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‘Adios, Telemundo’: Salida de Silberwasser Confirmed

MIAMI — In a surprise announcement, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises revealed that the search is on for its new President of Telemundo Networks.

After four years in the role, Hispanic media industry veteran Luis Silberwasser will be leaving the company on October 1. This will allow Silberwasser to assist with the transition in leadership at the Telemundo and TelExitos broadcast TV networks and at the Universo cable TV network.

The reasons for Silberwasser’s departure are not clear. However, NBCU spoke highly of him in sharing news of his pending exit. He “helped change the programming strategy and the positioning of the network” and bet on new genres and formats. “By drawing on his deep understanding of the U.S. Hispanic audience as well as his experience with international markets, Silberwasser was a key contributor in redefining Hispanic media and making Telemundo the preferred media destination for Hispanics today,” NBCU said.

Cesar Conde, Chairman of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises and NBCUniversal International Group, noted, “Luis helped propel our rise as the definitive media and entertainment brand for today’s Hispanic consumer. He has made an indelible mark on our company at a time of great transformation. On behalf of everyone at Telemundo, I want to thank him for his dedication, partnership and invaluable contributions.”

Silberwasser added, “I’m extremely proud of what we have accomplished at Telemundo and the important role of this organization in serving the Latino community across America. Today, Telemundo is the clear leader, not only in viewership, but as the network that will take content risks and breaks stereotypes.  I am thankful to have had the opportunity to work with the best team in the industry and to have been a part of Telemundo’s groundbreaking success.  As I now embark on new content-making ventures, I will always look forward to seeing the Telemundo brand continue its tremendous growth.”

So, why is he leaving? A source close to the matter tells Hispanic Market Overview that aligning the leadership structure in a way that mirrors that of sibling NBC was the key desire for NBCUniversal. As such, it is believed that it is Silberwasser’s decision to depart and that it was an amicable one.

Word of Silberwasser’s pending exit arrived moments after NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises announced new leadership responsibilities of four key executives, which the Comcast-owned entity believes “will allow the organization to further accelerate its leadership position in media and as the choice and voice of Latinos today across all platforms.”

Beau Ferrari, EVP of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises

Beau Ferrari will take a bigger role as EVP of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. Ferrari was appointed to the position in March 2017 and will now “closely partner with all content divisions and NBCUniversal teams across the portfolio.” Ferrari was previously EVP/Corporate Strategy and Development at Telemundo’s main rival, Univision Communications.

During his tenure, Ferrari also served as the first CEO and GM of Fusion, the ill-fated multiplatform joint venture with The Walt Disney Company. Additionally, Ferrari headed Univision Deportes and the launch of Univision’s sports network and served as Chief of Staff/Special Assistant to the CEO.

Prior to Ferrari joining Univision Communications, he was co-founder and partner at Royal Palm Capital Partners, a private equity investment and management firm. Ferrari began his career as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley & Co. in New York.

Concurrently, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises EVP Mónica Gil is adding the role of Chief Marketing Officer, overseeing all brand and corporate marketing, communications, corporate affairs and human resources. She joined Telemundo in January 2017 following a lengthy tenure at Nielsen.

Additionally, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises EVP/Digital Media and Emerging Business Peter Blacker is given the new role of EVP/Revenue Strategy & Innovation. In the newly created role, “Blacker will work across linear and digital platforms to amplify the company’s monetization efforts throughout all revenue streams.” Blacker is a 14-year Telemundo veteran.

Lastly, Ronald Day has been elevated to EVP/Entertainment from SVP/Programming at Telemundo Networks. It’s a swift rise for the longtime former Univision executive, who rose to SVP/Programming & Promotions in his 16 1/2 years at the operation. Today, Day will be responsible for programming, talent and promotions of prime-time, daytime and specials for Telemundo and Universo Networks.

The new leadership team will report to Conde and will be based at Telemundo Center in West Miami, which opened in March 2018.

The digital multicast TELEXITOS , launched and operated by the Telemundo Station Group, will continue to be led by Barbara Alfonso.

What’s next for Silberwasser could be the biggest topic of conversation in Miami, New York and Los Angeles. He joined Telemundo Networks as President in August 2014 following a lengthy run at Discovery Communications, exiting as EVP/Chief Content Officer for Discovery Networks International. From 1991-1997, Silberwasser was a brand manager for Procter & Gamble Co. in Latin America.

