A summary of the most exciting recent news in sports marketing and media in the U.S., U.S.-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.
Target announced becoming the official partner of Major League Soccer beginning this upcoming season. It wil also sponsor MLS’ new Minnesota United FC franchise’ jerseys and become the official Retailer of U.S. Youth Soccer. This is the the retailer’s largest-ever push into team sports.
General Electric signed an agreement with the Boston Celtics to become the team’s sponsor during the upcoming seasons. Details on the agreement haven’t been announced jet, but it has been said that the brand’s logo will appear on the NBA team’s jersey.
After Nike decided to stop producing golf gear, Tiger Woods started using Adidas’ TaylorMade golf clubs. Doing this, the professional golfer will both represent Adidas and Nike. The first event where both brand will share golf icon will be at the Torrey Pines Golf Resort, in San Diego
Audi decided to bet on esports. The brand joined digital sports short before the start of one of the year’s biggest tournament, the ELEAGUE Major, in Atlanta, Georgia
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Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo Nazario, who played for Real Madrid and Barcelona, announced a 50% acquisition of CNB e-Sports club. The club, integrated by Brazilians only, was founded in 2001 and plays at the League of Legends tournament. Among the team’s shareholders are also poker champion Andre Akkari, and Brazilian Series of Poker CEO Igor Federal Trafane.
Chevrolet became official sponsor of the Argentinian Torneo de Verano 2017, which is played by Argentina’s most important soccer teams, and will be played in Mar del Plata, Salta, and Mendoza.
On February 2ndBoca, from Buenos Aires, will play against Chivas, from Guadalajara. The encounter will only be broadcasted online and through pay-per-view.
Nicolas Maslo joins Virket as the agency General Manager after nearly 10 years of having settled Resultics operations in Mexico.
Former Yahoo Mexico executive Alfredo Sanchez has moved to Sizmek as Country Manager, after closing Yahoo operations in the region.
Nestor Islava is no longer part of Primia.Digital (ex Orange Advertising) after almost 6 years in the company as Country Manager. Nestor joined Adsmovil Mexico, where he serves as Country Manager.
Laura Ares has joined Rekket as Director of Mobile Operations.
PPG has announced that Adriana Macouzet, currently general manager, Latin America North, has been appointed to the position of vice president, Latin America, and general manager, protective and marine coatings (PMC), Latin America, effective June 1. Macouzet will provide regional leadership for Latin America overall, excluding PPG Comex. She will have direct accountability for the PMC business in the region.A native of Mexico, Macouzet earned a chemical engineering degree from La Salle University, Mexico City, and a business administration degree from Michigan State University.
After 21 years as the head of Mindshare Porto Rican office, Luis Perez announced his retirement.
Javier Hidalgo, CEO of Mindshare Miami, has added to his responsibilities the management of this subsidiary.
Ivette Alvarez as Client Services Director. Alvarez, who has over 15 years’ experience in the communications industry, will lead a group of 11 executives from the San Juan office.
Luciana Salazar has left Headway to take over as Head of Programmatic for Latin America at Teads. Michael Villalobos, until recently at Virool, is the new Vice President of Sales with a focus on agency partnerships at AmpLive, an audience acquisition platform for live video. Since February 2015, AmpLive has run hundreds of campaigns for live content marketers from every industry with strong delivery in North America, UK and Latin America.
Publicitas, the international media and advertising services company, has appointed Andy Vogel to the role of Head of Global Digital Product. As Publicitas invests in its digital strategy on a global scale, Vogel will be responsible for introducing the company’s innovative digital advertising formats to Publicitas’ worldwide customers.Vogel will be responsible for developing and implementing new digital marketing strategy and products. Vogel brings with him more than 20 years’ experience in the development of marketing and revenue strategies for new and emerging businesses. In the US, he has worked at the C-level for big brands, agencies and major media, such as ADP, cars.com, Gannett, the LA Times and Tribune. Andy has also been on the North American Board of the Mobile Marketing Association, the Board of the IAB’s Mobile Center of Excellence, and Google’s Publisher Advisory Board.
Fernando Barquet is the new director of operations at MEC Wavemaker. The creative is officially joining into the agency media content offering. Barquet will report directly to Fanny Garcia, general director of MEC Mexico and director of transformation for Latin America.
GE has appointed RogerioMendonça as president and CEO of GE Oil & Gas Latin America, effective from May 1. Mendonça joined GE in 2000.
Sohil Sami has been appointed VP Global Professional Services at Openet. The executive will add his knowledge and experience into the North and Latin American markets.
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Horizon will handle media buying for all Turner networks, including CNN, TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network and Turner Sports, among others. Incumbent MediaVest, which handled the account since 2010, was not invited to defend. Dennis Camlek, senior VP, Turner Media Group, and an agency veteran who worked at both Horizon and PHD, was involved in the decision to select Horizon. This is the second major piece of business that has shifted from Starcom MediaVest Group to Horizon this year, following Burger King’s $250 million account.
