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CNN 5 Cosas brings listeners the day’s top headlines. The news brief is CNN en Español‘s most popular audio product to date, with more than  1.5 million monthly downloads  on average, and strong listener populations in Latin America, the USA, and Spain,  amongst others.

CNN 5 Cosas
Juan Muñoz, CNN en Español’s Digital and Social Media Director.

The show is released hourly Monday through Friday, from 6am to 6pm (ET), and once on Saturday and Sunday.

The podcast and the newsletter will work collaboratively to bring users the news they need, however, and whenever they need it.

“Our news briefing has a long history and it will continue to serve our CNN en Español Radio affiliates in the U.S Hispanic markets as well as in Latin America. This year, we will bring it into closer alignment with CNN’s much-loved 5 Cosas brand. The podcast and the newsletter will work collaboratively to bring users the news they need, however, and whenever they need it”, explained Juan Muñoz, CNN en Español’s Digital and Social Media Director.

CNN 5 CosasYou can find the show at cnn.com/5cosaspodcast or in your favorite podcast app.

The CNN en Español business unit is responsible for several multi-media platforms geared towards Spanish-speaking audiences around the world reaching 62 million households. These platforms include CNN en Español, a 24-hour cable news network for Latin America, Mexico and the U.S., as well as CNNEspanol.com and CNN en Español Radio, and CNN en Español on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The CNN en Español brand offers multiple platforms to Spanish-speaking audiences of the Americas.

Hispanics are a key target consumer base for Miller Lite’s Marketing Strategy as Hispanic beer drinkers spend a higher percentage of their alcohol beverage dollars on beer than any other ethnic group at 45%, according to Nielsen data. Portada interviewed Catherine Pastiak, Associate Marketing Manager for Miller Lite at Molson Coors, to understand all components (including PR, paid social and influencer marketing) of the recent Give Back 12-Pack integrated marketing campaign. According to Pastiak, the initiative also provides a sneak peek of what’s to come for Miller Lite’s marketing.

 

Based in  Chicago, Catherine Pastiak is an Associate Marketing Manager on the Miller Lite brand team for Molson Coors. Pastiak handles creative and strategy and focuses on driving growth with the U.S. Latino consumer. Not only do Hispanics spend a higher percentage of their alcohol beverage dollars on beer than any other ethnic group at 45%, according to Nielsen data, they also over-index in premium lights, which account for 28% of the beer volume Latinos purchase. An overarching theme in Pastiak’s job is to develop inclusive programming for Miller Lite campaigns. “Any new campaign needs to be relevant to the 21-34 year old Latino drinker,” Pastiak notes. As an example of a Miller Lite Hispanic integrated marketing, Pastiak explained the recent Miller Lite Give Back 12-Pack marketing initiative. According to Pastiak, this initiative also provides a sneak peek of how Miller Lite’s marketing and advertising will look like in the future. 

Miller Lite Marketing Strategy: The Give Back 12-Pack Initiative

Miller Lite Marketing
Miller Lite Give Back 12-Pack

To help bring relief to the Latino community during the past holidays, Pastiak helped launch the Miller Lite Give Back 12-Pack initiative which included the below three components.

  • From December 15 to December 31, 2021 beer drinkers who were 21+ could visit MillerLite.com/GiveBack12Pack for a chance to win their very own Give Back 12-Pack. Participants filled out a registration form at the site which included the opportunity to opt-in to receive future communications from Miller Lite. A total 2,000 Give Back 12-Pack gifts were awarded.
  •  Miller Lite also donated an additional US $50,000 to UnidosUS, the United States’s largest Latino nonprofit advocacy organization, to ensure Latino communities across the country have access to food and local resources for the holidays.

 Integrated Campaign

The integrated campaign to support the Give Back 12-Pack gifts had the following components:

  • Earned media through PR
  • Influencer Marketing
  • Targeted Email Marketing
  • Paid Social
  • In-store (Distributors provided tools for retailers nationwide)

Miller Lite Marketing Partners

Miller Lite needed to make sure that communication and advertising to the Latino consumer was efficient and engaging. This included PR materials (provided by Miller Lite partner IFC Next), creative (through DDB owned multicultural creative agency Alma) and media buying through Publicis Connect  Media Agency. The sweepstakes execution, including fulfillment,  was handled by Prizelogic.

Influencer Marketing

Catherine Pastiak, Associate Marketing Manager – Miller Lite

To bring awareness about the program,  Miller Lite conducted a media relations campaign and partnered with notable Latino influencers to spread the word.

According to Pastiak, influencer marketing was a very important piece of the program. 

We love programs that have that community support element, build relationships with influencers and engage with the community.

“It was an opportunity to show that Miller Lite is going to continue to support the Latino community. That is why we love programs that have that community support element, build relationships with influencers and engage with the community,” Pastiak adds.

Six Influencers

For this important component of Miller Lite marketing, the company  partnered with six Hispanic influencers who each created unique content on Instagram and YouTube.

The influencers Miller Lite partnered with for the campaign included: 

    • Julio Macias: A Mexican–American actor. He appears on Netflix’s On My Block and Selena: The Series.  
    • Lupillo Rivera – An internationally renowned Regional Mexican musician. 
    • Julissa Calderon:  An Afro-Latina actress, writer, and comedy producer/director. She was recently seen on Gentefied. 
    • Darlene Demorizi – An online/TV personality and writer. She’s been a host on Vice and has a segment on Fuse called “Like, Share, Dímelo with Sasha & Dee.”
    • Gadiel Del Orbe – Influencer and speaker known for his work on BuzzFeed’s Pero Like
    • Eli Vazquez – Filmmaker, producer on BuzzFeed’s Pero Like and founder of  #SelfHype+Hype Media House.

All Influencers were bilingual and posted in whatever language they found it more interesting to communicate.

The influencer program was managed by ICF Next. All Influencers were bilingual and posted in whatever language they found it more interesting to communicate. They were  provided a creative brief and the right legal language. If the social media platform allowed for it they always linked to the landing page.

  • Each influencer highlighted how Miller Lite brought some relief to U.S. Latinos over the holidays by giving away $50,000 worth of food and beer and US $50,000 to UnidosUS. 
  • They showcased how, with the Give Back 12-Pack, beer drinkers could create a “Nochebuena meal” and pair it with Miller Lite. They also directed their followers to MillerLite.com/GiveBack12Pack to enter for a chance to win one of 2,000 gifts of $25.
    See below examples for messaging by influencer Lupillo Rivera.
  • Instagram
  • YouTube
  • Facebook

Miller Lite Marketing: Paid Social

Separate of the influencer campaign, Miller Lite Marketing run advertisements across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter highlighting the program run.  Creative was developed by Alma and media was planned and bought by Pubiicis’ Connect Media.  Creative distributed through Facebook and Instagram was either in English or Spanish. For the Twitter promotion English was used. Videos were animated in all cases and included a splash in the first 3 seconds.

The Results

  • For the Miller Lite Give Back 12-Pack program, the brand saw above benchmark engagement on paid social content across both English and Spanish.
  • Thanks to a targeted, bilingual approach, the Give Back 12-Pack email campaign saw the brand’s second highest open and click rates of the year. 
  • Offering a landing page in both English and Spanish increased unique visitors by more than 25%. 
  • Through the influencer focus, Miller Lite was able to begin forging relationships with some of the most popular Latino voices across the entertainment industry. 
  • Increase in Miller Lite opt-in email database

    Offering a landing page in both English and Spanish increased unique visitors by more than 25%. 

For an example of a heavily Hispanic oriented community program, please check out How Envoy Mortgage does community engagement that impacts people lives. 

 

Hemisphere Media Group announced that it has acquired the remaining 75% stake of Pantaya, a leading U.S. Hispanic Subscription Video-on-Demand Service from its joint venture partner, global content leader, Lionsgate for US $124 million in cash. As a result of the transaction, Hemisphere now owns 100% of Pantaya, up from its previous 25% minority stake.

Pantaya 100% acquired by Hemishpere Media Group
Alan Sokol, CEO, Hemisphere Media Group

Launched in August of 2017, Pantaya, which features over 400 movies and series,  is a player in the Spanish-language subscription video services market.  According to the press release, user demand has rapidly increased, and Pantaya now boasts approximately 900,000 paying subscribers, clearly demonstrating that U.S.-based Hispanics/Latinos enjoy – and want – culturally relevant, targeted streaming content. Hemisphere estimates that Pantaya’s subscriber base will grow to 2.5 to 3.0 million by the end of 2025.

Hemisphere estimates that the Pantaya subscriber base will grow to 2.5-3.0 million by the end of 2025.  
Paul Presburger
Paul Presburger, CEO, Pantaya

“In a very short period of time, Pantaya has become the destination for U.S. Hispanics seeking premium Spanish-language movies and series,” said Hemisphere Chief Executive Officer Alan Sokol. “Pantaya offers access to blockbuster movies, original, exclusive series and other premium, world-class content unavailable anywhere else. Pantaya’s success to date affirms the tremendous appetite of our audience for our unique content offering. Hemisphere plans to increase investment in content, expanding the output of series and movies, with the goal of accelerating subscriber growth and becoming a ‘must have’ entertainment option for the large and growing U.S. Hispanic audience.”

