Schramm Marketing Group today announced the upcoming June launch of its newest venture, Fantástico, the free, hyper-local, mobile-optimized site that provides Latino consumers with a ticket purchasing experience that is entirely in Spanish from homepage to checkout. The website will launch first in the New York metro area atwww.Fantastico.nyc to cater to the region’s large Hispanic community in the nation’s sports and entertainment capital.
Fantástico’s business model blends ticket resale and brokerage with original and branded editorial content to best engage the avidly mobile U.S. Hispanic consumer. The site offers free online access to ticket sales and information about sports, entertainment, movies, concerts, live performances, exhibitions, as well as family events and destinations – entirely in Spanish. Soon, Fantástico will provide Spanish-language information about pay-per-view and feature select VOD, digital video, and local television programming.
The platform’s content and advertising is targeted to feature local area events under a regionally-specific domain in each market. While the promotional focus is on local events, consumers can easily purchase tickets in Spanish to thousands of events, nationwide, using Fantástico’s easy-to-navigate event category and event title search capabilities. Fantástico allows brands, venues, and programmers to market their unique entertainment experiences to the mobile Hispanic consumer in the same seamless platform.
“For over two decades, Schramm Marketing Group has been at the forefront of multicultural marketing. We’ve leveraged our extensive relationships and partnerships with sports and entertainment entities to provide U.S. Hispanics greater access to the most popular events,” said Joe Schramm, Founder and Managing Partner, Schramm Marketing Group. “Fantástico is a natural progression for our business by leveraging the popularity of smartphone ownership among Latinos. The site allows us to continue providing our expertise to brands, advertisers, programmers, and program providers, while also connecting Latino consumers with the experiences and content they want, on the devices they use, and in the language they speak.”
“Sports and entertainment are two major passions for U.S. Hispanics” said Rafael Eli, Partner, Schramm Marketing Group. “In the past 23 years, we have attracted sold-out crowds of Latino soccer fans to many of the country’s top venues in the largest Hispanic markets. Yet, our team has identified a serious void in the ticket-buying experience – none of the leading online ticket outlets offers Hispanics an option for getting tickets on mobile that is completely in Spanish. The process may start in Spanish, but currently, the check-out reverts to English. Fantástico is the solution.”
The popularity of smartphones among Latinos has demanded an evolution in the way these consumers buy tickets online. The introduction of smartphones created a paradigm shift in the marketplace, providing Hispanics an affordable and convenient option for accessing the internet. Today, Hispanics over-index for ownership of smartphones and use their smartphone as their primary or only access to the internet. While Hispanics are 17% of the population, they buy about 25% of all movie tickets sold, according to the Motion Pictures Association of America. Hispanics also are the most enthusiastic supporters of soccer and baseball, have historically comprised the most consistent base of boxing pay-per-view buyers, and are very likely to attend shows and events as a family or group. As a free, mobile-optimized ticket and content site entirely in Spanish, Fantástico was specifically designed with statistics like these in mind to best serve the Hispanic community.