Hearts & Science


Portada is glad to announce Jose Bello has been appointed as Director, Multicultural and Latam at Omnicom’s Icon International Inc. Congratulations, Jose!



After three years as Senior Director, Total Market at Hearts & Science, long-time Portada collaborator Jose Bello is moving to another Omnicom company: ICON International Inc. ICON helps clients recover value from their underperforming assets in exchange of media. All media purchases made through ICON are at clients’ benchmark pricing and quality; thus, Jose’s mission will be to identify opportunities for clients to consider corporate barter as an efficient way to fund their media investments in multicultural and in LATAM.

Jose is an accomplished veteran in the industry with more than 25 years of experience in marketing, advertising, and media. At Hearts & Science he led the media team in charge of multicultural work for P&G, including the multi-awarded campaign “The Talk”— an effort against racial bias that received 8 Lion Cannes and a Grand Prix, Effies, Reggies, Festival of Media awards, 4A’s, and a TV Academy Emmy Gold Award for Outstanding Commercial in 2018. Prior to Hearts, he was Managing Partner at Mediacom New York where he worked with clients such as Anheuser Busch, MARS, Volkswagen, Subway, Revlon, and Dell, among others. Jose also spent 6 years at Starcom on different roles in Miami, Latam, and a two-year assignment in Russia to manage the Coca-Cola and Novartis accounts.

On his new role at ICON International, Jose will be based out of the newly-opened satellite office in Fort Lauderdale. We wish him good luck in his new endeavors at ICON!


We are excited to announce that Vanessa E. Hartley, Group Director at Hearts & Science is joining the Portada Agency Star Committee, one of the six units of Portada’s Council System. The Council System next in-person meeting will be at Portada Los Angeles on March 14 in Los Angeles’ Loews Hotel.

Vanessa Hartley is an 18-year veteran of out-of-home media and has been member of the Omnicom Family since 2005. Her account experience includes QSRs, packaged goods, technology, financial services, entertainment and telecommunications.

She started with Outdoor Media Group, an Investment Group for Omnicom, in Chicago working on McDonalds, H&R Block, Intel and Pepsico Brands. Then, she moved back to her home city of New York where she ran the HBO business for six years. Now a Group Director at Hearts & Sciences, she manages the OOH Investment Group for all lines of business for AT&T.

When she is not dedicating her time to all things AT&T; she loves food, traveling anywhere, binging anything on Netflix, quality time with friends/family and watching or playing sports. Her happiest places are on a yoga mat or on the slopes.

Welcome, Vanessa, to the Portada Council System!

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

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  • Petco

Petco announced it has selected New York-based Horizon Media as its strategic media agency of record in support of the company’s ongoing retail and marketing transformation efforts.The selection follows just weeks after Anomaly was named the company’s creative agency of record, and was the result of a review process initiated in the Fall of 2018 and managed by MediaLink.Horizon will begin working with Petco immediately to deliver fully-integrated media planning and buying across paid channels and strategic integration with both Anomaly and Edelman, Petco’s PR agency of record. Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer with more than 50 years of service to pet parents. The brand operates more than 1,500 Petco and Unleashed by Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico.  


  • Avocados From Mexico

Avocados From Mexico (AFM), is taking shoppers’ party spreads to the next level with its Guac Nation program. The No. 1 selling avocado brand in the U.S. is teaming up with RITAS and TABASCO® Brand to help consumers savor winning flavors during the Big Game. The program runs through February 3, 2019, and will offer 360 support to inspire avocado consumption and lift sales. Avocados From Mexico will also be returning with its fifth annual Big Game commercial on February 3. Guac Nation seamlessly ties-in to support AFM’s established shopper communications platform, Savor Every Moment. During the week of the Big Game last year, increased avocado consumption helped retailers reach a 4-year sales high of US$58 million2 of all commodities. With millions of consumers hosting Big Game parties, this serves as an opportunity for high avocado consumption. Guac Nation is leaning into that excitement and engaging shoppers as they prepare for game day, making avocados the star player on their shopping lists.


  • Chevron

Chevron, the second-largest integrated energy company in the United States, has put its global media planning and buying business in review. WPP has been the brand´s incumbent for 16 years.  Two unnamed competitors will be pitching against the incumbent, aacording to a party close to the review . WPP currently handles global media for three of the world’s four largest fossil fuel companies, according to Adweek. The latter review resulted in the formation of dedicated unit Team Energy, which consists of Ogilvy, Grey, VML, Mindshare, Essence, SocialLabs and Landor.>




2019 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the above campaigns, please contact our Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at Isabel@portada-online.com.


