MediaPost: Preparing For Cultural Curveballs At SXSWi

With 24 minutes left, the Patriots came back from a 25-point deficit to beat the Falcons at the Super Bowl. During La La Land’s acceptance speech at the Oscars, it's announced that Moonlight is the actual winner of Best Picture. Pokémon Go came out of nowhere, and our presidential election completely diverged from most polling predictions. Needless to say, it’s been a year of surprises.

Adweek: Meditation Apps Are Becoming a Source of Zen in an Overstressed World

As stress levels rise and attention spans shrink, consumers are increasingly using technology to tap into Zen. Approximately 18 million Americans practice meditation, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and, much like yoga, meditation apps are exploding in the marketplace.

The Drum: Baby boomers embrace the gig economy while millennials seek balance, report suggests

Mindshare North America's annual Culture Vulture Trends report, released today, looks at the latest consumer shifts and cultural trends forecast to grow over the next year and suggests that its time to reject FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and predicts a shift away from the focus on millennials, as well as the continuing rise of niche brands and an acceptance that brands know increasingly more about our lives.

MINDSHARE STRENGTHENS U.S. DIGITAL INVESTMENT LEADERSHIP

Mindshare North America today announced the appointment of Christine Peterson to Managing Director, Digital Investment Lead for its U.S. operations. Christine will continue to bolster Mindshare’s leadership in adaptive digital strategies that drive brand engagement and marketing objectives. 

Digiday: 'A secondary agenda': What media companies and marketers really do at CES

“You can’t roll into CES and do it haphazardly and think that random conversations you have in a hotel lobby or casino floor is going to result in something that’s going to change the way you market for your clients,” said Cindy Gustafson, chief strategy officer for North America at Mindshare.