Silberwasser’s exit comes amid widely reported turmoil at Telemundo’s No. 1 competitor — Univision Communications. But, it also comes as Azteca América is gearing up for a massive relaunch under new owner HC2.

So far there’s only speculation on where Silberwasser may be going.

 

— Radio + Television Business Report, RBR.com

Hispanic Market Overview 2018: Now Available For Free Download

The Adam R Jacobson Consultancy, in association with HispanicAd.com, is proud to announce the release of the annual Hispanic Market Overview state-of-the-industry report.

The Hispanic marketing and advertising industry’s annual State of the Industry report, Hispanic Market Overview includes insight and observations from such key players as:

  • Alex López Negrete, López Negrete Communications
  • Isaac Mizrahi, Culture Marketing Council (CMC) and ALMA
  • Gaby Alcántara-Diaz, Semilla
  • Larissa Acosta, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Fernando Fernández, D’Expósito & Partners
  • Stacie deArmas, Nielsen

Thanks to our partners, this report is available via free download:

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GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD?

By Adam R Jacobson

A decade ago, there was an attempt by an editor at a now-defunct trade publication focused on Hispanic marketing and advertising to start a tough conversation about the industry’s next 10-20 years.

Always the futurist, trends and observations were gathered. Pen was put to paper, and then fingers to keyboard. From 2010 through today, nine Hispanic Market Overview reports have been produced – each with a unique and informative encapsulation of where the U.S. Hispanic market is heading. At the same time, the Hispanic Market Overview reports have served as a “primer” for what was once termed the “Hispanic Chief Marketing Officer.”

Yet, no one wanted to address the changes we long saw coming. In 2010, there was concern that the U.S. Hispanic marketing and advertising universe was ripe for contraction. We even suggested that, come 2030, the U.S. Hispanic market would be very similar to the African American marketplace of 2010 — fully integrated and “total market” in scope, with a handful of media brands specifically targeting this consumer group.

We were assailed for such a suggestion. Hispanics are different, we were told again and again. They continue to embrace their culture.

BINGO. That statement, more than any other statement we’ve heard from Hispanic marketing pioneers to today’s most active agency leaders, speaks volumes of the rapid change taking place in Hispanic marketing and advertising.

Of course, there are major changes taking place for all advertising shops – not just those that have identified themselves as “Hispanic agencies” or specialists until now. Programmatic is, for better or for worse, a reality brand managers and Hispanic shops must work with, not against. Data-driven analytics are driving more campaigns than ever before. Efficiencies are a budget must, but as demonstrated by Wells Fargo Bank in a newly launched campaign we discuss in this year’s edition, don’t have to be simple transcreations.

Why? Because, it is all about cultural relevancy.

But … to what extent? The release of the 2018 Hispanic Market Overview comes concurrent to the first-ever Culture Marketing Council annual conference, taking place June 4-6 in Los Angeles.

For those who aren’t in the know, it’s not the first-ever conference for this group, but the first-ever conference for a group that just changed its name from ahaa, founded as the “Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies.”

The name-change is a case study in how the U.S. Hispanic market is an amoeba, shifting shapes in an ever-evolving manner that requires intelligence from experts. That’s where CMC members, and others that have been highly active “Hispanic” marketing and advertising pros, come in.

Alex López Negrete has carved his teeth on highly successful Hispanic market efforts for some of the world’s biggest brands. Yet, the biggest news coming out of his Houston-based agency involves a campaign created for the Middle East, with spots in Arabic.

Is this indicative of where the U.S. Hispanic advertising and marketing industry needs to go?

Maybe for some, maybe not for others. Gaby Alcántara-Diaz has become the go-to expert on how to reach the upscale Latino consumer. Heritage shops such as D Expósito & Partners and longtime industry leaders including Liz Castells and Isaac Mizrahi continue to focus nearly all of their efforts on Hispanic ROI solutions for their clients.

And, it’s not like brands who have been actively targeting Hispanic consumers are suddenly ceasing that activity. Instead, it’s the same old song: Categories ripe for growth that have been ripe for growth for nearly a decade, combined with “total market” challenges that have led to lower returns resulting from taking the Cheap Channel, rather than the ROI River.