The retailer Kohl’s will introduce a new line of clothing for teen girls, developed in association with AwesomenessTV, a unit of DreamWorks Animation, which wants to branch out into the merchandising business. To promote the clothing, AwesomenessTV developed a scripted video series featuring two of its stars that will highlight the clothing. Kohl’s will buy ads on the channels and Awesomeness will get royalties on Kohl’s in-store sales of the clothing line.
Avocados from Mexico
Avocados from Mexico is releasing its 2014-15 retail promotional activity this Hispanic Heritage Month with “Échale al Asador” (Toss it on the Grill), a fully integrated program for Hispanic accounts. The program will feature a mobile sweepstakes and a coupon-recipe savings offer as well as digital, social media and in-store merchandising. This is the first Avocados From Mexico mobile program that will be targeted to Hispanic consumers. Consumers will be able to text to win to enter in the sweepstakes, access the coupon and grilling recipes from their mobile device.
For its fourth year as NCAA college football sponsor, Hyundai , is returning with an integrated campaign advertising the brand’s car lineup by an effort that focus around the 17 college football programs it sponsors through IMG College. The campaign comprises TV, print, radio, digital, and social media as well as YouTube and social food network Tastemade.The campaign was developed by via Innocean U.S.A, Hyundai’s agency of record.It includes a national TV spot and a number of regional ads to air in college markets where Hyundai-sponsored teams are located. The spots air during the 18 SEC on CBS national games. The regional team-sponsorship arrangement includes Tastemade making a 13-episode “Grill Iron” series on YouTube about each schools’ epicurean habits around football. At the end of the regular season, Hyundai will host a cookoff in Los Angeles with the season’s best chef selected by the viewing audience at Tastemade’s studio.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts is releasing a US $30 million advertising campaign to expand its Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty program into the business-to-business market. The SPG Pro program builds on the company’s consumer-facing initiative that already skews towards tech-savvy members.Starwood’s digital media plan centers around the company’s first LinkedIn ad buy designed to attract business professionals on the social site. In addition to LinkedIn, Starwood is also buying promos on Facebook and will boost YouTube and Twitter content. Leading up to the program’s launch in October and throughout the year, Starwood will post new videos on YouTube that leverage all nine of the company’s hotel brands to show real customers’ stories.On Twitter, Starwood has started the new hashtag #spgpro to expand the Twitter and Instagram efforts for the consumer-facing program.The hotel chain claims that 50 percent of global bookings are made by SPG members.Starwood its counting on its sales team to pick top business customers to be the faces of the campaign across different categories.
Jack Daniel’s new digital campaign called “The Few and Far Between” centerpiece is a website that houses stories gathered from across the country that the brand refers to as tales of “mischief, revelry and whiskey.” The campaign has been developed by Arnold Worldwide and digital production company MediaMonks. The site captures 30 stories from New York City, Santa Monica, Calif., New Orleans and elsewhere using a variety of storytelling methods, including audio, video and the written word. Some of the stories involve Jack. The brand will promote the site with paid digital ads, including a partnership with Vice. A photo contest hosted on the Jack microsite asks viewers to submit photos under pre-written headlines. The winning image will be made into an ad featured in Vice.
GE will unveil a two-minute TV spot called “The Boy Who Beeps,” during the opening game of “NFL Thursday Night Football”, the introduction of its fall campaign for “Language of Industry.” The spot is being presented more of a film than as a commercial and is designed to show the evolution of GE’s two-year-old Industrial Internet business. In the spot, also created by BBDO New York, a baby is born and communicates by beeping. As the story unfolds, the boy grows up and learns how to manipulate machines with his beeps — changing the channel on the TV, moving toy cars, even changing traffic lights. GE will continue to use the two-minute format during other NFL games, NHL games and “Saturday Night Live. “It will also create a series of 30-second spots, print ads, content-marketing partnerships and social-media campaigns to tell the story of the Industrial Internet. The company declined to provide details on the campaign’s budget.
Rock Health, which provides funding for health-care technology start-ups, rolled out a new campaign to recruit tech-savvy entrepreneurs into the health-care field.The integrated campaign, created by BBDO San Francisco, uses emotional appeal to connect with digital entrepreneurs.The campaign, unveiled at the Health Innovation Summit in San Francisco Aug. 21, will move on to other health-care events and will be promoted online through social media and banner ads.In the ads, Rock Health uses iconic images from popular social media and digital companies , without directly naming these companies.
Metro Newspaper Advertising Services Roxanna Rivas is the new Business Development Director for Multicultural at New York City based Metro Newspaper Advertising Services. Metro Newspaper Advertising Services does multicultural newspaper ad placements for major companies including A&TT and Allstate.
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