African American Marketplace
America's 38.3 million African Americans represent approximately 13% of the total population. African American households wield an estimated $719 billion in income and increasingly spend on goods and services that are lifestyle-oriented, according to latest edition of "The Buying Power of Black America." In this special section devoted to this important consumer group, RAB showcases a number of excellent resources for buyers and sellers seeking to communicate with this powerful market.
You may also request information on the African American market - including special runs from our Mediamark Research, Inc. (MRI) national consumer database by calling RAB's Member Response Team at 1-800-232-3131.
- Latest African American Articles
Below, find the 10 latest Articles on Demand articles. See the search options below to search the complete Articles on Demand library.
View Title Date Source View AFRICAN AMERICANS MORE FINANCIALLY CONFIDENT, BUT UNDERSERVED 05/21/13 CNNMONEY.COM View ETHNIC VIEWERS VARY ON TV, MUSIC USAGE 05/16/13 MEDIA DAILY NEWS View AS LATINOS MAKE GAINS IN EDUCATION, GAPS REMAIN 05/10/13 THE NEW YORK TIMES View SOME ESTIMATES SUGGEST BLACK VOTING MILESTONE OCCURRED IN 2008 05/10/13 THE NEW YORK TIMES View BLACKS' TURNOUT OUTPACES WHITES' 05/09/13 THE WALL STREET JOURNAL View HOW SOCIAL NETWORKS DRIVE BLACK UNEMPLOYMENT 05/06/13 THE NEW YORK TIMES View IN A FIRST, BLACK VOTER TURNOUT RATE PASSES WHITES 04/29/13 USA TODAY View WEALTH GAP AMONG RACES WIDENED SINCE RECESSION 04/29/13 THE NEW YORK TIMES View HISPANIC SHOPPERS BRING SOCIAL, MOBILE HABITS TO THE GROCERY AISLE 04/25/13 EMARKETER View CELEBRATING BLACK BEAUTY AND ADVERTISING DIVERSITY 04/19/13 THE NEW YORK TIMES
- Important Research Links
The links below are some that we have found useful over the years. There may be other resources that you are using that you would like to share with RAB and our members. If you have suggestions, please e-mail them to RAB's Member Response team with the subject line RECOMMENDED LINKS. Shared knowledge will improve this African American Marketplace section for all users.
Arbitron Inc. is an international media and marketing research firm serving Radio, cable, out-of-home and online Radio industries. Recent studies of primary interest for the African American market are:
- Black Radio Today
- Urban Radio in a PPM World
- The Arbitron/Scarborough Black Consumer Study 2007 Edition
Black History Month
Black History Month represents a number of key opportunities for promotional efforts in your market. Below are a number of resources to aid in researching this event.
- African American Firsts
Also check the MP3 Audio Library in the African-American category for sample vignettes.
Black Youth Project Black Youth Project is an initiative of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture to examine the attitudes, resources and culture of African American youth ages 15-25 and how they impact society. Edison Media Research Edison Media Research is a leader in opinion and marketing research for broadcasters, advertisers and marketers offers insights into the African American audience's relation to News and Talk Radio at http://www.edisonresearch.com. Institute of African American Research Institute of African American Research operates out of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The central mission of the Institute is to advance scholarly investigation of the history and social experiences of those of African descent, with emphasis on Black Americans. The goal of IAAR is to further study of this population group as a means of enhancing and understanding their role in society. Scarborough Research Scarborough Research is a key source of consumer shopping insights, measuring local, regional and national shopping patterns, lifestyles and media habits. Many of their free studies contain valuable data on the African American consumer's interaction with retailers and service providers. Selig Center Selig Center at the Terry College of Business, University of Georgia publishes annual updates on Minority Buying Power. Visit http://media.terry.uga.edu/documents/selig/buying_power_2008.pdf for the latest information. The Media Audit The Media Audit offers syndicated research studies for the marketing, communications and media industries. Local-market, qualitative-audience studies cover ethnic markets as part of general market studies. Yankelovich Research Yankelovich Research has been a preeminent authority on consumer attitudes and marketing futures since 1958.
- Other Key Links for African American Market Insights
American Legacy Magazine
American Legacy Magazine focuses on African American culture, history and life issues. Black America Study Black America Today provides a fresh look at more than 30 million African-Americans - based on the most detailed snapshot ever of African American life. Finding strong group identity around culture and traditions, the study sheds light on and shatters myths about who we are as a community. Black Congressional Monitor Black Congressional Monitor - Twice a month, this publication takes a look at U.S. Federal Government initiatives relative to African Americans and the African American community. Every issue contains contact information on topics covered. Black Enterprise Black Enterprise - Since 1979, the leading premier business, investment and wealth-building how-to magazine for African American professionals, chief executives, decision makers and entrepreneurs.
The Black E.O.E. Journal The Black E.O.E. Journal - Designed to be the epicenter for African Americans seeking employment and business opportunities within corporate America, the goal of this business journal is to connect, educate and promote equal opportunity to create a more diverse workplace environment. Center for Hispanic Marketing Communications Center for Hispanic Marketing Communications provides news, research and resources for students and professionals with an interest in understanding the U.S. Hispanic marketplace (and the African American market, as well). Color of Service Color of Service is aimed at present and past ethnic and minority members of America's military. It is geared to helping them build on their service to their country to lead productive and fulfilling lives. Ethnic Majority Ethnic Majority is dedicated to empowering African, Hispanic, and Asian Americans to advance themselves in society and improve their quality of life by focusing on challenges in business, politics, civil rights, media/entertainment, the workplace, consumer markets, housing, healthcare and education. Ethnic Print Media Group Ethnic Print Media Group - Ethnic newspaper rep firm offers statistics on African Americans and markets with a large African American population. Howard University Library Howard University Library - From one of America's leading Black universities, a compendium of resources for information and statistics on the African American population. Lewis Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research Lewis Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research at the University of Albany (NY) carries out urban studies ranging from local planning initiatives to national endeavors examining change over time. Main focus is on ethnic and immigrant populations. Magazine Publishers Association Magazine Publishers Association - or MPA The trade association for magazines provides in-depth demographics, lifestyles and consumer patterns of the African American marketplace. Marketing to the Emerging Majorities Marketing to the Emerging Majorities is a monthly digest of news, research and case studies on marketing to Black, Hispanic and Asian Americans. Minority Business Entrepreneur Minority Business Entrepreneur is a bi-monthly forum for minority and women business owners, corporations and government agencies. Multicultural Marketing Resources, Inc. Multicultural Marketing Resources, Inc. provides a resource for marketing executives who want to market to multicultural markets or announce diversity news and for journalists seeking diverse sources and experts in marketing to America's ethnic and minority markets. National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters National Association of Black Broadcasters - or NABOB was established in 1976. It is the first and largest organization representing the interests of African American owners of Radio and TV stations. Content focus is on news and industry events. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People For more than 95 years, this organization has worked to advance through education the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and discrimination. News and Notes on National Public Radio News and Notes on National Public Radio links to the popular radio program focusing on news and discussion of cultural, political, social and economic interest to the African American community. Phoenix Marketing International Phoenix Marketing International is a private company founded in 1999 to integrate industry expertise, research, marketing, modeling and multicultural knowledge to assist clients in garnering maximum return on investment from their expenditures. Also access a keynote speech to the financial community covering the African American consumer. Quirk's Marketing Research Review Quirk's Marketing Research Review has been providing practical applications in marketing research for over 20 years. Topics include case histories, research techniques and trends and data use, as well as features on ethnic marketing. Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association - or SIMFA offers studies on the African American and various segments of the financial and investments industries.