Celebrating Black History

Author: Annette Malave, SVP/Insights, RAB

Next week we will celebrate Black History Month – an event that celebrates and recognizes the impact that Blacks/African Americans have had on our history. According to ASALH, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the theme for 2021 is The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.

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Love is On the Air

Author: Annette Malave, SVP/Insights, RAB

In just a little over a month, people will be celebrating Valentine’s Day. While it is often thought of as a day only for couples, that is not the case. Valentine’s Day is also thought of as a day when people share and display their affection with gifts.

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It Is Different This Year

Author: Annette Malave, SVP/Insights, RAB

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to look into the future and see how 2020 will be described and documented? It has been quite a year – a pandemic, major job losses and political and social unrest. Despite all the hurdles that 2020 delivered, there were positive stories.

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Smart Speakers – An Audio Opportunity

Author: Annette Malave, SVP/Insights, RAB

As holiday shopping goes into full swing, electronics will be one of the top items purchased this year. As many households continue to work from their remote locations, smart speakers are sure to be on many holiday shopping lists. As of this past June, NPD Group stated that nearly 30% of U.S. households were using smart speakers.

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Listeners Will Make Registers Ring This Holiday Season

Author: Annette Malave, SVP/Insights, RAB

Without a doubt, 2020 has been a most unusual year, and the need for good tidings and holiday cheer have never been apparent than now. Shopping this season will be a way that consumers will turn their focus from current events and concerns to celebrating the holidays and a hopeful return to the routines that they all miss.

According to the National Retail Federation’s Annual 2020 Holiday Survey, this year, consumers will spend $650 in gifts, $230 in nonholiday items, such as decorations, and $117 in other nongift purchases – each nearly flat to 2019 amounts.
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Back-to-School … at Home

Author: Annette Malave, SVP/Insights, RAB

It’s August! Did you know that August is considered National Back-to-School Month? It’s the time when parents of school-aged children are in the deep throes of clothing, shoes and school-supply shopping. This year will be no different from any other.

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