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November 11, 2022 | MediaPost

Despite the negativity that has been expressed in political ads and in discussions over the issues that most affect Americans, a Collage Group study on multicultural Americans that delves into social and political issues found 65% of overall American believe the United States is the best country in the world. Their reasons for this believing it is the best country differ based on age and ethnicity.

November 8, 2022 | Al Día News

According to a recently released annual report, 78% of black, Asian and Hispanic American consumers say they have achieved or believe they can achieve the American dream, compared to 69% of white consumers.

“America Now 2022: Harnessing American Identity to Navigate Social Issues,” is the name of this study produced by the cultural intelligence company Collage Group.

October 18, 2022 | Healthline

A “Friendsgiving” is a Thanksgiving dinner celebrated with friends rather than family.

The idea has steadily gained traction in Millennial and Gen Z culture. According to a survey by Collage Group, 43 percent of Millennials, 39 percent of Gen Z-ers, and 31 percent of the overall population participate in a Friendsgiving event.

Your social circle will probably be only too delighted if you decide to host a Turkey Day feast without the family drama.

October 13, 2022 | Radio + Television Business Report

A recent study of over 250 iconic brands identified the top 10 brands for Hispanic consumers. The analysis, conducted by cultural intelligence firm Collage Group, examined brand performance as part of the firm’s monthly CultureRate survey, which assesses cultural resonance for each major demographic segment.

October 12, 2022 | MrWeb

US-based cultural intelligence provider Collage Group has hired Gregory Cypes for its newly created role of Chief Product and Technology Officer, with a remit to ‘reimagine’ the firm’s platform with a new focus on the intersection between software, data science, and insights generation.

September 29, 2022 | Insights Association

New insights delving into the Passion Points of Black Consumers reveal that the Black segment is deeply enthusiastic about cooking and baking.

This is according to cultural intelligence firm, Collage Group which says the majority of Black Americans feel at home and have a sense of comfort when they are in the kitchen.

September 13, 2022 | AdAge

Multicultural representation is essential for any marketing strategy that hopes to connect with a broad spectrum of consumers, and with Hispanic Heritage Month beginning on September 15, the purchasing power of Hispanic Americans may be top-of-mind for many marketers.

September 19, 2022 | Brewing Industry Guide

“We make the beer we like to drink.” That’s the dream of every brewer, right? But if that brewer likes only, say, grodziskies and ESBs, the sales team may want to have a few words. The reality is that consumer preferences rule the day, especially as competition heats up for drinkers’ dollars. This applies not only to what’s on tap, but to the food menu, décor, music, and more.

August 30, 2022 | Forbes

Inflation is at a 40-year high, the stock market has entered the bear market territory and predictions of a recession are growing. Beyond Wall Street and media outlets, most chief marketing officers view inflation negatively, with some considering plans to retrench in the upcoming months.

August 18, 2022 | MediaPost

Nearly everyone has felt the impact of inflation, but White and Hispanic Americans are the most concerned about the U.S. economy, while Black Americans are much less concerned, according to a recent study from research company Collage Group.

August 16, 2022 | Luxus +

The study by Collage Group, entitled “Gen Z Passion Points” a cultural intelligence firm operating in the United States, notes that this generation has been widely exposed to the world via the web and social networks, likely contributing to their desire to travel. The generation, having been born with the web, images and social networks, was able to digitally discover remote regions of the globe at an early age.

August 16, 2022 | Up Jobs News

TikTok’s rapid ascent, especially over the last two years, has led to internal confusion and quality control issues with ad reps, according to ad buyers who said they hope the company can soon make it easier to work with them.

August 11, 2022 | MRWeb

US-based Collage Group, which provides cultural intelligence about diverse consumers, has appointed Victor Paredes as Executive Director of Cultural Strategy.

In addition to race and ethnicity, Collage Group develops consumer insights across generation, sexual identity and gender, with a focus on high-growth consumer segments. In March, the firm launched a syndicated Parents & Kids Cultural Intelligence Program, to provide brands with the insights they need to engage with parents and kids across race and ethnicity.

August 9, 2022 | Franchising.com

A new study from the Collage Group, “Understanding & Embracing Consumer Identity,” tackles the increasing importance of recognizing the connection of ethnicity, race, sexuality, and gender to consumer identity. It also suggests the preferred terms for each segment.

