Mariana Ferrari


The PortadaLat Awards have announced the 2017 Travel-oriented Award nominees. Voting is open through May 19 to determine the winners of two categories: Top Travel Marketing Campaign and “Viajero Inteligente” Business Traveler Award. Below are the 15 shortlisted nominees. Peer-to-Peer recognition is a foundation of the PortadaLat Awards and it’s up to you to vote which candidates win. Check out the nominees and vote for your favorite now!

Don’t forget to register to join top travel industry leaders and game changers in Miami, June 7-8 for the ninth annual #PortadaLat Conference. The event kicks off on June 7 with a spotlight on travel marketing in the U.S. and Latin America. Learn more about Portada’s new ticket options and full agenda.

‘Viajero Inteligente’ Business Traveler Award

Individual business travelers, including journalists, as well as companies. The nominees explain why and how traveling to Latin America has substantially helped them to get new ideas/perspectives to grow personally and in business.

Ian Mader

Ian MaderIan Mader is the Associated Press Florida news editor based in Miami. His Spanish skills and his international experience are an asset to AP’s coverage of the cosmopolitan state of Florida.


Ignacio Cassinelli

Ignacio CassinelliSocial Media Maven and Soccer Expert Ignacio Cassinelli was born in Latin America (Uruguay). Cassinelli’s thorough understanding of the Latin American sports fans are a very important asset he uses as a key executive at Charlotte, NC, based AC&M Group.

Las Travel Blogueras

Las Travel BloguerasAmanda from “Las Travel Blogueras” is a globe trotter, she’s constantly traveling, not only for campaigns and coverage but for inspiration and motivational as well. She moved to Mexico as a student to learn Spanish, and also participated in an abroad program in Ecuador where she lived there to immerse in the culture. With her friend Andrea from Argentina, their blog “Las Travel Blogueras” has taken off as a top US Hispanic social platform to share experiences from all over Latin America and the USA with a Latino twist. Traveling has definitely helped her get new ideas and perspectives to grow personally and in business.

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Layla Caballero

Layla CaballeroMedia executive Layla Caballero has extensive sales and operational leadership experience defining and developing business opportunities in both traditional and new media environments. Her Latin American background and passion have been an asset for her career in multicultural media.

Mariana Ferrari

Mariana FerrariI have an online education platform. I publish a video every week called HappyMonday. However, the way to really grow my business is to visit my top markets (Mexico, Spain, Argentina) and meeting my fans and followers. When I do that, I get to understand exactly what is it that they really need to overcome in order to move a step forward in their lives. In one of my visits last year to Madrid, I realized that the one key thing that Latin’s fear is to be criticized.

So, I did to videos (one celebrating my birthday from Madrid and talking about the city and one speaking about how to overcome the fear of being criticized.

Accomplish your dreams (video from Spain) which mix travel tips with personal development tips: https://youtu.be/amRK9RmLeU8

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Myriam Marquez

Myriam MarquezMyriam Márquez is the executive editor of el Nuevo Herald, the largest Spanish-language daily in the U.S. Born in Havana, where her mother taught school and her father shuttled tourists around in his taxi, Márquez’s life in Cuba came to an abrupt halt when Fidel Castro seized power. Márquez, who began her career as a local news reporter, found her niche in sharing views as a columnist and editorial writer, exposing wrongs, advocating for the rights of all citizens and sharing tales through the lens of a bilingual, bicultural experience.

Top Travel Marketing Campaign – Presented by HSMAI

Brands and their agencies (Brand/Agency) who have done campaigns promoting travel and hospitality related services. The campaign should have targeted audiences in the U.S. and/or audiences in Latin America over the last 12 months. Please provide information about brand/agency, objective/media (earned and paid) as well as the results of the campaign.

“Discover Your Aloha” Hawaii Tourism / Expedia

“Discover Your Aloha” Hawaii Tourism / ExpediaThe Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) and Expedia joined forces on a travel marketing campaign, promoting vacations in the Hawaiian Islands with new facial-recognition software. Titled “Discover Your Aloha,” the campaign made use of a microsite, discoveryouraloha.expedia.com, that offers users a chance to view drone video footage captured in the Islands. As the video plays, the site’s facial-recognition software, developed specifically for the campaign, identifies which imagery elicits the most positive response from the viewer.
A facial recognition algorithm then identifies the viewer’s personal preferences and creates customized travel recommendations within Hawaii. Site users can then book a personalized vacation package that offers discounts of up to 50%, including exclusive offers from participating Hawaii hotels.
The yearlong campaign, launched Sept. 26, functions on desktop and mobile devices and is aimed at consumers across the U.S. Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, with promotional advertising running on Expedia, Hotels.com, Orbitz and Travelocity.

brands travel/ visit Houston

brands travel/ visit houstonBrands Travel has been in charge of the development of a fully integrated marketing campaign to create awareness of Houston as a leisure destination, increasing overall inbound travel from Mexico as its leading international market.

