Posted by Shirley Brady on September 17, 2012 10:11 AM
Jennifer Lopez is leveraging her personal brand to bridge the Spanish/English-language marketplace in the U.S. After turning up on Katie Couric's new talkshow, JLo announced a programming/marketing agreement with NuvoTV to target bicultural U.S. Latino viewers, and is now appearing in a new bilingual (English/Spanish) campaign for Verizon Wireless.
Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 2, 2012 05:24 PM
P&G's Gain brand enrolled comedian and actress, Wanda Sykes, to help consumers find their perfect scent match.
On the brand's YouTube channel an interactive video questionnaire features Sykes as a virtual matchmaker ("like Cupid, for your nose!"), guiding users through a tongue-in-cheek personality test to determine the Gain variety scent best suited to their likes.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on June 22, 2012 06:06 PM
Every automaker, like many politicians, wants to earn the favor of more of the burgeoning population of U.S. Hispanics. So when Ford got an unexpected opportunity to strike a blow in that regard, it took the chance — and created a moment, just as Nike struck when the Heat was hot. TV viewers of NBA Finals on ABC, between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder, may have noticed that, during the last two games, the network ran a 30-second Ford spot for the new 2013 Escape utility vehicle — in Spanish, with English subtitles.
Network ad execs had noticed the huge penetration of Spanish-speaking viewers watching the first two games of the Finals, about one-sixth of the total audience — mainly concentrated in the Miami area. So they asked Ford if the brand wanted to take advantage of the exposure to a Hispanic audience in a mainstream, DVR-proof, primetime broadcast. Ford clearly viewed it as a coup and made a move that also seemed sort of unprecedented.
"They told us it was the highest penetration they were ever seeing of Hispanic viewership of a [non-soccer] sporting event in the U.S.," Matt VanDyke, Ford's director of U.S. marketing communications, told brandchannel. ABC and ESPN, he added, "were interested in testing and learning and observing how the audience would respond to in-language Spanish advertising and asked if we wanted to test and learn with them."Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on April 23, 2012 11:02 AM
The latest intelligence from the Pew Internet Project, the 2012 "Digital Differences" report, finds that one in five American adults surveyed don’t use the Internet, with almost 50% citing irrelevance as the main reason.
The survey, which polled of 2,260 adults aged 18 and older conducted in July-August, 2011, further reveals that 10% of respondents who don't use the Internet have no interest in doing so in the future, although 20% say they have enough technological know-how to do so.
The self-identified Luddites flagged by Pew included, primarily, senior citizens, Spanish-speaking respondents, adults with less than a high school education, and those with under $30,000 annual income. At the same time, the rise of mobile has narrowed the digital divide between white Americans and minorities.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on April 16, 2012 10:45 AM
Burger King made a splash with its celeb-laden new campaign that debuted two weeks ago, featuring Jay Leno, David Beckham, Salma Hayek and a Mary J. Blige commercial that resulted in a "She said/BK said" flap.
Today the burger chain adds Sofia Vergara to that list, with a Spanish-language commercial that touts its Garden Fresh Salad as one of its healthier new menu items — click here to watch — joining Hayek's bilingual, character-packed pitch for BK's salad, chicken wraps and crispy chicken strips: a Spanish-language, salad-touting spot for Hispanic-targeted TV channels, and a companion English-language version.
Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 9, 2012 05:46 PM
As part of its deal to acquire NBCUniversal, Comcast agreed to launch more minority-owned networks by 2014 — and it's doing just that. From a music and pop culture hub called Revolt from Sean "Diddy" Combs, to a startup backed by Magic Johnson, it's a mixed bag that helps America's biggest cable operator appease the feds — but will it really do much for diversity — or TV viewers?Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 11, 2011 11:00 AM
Madres y Comadres is an eight-part original Spanish-language miniseries from Kmart targeting Hispanic mothers and the unique challenges they encounter raising a family in America and remaining true to their Hispanic heritage, as seen above, housed on a dedicated YouTube channel.
With Hispanics now the largest minority in the U.S., the webisodes are humorous and sensitive to the prevalence of extended families in the culture, hence the title: 'Madre' meaning mother, and 'Comadre,' her female confidantes.
Evocative of a 'telenovela,' the scripted episodes tackle issues such as a heartbroken mom who discovers her son is trading homemade tamales for tuna sandwiches at school; a son from a Spanish-speaking home who gets a ‘C’ in Spanish and an ‘A’ in Chinese; a mother whose daughter really wants a sleepover, a practice not popular with Hispanic moms.Continue reading...