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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 Restaurants can find chance to lead by cultivating diversity 11/19/14 Nation's Restaurant News, 2014   RST
View Hyundai hires FUSE agency to handle first African American advertising campaign 11/05/14 Target Market News, 2014  
View Surprise driver of holiday spending: Minorities 10/28/14 USA Today, 2014  
View According to a 2014 survey by Acosta Sales & Marke ... 10/23/14 Acosta Sales & Marketing, 2014   IB
View 4-in-10 blacks interested in anti-aging haircare 10/22/14 Multicultural Retail 360, 2014  
View 92 percent of African-Americans tune into radio each week 10/08/14 Target Market News, 2014   RST
View How whites, blacks and Latinos follow news 10/08/14 Multicultural Retail 360, 2014  
View Marketers must go multicultural 10/08/14 Marketing Daily, 2014  
View Compared to travelers overall, nearly three times ... 10/01/14 Geoscape, 2014   IB
View A 2014 survey conducted by Nielsen and ESSENCE Com ... 10/01/14 Nielsen + ESSENCE, 2014   IB
View According to a 2014 survey by Nielsen and ESSENCE ... 10/01/14 Nielsen + ESSENCE, 2014   IB
View Advertising:

In 2013, $2.6 billion ...
10/01/14 Nielsen Monitor Plus, 2014   IB
View Based on research by Nielsen Monitor Plus, industr ... 10/01/14 Nielsen Monitor Plus, 2014   IB
View Based on research by Nielsen Monitor Plus, industr ... 10/01/14 Nielsen Monitor Plus, 2014   IB
View NABOB, NAACP and AURN announce joint campaign to 'Get Out the Vote' 09/24/14 Target Market News, 2014   RST
View The African-American investor and social media 09/10/14 Spectrem Group, 2014  
View Much of the recent growth of thrift stores can be attributed to young shoppers 08/25/14 , 2014   The Pitch
View Ethnic make-up of the Millenial demographic: White ... 08/20/14 Experian Marketing Services, 2014   IB
View Research by the Selig Center for Economic Growth f ... 08/19/14 Selig Center for Economic Growth, 2013   IB
View According to 2013 Nielsen research, percentage of ... 08/19/14 Nielsen, 2013   IB
View According to a 2014 survey by Strategic Vision, th ... 08/19/14 Strategic Vision, 2014   IB
View Auto sales attributed to African-Americans grew 12 ... 08/19/14 Automotive News, 2014   IB
View According to research by Nielsen, 73% of Whites an ... 08/18/14 Store Brands, 2014   IB
View Based on a 2014 survey by Strategic Vision, auto b ... 08/18/14 Strategic Vision, 2014   IB
View According to a 2014 study by Strategic Vision, ter ... 08/18/14 Strategic Vision, 2014   IB
View According to Nielsen Audio, each week radio reache ... 08/18/14 Nielsen Audio, 2014   IB
View Research by Nielsen shows that females account for ... 08/18/14 Nielsen Audio, 2014   IB
View Based on a 2014 survey by MassMutual, the top six ... 08/18/14 MassMutual, 2014   IB
View A 2014 study by MassMutual revealed that almost tw ... 08/18/14 MassMutual, 2014   IB
View On average, African-American families plan to reti ... 08/18/14 MassMutual, 2014   IB
View According to a 2014 survey by Mocospace, 84% of Af ... 08/18/14 Mobile Commerce Daily, 2014   IB
View Based on a 2014 survey by Mocospace, 55% of Africa ... 08/18/14 Mobile Commerce Daily, 2014   IB
View According to research by the Selig Center for Econ ... 08/18/14 Selig Center for Economic Growth, 2013   IB
View The African-American population in the U.S. was 41 ... 08/18/14 Selig Center for Economic Growth, 2013   IB
View States with the most buying power among African-Am ... 08/18/14 Selig Center for Economic Growth, 2013   IB
View States with the highest percentage of buying power ... 08/18/14 Selig Center for Economic Growth, 2014   IB
View States with the largest populations of African-Ame ... 08/18/14 Selig Center for Economic Growth, 2013   IB
View States with the greatest percentage increase in Af ... 08/18/14 Selig Center for Economic Growth, 2013   IB
View Share of annual spending by African-American consu ... 08/18/14 Selig Center for Economic Growth, 2013   IB
View A 2014 survey conducted by McLaughlin & Associates ... 08/18/14 MyWireless.org, 2014   IB
View A 2014 survey by McLaughlin & Associates asked Afr ... 08/18/14 MyWireless.org, 2014   IB
View According to a 2014 survey of African-Americans, c ... 08/18/14 MyWireless.org, 2014   IB
View A 2014 survey by Packaged Facts determined that fr ... 08/15/14 Hispanic Retail 360, 2014   IB
View A 2014 survey by Packaged Facts determined that fr ... 08/15/14 Packaged Facts, 2014   IB
View Based on research by the Commonwealth Fund, as of ... 08/14/14 Commonwealth Fund, 2014   IB
View NAACP forms partnership with Dunkin' Brands to grow black-owned franchises 07/30/14 Target Market News  RST
View According to a Gallup survey, 69.6% of Asian adult ... 07/24/14 Gallup Poll, 2014   IB
View Based on a 2014 survey by Technomic, percent of th ... 07/22/14 Technomic, Inc., 2014   IB
View Census Report Provides Latest Age, Diversity Information 07/02/14   RST
View Survey Identifies Brand Preferences, Reasons for Buying Among Ethnic Auto Customers 06/04/14   RST
View Small Businesses Expected to Increase Tech Expenditures 06/03/14   RST
View Survey Ranks America's Favorite Grocery Brands 06/03/14   RST
View The number of black or African-American-owned restaurant businesses jumped 188% 06/02/14 National Restaurant Association  The Pitch
View Automotive Brands Adapting to a More Diverse Market 05/21/14   RST
View Hispanic, African American Radio Audiences Reach Historic Highs 05/07/14   RST
View NAHB Study Reveals Key Differences in Home Preferences Based on Race or Ethnicity 04/23/14   RST
View

