the exact same story when it comes to the Indigenous or disabilities diverse [...]

Holy cow! How do you not know this?

A few years ago, the headline of a flyer from a well-known Canadian grocery retailer tucked inside the local paper screamed "Happy Diwali" and below in bold text was written “Diwali Sale." Clearly, the idea was to woo consumers celebrating Diwali, an important festival for Hindus and Sikhs. Skimming through the pages revealed something quite [...]

Eastern Canada Becoming a Hot Spot for Arab Canadians

As last year’s census confirmed the rise of Chinese, Filipino and South Asian communities in Ontario and the western provinces, the Eastern part of the country (Québec, the Maritimes and major cities in Ontario) are increasingly becoming home to another group: Arabic speakers. In the Maritimes and Québec, Arabic has become the most common non-official [...]

Messaging Apps: Engaging Ethnic Consumers in Canada

In today’s digital world, it is difficult to imagine how a business can be successful without a strong online presence. To survive and thrive, businesses must be proactive in their communication with potential customers. Messaging apps have come out as a rising medium in the quest to engage consumers, even more so among ethnic communities. [...]

Filipino-Canadians: An Emerging Market

Marketers interested in connecting with Canada’s ethnic communities were impatiently waiting for the results of the 2016 census to discover how to adjust their strategy and develop new markets. How has the Canadian ethnic and linguistic landscape changed since the last census in 2011? Results are in, and although South Asians and Chinese remain the [...]

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