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Mark A. Browne

Mark A. Browne

Mark A. Browne is Portada's Marketing Innovation Editor. He is a bilingual (English-Spanish) writer, media relations manager, and content creation professional with an established record providing journalism, copywriting and analytical content services to major publishers, PR agencies and businesses in the United States, Latin America and Europe. His award-winning career as a reporter and editor includes daily and weekly newspaper experience and free-lance writing for major print and online publications.

Sotheby’s International Realty’s Kevin Thompson: “We Want to Create a Connection with Consumers Before They Even Think About Selling a Home”

What: Portada talked with Kevin Thompson, Chief Marketing Officer Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC about the global firm’s recent triumphs in digital marketing. Why it matters: The “digital first” approach to marketing by the Sotheby’s International Realty brand is winning the firm kudos for its groundbreaking use of video, virtual and augmented reality and will […]


Soriana Ecommerce Director Rafael Castelltort Explains How Grocers in Mexico Are Racing to Ring Up Online Sales

Grocery and general merchandise retailer Walmart has 4.5 million e-commerce customers in Mexico, and its competitors, like E-commerce Director Rafael Castelltort at Soriana, tell Portada how they are racing to sell groceries online, building new digital infrastructure, deploying machine learning, creating alternatives to credit card payments and launching websites highly customized for e-commerce and home deliveries.


Nobox Chief Creative Officer Marcus Kawamura Drives Brands’ Consumer Engagement With Big Ideas

Miami-based agency Nobox has tapped Marcus Kawamura as Chief Creative Officer to drive brands’ engagement with consumers by generating big ideas and delivering them on multiple platforms. Rapidly shifting technology requires brands to speak with consumers on multiple platforms, but Kawamura says engaging consumers requires deep brand understanding, big ideas, and the ability to entertain and react quickly to opportunities.


Visits by Hispanics to Best Buy, Kohl’s Websites Surged in November 2018

Best Buy and Kohl’s benefited handsomely from increased visits by Hispanics to their websites in the lead up to the 2018 holiday shopping season. Both saw a nearly 40% increase in visitors in November compared to the previous month. While maintaining its first-place ranking in the top 15 most visited sites by Hispanics in the US in November, Amazon nonetheless saw a dip of 2% in its overall share of total visits compared to the month of October.


Kohl’s, Walmart Online Strategies Paid Off as Holiday Season Approached

Total visits to the retail sites ranked by comScore increased by 68,000 over the prior month as the holiday shopping season kicked off in November. Retailer Kohl’s enjoyed a significant boost as it jumped to 6th place from 11th place in October, while Walmart saw a 1-percent increase in its share of all visits to the top 15 sites over the previous month.


Target Suffers Drop in Online Visits Among Hispanics

What: We looked at the top 15 online retail sites visited by Hispanic shoppers in the US in September of this year and how they scored in numbers of visitors. Why it matters: Target suffered a near 2% drop in September in its share of online shoppers among the 15 top visited sites by Hispanics […]


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