The 8-page study begins with a look at diversity: “Diversity is the future – and the present –of the United States. By the late 2040s, multicultural segments are expected to represent the majority of the U.S. population. For brands, this means that multicultural consumers already make up a significant portion of their audience.”

August 9, 2022 | Travel Agent Central

The desire to travel is a key interest among the majority of Generation Z consumers, with 60 percent stating they have a strong urge to travel the world, according to new research from the cultural intelligence firm Collage Group. This generation’s urgency for travel exceeds that desire of the older Gen X and Boomer generations by nearly 15 percent.

July 26, 2022 | Customer Think

In January of this year, I published a lengthy article here discussing the topic of purpose marketing, which can be defined as the use of content in external communications that emphasizes a company’s core mission and values, i.e. its brand purpose.

A company’s brand purpose describes its “reason for being” beyond the basic business functions of offering products or services and earning a profit. The brand purpose encompasses how the company is making a positive contribution to society and where the company stands on important social issues.

July 12, 2022 | Forbes

As businesses grow, they tend to hire more employees, expand their digital and physical footprint and have to make higher-level decisions. However, the greatest impact on the business’s future success is how well it stays true to its original values, especially when it comes to social responsibility.

July 1, 2022 | MRWeb

In the US, cultural intelligence company Collage Group has raised $25m in an inaugural round of growth capital, which it will use for investments in sales and marketing, and for continued development of its data science and technology platform.

Collage Group offers consumer insights across race / ethnicity, generation, sexual identity and gender with a focus on high-growth consumer segments. Members of the firm’s cultural intelligence platforms – Multicultural, Generations and LGBTQ+ & Gender – have access to more than ten years’ worth of consumer insights and over 300 studies, with new data unveiled weekly.

July 1, 2022 | Washington Business Journal

The Bethesda firm is investing in tech and marketing.

June 30, 2022 | Venture Capital Journal

Collage Group, a Bethesda, Maryland-based provider of cultural intelligence about diverse consumers, has raised $25 million in funding. 

June 30, 2022 | Technical.ly

Maryland SaaS company Collage Group just raised $25 million in growth capital, the company announced Wednesday.

The round was led by Wavecrest Growth Partners, based in Boston, Massachusetts, with additional participation from Dennis Ainge. A statement from the company said that the funds would be used for marketing and sales, as well as a renewed focus on its data science and tech platform.

June 29, 2022 | Business Insider

Collage Group, a cultural intelligence platform that helps companies like Procter & Gamble, Facebook parent Meta, and McDonald’s market to diverse consumers, raised $25 million in growth capital as it seeks to attract more blue-chip marketers as clients.

The funding, its first outside fundraise, was led by Boston-based growth equity firm Wavecrest Growth Partners, which invests in B2B software and tech companies. Dennis Ainge, an industry investor and CEO of the NBA’s Utah Jazz Basketball, also participated.

April 21, 2022 | Washington Business Journal

For 15 years, the Washington Business Journal has set out to honor outstanding business leaders of color in Greater Washington with our annual Diversity in Business Awards program. Collage Group is pleased to announce that our CEO and Co-Founder David Wellisch has been honored with the 2022 award.

Each year’s class joins an active alumni network of hundreds of previous honorees from across industries. They join a list of admired CEOs, founders, executives and directors including Leslie Hale of RLJ Lodging Trust, Johnny Taylor of SHRM, Sahil Rahman of RASA, Michelle Rice of TV One, Rosie-Allen Herring of United Way NCA, Lonnie Bunch of the Smithsonian, Monica Dalwadi of Baker Tilly, Sheila Johnson of Salamander Hotels, Bo Menkiti of the Menkiti Group, Tim Chi of WeddingWire and more.

January 11, 2022 | Washington Business Journal

For 15 years, the Washington Business Journal has set out to honor outstanding business leaders of color in Greater Washington with our annual Diversity in Business Awards program. Collage Group CEO and Co-Founder David Wellisch is announced as an Honoree.

October 19, 2021 | eMarketer

While 35% of Hispanic consumers believe that all brands should include Hispanic Heritage Month in their marketing and advertising, a greater amount (39%) don’t care if brands do it or not, per an August 2021 study by Collage Group.



July 19, 2021 | 97.1 WASH FM

iHeartMedia recognizes David Wellisch is CEO & Co-Founder of Collage Group, as a CEO you should know. Since the inception of Collage Group in 2009, David has led the company through growth, now serving more than 200 brands in across 15 industries.



