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Black Buying Power:
  $803 Billion (2008)

Black U.S. Population:
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Top Five Black Cities
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  - Chicago
  - Detroit
  - Philadelphia
  - Houston

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  - Washington-Baltimore
  - Chicago-Gary
  - Los Angeles
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 - Food $65.3 bil.
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New book looks at targeting of affluent African American consumer market

(March 22, 2010) A new book from entrepreneur and magazine publisher Len Burnett Jr. and researcher Andrea Hoffman explores best practices for targeting the $87.3 billion buying power of the affluent African American community. Its entitled "Black Is The New Green," and the authors say it addresses a segment that can no longer be overlooked.

"This is an exciting time for luxury brands. With research to support that they can reach affluent African Americans on and offline, affordably and measurably, the book helps readers avoid missteps, mistakes and misperceptions so that marketing efforts can translate into sales," said co-author Hoffman.

While blue chip brands including Gucci, Sony Electronics and Aston Martin have embraced this rich buying segment, other brands neglect to target this under-appreciated and overlooked demographic, leaving money on the table. Black is the New Green illustrates how to embrace this market, boost bottom line and accomplish this lucrative goal in an affordable, measurable way.

"Current economic challenges have led smart marketers to focus on new consumers with untapped spending power," said co-author Burnett. "The affluent African American community has been a well-kept secret for too long."

"Black is the New Green," published by Palgrave Macmillan ($35.00; Hardcover; ISBN-10: 0-230-61684-4; ISBN-13: 978-0-230-61684-4) hit bookstores last week.

Leonard E. Burnett, Jr. is co-CEO and Group Publisher of Uptown Media Group and VIBE Lifestyle Network. UPTOWN Magazine is a bi-monthly publication focusing on the lifestyle and culture of affluent African Americans. Len is a pioneer in the urban media space, transforming marketerís perceptions of the importance of reaching the underserved urban audience for twenty years.

Andrea Hoffman is founder and CEO of Diversity Affluence, a research, marketing communications and business development consultancy that helps brand managers, marketers, agencies, entrepreneurs and business development and media executives to understand and market to affluent ethnic consumers.

For more information go to blackisthenewgreenthebook.com.


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 15th Annual Edition
'Buying Power of Black America' report breaks down billions in expenditures

(January 19, 2010) Black consumers are responding to tighter economic condition by focusing more of their spending on items and services that improve their homes and lifestyle. That's one of the trends revealed in the 15th annual report, "The Buying Power of Black America," published by Target Market News. The report analyzes spending for black households in 2008 and finds that African-Americans...
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