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GlobalHue is a privately owned advertising agency specializing in what the firm calls a culture based approach to marketing, with offices in New York City and Southfield, Michigan (Detroit). The agency provides companies with an integrated approach to marketing to ethnic-specific audiences.

The agency offers full-service marketing, advertising, media planning and buying, digital, events and promotions, and public relations for blue-chip clients including Verizon Wireless, Walmart, Chrysler Group LLC, U.S. Navy, Jeep, and OneMain Financial. Mar. 9, 2015 - After several months’ worth of anonymous tips and nearly as many cases of obfuscation, FCA (FIAT Chrysler Automobiles) finally confirmed this weekend that Global Hue will no longer work on the Jeep account in any capacity (


GlobalHue was founded in 1988 by Don Coleman as Don Coleman Associates in Southfield, Michigan. In 1997, the firm transitioned to become Don Coleman Advertising, a firm specializing in marketing to African Americans. In 1999, True North Communications acquired a 49% stake in Don Coleman Advertising. Interpublic Group’s purchase of True North in 2001 brought along the minority interest in Don Coleman Advertising. In 2002, the firm acquired Hispanic agency Montemayor y Asociados and Asian-American agency Innovasia Communications to become GlobalHue, covering the three main U.S. ethnic segments. In 2003, GlobalHue CEO Coleman initiated a buyback from IPG to become the independent multicultural agency GlobalHue.[citation needed]

In 2009, GlobalHue’s capitalized billings were $833.7 million. In 2009, GlobalHue was named “Multicultural Advertising Agency of the Decade” by Advertising Week.[1] and in 2010, Black Enterprise magazine named GlobalHue the BE 100 Advertising Agency of the Year, which was also awarded in 1998 and 2003.[citation needed]

Total Market[edit]

In 2009 as multicultural marketing was becoming increasingly mainstream, GlobalHue enlarged its focus to a category it calls “total market,” encompassing population segments of mixed ethnicities that are united on the basis of affinities, values and culture. Its ad campaigns for Chrysler Jeep, MGM Grand Detroit and the Bermuda Department of Tourism took this “total market” approach.


In 2009 GlobalHue conducted a large survey of U.S. consumers and created a report on the findings. “Multicultural Nation: Convergence and Divergence in the New America” [2] presented insights for marketing to a complex ethnic and cultural consumer population. The report confirmed that prevalent assumptions about segments, both Non-Hispanic Whites and ethnic, are becoming irrelevant and even risky for brand success in the diversified consumer market.


MGM Grand Detroit casino

In the 2009 “Touch the Lion” campaign for MGM Grand Detroit casino, GlobalHue created billboards depicting golden female eyes flashing devilishly against a dark background and the casino lion logo. The “demon” eyes drew protest from the Detroit religious community, which in turn attracted media attention. The casino posted the biggest single-day “coin-in” in its history - $25.9 million – after the campaign. The golden eyes theme was also used in print advertising. In 2010, the casino was the most profitable within the 12-casino MGM group and the largest Detroit area casino in gross revenue with 41.2 percent of the total gaming revenue.[3][4]

Bermuda Department of Tourism

For the Bermuda Department of Tourism’s “Feel the Love” campaign for the total market, GlobalHue rebranded the island vacation destination as a weekend and short vacation option for a youthful, upscale “urbane traveler” from major East coast cities, rather than day trippers on cruises. Before the campaign, visitors per year between 1990 and 2005 averaged 531,988. For three years during the campaign, the number of visitors averaged 620,215, representing a 16.6% increase over the previous 15 years. Mar 16, 2009: Don Coleman's GlobalHue is accused of ripping off the government of Bermuda by overbilling its $13 million tourism advertising contract. In a report by Bermuda auditor general Larry Dennis, GlobalHue is accused of: Overbilling the account by $1.8 million.[5]

Chrysler 300C sedan

The 2008 Chrysler 300C sedan campaign titled “The Artist Inside You” was targeted at African American business people and entrepreneurs encompassing TV, print, radio and digital, featuring 300C cars as customized works of art. The campaign aired in January and February, the worst period in the automotive sales year. It was also challenged by poor public perceptions of American car quality and high regard for imports. In spite of that, the 300C had 1,100 dealer orders in nine days and sold out in record time.

The strategy placed the vehicle at the center of custom car culture and its intersection with urban influencers. Through partnership with DUB magazine, a hip hop car culture brand, GlobalHue aligned the 300C with urban recording artists including Snoop Dogg and Sean Paul and sports stars such as Steve Smith and Corey Maggette, placing the vehicle in music videos, magazines, custom wheel ads, MTV Cribs, custom car shows and everywhere urban culture and custom cars came together. A key moment of the campaign occurred when the rapper 50 Cent called the Chairman of Chrysler to place an order and the recording of the call was leaked. This increased the 300C's status as an urban icon, superseding overall Chrysler brand awareness.[6]

Late in the model lifecycle, GlobalHue produced a more public and traditional campaign that acknowledged the car’s urban icon status.