Of the flowering houseplants purchased for East ...

04/10/14 Society of American Florists, 2013   IB
View Hottest Ad Categories in 2014 04/09/14   RST
View

According to a 2013 study by Marketdata Enterpr ...

02/14/14 Marketdata Enterprises, 2013   IB
View Racial and ethnic minorities had approximately 21% of all cosmetic procedures 11/04/13 American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 2013   The Pitch
View A greater share of Americans will choose cremations over burials by 2025. 10/01/13 Cremation Association of North America , 2013   The Pitch
View About half of those consumers are non-white, multi-cultural consumers 09/02/13 Advertising Age 10/24/12, 2013   The Pitch
View The most important thing to keep in mind is that every multicultural population has its unique issues 09/02/13 Advertising Age, 10/24/12, 2013   The Pitch
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Share of "frequent" moviego ...

08/22/13 Motion Picture Association of America, 2013   IB
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Based on research by the Motion Picture Associa ...

08/21/13 Motion Picture Association of America, 2013   IB
View

A 2013 survey by the Urban Land Institute revea ...

06/28/13 Urban Land Institute, 2013   IB
View According to a 2013 survey by Placed Insights, qui ... 06/04/13 Placed Insights, 2013   IB
View The “Live from Your Neighborhood” study also revealed 04/01/13 , 2013   The Pitch
View Of the 758K Hairdressers, Hairstylists and Cosmetologists, 34% (or 260K) are self-employed 04/01/13 Professional Beauty Association (PBA), Economic Snapshot of the Salon Industry, June 2012, 2013   The Pitch
View Minority dealers are adding import brands Automotive News   RST

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.

Nielsen Audio 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 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.


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.