Pantaya Chief Executive Officer Paul Presburger, added, “As a result of our focus on exclusive premium content, our knowledge of the Hispanic consumer, and the breadth of our offering, Pantaya is now the industry’s leading streaming service for Spanish-speaking and bilingual consumers. Pantaya’s accessible price point, user-friendly interface and wide selection of the best Spanish-language content has led to significant growth. In the past year alone, Pantaya has increased its subscription base by 40 percent, and we believe we have significant runway for additional expansion ahead.” Pantaya, Lionsgate, STARZPLAY (the international premium subscription service of STARZ) will create a strategic content relationship that encompasses Spanish-language motion picture and television co-productions along with Pantaya’s continued licensing of Spanish-language content from Lionsgate’s 17,000-title film and television library.

In addition, of the 39 million unacculturated/bicultural adults 18+ in the U.S., 34 million are already accessing at least one streaming service, 27 million seek out shows and movies about Hispanic characters and stories, and 17 million are willing to pay for access to movies and series.

Pantaya: Subscription Based vs. Ad Based

Pantaya’s business model is based on subscriptions versus other U.S. Spanish-language video content services that are based on AVOD (Advertising based Video on Demand) like Univision’s Prende TV which was launched last week.  AVOD are accessed freely by consumers without having to pay a subscription. Univision recently bolstered its position in the Hispanic AVOD space by acquiring  AVOD service VIX, formerly known as Batanga, which offers content to millions of US Hispanics and consumers throughout Latin America.
Earlier in 2021, Univision announced plans to launch PrendeTV, designed to be the only ad-supported video streaming service created exclusively for US Hispanics, featuring free, premium, 100 per cent Spanish-language programming. (Check out this article regarding monetization of Hispanic AVOD services, including Hulu, Vida Primo and Pongalo (later acquired by VIX and now part of Univision).

Triple Lift, Receives Majority Investment from Vista Equity Partners

Native programmatic advertising platform TripleLift has been acquired by Vista Equity Partners, the private equity firm founded by Robert F. Smith.  The terms of the transaction were not disclosed but it has been reported that the transaction values TripleLift at US $1.4B.  The agreement marks one of the largest transactions in the advertising technology. sector. For TripleLift, merging with Vista allows for the firm to maintain strategy and culture, accelerate the business, and provide financial clarity for its shareholders. With 5 years of 70%+ growth, Vista is acquiring TripleLift’s growth opportunities across international and video markets, as being #1 in Native Advertising and top 3 in programmatic video. “We have developed into a leader in the advertising technology space and are excited about our next chapter,” said Eric Berry, Co-Founder and CEO of TripleLift.
Founded in 2012, TripleLift is driving the next generation of programmatic advertising by inventing new ad formats and building two-sided marketplaces that deliver monetization to publishers around the world. The company rose to prominence as the leader in Native programmatic advertising, expanded its offerings to display and video, and is now commercializing breakthrough products in Connected TV. TripleLift works with over 80% of the comScore 100 publishers, 100% of the Top 20 Demand Side Platforms (DSPs) and 100% of the AdAge Top 100 advertisers. Last year, TripleLift handled over 40 trillion ad transactions across desktop, mobile and connected television.

ID5 Raises US $6 million in Series A Funding

ID5, an independent identity solution provider, announced a “series A” funding round of $6 million. Alliance Entreprendre and Progress Ventures join existing lead investor 360 Capital Partners to support ID5 in growing its privacy-first identification service for the benefit of the whole digital advertising ecosystem. ID5 will use the funds to expand its operations globally, focusing on the US market. The company will invest in its technology infrastructure, further develop its products and grow its team. Since its launch in 2017, ID5 has been working towards the creation of an efficient identification infrastructure that supports media owners and respects users’ privacy choices. The technology has been adopted by hundreds of publishers and ad tech platforms globally, enabling ID5 to boost its global reach to over 600 million consumers daily and increase the value of its Universal ID service. According to Kristina Prokop, CEO and Co-founder at Eyeota “Rebuilding user identification with a privacy-first approach is a necessary step for the digital advertising ecosystem. As a partner of ID5, we are supportive of their efforts to lead the change for the industry.” “Closing this round now, in the wake of recent announcements by Google and Apple, is a strong signal sent to the market that there are alternatives to the Walled Gardens” says Mathieu Roche, co-founder and CEO of ID5. “We have seen tremendous adoption of Universal ID, our cookie-less identification service, by publishers and ad tech platforms. The backing of leading US and European investors gives us further means to achieve our ambition to become the global ID infrastructure powering digital advertising.“

Purpose driven community engagement and marketing is a big imperative for Corporate America. Houston headquartered national mortgage Lender Envoy Mortgage just initiated the Gift of Home program, an example of a brand that does the talk and the walk when it comes to corporate social responsibility and diversity. Erin Schwartz, Corporate Communications Director at Envoy Mortgage, explains to Portada how the Gift of Home program works and her overall approach to community engagement.

 

Erin Schwartz, Corporate Communications Manager at Envoy Mortgage
Erin Schwartz, Corporate Communications Director at Envoy Mortgage

Corporate Social Responsibility should not be taken lightly by corporations, particularly in times of COVID-19. Houston headquartered Envoy Mortgage, a top 100 national mortgage lender, is acting accordingly and recently introduced the Gift of Home program through which it will gift 50 households across the U.S. up to $150,000 in mortgage assistance, including taxes, as part of this program designed to show gratitude during a challenging time for customers. Through June 2021, Envoy Mortgage will randomly select 50 of its customers from across the country to receive one month’s mortgage payment and tax assistance. The recipients will be announced by surprise from market to market.

“Traditional community engagement is not doing it anymore. We wanted to do something meaningful that has an impact on people’s lives.” Erin Schwartz, Corporate Communications Director at Envoy Mortgage, based in Houston, tells Portada. Schwartz, who leads all internal and external communication functions for Envoy’ Mortgage, adds that “when the pandemic hit many sectors were deeply impacted. There was a lot of uncertainty in financial services and mortgage services. However, lower interest rates did very well for the real estate industry. So we decided to give back and do something for people suffering in the pandemic.”

To ensure the greatest good, Gift of Home recipients are customers who play essential roles in their communities To select recipients Envoy Mortgage looks into two subsets of its customer database: Borrowers of VA (Veteran Loans) and FHA Loans (Loans that have a federal assistance). Within these two subsets they looked for first responders, nurses, educators and small business owners and their employees. Recipients are mostly in urban areas or within 30 miles of urban areas nationwide throughout Envoy Mortgage’s footprint of 130 branches nationwide .

Traditional community engagement is not doing it anymore. We wanted to do something meaningful that has an impact on people’s lives.

Community Engagement: Hispanic and African-American

Josue Rios Gift of HomeThe program officially launched in Envoy Mortgage’s hometown of Houston, where the company surprised Josué Rios, a firefighter from Mexican descent, who contracted COVID-19 while working on the frontlines. Envoy Mortgage is making all of Mr. Rios’ mortgage payments, January through December 2021. “2020 was a challenging year, not only for my family, but also for so many others in our community. I’m overwhelmed and so grateful to be receiving the Gift of Home from Envoy Mortgage,” says Rios, who works at Fire Station 83. “This is life changing and means the world to me and my family.”

There are three Hispanic winners so far. The third winner was announced last Wednesday March 10 when Sandra Velasquez, a local Senior patient representative at the Children’s Pediatrician & Associates, COVID survivor, mother of four, head of HH, from Salvadorian origin in the DC area was surprised and delighted with Gift of Home from Envoy Mortgage, gifting her a month of her home loan mortgage payment including taxes. According to Schwartz, particularly Hispanics and African-Americans  are a great target for the Gift of Home program as well as for Envoy Mortgage’s  overall community engagement strategy which includes consumer education virtual seminars that educate about different mortgage programs whose down payment requirement is below 20%. Diverse population segments are particularly underrepresented in the real estate industry. This is not the case at Envoy Mortgage: 17% of Envoy team members identify as Hispanic, 15.71% of loans funded in 2020 were to borrowers that identified as Hispanic or Latino in their application. The Hispanic borrower average funded home loan amount was US $242,317.

Community First Communication Approach

Schwartz notes that Envoy Mortgage is a community first organization. “Being involved in our community is just part of our DNA. Our customers are our neighbors. Despite our advances in technology, people want to talk to other human beings. We are a high touch organization that wants to be involved with real persons.  This is our secret to ensuring our customers love their mortgage experience.” 

The recipients also become informal spokespersons and ambassadors and are interviewed on the radio and other local media outlets.

The microsite https://giftofhome.envoymortgage.com/  is the cornerstone of Envoy’s outreach and
the central dashboard and repository for showcasing the program and the recipients.  “It’s all about the recipients and their stories,” Schwartz asserts. Envoy Mortgage did do a paid social campaign (Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn) for the kick-off of the program.  However, Schwartz notes that most of their outreach is  purely organic:  “The story tells itself. We engage local team members and loan officers who feel really proud to work for a company that does so much for the community. The recipients also become informal spokespersons and ambassadors and are interviewed in the radio and other local media outlets.”
The community engagement initiative has obtained a substantial amplification on social media. From January 12, 2021 to March 1 the Gift of Home initiative has garnered 1,169,509 impressions, 455,163 video views and 63,410 engagements

The Gift of Home community engagement program will run through the fall when it will be culminated with another grand winner. It is planned that there also will be a program during the holiday season every year.