June 18, 2021 | Insider

In a study conducted by the Collage Group, 62% of Black consumers responded that America’s institutions were responsible for both maintaining and reinforcing racial inequalities. And 72% of Black respondents said companies needed to put more pressure on local and state governments.



January 11, 2021 | eMarketer

Looking at the matter in more detail, a January 2020 survey of Hispanics ages 13 to 85 by the Collage Group found about three-quarters saying they speak English either “very well” (53%) or “well” (21%). Even among those classified as “unacculturated” (based on language usage in various contexts and degrees of self-identification as American versus Hispanic), about one-third reported speaking English at least “well.”

December 6, 2019 | Cision: PR Web

Second annual event, co-hosted at Univision, will continue to demystify new fact-based approach for deciphering cultural variation.



October 19, 2019 | Medium

Why The Next Critical Step Is Machine Learning & Cultural Fluency.



October 18, 2019 | Cynopsis Media

While multicultural audiences are becoming key drivers of growth, many brands are still struggling with how to  accurately predict what resonates and what doesn’t with people of color.



October 3, 2019 | i95 Business

Using Machine Learning and Facial Tracking to Optimize Content.



October 2, 2019 | Restaurant Hospitality

7 out of 10 pieces of trash found in the ocean are food/beverage-related.



September 12, 2019 | Spirited

Super Bowl LIII could not have faded more quickly from memory, but the investment in advertising by many of America’s greatest brands (and the inevitable handful of newcomers seeking breakthrough) lives on.



July 31, 2019 | Forbes

Collage Group, an insights, analysis and strategy firm founded in 2009, bas been using technology, data and machine learning to help marketers more surefootedly navigate a turbulent marketplace.



July 29, 2019 | Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology

David Wellisch’s newest technology, CultureRate:Ad by Collage Group, is built on data and uses machine learning and facial tracking to predict crucial differences in emotional response to ads in different demographics for marketing leaders.



July 9, 2019 | Forbes

There has been significant coverage of bias problems in the use of machine learning in the analysis of people.



July 8, 2019 | Forbes

Collage Group, an insights, analysis and strategy firm founded in 2009, bas been using technology, data and machine learning to help marketers more surefootedly navigate a turbulent marketplace.

July 31, 2018 | Forbes

Our Futurecasting Families work with BabyCenter featured in Forbes.

Latest Press Releases

November 17, 2022

In anticipation of the coming holiday season, cultural intelligence company, Collage Group, explored how American consumers prepare for and celebrate the winter holiday season. Calling on findings from its multicultural Holidays & Occasions research, experts examined how culture impacts several end-of-the-year holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.

November 10, 2022

Findings from a new study reveal that multicultural Americans have strong faith in the “American Dream.” In fact, 78% of Black, Asian, and Hispanic American consumers say they have achieved or believe they can achieve the American Dream, as compared to 69% of White consumers. This is according to the just-released annual report titled “America Now 2022: Harnessing American Identity to Navigate Social Issues,” produced by cultural intelligence company, Collage Group.

October 12, 2022

The leading source of cultural intelligence, Collage Group, announced today that Gregory Cypes has joined the team as Chief Product and Technology Officer, a new leadership role. With more than 20 years of experience in the tech sector, Cypes is expected to shape the future of the company’s cultural intelligence platform, and data & technology offerings, which are currently used to guide over 250 of America’s iconic brands partnered with Collage Group.

October 5, 2022

A recent study of over 250 iconic brands identified the top 10 brands for Hispanic consumers. The analysis, conducted by cultural intelligence firm, Collage Group, examined brand performance as part of the firm’s monthly CultureRate survey, which assesses cultural resonance for each major demographic segment.

August 17, 2022

A whopping 93% of respondents said they have noticed that items they ordinarily purchase are now more expensive, and 78% said they are “a little” to “very worried” about their current financial situation.

August 9, 2022

Collage Group, the leading source of cultural intelligence about diverse consumers to over 250 of America’s iconic brands, announced today that Victor Paredes has joined the team as Executive Director of Cultural Strategy. Paredes is a proven expert in inclusive marketing and advertising and will leverage his expertise in combination with Collage’s proprietary data and insights in support of members’ objectives to unleash the power of culture to drive brand growth.

