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What: IZEA specializes in connecting brand marketers with influencer content creators and has signed a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire FLUVIP, which operates multiple influencer platforms in Latin America.
Why it matters: The rapid growth of cell phone use and digital marketing to sell products and services in Latin America makes FLUVIP’s network of 100,000 Hispanic influencers in both LATAM and the US look like the perfect scoop for IZEA to move into the region.

IZEA may have found the perfect match for extending its dominant technology connecting brands and influencers into the growing Hispanic market in the US and Latin America.

Who’s the lucky bride? FLUVIP.

It’s not a big surprise when you consider FLUVIP’s multiple influencer platforms in Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Argentina plus FLUVIP’s network of more than 100,000 influencers. Not to mention its client base.

Plus, the rapid growth of cell phone use in the region has been catapulting digital ad spending by brands to new highs making FLUVIP an even more attractive prospect for IZEA.

“We believe that there is a significant opportunity for international consolidation in the Influencer Marketing space,” Alfonso Gómez Palacio, Telefonica’s Director Hispam North said in a statement announcing a Letter of Intent to acquire FLUVIP released on Wednesday.

“This transaction brings together the leading influencer marketing platform in the United States with the leading platform in Latin America.”

A match made for LATAM

Pedigree helps in any marriage and FLUVIP is brings a lot to the altar with investors which include the global Hispanic entertainment brand Cisneros Group, Spanish multinational telecommunications company Telefonica, and Velum Ventures specializing in seed and early stage investments in Latin America.

IZEA’s CEO Ted Murphy told the website Cheddar that IZEA sees tremendous promise in influencer marketing in LATAM where digital ad spending is expanding at twice the rate of the US.

This transaction brings together the leading influencer marketing platform in the United States with the leading platform in Latin America.

But successful influencer marketing requires a vision and perseverance, according to Vivian Baron, founder and creative chairwoman of Band of Insiders.

José Camargo is a member of Portada’s Brand Star Committee Latam

She recently told attendees at #PortadaMX in Mexico City only a “long-term strategy” can grow the “critical mass of loyal followers” brands need for influencer marketing to do its magic.

Synergy between influencers and a brand’s values is also an important tonic for success.

“You should focus on gaining trust and credibility through an influencer whose values coincide with the company’s,” José Camargo, e-commerce subdirector at Best Buy Mexico told #PortadaMX.

 

A perfect union of technology

IZEA intends to leverage its marriage with FLUVIP to combine the organizations’ technologies and provide better influencer marketing services to large international brands.

This technological union will accommodate multiple languages and currencies, software and managed services, and cultural expertise.

“We are excited by the potential to unite FLUVIP with IZEA to form a truly unique technology and services platform catering to marketers and influencers across North, Central, and South America,” Sebastian Jasminoy, Founder and CEO of FLUVIP, said in a release.

Multiple ways to tell brands’ stories

The marriage of IZEA and FLUVIP would appear to create a perfect match for brands looking for influencers to deliver their unique stories to consumers in LATAM.

FLUVIP operates platforms in LATAM that include Influtech, AdvocatesPro, and Mediadata where brands can harness the power of leading opinion makers in the region.

Plus, FLUVIP customers include Coca-Cola, Samsung, Apple, Pepsi, BBVA, Sony, Fox and National Geographic to name just a few.

But the game of influencing consumers isn’t just about influencers.

“Influencers are not only about your image; they can provide a great amount of information. By analyzing data and organic profiles, you can find more information than what a common marketing study can provide,” Band of Insiders Influence Marketing Manager Leonardo Vargas told #PortadaMX.

The precise terms of the FLUVIP acquisition haven’t been announced. The transaction may be consummated as soon as May of this year.

 

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LATAM retailer SACI Falabella will purchase the online retailer Linio for US $138 million. Linio operates in Chile, Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Panama. E-commerce in Latin America is expected to grow by 19% in the next five years – well above the global average of 11%.

Investors will pour US $4.5 million into the influence marketer FLUVIP to help it grow in Spain, Latin America, and the US. FLUVIP uses machine learning and predictive artificial intelligence to measure the impact and cost of influence marketer campaigns on social media platforms.

Your customers could be turned off if you only talk to them using artificial intelligence, a Capgemini worldwide survey of internet users has found. The survey saw wide acceptance among shoppers for AI interactions, but it also discovered that shoppers are happier when chatbots and virtual assistants come with live-human interaction options.

Compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is costing Fortune 500 companies US $7.8 billion, according to Fortune. A survey by PwC pegged the cost for 200 US companies of 500 or more employees at between $1 and $10 million.