Desafíos GlobalesCNN Audio and CNN en Español announced the launch of ‘Desafios Globales’, a new weekly podcast in which CNN en Español José Levy analyzes current world events and shows how their repercussions affect the global balance of power.

Levy, with more than 30 years of experience of international reporting for CNN, will summarize the most recent events in our “global village” – the painful conflicts, the diverse stories of world leaders, the race between science and the virus, the ongoing struggle for peace and the pursuit of a brighter future.

Join José Levy every Friday, and make sense of our shared “Desafios Globales.”

The first episode is now available across CNN Audio digital platforms, on mobile devices via the CNN app and all other podcast providers. Subsequent episodes will be released every Friday.

The CNN en Español business unit is responsible for several multi-media platforms geared towards Spanish-speaking audiences around the world reaching 62 million households. These platforms include CNN en Español, a 24-hour cable news network for Latin America, Mexico and the U.S., as well as CNNEspanol.com and CNN en Español Radio, and CNN en Español on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The CNN en Español brand offers multiple platforms to Spanish-speaking audiences of the Americas.

 

Impremedia has acquired the food and recipes sites Comedera.  Comedera joins Impremedias’s family of news and lifestyle brands.

comedera
Iván Adaime, Chief Executive Officer, Impremedia.

“We are excited to bring Comedera into the Impremedia family,” said Iván Adaime, Chief Executive Officer, Impremedia. “We know Hispanic consumers are increasingly looking online for cooking solutions to make their lives easier and better, and this acquisition provides us an ideal way to address this growing opportunity.”

“Latinos are known for celebrating around the table with family and friends. We don’t organize any event where food is not involved. On top of that, in our daily lives, we also enjoy food, and we are increasingly concerned about the ingredients and the choices we make in the kitchen”, Rafael Cores, Impremedia’s VP of Content, said in a statement.

“We know how important, rich and diverse the culinary experience is for our target audiences,” Rafael Cores, Impremedia’s VP of Content, said in a statement. “Our goal is to provide a straightforward approach for the Latino consumer that we feel lacking in the current space, to everyday family cooks and new foodies.”

Comedera is a site for families and everyday cooks, with a history as one of the original food blogs. It was created by Madrid-based web entrepreneur and photographer Daniel Noboa, who launched it in 2012 and made it grow into a website that reaches millions of users every month.

Impremedia has a proven track record of building and scaling quality content brands. I’m thrilled that the site that I founded is ready to go to the next level,” said Daniel Noboa, founder of Comedera.

“We see a big opportunity in the food space. We will be investing in improving our recipe base while also getting in other food-related content areas,” concluded Adaime.

Last year impreMedia launched vertical sites Siempre Auto (Automotive) and Solo Dinero (Finance).

Music and Multicultural Marketing play an important role in Cadillac’s marketing,  Alexis Kerr, Head of Multicultural Marketing, Strategy, Content and Execution, at Cadillac. tells Portada. The automotive marketer  tells us all about how she uses music to tell the brand’s story. Plus the Hispanic media outlets she supports and why.

In 2017 Cadillac received a  US $12 billion product-investment pledge to reinvigorate the brand and in early 2019 the General Motors brand named Debora Wahl as Cadillac’s global chief marketing officer. In 2019 Cadillac sales increased 1,1 % to 156,246 unit. The results represent the first annual increase in sales volume that the luxury brand has experienced in the American market since 2013. Music Marketing and Multicultural Marketing play an important role in Cadillac marketing overall and growth. That is why we

Advertising in 2021
Alexis Kerr, Cadillac

interviewed Alexis Kerr, Head of Multicultural Marketing, Strategy, Content and Execution, at Cadillac.  “Music continues to be at the foundation of our efforts,” Kerr asserts. As an example she mentions the Cadillac LYRIC,  an electric crossover to be produced by Cadillac which will be available for purchase in the first half of 2022. According to Kerr, “with the introduction of LYRIC, we have appreciated how the world has embraced Cadillac by mentioning it in over 3,600 songs. Music is also something that crosses partnerships, influencers, content and activations so we found ways to leverage the right artists to tell our brand’s story.”

Music crosses partnerships, influencers, content and activations so we found ways to leverage the right artists to tell our brand’s story.

Portada LiveCadillac’s Alexis Kerr will be participating in Portada Live on March 24, our exclusive knowledge-sharing and networking event for brand marketers. She will be speaking along with other brand leaders on the topic of “Targeting Multicultural Consumers at Scale”.

 

Cadillac Marketing: Heavily Leaning into the Hispanic Community

Asked about which activations Cadillac is planning in 2021 in the multicultural space, Kerr answers that  “In 2021, we are leaning in heavily into the Hispanic community. We are fully engaging and focusing on properties we currently support. Hispanicize is a great example of a partnership that offers an activation as well as media buying opportunities. A few other media partners that we support that have our audience are Telemundo, Estrella, Unimas, Hulu Latina, Univision, Xandr Direct TV. We buy Hispanic Addressable TV to ensure a 1:1 at scale approach. Overall, we have an audience-first approach, we ensure that we leverage media companies that are Hispanic-owned.”

We buy Hispanic Addressable TV to ensure a 1:1 at scale approach.

Cadillac MarketingBrands are under increasing pressure  to invest in media properties that support truth-based journalism and diverse communities.  So is Cadillac’s Marketing. Yet, these media properties may not have enough reach to justify a media spend in ROI terms. What is Kerr’s view on this? “We have found creative ways to nurture our Multicultural media partners to ensure they serve us in various different ways vs just ROI.  Media partnerships like Hispanicize and Revolt are great examples of how partners have been able to work with us to meet those goals. We have increased our spend to support diverse communities and partnerships.”

We have found creative ways to nurture our multicultural media partners to ensure they serve us in various different ways vs just ROI. 

 

Hispanic content company Impremedia is launching  Siempre Auto: a digital destination specialized in cars and the automotive industry aimed at the Hispanic community living in the United States.  Hispanic car buying habits support the launch as Hispanics are aware of 10-20% fewer car brands than the general U.S. population, according to Nielsen.

Siempre Auto
Rafael Cores, VP of Content, Impremedia

Automotive marketers targeting Spanish-language car buyers in the U.S have a new vehicle to reach Hispanic car buyers at Siempre Auto. Siempre Auto offers specialized information about cars in Spanish. The content seeks to help readers to make the best decisions regarding their mobility needs. “Our goal is to provide a straightforward approach for the Latino consumer that we feel lacking in the current space,” Rafael Cores, Impremedia’s VP of Content, said in a statement. “The reader always comes first. We provide the right information to suit the consumer’s needs: whether that is buying or selling a car, doing maintenance work on your vehicle, or staying updated with the news in the automotive industry.”

Over the past decade, the market of Hispanic car buyers and owners has undergone high growth and now comprises a very lucrative segment for the auto industry.

Siempre Auto: Targeting Hispanic In-Market Car Buyers

Ivan Adaime-ImpreMedia
Ivan Adaime, CEO, Impremedia

Over the past decade Hispanic car buying habits have undergone high growth and now comprise a very lucrative segment for the auto industry. “Despite that fact, there is no modern digital publication serving the needs of the Latino community:  Siempre Auto will fill that gap,” says Iván Adaime, CEO of Impremedia. Adaime tells Portada that “out of the top 10 advertisers at Impremedia there are several automotive companies on top of insurance companies.
Adaime notes that “data shows that 92% out of the 17.8 million Hispanic households in the U.S. currently own a vehicle, while almost half of those households plan to buy a car in the next 11 months. And this trend is fueled by more affluent Spanish-dominant Hispanics”. Impremedia mostly targets the Spanish-language market in the U.S. In fact, Adaime earlier this year told Portada that he has not seen the model of publishing in “english with cultural nuances working at scale.”

17.8 million Hispanic households in the U.S. currently own a vehicle, while almost half of those households plan to buy a car in the next 11 months.

Hispanic Car Buying Habits: Less Car Brand Awareness

Nielsen’s latest Annual Auto Marketing report found that driving connections with the multicultural consumer is key to the automotive industry. According to the study, consumers from multicultural groups – Hispanic, Black and Asian American – are aware of 10-20% fewer car brands than the general U.S. population. The reports adds that “Automotive brands are less top-of-mind for multicultural consumers, and there is an imperative for marketers to close that gap because most purchase decisions can be traced back to brands that consumers already have in mind before starting out on the path-to-purchase. But when purchasing a vehicle, Hispanic and Black shoppers consider six to seven brands by the time they’re ready to buy. This represents two more brands compared to Asian Americans and non-Hispanic Whites. Hispanic and Black shoppers are more receptive to advertising efforts even if a brand wasn’t top-of-mind in the first place.” The reports adds that “Omnichannel advertising is essential for reaching multicultural consumers. Hispanic car shoppers, for instance, tend to be young and connected, and their level of recall for ads they see digitally is unmatched.

