8 of the best: Lunar New Year marketing campaigns with lots of bark and plenty of bite

Lunar New Year – it’s the most special time of year for the estimated 1.5 billion people that celebrate it. And this year, marketers worldwide have rolled out some top-notch marketing initiatives to tap into the increased spending, goodwill and opportunities during this time.

Listen up Australia! Language matters.

The MultiConnexions team recently unearthed an insightful article that was published in WeForum.org titled, ‘These are the most powerful languages in the world’ written by Kai Chan, Distinguished Fellow, INSEAD Innovation and Policy Initiative.

In my role as Creative Writing/Language Lead, I get to experience the power of languages every day. Language matters. It breaks barriers, creates meaningful conversations and forges powerful connections that help companies and their customers understand one another better.

Multiculturalism in Australian Small Business

I’ve been a self-proclaimed Sydney-sider for almost nine years now. Having had a culturally diverse upbringing in four different countries, prior to making Sydney home, I can say with confidence that my new home is one of the most diverse. The very suburb I live in ranks 11th in the recent SBS interactive “how diverse is my suburb”, representing 125 different ancestries. Chinese makes up the largest chunk followed by Australian, Macedonian, Greek, Lebanese, Nepalese and Indian.

Diversity in Business – Finally in the Limelight

Acceptance of diversity is part of our society in Australia and Australians do diversity really well when it comes to opening doors to migrants from across borders and helping them build their future here. After all, close to 47% of our population were born overseas or have a parent born overseas, of which, approximately 25% of our overall Australian population are from Asian cultures. This is just a conservative estimation while we await Census 2016 figures.

Multiculturalism is not just a passing fancy

The camels have been shampooed, the taxi is waiting, and lights on the Sydney Harbour Bridge has been turned on, but “Where the bloody hell are you?” Does this ring a bell?

The 2006 Australia tourism campaign; after being on air for about 2 years, the advertisement was finally laid to rest; albeit in the receptacle of advertising history.

Redefining Multiculturalism – Learning from US Census 2010

A new multiculturalism is evolving and will change the face of advertising as it has started doing so in the US, a country marked and characterised by migration and multiculturalism. Multiculturalism has always pointed a finger at the minority. In the advertising industry it is treated as something not necessarily equal to but different from the majority.

The latest release of US Census 2010 information, revealed that Asian Americans with a
population of only 15 million have a total buying power larger than the GDP of countries such as
Egypt (Population 82 million), South Africa (population 49 million) or Columbia (population 45 million).
Asians in America have the highest average income among all racial or ethnic groups including white Americans.

The very definition of being an American is going through a profound change says Tim Wise author of the book White Like Me.

US experts such as David Burgos and Ola Mobolade in their recently launched book `Marketing to a New Majority’ warn of consequences of ignoring this market. The book states that “the business implications of this new normal are enormous. To stay relevant to consumers now and in the near future, brands need to re-think the way they do business. Ethnic consumers have become an integral part of the so called general market or mainstream, and are truly reshaping it. Brands must make ethnic segments an integral part of their overall business strategies if they want to remain viable and grow”.

The good news is that the US marketers are much more aware of the significant opportunity that the varying demographic groups present and realise that they can no longer afford to neglect the combined buying power of ethnic Americans who, according to estimates, make up US$1.3 trillion of all U.S. buying (source: www.americanmulticultural.com). So, to appeal to these highly lucrative and diverse audiences, many marketers are abandoning traditional mass-marketing practices in favour of tightly-focused, multicultural marketing efforts.

Wells Fargo is one of the pioneers in Multicultural Marketing in the US. Wells has worked on product development, channel strategies and communication strategies for multicultural audiences and the rest of the US banks and other marketers are fast catching up.

The ethnic diversity in the U.S. is reflective of a global landscape. It is important for Australian marketers to fully understand cultural differences, language treatments and purchase-drivers and to integrate those variations into their everyday marketing strategies and tactics. Tapping on direct translations from a lone office member who knows the language is not enough. It needs to follow the processes and systems as one would do for the mainstream audiences. Perhaps Census 2011 will shed more light on Multicultural Australians and invite marketers to think outside the square of converting multicultural audiences to a mass of faceless data.

By Sheba Nandkeolyar