A majority of US marketers view the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as a threat to their ability to target audiences. Digiday talked to 46 US marketers who said they were more concerned about restrictions on reaching key market segments than the cost of fines for noncompliance.

Conversions of inbound marketing leads into sales is a lot lower than you may think at just 13 percent according to a study by Implicit, as reported by PMG360. Look for a 20 percent improvement when you nurture inbound leads with personalization, targeted reach, lead scoring and timely response.

 

Mike Tasevski, VP, North America Sponsorships at MasterCard, Dan Donnelly, EVP, Managing Director, Publicis Media Sports and Michael Neuman, EVP, Managing Partner, Scout Sports and Entertainment are some of the marketing trailblazers participating  at the Sports Marketing Forum in New York City’s Yotel on September 13. The forum is part of Portada17 which also comprehends the 11th Annual Multicultural Marketing and Media Conference set to take place on September 14 in the same venue.

MasterCard has been at the forefront of innovation in sports marketing and  Mike Tasevski, VP, North America Sponsorships at MasterCard, will explain how the global payments and technology company determines which sports and events offer opportunities and uses sports sponsorships to shape brand experiences.

In another session Publicis’ Dan Donnelly and Scout Sport and Entertainment’s Michael Neuman will explain why any marketer overlooking soccer’s tremendous appeal to engage U.S. audiences, is making a huge mistake. The above  cited  thought leaders will also discuss content preferences of U.S. soccer audiences as well as opportunities around the 2018 Soccer World Cup in Russia.

Portada Sports Marketing ForumeSports, Sports Marketing Strategies for 2020 as well as Sports Streaming Technologies are also prominently featured in the agenda.  The Golazo Award final pitch contest will be another highlight. Members of Portada’s Sports Marketing Board will ask the award finalists (AT&T, Audi and Inter Milan) to provide solutions to specific soccer marketing related challenges.

DYNAMIC, INTERACTIVE AND MAXIMIZING NETWORKING OPPS

The agendas of both the Sports Marketing Forum and the 11th Annual Multicultural Marketing and Media Conference are designed to provide attendees face to face contact with the most important executives in sports and multicultural marketing. Dynamic and interactive sessions will maximize attendees learning experience. In addition, meetings at the speed networking function will provide attendees the opportunity to develop contacts with key brand and agency executives.

REGISTRATION:

Register to  the Sports Marketing Forum  on September 13 in New York City’s Hotel and/or  to the 11th Annual Multicultural Marketing Conference on Sept. 14:

 

ALREADY CONFIRMED PORTADA 17 SPONSORS

Sports Marketing Forum

Penalty Level
-La Vida Baseball 
-PM3 

11th Annual Multicultural Marketing and Media Conference

Silver Sponsor
CNN

Bronze Sponsors
Acuity 

Hcode Media

Attendee Bag Sponsor
Fluvip and Adsmovil

Media Partner
PR Newswire

To align your brand with #Portada17  (Sports Marketing Forum, Sept. 13 and the  11th Annual Multicultural Marketing Conference, Sept. 14) and connect with Portada’s audience of tens of thousands of brand, agency and media trailblazers, please reach out to Marcos Baer marcos@portada-online.com or call him at 1347 840 13 11.

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Audi Summer Tour/FC Bayern Munich, AT&T/MNT/The Marketing Arm and “My Inter Jersey” / Gravity are the Portada Golazo Award finalists who will pitch for the award live on stage during Portada’s Sports Marketing Forum in New York City’s Yotel on September 13.

Portada’s editorial team is curating an outstanding agenda for the Sports Marketing Forum’s in order to provide attendees  major networking opportunities and new insights.

At the Golazo Award final pitch contest members of Portada’s Sports Marketing Board will ask finalists to provide solutions to specific soccer marketing related challenges. Each finalist will have 5 minutes to present an innovative solution. The official Winner will be announced by the judges of the Sports Marketing Board. In addition to the official winner selected by the judges, Sports Marketing Forum attendees will vote for the “Golazo People’s Choice” Award Winner.

Portada Sports Marketing Board Members

  • John Alvarado, VP Brand Marketing, Crown Imports
  • Analia Benedetti, Director of Shopper Marketing and Multicultural, Kellogg
  • Ed Carias, Sr. Brand Manager el Jimador Tequila – North American Region, Brown-Forman
  • Ramiro Crespo, Multicultural Channel Strategy, Sprint
  • Jeff Garrant, Senior Partner, Director Sports & Entertainment Marketing, Maxus
  • Jorge Inda Meza, Marketing Director Region West, Anheuser Busch
  • Daniel Keats, Director Sports and Sponsorships, Consumer Marketing Allstate Insurance
  • Ivonne Kinser, AFM ‎Director Digital Strategy & Innovation, Avocados From Mexico
  • Michael Neuman, EVP, Managing Partner, Scout Sports and Entertainment
  • Felix Palau, VP Tecate, Heineken
  • Mike Tasevsky, SVP U.S. Sponsorship, MasterCard
  • Kymber Umana, ‎Hispanic Marketing Manager, Sprint

“We are really proud of our 2016 Audi Summer Tour in the U.S., which touched over 395 million people through various channels. Being able to present our campaign at the semifinal stage to a highly regarded Jury at PortadaLat in Miami was a great moment and we are thrilled to be finalists for the Portada Golazo Award,” says  Benno Ruwe, Head of Partnerships at FC Bayern Munich (Americas).

