Half of US marketers say they have initiatives in place to reach minority populations, such as African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asian-Americans, according to a recent report from the CMO Council and Geoscape.

The report was based on data from a survey of 150 senior marketing leaders in the United States.

Some 51% of respondents say their organization has multicultural initiatives in place, and 49% say their organization does not.


The top reason cited by respondents for not having a multicultural marketing initiative in place is that it simply isn’t a priority for their organization (36%); other reasons cited include insufficient budget (34%) and having a strategy in place that addresses these segments through total-market efforts (26%).

Below, additional key findings from the report.


More than half of the marketers surveyed (54%) say their spend on multicultural efforts ranges from 1% to 10% of their overall marketing budgets.

Respondents say their spend on multicultural marketing initiatives is based on what is required to reach their company’s growth goals (53%), on perceived ROI (49%), and on the number of multicultural consumers who are considered to be a fit for their products or services (48%).


More than half of respondents (54%) say they take a total market approach to their marketing strategy, whereby all multicultural segments are integrated with pooled resources.

Some 17% of marketers say their company has an overarching multicultural marketing team with resources/staff separate from general market efforts.

About the research: The report was based on data from a survey of 150 senior marketing leaders in the United States.

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Ayaz Nanji is a digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Media, a marketing agency specializing in content and social media services for tech firms. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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