What: Women’s sports in Mexico got a big boost with espnW’s expansion into Mexico.
Why it matters: The move gives brands a new opportunity to capture the growing Latina market, one which has likely been underserved to date.

Claudia Trejos

Jessica Mendoza (@jessmendozajust completed her third season in the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball booth. Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPNcovered the New York Yankees (@Yankeesbeat from 2012-16 and remains one of the most respected Latina sports reporters in baseball. Maria Guardado (@mi_guardado) (MLB.com) and Maria Torres (@maria_torres3) (L.A. Timesare beginning to make their marks on the Los Angeles Angels beat. Mary Joe Fernandez, Antonietta Collins, Claudia Trejos, Julia Morales and others have been delivering the news and getting scoops in various sports, some for years, making important inroads for Hispanic women in the space.

In what can be seen as the next major step for Latina reporters, ESPN on Sunday launched its espnW brand in Mexico. The site, which has featured journalism from the best in the business, reporting on sports from the female perspective, makes its bow in conjunction with Semana de la Mujer, ESPN’s breast cancer awareness week, running through October 19.

The Portada Brands-Sports Summit in Los Angeles on March 15, 2019 (Hotel Loews Santa Monica) will provide a unique setting for brand marketers to learn about the opportunities sports and soccer content offers to engage consumers in the U.S. and Latin America.

“For generations, women in Mexico have been breaking barriers in the world of sports — on and off the field,” said Gerardo Casanova, vice president and general manager, ESPN Latin America North, Mexico and Central America, in a statement. “The launch of espnW in Mexico is a significant milestone for the ESPN brand and re-enforces our commitment to better serve an increasingly powerful segment of our audience.”

The power and influence sports have – and can have – for girls and women across the world is well-documented.
Cristina Alexander

Some of the statistics that ESPN cites at the launch of espnW (@espnWMexico include a 23% female audience on digital; 1:40 hours per day that women spend on the ESPN platform; and a monthly reach of 937,000 women at ESPN.com. Semana de la Mujer content powered by espnW will include work by such notable latinas as Cristina Alexander, Katia Castorena, Kary Correa, Paulina García, Vanessa Huppenkothen, Marisa Lara, Rebeca Landa, Miroslava Montemayor, Carolina Padrón, Elizabeth Patiño, Nelly Simón, Claudia Trejos, Carolina Guillén, Carolina de las Salas and Pilar Perez on various platforms from Bristol, Miami, Los Angeles and Mexico.

“The success of ESPN in Mexico made it the next logical destination for the espnW brand,” said Laura Gentile, senior vice president, marketing, ESPN. “The power and influence sports have – and can have – for girls and women across the world is well-documented. We look forward to highlighting amazing storytelling for women and female athletes from all over Mexico.”

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The talent drain at ESPN in the past couple of years has hit the sports media world hard; amazing multimedia journalists like Jane McManus, Melissa Isaacson and Johnette Howard were among those axed. The hope with the expansion of the espnW brand into Mexico is that great journalists can tell great stories about Latina women in sports in the region as well as cover events and athletes who so far have eluded mainstream attention.

This can also be a boon for marketers, with brands like Toyota (@Toyota), Wells Fargo (@WellsFargo), Gatorade (@Gatorade), Olay (@OlaySkin), Always (@Always), and other that have supported espnW having the opportunity to extend their reach south. It will be interesting to see which ones choose to do so, and which new partners may emerge targeting the female Mexican consumer. The timing to boost espnW may be just right; with 2019 Women’s World Cup looming, the U.S. and Canada having punched their tickets on Sunday with Concacaf (@ConcacafWomen’s Championship semifinal wins and Panama and Jamaica vying for the third automatic spots. While Mexico narrowly missed out on a spot in the semifinals, interest in the sport remains high, with Liga MX Femenil (@LIGABancomerMXcurrently in its second year of operation as the professional women’s league there.

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A summary for Corporate Marketers, Media Sales Executives and Advertising Agencies to see what clients are moving into the Hispanic market and/or targeting Hispanic consumers right now.

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  • General Mills-Shopper Marketing

descargaGeneral Mills has selected 5 WPP agencies to consolidate shopper-marketing duties. The agencies selected include Geometry Global, Rockfish, Kantar Retail, Bravo and Barrows. The company previously used several smaller independent agencies. The WPP shops will provide ecommerce, multi-cultural, display and shopper insights and advertising support for General Mills brands from a creative and digital hub in Minneapolis and regional offices in key retail markets. For creative advertising, the company primarily uses Publicis Groupe’s Saatchi & Saatchi and Interpublic Group’sMcCann Erickson.General Mills brands include Cheerios, Yoplait and Betty Crocker. General Mills media planning and buying is done by Starcom Media Vest. Miami headquartered Media 8 manages the Qué Rica Vida platform, including all digital marketing, social media & content development. M8 also manages multicultural digital marketing for more than a dozen General Mills brands.