Hispanic car shoppers, for instance, tend to be young and connected, and their level of recall for ads they see digitally is unmatched.

According to Impremedia’s Adaime, “Hispanics’ finances dictate pragmatism, that could mean buying used cars or being very practical and price-conscious when buying a new one. We also know that Hispanics over-index for being in buying mode and thinking about making a car purchase in the near future.”

More Targeted Publications in the Pipeline

“Siempre Auto joins our vision of continuing to provide quality content targeted to the interests of different readers in a digital format and is our latest but not last addition to our lifestyle brands,” added Adaime. Impremedia recently launched Solo Dinero  a site targeting audiences and advertisers in the financial category.

New publications will be added in areas where we detect two trends: that there’s a growing need from the audience for quality content in Spanish and a lack of publishers serving those audiences.

“We are planning to launch new publications in areas where we detect two trends: that there’s a growing need from the audience for quality content in Spanish and, on the other hand, a lack of publishers serving those audiences. In this regard, the next few months are going to be pretty busy for us,” Adaime concludes.

While the option that celebrates and promotes the diversity of our country won, the election result shows a very divided citizenship. Purpose Driven Marketing: Two things  to know. 1.: Brands need to allocate a larger amount of their media spend to media properties that invest in professional journalism. 2:. The Total Market Approach makes even less sense in this environment.

1. Challenge: Social Media’s Harmful Role Spreading Entirely Fabricated Content

The spread of entirely fabricated  partisan content presented as factual through social media is very harmful to a functioning democracy. Evidence abounds: According to a 2019 study published in Science by MIT Sloan professor Sinan Aral and Deb Roy and Soroush Vosoughi of the MIT Media Lab. They found falsehoods are 70% more likely to be retweeted on Twitter than the truth, and reach their first 1,500 people six times faster. This effect is more pronounced with political news than other categories.  Separately about two-thirds of Americans (64%) say social media have a mostly negative effect, according to a  Pew Research Center Survey.

Solution: Purpose-Driven Marketing; Brands Invest in Professional and Trustworthy Media

Independent, truth-seeking professional journalists apply reporting methodologies and a code of ethics that makes them accountable and transparent. 

Rafael Cores
Rafael Cores, VP, Digital Content, Impremedia

Rafael Cores, VP, Digital Content at Impremedia tells Portada that “the vote has always been polarized, what perhaps is new is that there is more divisiveness so that one side that does not understand the other.” Cores emphasizes the value of strong editorial guidelines and professionalism:  “At Impremedia our editorial line has always been that  we are on the side of our community. We analyze carefully the policies that impact a majority of the Hispanic population and we report the attacks this community receives regardless from whom they are coming from. We try to provide information that is based on facts and not on opinions or false assertions.”

We try to provide information that is based on facts and not on opinions or false assertions.  

Independent professional journalists need to play a much more important role in providing facts and content to decision making (votes) citizen. Truth seeking journalism must be a value that unites America. However, the cost of professional content and news production and distribution is very high making the running of a profitably operated property a very challenging proposition, but for very few companies (e.g. The New York Times and The Washington Post) as tech powerhouses Google, Facebook and Twitter command more than 80% of the digital ad market.   In other words, we are talking about what economists describe as a market failure in the form of  free market outcomes that result in an uninformed citizenship. Purpose-driven brands can solve this by investing a larger part of their media mix in professionally managed media properties that are trustworthy. Consumers should reward these brands by buying their products and services in a similar way that they reward them by speaking out against racism (e.g. more than 35% of consumers aged between 19 and 26 years have  stopped shopping from a brand that has not spoken out against racism according to a survey by Oberland).

Consumers should reward brands who buy media in professionally managed properties in a similar way that they reward them if brands speak out against racism.  

2. Challenge: The Total Market Approach Is Useless

As expert Dan Goldgeier asserts, a divided country means a divided audience for marketers. That is certainly also the case in multicultural marketing. According to the Associated Press, 63% of Hispanics voted for Biden and 35% for Trump. For Muslims the split was 64/35 and for Catholics 49/50. With the exception of African Americans (90/8), a substantial political divide is always present when marketing to different multicultural segments. The Total Market Approach, understood as an overall marketing strategy that includes diverse segment considerations, too often produces fully integrated cross-cultural approaches based on “common denonimators” that ultimately sterilize  campaigns that fail to engage the target consumer. One key condition for effective purpose-driven marketing is that marketing communications successfully engage their target audience. That does not happen in most Total Market Campaigns.

 

Larissa Acosta
Larissa Acosta, Segments Team Leader, Integrated Marketing, Wells Fargo

Solution : Segment Based Marketing Leading with Diverse Insights

“The change that I would like to see for 2021 and beyond is to move away from total market strategies that try to find places of commonalities and a move towards diverse segment lead strategies that are intentional and focused on the most authentic and relevant messages to build brand affinity and product usage with diverse segments as the designed target,” Larissa Acosta, Segments Team Leader, Integrated Marketing at Wells Fargo, tells Portada.

The change that I would like to see for 2021 and beyond is to move away from total market strategies that try to find places of commonalities and a move towards diverse segment lead strategies.

“Effective Marketing is about people and relationships. The more we focus on the consumer, their needs their wants, the greater are our opportunities to affect business outcomes. In key categories including financial services diverse consumers represent the engine growth. Multicultural audiences represent 3.2 trillion in spending power. Smart marketers who really understand the business opportunity will seek ways to lead with diverse insights,” Acosta concludes.

The news that Entravision is  purchasing Cisneros Interactive marks another chapter in the consolidation of the U.S. Hispanic and Latin American digital media space. Six questions and answers: Acquisition price? The rationale for the transaction? How Entravision is substituting off-line revenue losses with digital gains and more…(This article has been updated on December 17, 2020 with new insights from industry sources).

Entravision and Cisneros just announced that Entravision has acquired a majority stake in Cisneros Interactive. 6 things to take into account about the transaction and what it says about the multicultural and Latin American digital marketing sector.

1. Entravision purchases Cisneros Interactive: What is the price of the transaction?

Entravision Cisneros Interactive AcquisitionNeither the price of the transaction nor the size of the stake of Entravision in Cisneros Interactive was disclosed (other than it is larger than 50%) UPDATE:  According to our sources, the transaction did reflect a full cash-upfront payment with remaining strong incentives to deliver stronger results over time. Moving forward both Grupo Cisneros and Entravision will run the business based on agreed operational and financial standards within the compliance required as a public entity. 

A full cash-upfront payment with remaining strong incentives to deliver stronger results over time.

2. What is Entravision buying?

Currently, Cisneros Interactive’s portfolio consists of six initiatives:

Representations: Facebook’s Authorized Sales Partner in Latin America: Cisneros Interactive is Facebook’s strategic partner in Latin America, at this moment with presence in 9 countries (Ecuador, Paraguay, Bolivia, Uruguay, Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico). Cisneros Interactive in these markets offers advertisers and ad agencies local selling efforts support, agency training and local credit and payment. Cisneros Interactive also has sales partnerships in some Latin American markets with Linkedin and Spotify with which it reaches 17 markets.

– UPDATED: Digital Audio:  Cisneros Interactive fully owns Audio.Ad, perhaps the largest digital Advertising network and the only Audio DSP in Latin America (Audio.trade). It additionally has the exclusive representation in Latin America of large audio publishers such as Tunein, PRISA’s programmatic inventory, Deezer, and podcast-giant Wondery. This unit has direct and strong synergies with AudioEngage, which is Entravision´s own digital audio network. 
– Mobile Video.  Cisneros Interactive has a mobile video platform spearheaded by its JustMob business unit which also holds a strong alliance with Unity, the global mobile platform provider and with presence throughout 16 countries in Latin America.
All Cisneros Interactive employees will remain with the company, with Victor Kong continuing as Chief Executive Officer, based out of Miami. Carlos Córdova will serve as COO of the company and head of all digital audio units. 

3. What is the rationale for the transaction in the U.S.?

Major drivers are to obtain critical mass, more marketing muscle and economies of scale.  Portada estimates,  that digital advertising in English-language media targeting Hispanics (predominantly the LatinX market) rose to US $1.07 billion in 2019 (check out our recent Insights Report  How brands engage U.S. Hispanics: New segmentation approaches). At least 80% of that amount is sold by Google and Facebook, leaving approximately  US $210 million for other companies. Portada also estimates that advertising in Spanish-language digital media targeting Hispanics in the U.S. lied at US $350 million in 2019, with approximately US$ 70 million for non-Google/Facebook players. In the U.S. Hispanic market the main second tier players are Univision Interactive,  NBC Interactive, Pandora and Spotify. Entravision digital revenues in the second quarter of 2020, were US $11.4 million. With the Cisneros Interactive acquisition and other acquisitions Entravision is attempting to step up and become a major player in the fifth of the market that is not dominated by Google and Facebook.

With the Cisneros Interactive acquisition  Entravision is attempting to step up and become a major player in the fifth of the digital ad market that is not dominated by Google and Facebook.

