Digital Bites LatAm: L’Oréal, Mobile Summit, Yahoo, Brand100, Havas, IAB Now
July was a very busy month for me, and I'll tell you something about it in this month's digital bites. As much as the idea behind this column is to talk about others (nicely), it made me want to share my own bites with you. After all, almost all of the people I write about are my colleagues!
At the end of July, I had the pleasure of meeting Humberto Hernandez, the new business director at L'Oréal Luxe. He was only in Argentina for a few days for a trip related to L'Oréal's luxury brands (Kiehl's, Clarisonic and Urban Decay). We had a great time making the rounds of the best bars in Buenos Aires while we talked about our trips and professional activity. Friends from the industry already know: let me know when you're here and I'll gladly take you around the city (and while we're at it, you'll give me material for this column). Another thing: Now I really want to try some Kiehl's products. Excellent one-on-one branding, Humberto.
Mobile Summit Argentina 2016
Marce Garcia Cisneros, the founder and CEO of Rekket, invited me to the Mobile Summit Argentina 2016, organized by the Argentine Mobile Association. The event, which took place on July 13 at the Sony Theater, was a great opportunity to listen to the experiences and lessons from different local players, as well as interact with colleagues and friends. Everyone was there, even the members of the Mobile Marketing Association. We're like that: competitors, colleagues and friends. In the end, we're all betting on growth in the digital market.
Where Did Yahoo's Employees Go?
In mid-June, I ran into Ale Fishman (ex country manager at Yahoo Argentina) at a Social Media Week Mexico event, and he commented that he had recently joined Keynetic Digital as the commercial director for LatAm. Keynetic Digital belongs to Mariano Burstein, who was the general manager of Yahoo Argentina until May 2008.
Alfredo Sanchez, who was the sales director at Yahoo Mexico until January 2016, recently joined Televisa Interactive Media as the digital commerce director (he was previously at Simek as the country manager for the Mexico office).
In all three cases, programmatic buying was the first obligatory destination in a "leap of faith" after so many years at a company that was predominantly focused on branding. If there were any doubts about where the market is heading...
Neither Dull Nor Lazy
The Brand100 organizers ("the" annual event in Argentina, for which media outlets pay to bring their most important clients in the region) were smart in choosing Rio de Janeiro as the host city for this year's event. While it is cutting it close to the end of the Olympic Games, don't tell me that it wasn't opportune to take advantage of the press that will be there for the sporting event. An excellent consolation prize for everyone that wanted to go to the games (although it's a work-related event, of course).
IAB Now 2016
The most important annual event for the IAB Argentina will take place August 25 in the theaters of the most important local shopping center. Among the confirmed speakers are: Maren Lau (IMS), Fernando Barbella (J. Walter Thompson London), Eric Tourtel (Teads) and Saul Hernandez (Mindshare). It's going to be great!
From Havas Chile to Minga Digital
After 15 years at Havas Chile, (most recently as the general director), Gonzalo Parra has joined Minga Digital (headquartered in Santiago, Chile) as the general manager. Good luck, Gonza! And thank you for always hosting me when I'm in Santiago.
A New Project
In September 2015, I decided to take a paid sabbatical (which is to say, travel and work remotely on different digital projects). It was the best decision that I could've made in this first half of my professional career, and I recommend it. I was in a hostel in Salta (a province in Northern Argentina), a four-star hotel in Miami and a friend's house in Mexico (a country that I've been able to visit twice in this period). My last trip will be Spain in August (Madrid, Valencia, Ibiza and Barcelona). Not bad. Nonetheless, I was presented with a project that I couldn't turn down. Soon, I'll be updating my LinkedIn profile (for now, I'll leave you with the intrigue).