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Hiring Customers to Write Your Ads?
October 12, 2006

In the Dec. 14, 2005, issue of The Wall Street Journal, Susan Varnica wrote a story titled, “Marketers’ New Idea: Get the Consumer to Design the Ads.” It seemed like a goofy idea that was being floated by Madison Avenue, but I saved it. In May of this year, AdAge.com ran a story by Jean Halliday, “GM Asks Consumers to Make Vehicle Ads.” Viewers of “The Apprentice” could win trips and cash for creating a 30-second spot for the Chevy Tahoe truck. Again, I saved the story, expecting never to use it. And then this past Monday morning, Stuart Elliott, advertising columnist for The New York

The Building Blocks of Multicultural Marketing
July 1, 2005

By Thomas MacDonald Your foundation should begin with research If your job description involves direct marketing, odds are this year's marketing plans include reaching one or more multicultural audiences. And if not, it's likely that you'll be faced with the task very soon. The question is—are you prepared? Many of those charged with the task of multicultural marketing lack the skills, and the appropriate resources, to effectively reach diverse markets. But with the multicultural population presently reaching nearly 100 million in the United States, multicultural marketing isn't just a buzz term anymore. In fact, marketing products and services in culturally relevant ways may