If you add the fact that despite all the “diversity marketing” talk during COVID-19 there have been stronger declines in digital ad volume in the U.S. Hispanic advertising market than in the general U.S. market (e.g. CEO Walter Ulloa mentioned during the second quarter conference call that digital revenues were $11.4 million, which represents a decrease of 32% versus the same period last year), the need for consolidation through an Entravision Cisneros Interactive acquisition is imperative.

and Latin America?

The expanding Latin American digital media market is dominated by Google and Facebook who get at least 80% of the sales volume.  The remaining sizable players are ad rep company IMS and video marketer Teads, and perhaps Spotify. Beyond these players, and some strong national market media, it can be said that there is no more “middle class”  in the Latin American and U.S. Hispanic markets.  Hence, the need of medium size players like Entravision and Cisneros Interactive to integrate.

There is no more ‘middle class’ among digital media properties targeting  Latin Americans. Google and Facebook origin more than 80% of the market volume.

 

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4. Entravision Cisneros Interactive acquisition: Are both companies complementary?

By and large they are, as Cisneros Interactive has a strong footprint and client base in Latin America, it serves over 4,700 brands and agencies each month, and Entravision Digital in the U.S. There are some overlaps like Cisneros Interactive Audio Advertising company Audio Ad and Entravision’s Audio Engage. Although, the press release states there will not be personnel changes, some cost saving rationalization in some units going forward may make sense.

5. How is Entravision expanding its digital business?

Entravision Cisneros Interactive Acquisition

For a number of years Entravision has worked on a digital strategy to meet market demand. In  2017, Esteban Lopez Blanco, at the time Chief Strategy Officer at Entravision told Portada  that he “expected a growth rate of the digital business of more than 40% for many years to come.” At the time he estimated the share of digital revenues in Entravision’s overall revenues to climb from 20% to 30% by 2019 or 2020. UPDATED: For 2021, Entravision expects the ratio to be above 50% of revenues.

Earlier this year, Entravision announced the launch of Entravision Digital , which consolidates its business units in the US and abroad and marketing technology businesses under the Entravision brand.  The company has worked over the past several years to  build a portfolio of digital assets that possess digital reach, data insights and creative and programmatic capabilities.  Entravision made its first foray into ad-tech when it bought Pulpo Media for US$ 15 million in 2014. In 2017 it bought Argentinean Martech company Headway , for a price insiders claim to lie between US $30 million and US $40 million, Headway includes  AudioEngage, a digital audio advertising platform; ScrollerAds, an optimized video advertising marketplace; DataXpand, an international data management platform and audience marketplace with consumer insights.
Entravision later bought Smadex, a programmatic, mobile-first, DSP services provider.

6.  Does digital growth at Entravision compensate for off-line declines?

In the short term the answer is no, because right now all revenue types are declining at least in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The share of digital revenues on overall revenues was of 25.3% according to Entravision’s second quarter 2020 financial results.  By far the largest part of Entravision’s revenue base is broadcast advertising (TV and Radio) which even before COVID-19 was having year on year revenue declines of at least 10%.  In the words of CEO Walter Ulloa, those declines got bigger with the advent of COVID-19: “Television revenues in the second quarter were down 29% to US $27 million, compared to the prior year period due to the pandemic. National television advertising revenue was down 25%, while local advertising revenue was down 43%. Audio revenues were down 53% during the second quarter, compared to the prior year. Local revenues were down 52%, while national revenues were down 54% in the quarter.” For Q3 2020 In early August, Entravision’s Q3 television advertising business is pacing minus 8%, our radio business is pacing minus 34%, and our digital businesses are pacing minus 18% versus the third quarter of 2019.

For 2021, Entravision expects digital revenues to lie above 50% of overall company revenues.

Walter Ulloa, CEO Entravision, mentioned during the second quarter 2020  financial results conference call on August 4 that  Entravision’s overall revenues decreased 35% to $45.1 million in the second quarter. Consolidated operating expenses were down 24%, and consolidated adjusted EBITDA was down 86% to $1.7 million, compared to $12.6 million last year.

The jury is still out on whether in the long term digital growth will compensate for the secular decline in off-line revenues, but inverstors are not betting on it:  If You Had Bought Entravision Communications’ Shares Five Years Ago You Would Be Down 79%, financial analysts at Simply Wall Street recently wrote.  But then stocks also turn-around.

Cynthia Hudson, senior vice president and managing director of CNN en Español and Hispanic strategy for CNN/U.S., was recognized by the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) as one of the 50 Most Powerful Latinas 2020.” On October 8th, ALPFA celebrated these women through an event titled “Most Powerful Latinas Women of ALPFA, Values Leadership with Purpose.” 

Cynthia Hudson
Cynthia Hudson with correspondent José Levy. (Photo via Twitter)

For the fourth year in a row, ALPFA is proud to honor fifty successful women who are navigating their business divisions, companies, and industries through these challenging times with a values mindset and a purpose focused on serving the community and the greater good.  

The list is made up of powerful Latina women that includes Jessica Alba, Jennifer López, Gloria Estefan, Sofía Vergara, Eva Longoria, and Rosario Dawson, among many others. This is an event that commemorates the positive influence of Latina women in the society and how their achievements contribute to a better world.  

This is an event that commemorates the positive influence of Latina women in the society and how their achievements contribute to a better world.

CNN en Español Network was also honored during THE FAXIES Awards 2020 virtual celebration by Cablefax. The FAXIES, an awards program in the b2b space, include Behind-The Screens Executives & Teams, marketing & PR campaigns and audience engagement experiences.

Proyecto Ser Humano Campaign

Proyecto Ser Humano (The Humanity Project) is an ongoing campaign that defines CNN en Español mission. The project focus on modern-day discrimination, how society is working to solve this violation of human rights, and how we can all combat the stereotypes and behaviors that lead to the indignities that are the hallmarks of discrimination.

The significant results of Proyecto Ser Humano’s participation in THE FAXIES was the following:

CONTENT MARKETING CAMPAIGN

1st Place: Proyecto Ser Humano (The Humanity Project)

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

3rd Place: Proyecto Ser Humano (The Humanity Project)

INTEGRATED MARKETING CAMPAIGN – CSR

2nd Place: Proyecto Ser Humano (The Humanity Project)

PUBLIC AFFAIRS CAMPAIGN

3rd Place: Proyecto Ser Humano (The Humanity Project)

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

3rd Place: Proyecto Ser Humano (The Humanity Project)

Video engagement is a major factor for successful advertising. A Vevo-Magna-IPG study finds co-viewing culturally relevant content on over-the-top (OTT) devices is key to ad receptivity.

Music video platform Vevo has partnered with MAGNA and IPG Media Lab, to reveal significant findings around the nuances of multicultural audiences’ video viewing behavior.

“The Anatomy of a Video Experience: A Multicultural Study” explores how audiences consume content across multiple devices and their motivations around viewing habits. Understanding these subtleties is key for brands looking for great video engagement and reach receptive audiences and better inform their planning efforts.

Viewer BehaviorThe study found that all of the U.S. audiences observed (Black/African American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino and White), shared a love of co-viewing (watching video with someone other than yourself) on Over-The-Top (OTT) devices compared to desktop, mobile, laptop and linear TV.

Longer viewing periods result from content that people find culturally relevant, specifically sports and music. On average, 37% of highly culturally relevant content viewing sessions last for one hour or more. When it comes to ad receptivity in particular, viewing music content on OTT devices is key, with over 60% of each group responding that they would be receptive to ads.

On average, 37% of highly culturally relevant content viewing sessions last for one hour or more.

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“Partnering with MAGNA and IPG Media Lab once again for this study is really valuable for our business” says Bryon Schafer, SVP of Research, Vevo, “With recent findings showing that 79% of Vevo’s CTV content is being co-viewed, it’s important for us to understand the nuances of audience behaviors in order to pass on these insights with our clients and partners. No screen is seeing a greater surge in Vevo viewership than the television, which has seen an increase of over 20% since March of this year with 61M viewers exclusively engaging on connected TV screens. Modeling user behavior against our content and go-to-market strategies keep us in tune with our global audiences. We’ve really enjoyed finding out exactly what makes viewers tune in – and stay tuned in to the content they watch.”

Video Engagement: Audience demographics

While co-viewing on OTT devices spans across all surveyed viewer behavior groups, each demographic has vast differences around why, when and how they watch content on various devices. Some of these findings include:

  • Asian audiences:
    • Older audiences are more likely to seek out informative videos for task-based viewing sessions across all devices.
    • Younger Asian audiences are more likely to watch binge-friendly genres, like music, resulting in longer viewing periods of over an hour across all devices.
  • Black/African American audiences:
    • As a whole, Black/African American audiences watch binge-worthy content for longer periods of time. However, unlike younger Asian audiences, younger Black/African American viewers tend to watch content in shorter spurts of less than 30 minutes, likely driven by higher levels of mobile usage.
    • Black/African American viewers are the most likely audience to seek out music and sports content.
    • OTT is the leading device to resonate with Black/African American viewers at their most engaged with 63% of audiences being receptive to ads on this device.
  • Hispanic/Latino audiences:
    • English-dominant and bilingual Hispanic/Latino viewers tend to have longer watch time. While Spanish-dominant audiences watch for mid-length sessions of 30-59 minutes.
    • 33% of total Hispanic/Latino viewing sessions last longer than one hour.
    • 60% of Hispanic/Latino viewers watching music on OTT are receptive to ads.