  • Procter & Gamble

P&G is bringing more of its media planning and buying in-house in an effort to cut costs and improve profit margins, as well as bringing its marketers closer to the consumers they serve. There was not a formal review but an internal bid process, in which Incumbent media shops Hearts & Science and Carat and P&G’s own in-house team participated, according to Adweek. Procter & Gamble’s in-house agency has taken over a larger share of its media business in the US. P&G categories at stake included fabric care, oral care, feminine care, personal healthcare, home care, skincare and baby care. P&G spent US$2.75 billion on paid media in the U.S. in 2017 and just over US$2 billion from January to September 2018, according to Kantar Media.



  • Electronic Arts

American video game company Electronic Arts — which develops and publishes games like FIFA, Madden NFL and The Sims —has placed a big part of its´media business in-house while launching a media agency review to find a strategic external media agency partner.The marketer will handle digital, including search, social, programmatic and digital out-of-home; while its outside media agency will handle linear, broadcast and out-of-home media. All strategy and planning will continue to be led in-house.Incumbent Publicis Groupe’s Starcom will participate in the review.


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

For prior Sales Leads editions, click here. 

2018 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the below campaigns, please contact our Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at Isabel@portada-online.com.

  • Toyota and Club América

Toyota and soccer team Club América announced their partnership for Tour Águila in the United States to kick off 2018.  As the official automotive sponsor of Tour Águila, the brand will bring the action to fans starting on March 24th in San Diego, California against its rival, Club Tijuana. The Tour consists of a series of friendly matches against some of the most important teams in Liga MX and MLS during the preseason and FIFA dates.  These matches will take place in key Hispanic markets including cities in California and Texas and will be broadcast on Univision Deportes in the U.S. and on Televisa in Mexico. In addition, Toyota will be presenting sponsor of the pre-game Fiesta Futbolera, an interactive Fan Fest celebration of the Club, including a showcase of the team’s championship trophies, Agui the official mascot and legendary player appearances.  Other elements of the partnership include in-stadium content opportunities including live partnership announcements and video, on-field signage, tickets and giveaways. Along with Club América, Toyota will connect with soccer fans at a community level through an association with Alianza de Fútbol, the premier organization in the U.S. dedicated to the support and development of Hispanic amateur soccer.As the exclusive automotive sponsor of Alianza, Toyota will be the title sponsor of the Copita Alianza, a series of youth tournaments that take place from May through October in key Hispanic markets where thousands of children participate.  

  • Ikea

Ikea announced it has appointed Wavemaker to retain its planning and buying business in the U.S. following a global media review that launched in 2016.WPP ‘s Wavemaker will be tasked with driving “deeper integration and innovation” in-store and online across all of the furniture brand’s domestic media channels including data science, multicultural, search engine optimization (SEO) and content offerings, according to the announcement.Ikea spent US$108.2 million on measured media in the U.S. last year and US$106.6 million in 2016, according to Kantar Media. MEC was the incumbent for 11 years.



  • Amgen

Hearts & Science has been appointed to handle pharmaceutical company Amgen’s US$350 million media planning and buying account, following a review, Adweek first reported. Incumbent agency on the account was WPP’s MEC. Amgen produces medications such as Neulasta and Neupogen. The company ad spend in 2018 will approach US$350 million.





  • Modelo Especial

Constellation Brands has announced it has extended and expanded its partnership with the MLS L.A. Galaxy and StubHub Center, making Modelo Especial the official import beer of the club and stadium. The multiyear deal also includes building a Modelo-branded area atop the west terrace. Modelo will also be a lead marketing partner of the team, which will include co-branding marketing materials, fan merchandise, consumer promotions and fan engagements. Previously the Modelo Especial brand was the exclusive import beer sponsor of both the LA Galaxy and their StubHub Center home. Given that the San Diego Chargers are also playing in the StubHub Center these days, ismore Modelo in the offing for sports marketing?




  • McDonald’s

McDonald’s has rolled out  a multimedia Hispanic market campaign centered in Houston that was part of the giant QSR’s January launch of its US$1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu, a key part of its growth strategy, Mediapost has reported.The campaign aimed to connect with Hispanic consumers looking for ways to find value without compromising quality, drive traffic and sales lifts in Houston locations, and support brand affinity among the Hispanic segment nationally by showcasing McDonald’s’ commitment to supporting the Hispanic community, reports Natalie Asorey, a supervisor at the Miami-based Boden agency, which spearheaded the campaign.The campaign “¡Síganme los Buenos! (“Good guys, follow my lead!”)was designed as a test model for adaptation in other key Hispanic markets. it was centered on El Chapulín Colorado — a  Mexican TV character.The campaign included animated social video that teased the brand’s partnership with El Chapulín Colorado, posted on the brand’s U.S. Hispanic Facebook page, McDonald’s Latino, and the local McDonald’s Houston Facebook and Instagram pages.There was also a media tour featuring Roberto Gómez Fernández — the son of the character’s creator and spokesperson for Grupo Chespirito (owner of the character) — and Nelly Quijano, local McDonald’s owner/operator, with national and local general market and Hispanic media outlets.As part of a local media buy, radio and TV spots and influencer content went live on the days leading up to a January 27 takeover event at Quijano’s McD’s location. The team launched a second animated video to announce the campaign that revealed the character and encouraged consumers to try the new $1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu. At the same time, the local giveaway rules were published on the McDonald’s newsroom.