July 29, 2022

New research compiled by the cultural intelligence firm, Collage Group, shows that Hispanic Americans are trendsetters in terms of using technology. As a segment, they are super users of the internet, social media, and tech tools. Hispanic consumers are more likely to post to social media daily, and use emerging social media platforms, such as TikTok, among other digital trends. While Americans overall are using such instruments to a greater degree compared to previous years, Hispanic Americans surpassed all groups’ usage rates.

June 29, 2022

Collage Group, the leading source of cultural intelligence about diverse consumers announced that it has raised $25 million in growth capital led by Boston-based growth equity firm Wavecrest Growth Partners with participation from industry veteran and investor Dennis Ainge. The new funding will be used to further accelerate growth through additional investments in sales and marketing and through continued focus on its data science and technology platform.

April 4, 2022

Collage Group, the leading source of cultural intelligence about diverse consumers to America’s iconic brands, prepares for continued scaling with the addition of Pinkie Gunderia as Chief Financial Officer. Pinkie oversees the companywide accounting, finance and budgeting functions, and will be leading Collage Group’s forward-looking financial strategy to manage the company’s continued hypergrowth. She is a seasoned financial executive with 20 years of experience spanning finance, audit, tax and consulting across various industries.

February 28, 2022

Collage Group, the leading source of cultural intelligence about diverse consumers to more than 250 of America’s iconic brands, continues its hypergrowth with the launch of its Parents & Kids Cultural Intelligence Program. This new consumer research offering, created with input from nearly a dozen leading Collage Group member brands, is designed to cover the insights brands need to engage and activate parents and kids across race and ethnicity. This is the first syndicated resource available that offers full coverage of parents and kids with race and ethnicity overlays.

February 14, 2022

Collage Group, the leading source of cultural intelligence about diverse consumers to America’s iconic brands, continues to focus on growth with the addition of Jose Puyol as Chief Revenue Officer. Jose oversees companywide commercial function, including new business, renewals, account expansions and more. He is a seasoned SaaS executive with 20 years of experience leading high-growth sales organizations, with a well-established record of building customer-first sales teams and developing impactful strategies that disrupt the marketplace.

November 9, 2021

One in four Gen Z Consumers will stop buying from brands that do not take a stance on an important issue.

 

Collage Group ranks Lysol, Netflix, Google, and Band-Aid as among the most Culturally Fluent brands in analysis of more than 500 brands and 200 ads across the last 18 months.

A prominent consumer insights leader, Randi will head Collage Group’s custom insights department and oversee the development of tailored, diverse consumer insights for more than 200 of America’s leading brands.


Currently supporting more than 200 leading brands with consumer insights and marketing best practices, Collage Group added 20+ new clients in the first half of 2021 alone.



June 3, 2021

A conversation with diversity, marketing and insights leaders from Google, AARP, E. & J. Gallo Winery and U.S. Bank.



February 4, 2021

CVS Health, McCormick & Company, U.S. Bank, TVOne and Diageo leaders discuss efforts to support the Black community.



January 6, 2021

New consumer intelligence platform centers on the LGBTQ+ community and women, while covering transgender, non-binary and other segments where applicable.


June 29, 2020

Collage Group leads a panel discussion on how great brands are taking action to support Black Americans.


December 6, 2019

Second annual event, co-hosted at Univision, will continue to demystify new fact-based approach for deciphering cultural variation.



October 28, 2019

A subscription-based consumer research and strategic advisory company that helps brands understand culture and generations, is co-hosting “How to Decipher, Influence, Engage and Win The New Wave of Today’s American Consumer.”


December 5, 2018

Collage Group and Univision Communications, Inc. will bring together over 50 executives from top brands to discuss the latest initiatives in multicultural and youth marketing.



March 5, 2018

The next generation of moms may bring back some traditional parenting values, breaking away from their millennial counterparts on social media, digital advertising & more.



January 10, 2018

David Evans has a stellar track record of building world-class teams across research, data, and analytics in a variety of industries.


November 14, 2017

Executives from leading brands will gather to learn effective strategies to capture multicultural and younger consumers.


October 17, 2017

Executives from leading brands will gather to learn a new approach to growing their consumer base in today’s changing landscape.


September 5, 2017

Today, Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) announced the latest roster of companies that have joined the Nielsen Connected Partner Program, reinforcing the successful and steady expansion of its open partner ecosystem.


July 20, 2017

The company was founded in 2009 focused on the U.S. Hispanic market and has since broadened its scope to cover all multicultural segments and youth.

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