Viewer Behavior“Culture is a pervasive and essential part of every consumption and is being driven by people of color,” says Oscar Allain, VP of Cross-Cultural Strategy & Research at UM. “These consumers are critical to the growth of businesses across all sectors. Not only are they influential in driving their own cultures, but they are also shaping mainstream culture.”

These consumers are critical to the growth of businesses across all sectors.

“Our Cultural Dimensions study reinforced the idea that social media platforms have helped propagate and influence the conversation on culture.  So the merging of our datasets with IPG Media Lab’s and MAGNA’s helps to bring new multicultural insights into how we think about creating smarter strategies for data analysis, planning, creative and more,” says Deidre Smalls-Landau, U.S. Chief Marketing Officer and Global Head of Culture for UM.

Media buyers crave for brand safety and strong consumer connections. We talked with Augusto Romano, CEO Digo Hispanic Media, about the important role trustworthy media properties play for brands who want to substantially engage consumers in a brand safe environment. “During this time filled with all sorts of pandemics: health, racial, and fake news, we are more committed than ever to provide the information our readers need, in the language they understand, and on the platforms they prefer,” Romano tells Portada.

Augusto Romano, CEO, DIgo Hispanic Media
Augusto Romano, CEO, DIgo Hispanic Media

The crucial role of professional media properties for effective consumer engagement by brands can not be overstated, much less in the era of fake news. It’s all about brand safety in advertising, particularly when it comes to Multicultural Marketing. “Being a network owned and operated by the leading media companies in the Caribbean, we understand, and do not take lightly, the importance of being transparent and trustworthy to our Latino and Hispanic readers and to our clients,” Romano asserts. Digo currently is in the midst of an initiative of  advertiser outreach called Good Brands Support the Truth.

“At Digo, we’ve been loud and clear of our unique value proposition and have always offered brands and advertisers an environment free of fake news. Digo’s network is formed by the top Latam Publishers who are the first point of reference for Hispanics in the U.S. “We offer brands the opportunity to reach and connect, in brand safe, culturally relevant & premium content sites, with a highly engaged and true premium Spanish dominant & bi-cultural U.S. Hispanic Audience.” 

Brand Safety: Media Sites Offer Higher Quality Engagement

Social Media has always been a platform in which users dive in to seek content relevant to them, but mostly related to what friends and family are doing and posting. Romano argues that “yes, users come across content from media and advertising from brands, but social media is an ecosystem that has so much going on that the engagement and awareness generated may not be classified or considered as high or the same quality as if a user is going directly / organically to a media or brand site. ” As an example Romano notes that  “if we compare time spent of a user that was browsing in social media and came across a news article in his or her feed vs the time spent of a user that came directly to the site to seek information we’ve seen how the average session of a direct or organic user is significantly higher than of a user that came from social media; 2 or even 3 times higher.’

The average session of a direct or organic user is 2 or even 3 times higher than of a user that came from social media.

Romano claims that Digo’s brand safe premium quality inventory has been successful with brands and media agencies. “Some agencies and brands understand the value of our audience and our inventory and whitelist our network within their DSP’s.  A good example of this is Group M’s new Multicultural Marketplace.”

Content Needs of Audiences during Covid 

Content needs and usage by audiences of Digo’s brand safe digital media properties has substantially  increased over the last few months.  According to Romano, “when you compare the time spent of our audience in Covid related content we’ve seen a 48% increase in time spent on page. We saw a significant spike of +200% increase in unique traffic in Covid related content during April vs. the  previous month. As you may recall in mid-March the topic was a known issue, but there was still some skepticism and some unfamiliarity with the subject. As time went by, the traffic was still significant and engaging with the content but the amount of users was not as high as when the pandemic had started in our markets. As a matter of fact a new spike of traffic has surged now in July due to the same spike of cases.”

A new spike of traffic has surged now in July due to the same spike of cases.

 

Knowledge-sharing system for brand marketers

Podcast advertising is one of the few media categories that are growing at a high rate, even in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. CNN Audio, the exclusive producer of audio content and podcasts for CNN Worldwide, ,is expanding CNN en Español’s podcast portfolio with the launch of “El Chapo: Two Faces of a Capo”. Narrated by journalist and CNN en Español anchor Fernando del Rincón, the six-episode podcast series follows the trial of Joaquin Guzman Loera, publicly known by his drug cartel alias “El Chapo,” and his reputation as a ruthless drug trafficker.

“El Chapo: Two Faces of a Capo” was released during the week of the first anniversary of El Chapo’s sentence (July 17, 2019), highlights new evidence and dramatic testimony through secretly recorded audio conversations, as well as through text messages and letters, that allowed the jury and the public to get an inside view of how El Chapo managed the inner workings of the Sinaloa Cartel. Audiences learn about the shocking details that came to light during his New York trial, his violent and unscrupulous methods, as well as other sides that, until now, have remained hidden. All episodes are now available to listen at http://www.cnn.com/elchapo, across mobile devices via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android, and on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, iHeart and Pocketcasts.

Podcast advertising is one of the few media categories that are growing at a high rate, even in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Cynthia Hudson, SVP and managing director of CNN en Español and Hispanic strategy at CNN recently told Portada that CNN en Español’s  podcast ad inventory is sold out until July.
According to the IAB and PricewaterhouseCooper’s full year podcast ad revenue study, the category will grow  by 14.7% to US $ 1 billion in 2020. Media buying agency Omnicom and Spotify recently announced a  a deal worth US$ 20 million in podcast advertising.

Podcast Marketing: Among the Top Ten Podcasts

Regarding advertising monetization of the El Chapo podcast, sources at CNN tell Portada that they are “seeing healthy interest from our advertising partners across the WarnerMedia portfolio of podcasts. The podcast is supported by CNN Audio and WarnerMedia’s network of advertising partners.”

The podcast is supported by CNN Audio and WarnerMedia’s network of advertising partners.

They add that the they El Chapo podcast is among the “the top 10 of LatAm podcasts and has millions of downloads on a daily basis.” More podcasts series are in the offing, according to the source, as “several unnanounced projects are currently in development.”

Production: Storytelling Relying on the Presenter’s Voice

Fernando del RinconCNN anchor Fernando del Rincon, photo, tells Portada that it was an “exciting challenge to adapt the El Chapo story to a podcast.”  Regarding the differences between audio production and television production he notes that they are quite different from each other, especially when it comes to storytelling: “Storytelling in a podcast relies heavily on your voice, and the content and tone depend so much on how you narrate the story. It’s all about engaging listeners to draw them in. The original El Chapo documentary was produced for TV where there is visual support, so adapting the content into a podcast was not an easy task since it’s a complicated story to tell. But the end result that we produced is amazing.”

Storytelling in a podcast relies heavily on your voice, and the content and tone depend so much on how you narrate the story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pepsi announced an integration with Telemundo’s, through which it will become the first-ever beverage sponsor of La Voz, the Spanish-language edition of NBC’s  “The Voice.” As the show’s first-ever beverage sponsor and prizing partner, Pepsi will take the season two stage by storm, celebrating Latin music and the talented phenoms giving everything to become the next big musical superstar. The premiere episode of season two of “La Voz” is set to air this Sunday, January 19th.

 

Esperanza Teasdale
Esperanza Teasdale, VP & General Manager, PepsiCo’s Hispanic Business Unit

The new investment reflects Pepsi’s Hispanic Business Unit commitment to Hispanic Marketing and to “elevate the voice of the Hispanic consumer”, Esperanza Teasdale, VP & General Manager at PepsiCo’s Hispanic Business Unit , tells Portada. “The La Voz sponsorship, which taps into the Pepsi brand’s rich heritage in music and entertainment, allows us to celebrate Hispanic culture and passion points and support the next generation of talented musicians who aren’t afraid to live life their way and chase their musical dreams,” Teasdale adds.

The campaign is focused on Fusionistas who celebrate both the Hispanic and overall American culture.

Pepsi will level up the season two “La Voz”  prize, bringing the original $100k grand prize up to an epic $200K.  The integration will span the blind auditions, battle rounds and live performances.  It will feature cups branded with Pepsi in the coaches’ chairs and include Pepsi branding across a number of touchpoints:  multi-screen  presence throughout the season, in-show and out-of-show custom activations on linear and social and prominent thematic storylines woven throughout the season.

La Voz Sponsorship with the Fusionistas Target in Mind

Teasdale, a half Ecuadorean and half Colombian executive, notes that “Pepsi understands the passion point that Hispanics have with music. It’s in their DNA.” She adds that the campaign is focused on Fusionistas who celebrate both the Hispanic and overall American culture.”