As the marketing agency of record for Mexico and Latin America, Brands Travel has worked with Visit Houston in the development of a fully integrated marketing campaign; named HOLA HOUSTON that includes branding, social media, PR, content, special events and media, with the objective to generate both offline and online awareness as a leisure destination.
As a result, visitors from Mexico have surpassed the 2 million mark. Additionally, social media has exponentially grown 450% in the past year.

We integrated a social media influencer strategy, generating more than 10 million impressions on a target market and over 2 million USD in media ROI.

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The PortadaLat Awards have announced the 2017 Golazo Award nominees. Voting is open through May 19 to determine the finalists who will battle it out in front of a jury at PortadaLat on June 7! Below are the 16 shortlisted nominees. Peer-to-Peer recognition is a foundation of the PortadaLat Awards and it’s up to you to vote on which candidates move on to the finalist round. Check out the nominees and vote for your favorite now!

Don’t forget to register to join sportscasting celebrity Fernando Fiore, industry leaders and game changers in Miami, June 7-8 for the ninth annual #PortadaLat Conference. The event kicks off on June 7 with a spotlight on the significant role of soccer marketing in the U.S. and Latin America. Learn more about Portada’s new ticket options.

Agencies, including PR agencies, brand marketers, and media properties were invited to nominate campaigns, concepts and ideas that substantially engage consumers in the U.S. or Latin America through soccer content. These are the nominees:

” MLS “”Stand as One Campaign”/Brooklyn Brothers “

https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/790548785864867841/414P_m13.jpgThe campaign featured creative elements including television spots, digital and print advertising, in-venue visibility, social content, and storytelling, and was rolled out during the 2016 MLS season. The campaign ran with spots across all MLS’ broadcast partners, along with significant online activation. “Stand as One,” created collaboratively by The Brooklyn Brothers and MLS’ in-house marketing and creative team, was designed to elevate the movement and the sport of soccer in North America. It highlighted the electric and unifying fan and stadium experience that is unique to MLS’ core, as well as the world-class quality demonstrated by its players every week.The campaign was supported by all five of MLS’ national broadcast partners: ESPN, FOX Sports, Univision,

The campaign was supported by all five of MLS’ national broadcast partners: ESPN, FOX Sports, Univision, TSN and RDS, as well as all international and regional MLS broadcast partners. In addition, MLS digital channels, including MLSsoccer.com, MLS Video and MLS’ social media, played a leading role in the campaign. The campaign captured the true essence of MLS by celebrating the stories of MLS’ clubs and local markets. The visual elements reflect the authenticity, unity, and excellence of Major League Soccer, its players and its supporters, who combine to define the sport in the United States and Canada.

“My Inter Jersey” / Gravity

Fans of Inter love to wear their team colors loudly and proudly. Digital natives enjoy generating their own content, especially if they can put their name on it. Our goal was to drive awareness and sales of the new Inter Milan jersey by Nike.

Based on this insight, Gravity proposed to create a web platform that would enable fans to create their own personalized wallpapers for devices depicting the new jersey design.

We targeted fans on social media that re-directed them to a microsite to create personalized jersey. To incentivize fans to purchase the new jersey, the first 10 thousand participates were provided with a discount coupon to buy the jersey from Nike.

Launched in mid-November, it has already attracted more than 24,000 fans from 155 different countries. There are over 12,800 newsletter subscribers and thousands of social mentions and positive sentiment.

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AT&T / MNT / The Marketing Arm

AT&T / MNT / The Marketing ArmIn efforts to connect with Hispanic Millennials, The Marketing Arm (TMA) launched the Expresa Tu Pasión soccer campaign, a collaboration between AT&T and the Mexican National Soccer Team (MNT). This campaign engaged Hispanic Millennials, both socially and in the real world through exclusive experiences and activations. To amplify the program, TMA created the “AT&T Expressions” app. A digital platform, which consisted of customized emoticons that brought soccer fan excitement to life. By using these emoticons, AT&T was able to easily interact with Hispanic Millennials in stadiums, music venues, social media channels, and AT&T retail stores nationwide.

The MNT consumer experience included Retail and exclusive VIP events with MNT legendary players, an interactive zone during the pre-game tailgate parties, Fútbol Fiesta, and leveraged the existing relationship with popular Univision sportscaster Adriana Monsalve as a celebrity guest during every match.