  • DishLATINO

descarga (7)DishLATINO has secured Mexican actor and director Eugenio Derbez to star in its new advertising creative, part of the brand’s overall “Me Conviene” campaign. The deal is a first for Derbez in the United States and the first celebrity tie-in for DishLATINO, part of DISH Network Corp. Derbez debuts this week in an integrated digital, TV, radio and print effort geared towards acquiring new customers and connecting with existing ones.The storyline of the new series of television commercials centers on Derbez’s journey to America, starting with the first commercial called “Aeropuerto.” Customers and fans will be encouraged to use #SiempreLatino on Twitter to share their experiences and further engage with Derbez and the new advertising spots.Derbez will interact with the programming and technology of DishLATINO. Throughout the fall and early 2015, DishLATINO will roll out ads portraying Derbez in vignettes of his new life in America.The new ads were developed by MARCA and HAVAS, DishLATINO’s creative and digital agencies, respectively.


  • Honda

descarga (8)Audio post facility Tono Studios was tapped by La Agencia de Orci to add its brand of audio magic to two new spots the agency created for Honda’s Summer Clearance Sale.Sound Designer/Mixer Felipe Valencia took the lead on the spots, providing all of the Foley work and sound design on the “Rocky”-like introduction to the first ad, dubbed “Training.” The lead actor goes through a strenuous and comical workout regimen before entering his local Honda dealership drenched in sweat.The second spot, “You Can Do This” involved the creation of background ambiances that supported the primary scene without giving away the punch line of the spot, in which it’s revealed that the character has been inside a car at the dealership.Spots can be viewed below:


  • Mitsubishi Motors

descarga (9)Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. has launched a national advertising campaign aimed at U.S. Hispanics. The campaign, developed by Grupo Gallegos, will target Hispanic consumers with advertising in TV, print and digital and will run through March 2015.The launch marks the first time since 2004 that MMNA has focused communications on the Hispanic market with a national campaign. The TV spot features footage of each of the three cars with a first-person voiceover sharing anecdotes about his family’s feedback on his car buying decision.


  • espnW/ WSF

14104674WGR_BRD-S4L_Logo_Export-01-231x300The Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) in collaboration with espnW, have announced the “Sports 4 Life” grant initiative, a national effort to increase the participation and retention of African-American and Hispanic girls, ages 11-18, in developmental youth sports programs. Sports 4 Life seeks to effect sustainable improvement to the overall health and development of girls in these communities.The grants will empower organizations to provide coaching, curriculum, equipment, uniforms, transportation, facility rental, tournaments and/or team-building activities, all while fostering the Sports 4 Life benefits. Organizations can apply for grant funding starting today on www.WomensSportsFoundation.org/Sports4Life.Three model programs were selected: PowerPlay NYC in New York, NY ($10,000), Girls in the Game in Chicago, IL ($5,000) and Sporty Girls, Inc., Atlanta, GA ($5,000).The Foundation is currently accepting applications at www.WomensSportsFoundation.org/Sports4Life. The 2014-15 application deadline is December 17, 2014 and grants will be awarded in the spring of 2015.


  • Aflac

0Aflac has announced that it launched its first Spanish-language television commercial called “Heights,” which will air nationally on major Spanish-language networks through late November.Aflac has aired four Spanish television commercials to date, but they were adaptations of the company’s English language commercials. “Heights.” The commercial reinforces the theme of “protecting your plans” as the two characters discuss what’s most important to them.In addition to the television commercial, the campaign will be supported by several integration elements including local radio in select markets, digital banners, online videos and more.


  • RetailMeNot

enhanced-14099-1403999535-15RetailMeNot will launch “Cupones Para Ti,” the brand blog’s new Spanish-language channel.The Real Deal blog by RetailMeNot offers readers daily tips and trends for online shopping, as well as exclusive coupons. With the launch of Cupones Para Ti, the website will now lend itself to an entirely different segment of the market – the Spanish-speaking U.S. Hispanic consumer.As part of its new channel, RetailMeNot enlisted Latina fashion blogger and style expert Carmen Odroñez as their newest savings expert. Carmen is the founder of Viva Fashion blog and also a frequent fashion commentary contributor to outlets such as NBC, Telemundo, People en Español and Univision’s Despierta America.Carmen’s debut blog post features her most savvy money-saving shopping tips.

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