 

“Eso es lo que quiero”

The integration will also bring to life and feature the newest U.S. Pepsi campaign tagline, “That’s What I Like” (“Es Lo Que Quiero”).  Launched earlier this month, the new tagline is the brand’s first in two decades and is inspired by the most loyal Pepsi drinkers, who proudly like what they like and live their lives out loud without worrying about what others will think – whether that’s belting out a song at karaoke, clapping at the end of a movie, or simply enjoying a Pepsi.

Pepsi unveiled five new national commercials to launch the new tagline, three of which were developed in partnership with the Pepsi brand’s Hispanic agency, Alma (“DJ BBQ,” “Subway,” and “Lavandería).  The new ads spotlight various everyday people getting lost in a moment and finding themselves dancing in unexpected places or situations, despite the amused gaze of onlookers.  Each spot is underpinned by a variety of upbeat music spanning hip-hop, dance hall, Latin pop tracks and more. The spots will air across English and Spanish-speaking properties to reach the brand’s ever-growing fusionista fans, Latinos celebrating and blending their Hispanic and U.S. cultures.

We caught up with Kia Motors America’s Eugene Santos, Senior Manager, Multicultural Marketing, about Kia’s new multicultural campaign, Driving Forces. Anything related to the Hispanic market comes to Santos’ desk first, so he knows a thing or two about how to market to Hispanic consumers. He told Portada New York 19’s audience all about Kia’s first time using influencer marketing to target Hispanics. 

Eugene Santos, Senior Manager of Multicultural Marketing at Kia, has spent years practicing how to market to Hispanic consumersThe last time we spoke to him, he gave us a preview of what he had in store for the brand’s next Hispanic-oriented campaign. All we knew at the moment was the goal, to reach the Hispanic segment through an emotional connection to the brand’s new slogan. Fast forward to a couple of months later, Kia has launched Driving Forces, a campaign that involves real Latino stories.

Eugene Santos discusses Kia’s Driving Forces campaign at Portada New York

“We launched a message during the super bowl: Give it everything,” Santos said to an audience of fellow brand marketers at Portada New York. “In the past, Kia has been successful with Superbowl commercials. But now that the message is out there, what do we do with it? What does it mean? Especially for Latinos.”

The problem facing automakers these days, according to Santos, is that vehicles are smarter and last longer, so consumers are holding to their cars for more time. “The need for an automobile has decreased,” Santos pointed out. But the campaign has already proved to be fruitful, as the 200-percent increase in traffic to the Kia Soul landing page shows. Santos shared this and other pieces of information in exclusive at Portada New York… metrics not even Kia’s management had seen!

 

Still Talking Up the Hispanic Market

For a Korean brand that is relatively new to the U.S., the new Driving Forces campaign is a huge deal. “As all multicultural marketing managers know, budget is an issue,” said Santos. “Since Hispanics account for 18% of the population, General Market assumes we should have 18% of the marketing budget, but it doesn’t work that way.”

In fact, a real problem that stood out throughout the Portada New York conferences was the need to convince management of the relevance of Hispanic consumers. “You’d think that in 2020 we wouldn’t need to fight to convince organizations about the Hispanic business opportunity,” commented Santos. “But we keep fighting the same fight. Therefore, make sure you can show metrics that the general market understands.

The good news is: insightful, culturally nuanced campaigns are an important step to increasing companies’ awareness…, and getting a few more ad dollars. “Telling a story allows us to continue to connect with our audience and keeps the brand on top of mind. This might look like a simple project, but it’s making our company reconsider how they think about multicultural,” shared Santos.

 

An Effective Campaign Will Take You Far

As Eugene Santos explained, a successful campaign can yield results that are very important for the long run: not only can it get you more budget with management, but it can also ease you into the next step of your strategy.

That’s why Santos likes storytelling; it can elevate your brand by telling relatable stories to consumers and then follow up on those stories. But many times complications arise from the start in multicultural marketing. Whether it’s the lack of multicultural representation in management, inaccurate audience measurement or a lack of creative assets, it’s still difficult to know how to market to Hispanic consumers, starting from the (still relevant) question of what language to use.

 

Problem: How to Market to Hispanic Consumers

“When people think ‘Hispanic’, they automatically assume they have to use Spanish,” told Santos. “It doesn’t have to be that way. So for the first time, we’re using English-language creative to reach Hispanics. Bilingual and bicultural creatives go a long way.”

But the problem persisted: how could they elevate the Kia brand in a meaningful way? There were many factors at play, like limited assets, recent leadership changes and a low budget. “For a long time people have assumed that Kia is a cheap Korean Brand, but for the last 5-6 years, Kia has been recognized with top quality distinctions with brands like Mercedes and Porsche,” pointed out Santos. “Kia has various brand messages, but the objective was to dilute it into one message that created top brand consideration.”

 

Answer: Brand Ambassadors Who Share the Consumers’ Stories

Influencers are a risk, and yet most marketers have experience with them. They all learn that the only effective influencer marketing is based on brand ambassadors that share a true affinity with the brand’s values. For that reason, Santos chose two unique influencers that could tell the Latino story, because it was theirs.

“How do we tell the underdog story, which is really the Kia story, and how do we tell the Latino story to them?” asked Santos rhetorically. “I want to talk about the professional who is trying to do something different and relate it to my key customer.”

Consequently, Kia worked with Andrea Londo, a self-proclaimed border child who commuted from Tijuana to San Diego every day to go to school. Now, she is living her dream of being an actress. “You probably don’t know her, but in 2-3 years you will,” assured Santos. On top of everything, Londo drives a Kia Optima, which made for a perfectly organic fit.

Click here to learn Andrea Londo’s story

Clara Pablo, the other influencer featured in the campaign, is the manager of Miami-based Latin Pop group CNCO and of Colombian singer Maluma. Music is one of Kia’s verticals, which allowed for an organic fit with Pablo. In addition, she’s a breast cancer survivor and awareness advocate, which adds “a humanistic element that allows us to send out a message not only about cars but beyond. Young Latinos want to connect with brands that stand for the same things they do.”

Watch Clara Pablo’s story here

 

Once You Have the Right Message, Put it In the Right Creative (and Get the Right Partner to Do It)

One of the first things to do if you wish to launch a successful campaign is choosing the right partner. Because of the various problems multicultural marketers have to face, an agency that can really carry your message is as important as the message itself. For the Driving Forces campaign, Kia partnered up with Verizon Media. “We knew they could programmatically expose our message to a wider audience that is bicultural. Also, their creative studio, RYOT, could help us with assets that allowed us to show our message in relation to the creative,” explained Santos.

Together, they came up with docu-style creatives and an array of branded formats to tell the story of Latinos and Latinas. Through the two “driving forces” the brand chose as ambassadors, they focused on upbringing, biculturalism, accomplishments and their will to tackle a challenge. “The main goal was for them to connect with us,” stressed Santos. “We wanted to hit them at different points of their journey to let them know that we’re here for them and we understand them.

 

Results (Spoiler: Cultural Marketing Works)

The results so far have been positive. The completion rates above the benchmark of both videos show that consumers are interested. Also, CTRs are the same in Spanish and English, so language doesn’t always matter as long as viewers really connect with the message. “If the emotional component is there, they’ll stick around and come back,” said Santos. Reach and engagement have also been good, which has given Santos the confidence to ask for more budget.

Ultimately, Santos concluded that it’s all about three key rules. First, define your strategy: be clear on what the content should speak to and ensure alignment to overall brand strategy. Second, listen to your gut. Pick a partner that can execute and deliver significant reach for your targeted audience. Finally, don’t forget to ask yourself this question: what’s my next move?

 

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What:  Media agency GroupM is leading the New Majority Ready™ Coalition which also includes Disney, Google, iHeartMedia, Meredith Corporation, NBCUniversal, Twitter, Univision and Viacom.
Why it matters: The coalition’s aim is to help brands adapt to the changing U.S. demographics and assist in developing their audience planning and media strategies accordingly. The ultimate ambition of the coalition is to increase brand relevance, business growth and create a seismic cultural shift.

The coalition will collaboratively develop tools and solutions to help brands get “ready” to engage the new majority, including:
• A benchmark tool – Multicultural Maturity Framework – that will help assess a brand’s “readiness” for this demographic shift across audience, investment, culture, content and more;
• Cross-platform content solutions based on the framework assessment and inspired by brand need
• A communications program to drive better understanding of America’s population transformation and to assist in driving adoption of new majority-first media strategies that reach, engage and authentically connect to these consumers.

Gonzalo del Fa, President of Multicultural, GroupM (photo), tells Portada that “the multicultural demographic in America isGonzalo del Fa, GroupM increasingly fueling the economy  (they currently represent 40% of the U.S. population) yet the ad dollars committed to them are disproportionately low at just 5%. In addition to that, 2020 will be the first year that a large demographic group (individuals under 18 years old) will be ethnically and racially diverse.”

2020 will be the first year that a large demographic group -individuals under 18 years old – will be ethnically and racially diverse.

Facebook (including Instagram) is not part of the new coalition. Asked why this is the case,  Gonzalo Del Fa, President of GroupM, Multicultural, tells Portada that “this first phase represents a handful of media partners across multiple disciplines such as video, print, audio and social media. A really exciting start. Our hope is that we will be able to welcome other leaders to join this movement”. According to del Fa, The New Majority Ready (NMR) coalition was initiated by GroupM to help brands better adapt to the changing of the U.S. demographic. In order to achieve that goal, GroupM is bringing together industry-leading companies across media, technology and publishing”.