Verizon Wireless

GlobalHue helped Verizon connect with African-Americans through a grassroots Gospel competition for print and television titled “How Sweet the Sound”. The campaign drew on the community’s affinity for church participation.[7][8]


Walmart’s ad campaign supporting Black History Month in 2009 for TV, radio and digital with “Grandma’s Hands” drove positive awareness of the brand among African Americans; as a result, corporate sponsorship of year-long Black History initiatives is a permanent part of the brand’s marketing.[9][10][11]

Chrysler Jeep(R)

In 2009 GlobalHue was awarded the global Jeep(R) brand account by Chrysler Group. GlobalHue created a three-part phased campaign titled “I live. I ride. I am. Jeep.” which positioned Jeep as "a new way of working, playing and living always on your own terms."[citation needed] The campaign included outdoor and transit, broadcast, print, digital and retail ads, and sought to expand the brand's appeal to a younger, more diverse and urban customer base. In the year of the campaign, Jeep posted double-digit sales growth and became the Chrysler Group's top selling brand.[12][13][14][15]

Jeep Compass

GlobalHue's 2011 Jeep Compass campaign, titled "Bloodline", launched in February.[16] "Bloodline" showcased the Jeep Compass in urban and off-road settings, and features the bloodlines of father-daughter athletes Muhammad and Laila Ali and father-son actors James and Scott Caan. Critics had not considered previous incarnations of the Compass as fully part of Jeep's "military and off-road heritage"; the new model received an updated available four-wheel drive powertrain and Jeep's "Trail Rated badge". The campaign declared the Compass's Jeep lineage.[17]

US Census 2010

For the 2010 US Census, GlobalHue was awarded the information campaign for Americans of Hispanic, Portuguese, African, African-Caribbean and African American ethnicity. Census’ goal of 90 percent compliance was challenged by skepticism and distrust within these populations. With a message of strong community empowerment, use of non-traditional formats (such as lunch trucks, local restaurant menus, Webisodes mimicking popular telenovela), and a focus on clarifying the government commitment to confidentiality, GlobalHue’s strategy for the campaign “It’s In Your Hands” helped this Census become one of the most successful ever conducted.[18]

The Hispanic campaign included an actual mural painted in Spanish Harlem, used as the basis of print and TV ads, referring to the historic means of communication in Hispanic societies. One TV spot for the Hispanic market, “Communidad,” tested well, and was used in the general audience market. Midway through the campaign, 95 percent of Hispanics stated that their families intended to be counted.[19][20][21]


2010 AdWeekMedia Multicultural Agency of the Decade [22]

Black Enterprise 100 Company of the Year Award [23]


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  2. ^ GlobalHue (2010-08-11). "GlobalHue Report 2010: Multicultural Nation". Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  3. ^ Duggan, Daniel (October 15, 2010). "Detroit casino second only to Bellagio in MGM Resorts portfolio". Crain's Detroit Business. Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
  4. ^ Duggan, Daniel (November 9, 2010). "Detroit casinos report jump in October revenue". Crain's Detroit Business. Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
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  7. ^ "Verizon Presents How Sweet the Sound: The Search for the Best Church Choir in America". Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
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  9. ^ "The 33rd Annual TELLY Awards | Winners". Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  10. ^ Anne, Dolly (1999-07-27). " | Latest Philippine News for Filipinos". Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  11. ^ "GlobalHue Video, 'The Heart', Celebrates Black History Month" (Video has been made private). Archived March 5, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "mike's totally free jeep news now - News". Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  13. ^ "Jeep New Campaign". Chrysler Group LLC. November 6, 2009. Archived from the original on 2010-01-10. 
  14. ^ "Chrysler 300 Spin It Your Way Contest". YouTube. 2007-12-21. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  15. ^ "2011 Jeep Wrangler Commercial by GlobalHue, Winter X Games 15". YouTube. 2011-01-26. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  16. ^ GlobalHue (March 3, 2011). "GlobalHue "Bloodline" Ad: Features 2011 Jeep Compass". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  17. ^ Welsh, Jonathan (2011-02-28). "Jeep to Debut "Bloodline" Ads (Video) - Driver's Seat - WSJ". Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  18. ^ GlobalHueAgency (2010-06-17). "Multicultural advertising agency GlobalHue: Hispanic US Census spot "Community"". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  19. ^ Elliott, Stuart (2010-01-14). "Advertising - A Census Campaign That Speaks in Many Tongues". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
  20. ^ "The census asks you to make your voice count". February 2, 2012. (registration required)
  21. ^ Jennifer 8. Lee (2009-12-16). "A Wall in East Harlem Speaks: Stand Up and Be Counted". Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  22. ^ "AdWeekMedia: Best of the 2000s - Multicultural Agency of the Decade". Best of the 2000s. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  23. ^ "WATCH: 2010 BE 100s Award Winners". Black Enterprise. 2010-05-19. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 

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