Marketing Briefing: Diversity execs sound off on the current state of DE&I in advertising – a work in progress

After more than two years of commitments and promises, yet another report from the 4A’s points out that the ad industry still has a ways to go in its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

However, chief diversity officers at U.S. agency holding companies say diversity stats are just a small part of what’s happening across the DE&I landscape. Ultimately, it is, and continues to be, a work in progress. 

The past June, the 4A’s released the 2023 Diversity in Agencies Survey Report, revealing that in 2021, 73% of agency leaders identified as white, as per industry reports. By 2022, that figure jumped to 90%. To the industry, those figures could point to advertising’s progress, or lack thereof, causing questions about the fizzling out of what was the DE&I fever pitch with wake of the murder of George Floyd in May, 2020.

“As an industry, we can do better as we recently saw in the findings of the 4A’s 2023 Diversity in Agencies survey,” Tahlisha Williams, the 4As evp of talent, equity and learning solutions, said in an emailed statement. “Now, more than ever, agencies must be intentional in defining and keeping their DEIB commitments. They also need to continue to track progress, so they don’t’ take their eye off the ball.”

But to diversity executives at major holding companies, including Havas, Publicis Groupe and Dentsu, diversity stats don’t tell the entire story. And two years isn’t enough time to overhaul an entire industry.

“There’s no way that things that have been systematically and historically embedded in our lives, in our subconscious and especially within our organizations would have been undone within two years in a global pandemic,” said Geraldine White, chief diversity officer of Publicis Groupe U.S. 

In the U.S., diversity within advertising has been a slow, uphill battle,

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You can now record a custom alarm sound with Google’s Android clock app

Sometimes you can see a trend coming a mile away and, if there ever was one coming for the technology community, this is surely it.

Google’s Android clock app has long allowed users to add a custom sound to use for alarms and timers on their phones, but the process has been a little annoying. In order to accomplish the task, users were forced to go through a file management system in order to upload the sound for use as an alarm or timer sound.

Thankfully, Google has said, “no more!” Now, users will be able to record whatever sounds they can think of directly into the clock app, unlocking what is sure to be a period of the most creative alarm and timer sounds that have ever graced our ears.

As reported by XDA Developers, the update to the clock app is rolling out now so users should be able to start using the new feature shortly.

With the new feature, you don’t have to go through any hoops, and you can directly record a new alarm or timer sound right within the Clock app. Once the feature rolls out to your device, you’ll see a new Record new option in the Alarm sound and Timer sound settings. Tapping on it will open the Recorder app, allowing you to record a new alarm or timer sound easily.

The report does note, however, that it is likely currently limited mostly to Pixel phones as it uses the Pixel-exclusive Recorder app in order to actually get the audio recording.

Sadly, this feature appears to be limited to Pixel devices, as it relies on the Pixel-exclusive Recorder app. As Mishaal Rahman points out, it seems to send the MediaStore.RECORD_SOUND intent targeting the com.google.android.apps.recorder, which is the package name for the Recorder

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