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How brands can drive the auto industry through multicultural consumer understanding

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Did you know that climate change is significantly more likely to be top-of-mind among multicultural consumers as the biggest issue of our generation? But according to the 2023 Alternative Fuel Automotive Industry Landscape Report, we are starting to see signs of plateau from multicultural adults and their interest in purchasing alternative auto fuels. Conducted by My Code Intelligence Center, research was conducted to reveal the insights and behaviors of diverse auto consumers in the U.S., providing marketers in the automotive industry with a series of key points and data to help connect with these audiences and authentically represent them in…

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Connecting with Multicultural Audiences through the Entertainment Industry

Connecting with Multicultural Audiences through the Entertainment Industry
Did you know that 82% of multicultural adults have gone to see a movie in theaters at least once in the past year, with 80% planning to see a movie in the next year? Multicultural moviegoers are also 20% more likely to show up to the cinema on opening weekend. According to the 2023 Multicultural Entertainment Report, multicultural audiences are leading cinema’s post-lockdown rebound, with AANHPI and Hispanic audiences showing up in strongest turnout. Yet only 34% of multicultural adults feel understood by the U.S. entertainment industry. With the comeback of wide-release movies since lockdown and the popularity of video...
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How Can Brands Build Meaningful Connections with Female Consumers through Advertising?


Did you know that women influence 85% of U.S. consumer spending and have seen a 42% income increase between 2011 and 2021? But according to W Code’s 2023 U.S. Female Consumer Fact Pack, only 38% of U.S. women feel that brands truly understand them.  As part of this year’s My Code Intelligence Center Multicultural Consumer Fact Pack, this annual research is designed to arm marketers with compelling, nuanced insights that help them better understand, connect with, and authentically enrich the lives of female consumers. The U.S. female population is a melting pot of diverse cultures and communities. Women are a…

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How Brands Can Honor Solidarity Among Asian, Black and Afro-Asian Communities


With Black History Month well underway, we want to explore how the rich history among Asian, Black and Afro-Asian communities has influenced present-day culture and politics and what that means for brands. The history of Afro-Asian solidarity dates back decades and has shaped the way Asian and Black communities interact today. There are significant historical examples of such solidarity, including Asian Americans who were at the forefront of the Civil Rights movement, with advocates such as Grace Lee Boggs and Yumi Kochiyama supporting change in the face of injustice. The 1955 Bandung Conference was another instance where Asians residing in…

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How to Reach Multicultural Consumers in a Cookieless World

Brands have long implemented third-party cookies to capture consumer data, such as shopping preferences and browsing habits. The goal was to present consumers with personalized ads and browsing experiences. Thanks to cookies, brands have established closer relationships with consumers and engaged with them more efficiently. But users are becoming increasingly concerned about the privacy of their information online, especially now that people spend more time connected. Forty-five percent of Black audiences are spending significantly more time on the Internet. In comparison, 46% of Hispanics and 40% of AANHPI adults say they spend significantly more time online, according to Intelligence Center...
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Bridging the Gap Between Smart Home Tech Brands and Multicultural Consumers


Smart home tech is rapidly gaining ground in the U.S. In 2023, an estimated 47% of American households will actively use smart devices at least once per month to manage their homes. This includes innovative tech products that monitor or control key areas like lighting, access, or temperature. Why Multicultural Audiences Feel Excluded Despite the rapid growth of these devices, Intelligence Center’s 2022 Smart Home Tech study suggests a gap between smart home tech brands and Black, Hispanic, and Asian-American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) audiences. Based on the report, we can theorize three reasons multicultural consumers feel excluded from this…

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How to Create Authentic Advertising for AANHPI Audiences


The Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) audience is among the most influential market segments in the U.S. Even though the community accounts for under one-tenth of the country’s population, it has nearly doubled between 2000 and 2019 and is projected to become the largest population cohort by 2060, according to The Brookings Institute. In addition to their rapid growth, this audience’s purchasing power rose 314% in the last 20 years, outpacing other ethnic or racial groups. But based on Intelligence Center’s 2022 AANHPI Consumer Fact Pack, only 3 out of 10 AANHPI adults say that companies understand them…

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How to Authentically Integrate Brand Messaging into the Mental Health and Wellness Space


Mental health and wellness have become a focal point of conversation in the media since the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2022, brands continued to prioritize wellness in their marketing, and talking about mental health went from being a trending hashtag in May during Mental Health Awareness month to a year-long conversation that has changed the well-being of many Americans.  Additionally, in the last two years, the wellness market has boomed and is now estimated at more than $1.5 trillion, with annual growth of 5-to-10 percent. Products from at-home fitness technology to meditation apps to workout apparel are selling faster than some…

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Building Marketing Campaigns Around Multicultural Holidays

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The advertising calendar in the United States focuses on a set number of Christian and Anglo-Saxon holidays such as Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Even though multicultural audiences engage enthusiastically with these celebrations, there are other dates that brands need to keep in mind when designing short and mid-term marketing strategies.  For advertisers, it is key to have a 12-month plan that celebrates the holidays and speaks to the traditions that different communities hold dear. These include, among many others, Chinese New Year, Ramadan, Day of the Dead and Diwali.  Chinese New Year Chinese communities have a…

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