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FC Bayern Audi Summer Tour 2016 / FC Bayern Munich LLC

FC Bayern Audi Summer Tour 2016 / FC Bayern Munich LLC.FC Bayern Munich opened an office in New York (2014) to grow our fanbase and better connect with fans in the U.S.; bringing them closer to the club they love. In three years we’ve seen interest in Bayern grow from 13M to 27M followers.

The 2016 U.S. Audi Summer Tour campaign gave fans that haven’t been to Munich the chance to see their team on home soil. Fixtures in Charlotte, Chicago and New York, appealed to general sports and soccer fans, including the large Hispanic Bayern fanbase and population there.

• Attendance – 180,000+ for three games
• 340M+ people reached via social media
• 43.7M interactions & video views on our social channels
• 12M+ watched TV broadcast
• 65K increase in CRM database, 18K increase in newsletter subscribers
• 43 media appointments
• 20 player activations with partners

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Inter Milan / Gravity

Inter, the Milan-based professional Italian football club, was taking part in the U.S. International Champions Cup, and hoping to make a splash in the U.S. marketplace.

To broaden its reach, Inter worked closely with Gravity to create a campaign that would increase brand relevancy into the lives of U.S. soccer fans.

The campaign featured a video montage of past, and epic, goals, that showcased Inter’s legendary heritage. To further enhance relevancy, these videos used American NBA/NFL/MLB commentators from sports outside of soccer. When Inter was shown scoring a goal, the commentator called out “touchdown” or a “home run” in an effort to “teach America how to cheer.” The unexpected combination of European and American sports promoted Inter in an exciting and engaging way that people (especially soccer fans) across the globe understood.

The four videos were aired globally across Inter’s social media channels as well as boosted with paid social.

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Johnson & Johnson/MLS/U.S. Soccer

Johnson & Johnson/MLS/U.S. SoccerJohnson & Johnson announced a multi-year extension of its sponsorship as official healthcare partner of MLS and US Soccer. The sponsorship was first activated in 2015 and this is the second time the consumer brand renews its sponsorship.Johnson & Johnson Consumer Brands will be integrated throughout different platforms including digital, broadcast and video content, as well as in-stadium exposure. Johnson & Johnson will also continue to create on-site activations during relevant MLS events, such as the All-Star Game, which is presented by Target and the MLS Cup. For the US Soccer partnership, the healthcare company will sponsor both male and female senior and youth national teams. Johnson & Johnson will use its partnership to expose many of its different brands on the field. It will also integrate it into its marketing strategies, including the Johnson & Johnson Donate a Photo app, through which people can connect with causes that they care about and other key platforms and partners.

Pepsi “Momentos”/UEFA Champions League/BBDO

Pepsi™In 2017, in its second year as a sponsor of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Pepsi launched its first global campaign based on a “Moments” creative platform. The campaign is active in nearly 75 countries including most of Latin America and the U.S.
The #PepsiMoment campaign, which features football/soccer stars Sergio Agüero, Alexis Sánchez and Vincent Kompany, looks to build on and associate the Pepsi brand with fans’ excitement in the lead-up to the UEFA Champions League Final on June 3 in Cardiff, Wales. Taglined “Show How Much It Means,” the campaign celebrates the sport’s fans by depicting their passion before, during and after matches. Pepsi posted creative from lead agency AMV BBDO on YouTube, including a 60-second anthem video that’s a montage of game-related moments, called “We Know How Much It Means”; several 10-second videos excerpted from the anthem; and short videos featuring the three brand-rep athletes talking about their favorite football moments. The campaign spans “always-on, exclusive content” and shareable social media creative, including fan-generated content. The campaign lives on Facebook, Instagram Stories, and Snapchat. Digital elements launched this week in the U.S. and most of the other nearly 75 countries targeted for the campaign, a brand rep reports. TV spots are also broadcast in most of those markets.

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Scotiabank/F.C. Barcelona

Scotiabank JamaicaFC Barcelona and the FC Barcelona Foundation announced an official partnership with Scotiabank that designates the Canadian bank as the Official Bank of FC Barcelona in Latin America and the Caribbean. This agreement will allow Banco Colpatria, Scotiabank’s Colombian partner, to sponsor youth-focused programs in Colombia, as well as participate in events and offer soccer experiences to its clients. Because it will support young people from Colombia through various programs sponsored through Banco Colpatria. The winners of the Scotiabank-organized championship will be able to travel and attend training events in Barcelona, Spain. Scotiabank, in association with its Colombian partner Banco Colpatria, will host a four-day FutbolNet Festival, in which a thousand young players will train and learn important sports and life skills.


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