According to Evgenia Novikova, Managing Director, Gravity UK and Europe “It was our honor to present Inter Jersey Campaign in Miami and we are happy it received such a high recognition from the Jury . Excited to be among the Golazo Soccer Award  finalists.”

“We are proud to have partnered with AT&T and the Mexican National Team to create the multichannel consumer engagement experience, Expresa to Pasion and for the opportunity to have traveled to Miami to present the program to the distinguished judges of the Portada Golazo award. We are honored to have been selected as a finalist and look forward to joining the other 2 competitors in New York for the final selection,” says Roberto Saucedo, VP Multicultural Integration The Marketing Arm.

REGISTRATION:

Register to  the Sports Marketing Forum  on September 13 in New York City’s Hotel and/or  to the 11th Annual Multicultural Marketing Conference on Sept. 14:

Already confirmed #Portada17  SPONSORS

Sports Marketing Forum

Penalty Level
La Vida Baseball 
PM3 

11th Annual Multicultural Marketing and Media Conference

Silver Sponsor
CNN  

Bronze Sponsors
Acuity 

Hcode Media

Attendee Bag Sponsor
Fluvip and Adsmovil 

Media Partner
PR Newswire

To align your brand with #Portada17  (Sports Marketing Forum , Sept. 13 and the  11th Annual Multicultural Marketing Conference, Sept. 14) and connect with Portada’s audience of thousands of brand, agency and media trailblazers, please reach out to Marcos Baer marcos@portada-online.com or call him at 1347 840 13 11.

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What: FLUVIP, an influencer marketing company, has decided to open offices in Mexico.
Why it matters: According to Sebastián Jasminoy, FLUVIP’s CEO, the influencer market in Mexico must be worth somewhere between US $15 to $20 million a year.

logoAccording to eMarketer, Mexico is the most important advertising market among the Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America, with more than US $5 billion spent on advertising in 2015. This has not gone unnoticed by FLUVIP, an influencer marketing company that uses programmatic technology to plan, implement and optimize campaigns for brands, backed up with data and analytics. It also provides influencers with a technological platform, as well as data to help them gain insights in order to get to know their audiences better and engage them in a more strategic way.

Influencers are no longer just amplifying campaigns, but also creating quality content.

“Mexico’s economy has been growing steadily over the last several years, and that, coupled with the increase in ad spending, makes it a very attractive market,” says Sebastián Jasminoy, FLUVIP’s CEO. “Additionally, the opening of the Mexican office is part of our geo-expansion plans for this year.” This plan was possible to achieve thanks to the latest round of investment that FLUVIP conducted earlier this year.

There is very little official research about influencer marketing in LATAM, but Jasminoy and his team believe that in México, it must be worth somewhere between $15MM to $20MM USD in 2016.

Portada: What kind of influencers are brands looking for when it comes to targeting Hispanic audiences?

SJ: “All kinds of influencers, with all kinds affinities and social platforms. We have worked with everything from the auto category to CPG and telecommunications. The key ingredient is the way the influencers can engage with their audience and the quality of the content they create.”

“There is research stating that 74% of marketers will use influencer marketing campaigns as part of the overall marketing strategy. We have seen a trend on the part of both brands and influencers to implement best practices in influencer marketing campaigns.  Brands are demanding more engaging and real influencers to help them gain credibility, and to certify their products and services.”

Portada: Do brands prefer local or multicultural influencers?
“In Mexico, brands prefer local influencers. In the rest of LatAm, sometimes they share multicultural influencers because of their geographic location and similar customs.”

Portada: What are you expecting to see in the influencers market?

SJ: “The content created by influencers is becoming more personalized. We are no longer seeing just the amplification of the campaign, but also the creation of quality content.”


People change positions, get promoted or move to other companies. Portada is here to tell you about it.