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  • Tampico Beverages 

Chicago-based Tampico Beverages, one of the world’s leading beverage brands that has successfully cornered a niche of multicultural, economic, family shoppers, announced the launch of its brand refresh, including an updated logo, a new look and feel across its family of fruit flavored juice drink products, website and social media channels. To celebrate this milestone and provide consumers with a chance to engage with Tampico’s new brand expression of being “Imaginatively Curious,” Tampico brand ambassadors will be hosting activations in seven major cities across the U.S. starting today. The new logo, with juice droplets emanating from the Tampico name, is designed to symbolize a burst of flavor, with the letter “o” converted to a smile that conveys the fun found in Tampico juice drinks.The brand refresh is simultaneously being rolled out across Tampico’s products and digital properties, including its website, blog, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.Tampico will continue its branded activations, “Tampico Tuesdays,” every Tuesday between March 20 and May 1. Brand ambassadors will surprise locals in seven cities with exclusive Tampico wristbands, while accompanied by roaming mobile billboards designed to look like larger-than-life bottles of Tampico. Events will take place in select public spaces in major cities including Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, and New Jersey.


2018 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the above campaigns, please contact our Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at Isabel@portada-online.com.

Omnicom’s Hearts & Science is the media AOR for a majority of P&G brands since April last year. Multicultural marketing and media buying are substantial and Hearts & Science is also responsible for ethnic scale programs such as My Black is Beautiful and Orgullosa. Portada interwiews Michael Roca, Associate Director of Total Market Planning at Hearts & Science. Roca shares his views on multicultural marketing under Trump and how Hearts & Science leads P&Gs larger multicultural marketing efforts, including its programmatic and content marketing efforts.

handsHearts & Science responsibilities for P&G span categories such as Fabric (Gain, Tide), Hair (Pantene, Head & Shoulders) and Personal Health (Pepto-Bismol, Vicks). One key question for multicultural marketers, is whether the “total market approach” is still the right way of marketing to multicultural audiences, particularly taking into account  president Trump’s recent electoral victory. Michael Roca, Associate Director of Total Market Planning at Hearts & Science,  notes that he unfortunately, can’t comment on politics. However, he adds that “the definition of a Total Market Strategy continues to be very fluid.  With multicultural audiences accounting for nearly 40% of the U.S. population, it’s difficult to support a “one-size-fits-all” communications strategy.  Especially for categories and brands in which multicultural represents a significant share of revenue.  Given their twin engines of population growth and buying power, the solid fact is that multicultural consumers are fueling the growth for any category.  In terms of communication, marketers will always achieve “net reach” amongst multicultural audiences, however if they are not addressing cultural nuances across media and messaging, that “reach” will never be effective.  Reach is important, but reach with resonance is critical.”

It’s difficult to support a “one-size-fits-all” communications strategy.  Especially for categories and brands in which multicultural represent a significant share of revenue.

Multicultural is Key for billion dollar P&G brands

According to Roca, particularly the very large P&G brands like Pantene, Crest and Tide are important when it comes to multicultural marketing: “Most P&G brands understand the critical nature in reaching multicultural audiences.  However, it’s the billion dollar brands such as Pantene, Crest and Tide that have made the biggest strides in engaging with these audiences,” Roca adds.

If marketers are not addressing cultural nuances across media and messaging, “reach” will never be effective.  Reach is important, but reach with resonance is critical.” .

P&G’s Content Marketing Solutions…

Hearts & Science is also responsible for ethnic scale programs such as My Black is Beautiful and Orgullosa.  These platforms were launched by P&G to further celebrate and empower both African-American and Hispanic women.  According to Roca, “content marketing is very intriguing to P&G in terms of reaching and engaging with multicultural audiences.  We have an internal division called Content Collective who is responsible for keeping their finger on the pulse of new and relevant content opportunities. For multiculturals, content marketing solves for the lack of relevant content in the market as well as a solution to tailoring a brands message with multicultural insights and experiences as the main drivers.”

Content marketing solves for the lack of relevant content in the market.

…and the Value of the Artisan Approach.

Asked how important a more “artisan approach” is to Hearts & Science /P&G (i.e. programs that are not traded through machines like branded integrations and non programmatic buys), Roca notes that “similar to content marketing, any opportunity that can further engage an audience outside of spots, dots and banners will always be of interest.”  “As stated before, reach is important, but touch points such as artisan programs are critical in providing resonance that allows for a brand to establish an emotional connection, ” Roca concludes.

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