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What: NASCAR is continuing its work in Latino marketing, with the Daytona 500 leading off the year Sunday.
Why it matters: By taking active steps to engage the Latino community, NASCAR can build a fan base which has not traditionally been strong but has shown potential for growth.

The 2018 NASCAR (@NASCAR) season kicks off with the Daytona 500 Sunday. As the sport looks for new ways to grow market share and a wider and more diverse audience, it is turning, smartly so, to the Latino base which it has struggled to engage with in the past.

The cultural shift to follow auto racing of any kind is still a challenge for the demo. However NASCAR doesn’t just see the opportunity, they are taking active steps to embrace and nurture the challenge.

The new, increased focus has started to reap rewards, with a multicultural audience going from 20% to 24% in the past five years (source: Nielsen Scarborough). Still, there is a lot of work to be dome from the grassroots to the brand side. We looked at five areas NASCAR is going to better drive the Latino marketplace.

  • Providing fresh and relevant content through NASCAR Latino: NASCAR Latino (@NASCARLatino) social channels keep content new and interesting to fulfill the need for drama and excitement. It guides new fans along their fandom journey by helping them find a favorite driver, answering their questions, and providing access to the sport.
  • Engaging new fans through social media Influencers: NASCAR has partnered with a group of influencers who enable their followers to experience NASCAR through a new lens. The influencers share their at-track experiences on race weekends across a variety of channels—and in doing so help bring NASCAR to new audiences.
  • Community involvement and partnerships: Industry-wide collaboration is key in helping the sport engage the Hispanic community. NASCAR has initiated a Hispanic Marketing Co-Op program to provide track partners with resources such as research, creative, and funding to aid in marketing to Latinos. The goal is to extend reach to the Hispanic community throughout all race markets. In addition to the tracks, NASCAR has teamed with broadcast partners like FOX and FOX Deportes to create more relevant and relatable content. In 2017, NASCAR partnered with FOX for a documentary short film titled
    Aric Almirola (credit: Wikimedia/Sarah Stierch)

    El Corredor, which shares the story of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Aric Almirola (@Aric_Almirola) as he journeys to Cuba to discover his roots.

  • Media Immersions: NASCAR has expanded non-endemic media presence at tracks by inviting multicultural and Hispanic media to experience the sport first-hand and bring the experience to Hispanic viewers. NASCAR has also partnered with local radio stations as well as digital and social media outlets to promote the races and bring exclusive deals and opportunities to Hispanic community. Hispanic media coverage of NASCAR increased 62% year-over-year in 2017.
  • NASCAR Drive for Diversity Awards: Held annually during Speed Weeks, the NASCAR Diversity Awards recognize and honor diversity leaders in the motorsports industry. The awards are the leading means to identify accomplishments in diversity and inclusion throughout the motorsports industry and serves as a platform to highlight, promote, and strengthen relationships with industry leaders in the diversity and inclusion space.
  • This year, PEAK was awarded the NASCAR Partner Award. From engaging the Hispanic demographic in Mexico by sponsoring the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series, to broadening the scope of interest and partnering with Joe Gibbs Racing and sponsoring Hispanic driver Daniel Suarez in both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, partners like PEAK lead by example and support NASCAR in bringing the sport to a new culture.

Is the NASCAR Latino engagement on par with sports like baseball and basketball? Of course not. The cultural shift to follow auto racing of any kind is still a challenge for the demo. However, NASCAR doesn’t just see the opportunity, they are taking active steps to embrace and nurture the challenge. Will it drive results with more Latino drivers and personalities? Maybe down the road. The real win is in casual fan engagement. Like NASCAR fans in general, Latino audiences are extremely brand loyal. Creating more Latino NASCAR fans would be a double win for loyalty, and that mix would be racing gold.

Top image: Daytona_International_Speedway (credit Wikimedia Commons-Nascarking)

What: NASCAR unveiled a massive marketing and social media platform surrounding Sunday’s Daytona 500 which will continue afterwards.
Why it matters: The integrated effort included activation on Twitter and Snapchat and gave fans a chance to win prized race-used memorabilia by “racing” each other in the Hashtag 500.

imagesNASCAR unveiled a massive marketing and social media platform surrounding Sunday’s Daytona 500 that included activation on Twitter and Snapchat and gave fans a chance to win prized race-used memorabilia by “racing” each other in the Hashtag 500.

In an integrated marketing campaign titled Ready. Set.Race, combining television creative and social engagement, NASCAR seeked to highlight the racers in all of us.

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“When you’re a kid riding a bike and racing the other kids in the neighborhood,” says Jill Gregory, NASCAR senior vice president, marketing and industry services. “Or when you’re at the gym on the treadmill, and you’re trying to secretly race the person next to you.

“To us, all that just reinforces that love of racing, and what better way to get your racing fix than watching or attending a NASCAR race. We’re absolutely focused on that in our television creative, but this digital and social component, where we’re encouraging fans to race each other during one of our events, is a new and innovative way to make that love of racing come to life.”

Social Media Activation

descargaDuring the Daytona 500, fans who wish to compete for race-used memorabilia and were watching the FOX broadcast (pre-race coverage starts at noon ET) and/or  follow@NASCAR on Twitter,  received a custom hashtag for each of 10 memorabilia items.Once each hashtag was unveiled, the 500th person to tweet that hashtag in concert with #DAYTONA500 won that race and the prize that goes with it.

That’s not the only aspect of Twitter’s expanded support around the Great American Race. Other activations include the use of Vine and Periscope; Twitter Moments; @NASCAR tweets featuring such celebrities as John Cena, Florida Georgia Line and Ken Griffey Jr.; Twitter Mirror, a tablet based application where celebrities pose for their own photos; and infield branding in Daytona International Speedway.

To help tell the story of what it’s like to attend a NASCAR race, Snapchat doubled its Live Story coverage of NASCAR events in 2016, beginning with last Sunday’sDaytona 500.

The thousands of submitted Snaps from each event will be curated and packaged by Snapchat into a video stream that is shared globally with Snapchat’s more than 100 million daily active users right on their mobile devices. Each NASCAR Live Story will be available to view on Snapchat for 24 hours.

Daytona’s recent  US $400-million Rising project has facilitated the social media engagement,as it has transformed the Birthplace of Speed into the first true motorsports stadium. One of the many benefits of Daytona Rising includes enhanced WiFi capability designed to heighten social media engagement of fans at the races.

In addition, broadcast partner FOX is asking fans to submit video content fromDaytona 500 week for inclusion in a crowd-sourced documentary titled “100,000 Cameras,” to air on FS1 in late February.

NASCAR also offers a full range of digital and mobile products offering fans everything from in-car cameras to driver audio to social feeds and fantasy scoring. Last year, NASCAR set a record with 1.1 billion page views across its NASCAR.com website and digital platforms, a 20-percent increase over 2014.

 

 

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