 ::: Alexandre Hohagen, Pedro Cabral – Nobox ::: Scripps Networks Interactive – Eduardo Hauser ::: Barbara Miller – FLUVIP  ::: Facebook – Alejandro Zuzenberg, Carla Lanzillotta  ::: Alejandro Fishman – Yahoo! ::: Pablo Armagni – Telefónica Group  ::: McCann Buenos Aires – Rafael Quijano, Darío González, Enrique Gray, Soledad López, Luisa Goldaracena, Constanza Brigante ::: General Electric Latin America – Rafael Santana ::: Laura Zubeldia – Microsoft :::

Click here for previous Latam Changing Places editions

descargaAlexandre Hohagen, former CEO of Google and Facebook in Latin America and US Hispanics, is joining Nobox, a full-service marketing agency to continue developing its strong Latin America business, as CEO and Partner. Hohagen will bring his experience with advertising and technology in these markets with the goal to further enhance the agency’s relevancy and footprint for its marquee clients including Netflix, PlayStation, Hotel Tonight, Marriott, Copa Airlines, Royal Caribbean and Volkswagen.Read more.

In addition to Hohagen, Pedro Cabral, founder and former CEO of Agencia Click in Brazil and former Chairman of Isobar Global, will become the new Chairman and Investing Partner.

descargaScripps Networks Interactive has announced the appointment of media and technology veteran Eduardo Hauser to the position of Managing Director, Latin America and the Caribbean. Hauser joins the company on March 7 and will be based in Miami.Read more.

 

 

Barbara 1Barbara Miller has accepted a new position as VP, Sales and Marketing at FLUVIP, a programmatic platform for Influencer Marketing in the U.S. Hispanic and Latin American markets. Previously Miller worked at Latina.

 

 

 

vvvAfter having served as Director for the Southern Cone at Facebook for 4 years, Alejandro Zuzenberg has announced that he is leaving the corporate world to start a career as an entrepreneur.

 

 

mmmmAfter nearly 4 years at Facebook, Carla Lanzillotta has left her position as commercial director of vertical technology market to joined OLX as director of ad sales and operations.

 

 

 

vbvbvAlejandro Fishman, former country manager of Yahoo! Argentina, told Portada editorial team “after more than 20 years working as an employee for big companies, this is a unique moment I wish to truly enjoy as it won’t probably happen again. It is important for me to take the time necessary to figure out what I really want do and where do I want to go, so I can choose what it is best for me, personally and professionally.”

 

descargaPablo Armagni will head the Communications and Images Board of Telefónica Group, reporting to Alejandro Lastra, director of Communication and Institutional Relations. In this new role, Armagni will define Internal and External Communications policies, Brand Management, Advertising, Sponsorships and Media of all companies within Telefónica Group in Argentina.

 

 

arg.McCann_StaffRafael Quijano and Darío González have joined McCann Buenos Aires as creative directors.They will report directly to president and DGC, Juan Manuel “Chavo” D’Emilio, according to Adlatina. They will handle the accounts portfolio that includes brands such as Nestlé, MasterCard, Beauty Team L’Oréal París and Zurich Seguros, among others.

Enrique Gray joins the finances area as the agency new CFO.

In addition, Soledad López, Luisa Goldaracena and Constanza Brigante have been appointed Account directors. Lopez will handle MasterCard, Nestlé, and Zurich Seguros; Brigante L’Oreal Paris Beauty Team; and Goldaracena will take over a new client.

santanaGeneral Electric Latin America has chosen Rafael Santana, an executive with over fifteen years of experience in the company, to consolidate its position in LatAm. Santana comes from heading Turbomachinery Solutions, part of GE Oil & Gas. The executive will be based in San Pablo, Brazil. Prior to joining GE, Santana held leadership positions in ExxonMobil and British American Tobacco.

 

descarga (1)Laura Zubeldia is Microsoft new Marketing Director for Argentina and Uruguay.The executive has over 22 years of experience in the area and has been in Microsoft for 9 years. Zubeldia will be in charge of implementing strategic coordination and marketing plans in different segments of the LatAm market.

Barbara Miller has been appointed VP of Sales and Marketing at FLUVIP. Here new role and responsibilities include helping FLUVIP continue to expand into the U.S. Marketplace.
Miller tells Portada that FLUVIP is the leader in Latin America in the Influencer Marketing space, and we have the capabilities to develop both the US Hispanic as well as the Total Market space.
FLUVIP was launched almost five years ago and now has nine sales and operations offices throughout Latin America and the U.S. Cisneros Interactive and Cisneros Media are partners in FLUVIP.
“There are many great things about FLUVIP, such as the passion, dedication and vision shown by the leadership, but in summary our proprietary technology offers a solution to brands and content creators alike in an innovative and streamlined manner,” Miller tells Portada. Previously in her career Miller worked in companies including Latina, Visible Measures and Batanga.

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