The Challenge of Accurate Multicultural Measurement

The need for a more unified measurement of multicultural audiences is a major challenge that has hindered growth of investment in media targeting multicultural audiences. Asked about how the newly formed coalition will approach this particular challenge, del Fa says that “our benchmark tool (Multicultural Maturity Framework) will assess a brand’s “readiness” for the New Majority. This assessment includes brand’s growth potential, audience strategy, consumer perception, resource allocation and corporate impact among others. Based on that assessment, communication strategies and cross-platform content solutions that reach, engage and authentically connect to these audiences will be created to address challenges and opportunities. We will work with each client’s marketing team as well as our own analytics team to accurately measure the level of success of these initiatives.”

What: Eugene Santos, Senior Manager, Advertising & Marketing, Multicultural at Kia Motors gave Portada his 4 key insights on automotive brand marketing and how to win Hispanics’ hearts.
Why it matters: It’s no secret that Hispanics love a good car. The auto industry in the U.S. is growing, just as well as the multicultural population in the U.S. According to a Statista timeline, digital advertising spending of the U.S. automotive industry is expected to reach US $15.5 billion this year.

 

Automotive brand marketing is just like marketing in any other industry. In order to get it right, marketers need to approach it with the right set of tools and a great deal of creativity. Add a multicultural component to the mix, and you’ll get a more complicated task. However, if brands take the time to really understand the target and the way consumers relate to the category, they might end up getting a recipe to success.

Eugene Santos

When the 2018 Kia Rio was named one of the top 10 best vehicles for Hispanics by the Hispanic Motor Press Foundation, the company had already been targeting this multicultural segment for years. However, Kia Motors only started selling cars in the U.S. in the 90’s. How does a relatively new brand compete with powerhouses of the automotive industry in order to gain Hispanics’ hearts?

We talked to Eugene Santos, Senior Manager, Advertising & Marketing, Multicultural at Kia Motors to get his key insights about what the brand is planning to engage Hispanic consumers more effectively.

 

We use AI to engage consumers who are in the ‘discovery’ and ‘research phases of their consumer journey.

1. Automotive Brand Marketing 101: Make Sure You Engage Your Consumers

Firstly, says Eugene Santos, you have to ensure you understand how your consumers engage with your content. Like any other brand, Kia uses a mix of KPI’s and likes/dislikes ratios, but it is also aware of the important role of the right technologies. “We use AI to engage consumers who are in the ‘discovery’ and ‘research phases of their consumer journey,” explains Santos. ” This gives us an opportunity to look at the multicultural aspect as well.”

 

2. When Targeting Hispanics, Always Think In-Culture

According to Kia’s latest reports, sales grew 1% in May, mostly thanks to a rise in sales of a favorite of Hispanics— the Kia Soul. “Hispanics are a big part of our success, especially in a flat market,” reveals Santos. “The multicultural segment growth has allowed us to stay on pace or ahead of business plans. The Soul has traditionally over-indexed within the Hispanic segment. It tends to skew towards a younger audience and mirrors the demographics of the Hispanic consumer.”

Kia Soul - Automotive Brand Marketing Case StudyTherefore, these results show the brand is already doing something right. When asked about the approach Kia takes when marketing to Hispanics, Santos hits the nail in the head. “We don’t like to approach this segment by thinking ‘Spanish or English’? But rather, ‘How do we communicate in-culture? And that can be a combination of either language as it relates to our target audience and the look/feel of our campaign.”

 

 

3. Choose the Right Message, Make it Emotional

When asked about messaging, Santos explains that the brand continuously tries to build an emotional connection with the Hispanic segment. The new campaign will “tell the story of the ‘unsung heroes’ who work hard to accomplish their life’s mission but don’t necessarily crave the spotlight.” Kia has previously incorporated into their narrative real stories of hard-working Latinos (watch below). Santos says “this will bring a connection Hispanic consumers by showing Kia lives by the same values as them.”

4. Learn From Your (More Experienced) Competitors

In 2017, Dealer Marketing Magazine reported that vehicle purchases by Hispanics would double from 2010 to 2020. Because of tradition from their origin countries, Hispanics have a famous fondness for Japanese cars. In fact, in 2014, Hispanics were contributing to nearly 40% and 30% of total brand growth for Toyota and Nissan, respectively.

Thus, we wanted to know Santos’s thoughts on how the relatively new player from Korea competes with these brands. “They’ve been communicating with the Hispanic segment for a very long time, longer than Kia,” agrees Santos. “I started my automotive career at Honda, and having seen their work ethic first hand, I am proud to say that Kia is on its way.”

But what sets Kia apart? Its “Give it Everything” philosophy, that “underdog spirit that has helped us improve our vehicle quality, and technology that has allowed us to outperform even luxury brands,” shares Santos.

In conclusion, Kia is young, but it is on the right track towards Hispanics’ hearts. To find out more about automotive brand marketing first-hand from the experts, join Portada New York!

 

 

 

A summary of the most exciting news in multicultural sports marketing. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

  • ESPN is closing its ESPN Deportes radio business in September as the company looks to shift resources into mobile and podcasts, according to the Minute MediaSports Business Daily. The division, which debuted in 2005, has 44 terrestrial affiliates in 15 states, as well as a SiriusXM channel. Staff layoffs are expected.

 

  • Minute Media has raised $40 million in its latest funding round. The publishing platform owns and operates five media brands powered by its proprietary technology platform: 90min, DBLTAP, and 12up, As well as Mental Floss and The Big Lead. Combined, Minute Media’s properties reach more than 140 million monthly and feature original content in 12 languages.
    “With the commercial momentum we’re experiencing as an organization, growing at 100% year-on-year, we’re purposely focusing investment on the deepening of our publisher product and tech offering — a part of our business that is rapidly expanding. Additionally, the new capital enables us to continue to be aggressive on the M&A front, constantly looking to acquire premium publishing brands across new content verticals and within new markets,” said Asaf Peled, Founder & CEO.

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  • DAZN locked Spanish media rights to all 26 matches from this year’s Copa América, for a reported US$1.69 million. Conmebol’s streaming rights were previously carried by Telefonica’s Movistar+ streaming platform.

 

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    Canelo Alvarez came fourth in the top 10 members of Forbes’ highest-paid athletes for 2019, with $94 million ($92 million in winnings. Forbes calculates earnings include prize money, salaries, and bonuses earned between June 1, 2018, and June 1, 2019, as well as endorsement estimates of sponsorships, appearance fees and licensing incomes for the same 12-month period. 

 

  • Combate Americas’ Cricket Wireless Presents Combate Americas: Tucson Unbreakable showcase reached more than 420,000 viewers, nearly 10% higher (421,000 vs. 390,000) than the previous event which was held in Lima.

A summary of the most exciting news in multicultural sports marketing. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

  • NFLThe NFL started an initiative, as part of the NFL Academy in the UK, designed to use American football to create “life-changing educational and professional opportunities for young people.” The NFL Academy will begin operations in September 2019 and offer student athletes aged 16-18 the opportunity to combine education with life skills and intensive training in the sport under full-time professional coaches. The initiative will be supported by Nike and based at Barnet and Southgate College, in North London.

 

  • According to the NBA’s data, the League Pass has recorded a 400% consumer growth driven by the popularity of the league’s overseas players, including a 400 per cent spike in subscriptions to the over-the-top (OTT) service in Serbia. Denver Nuggets’ Serbian center Nikola Jokić has been instrumental to that huge increase in subscribers in his native country throughout the 2018/19 season.

 

  • Disney is considering the option to acquire streaming rights to the NFL Sunday Ticket, as part of plans to boost ESPN’s professional football portfolio. AT&T currently holds the streaming rights until 2022, though a clause in the contract indicates that the league does have an option to opt out of its exclusive agreement at the end of the 2019 regular season. Amazon is also thinking about entering the bidding.

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  • MLB presented its promotional plans for the London Series 2019, looking to highlight the growth of baseball & softball in the UK as the Red Sox face the Yankees on June 29 and 30. Activities include a baseball cultural festival, known as “London Yards,” that will include music, baseball virtual reality activations, Boston & New York cuisine, and, a live screening of the game.

 

  • Copa AméricaCopa America has signed a content deal with Facebook to produce behind-the-scenes content for all 12 teams this summer. The partnership will allow official tournament profiles on both Facebook and Instagram to produce content from training centers, hotels and team transportation. “This agreement will enable the production of unique content that will bring all football fans behind the scenes of the world’s oldest national team tournament and some of the top stars in today’s football,” said Thiago Jannuzzi, competition general manager at Copa America.

 

  • More than 500,000 viewers switched on Univision to watch Combate Americas’ “Cricket Wireless Presents Combate Americas: Reinas” event, the first all-women’s Mixed Martial Arts fight lineup, which was broadcast live on network television on April 26. Viewership among adults 18-49 shot up by a margin of 28% from the previous Combate Americas event.