There are many idea generators when it comes time to produce this annual report. But, we never thought one of those would be the classic Elton John album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

The four-side opus, released in 1973, opens with a two-song medley titled “Love Lies Bleeding/Funeral For A Friend.” The lyrics include the following line:

Oh it doesn’t seem a year ago
To this very day
You said I’m sorry honey
If I don’t change the pace
I can’t face another day

While playing this album, on the record player, those lyrics struck us. One year ago we fretted that the death of Hispanic marketing and advertising was upon us. Ernest Bromley is retired; his shop shuttered. Great voices of the past, such as Carl Kravetz, have been dimmed. The Smithsonian Institution has a museum exhibit now dedicated to what was, what had been just outstanding – and now a part of the American past.

Yes, we’re holding a funeral for ahaa, and we’re still very concerned about the future of “Hispanic” marketing and advertising. But, we’re not mourning the death of the U.S. Hispanic market in any way, shape or form.

Rather, we are rededicating our passion and commitment to telling marketers and advertisers why the U.S. Hispanic consumer is – and will continue to be – an integral part of the diversity and culture-minded efforts that are now reshaping the ways companies communicate with consumers.

From Target EVP/CMO Rick Gomez to Comcast VP/Multicultural Communications José Velez-Silva, the embrace of culture marketing will do much to guarantee the continued importance of Hispanic-specific outreach.

Until mid-May, we at Hispanic Market Overview weren’t convinced. We asked Mizrahi and Mr. López-Negrete what they thought of the rebranding of ahaa to CMC, because we weren’t so sure removing “Hispanic” from the name of an organization focused on the U.S. Hispanic market was such a smart idea.

On Memorial Day, a visit to Pearl Harbor was made, with the afternoon spend enjoying the famous Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head State Monument. It was a great lesson in culture marketing. Everywhere we looked, there were Japanese tourists and residents rubbing elbows; signage and ads included Japanese messaging, while Hawaiian Airlines offers an in-flight magazine all in Japanese. There are also Filipinos, and native Hawaiians that are increasingly using the Hawaiian language. All converged that evening for a 20th annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony to remember relatives, friends and fallen service members. More than 30,000 people attended the event, televised live on Raycom-owned broadcast stations serving the Hawaiian islands. It was a truly multiethnic event that, while somber, demonstrated the power of inclusion, creativity and community.

Creativity, community, and culture are the focal points of the 2018 CMC Annual Conference.

Hispanic Market Overview takes it one step further, by showing how evolving, imagining and inspiring can yield continued growth and extend the life of an industry that’s changing every day. But, these metamorphoses are welcomed and far from a harbinger of death.

That 45-year-old Elton John album concludes with a masterpiece of a song called “Harmony.” After mourning the loss of Marilyn Monroe and pounding the way through “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting,” John sings:

Harmony and me, we’re pretty good company
Looking for an island in our boat upon the sea

It was a great image to put into perspective where we’re collectively heading. The yellow brick road extends far for the U.S. Hispanic marketer and advertiser, and involves a journey that may include some not-so-smooth navigation. But, with the perfect harmony of cultural wisdom and resonant messaging, the future looks to be a bright one.

HMO

 

 

Local Sports Talent Heads To Russia For Telemundo

A team of local station journalists from Telemundo O&Os in six top Hispanic DMAs are packing their bags, grabbing their passports, and practicing how to say Доброе утро just right.

Talent from Telemundo Station Group stations in Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, and the Rio Grande Valley are flying to Russia along with talent from Telemundo’s national news bureaus in Washington, D.C. and Miami to cover the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

A total of 12 sports and news anchors, photographers and producers are making the trip, making it the largest Telemundo junket ever to cover an international sporting event.

Telemundo Station Group President Manuel Martinez said, “Thanks to the innovations we have made to our station’s digital and mobile products, we’re excited to bring the World Cup excitement to soccer fans everywhere through our multi-platform coverage. Whether you’re at home watching the games on your TV or a livestream of the matches on our station apps during your commute, our stations will help fans everywhere feel like they’re in Russia living every World Cup moment.”

Special local shows and segments like “Acceso Rusia” (Russia Access), “Hoy En Rusia” (Today in Russia), and “Recorriendo Rusia” (Traveling Through Russia) will be produced for Telemundo’s stations from Russia.

This will be complimented with distinctive local digital content like interactive games, score cards and the ability to watch live games from Telemundo owned station apps.

“Working closely with our partners at the Telemundo Station Group, Telemundo Deportes will provide the most complete and authentic coverage of the World Cup in Spanish language exclusively,” said Telemundo Deportes President Ray Warren. “We hope our viewers will join us for the entire journey from June 14 through the Final game on July 15.

The station group’s on-air team includes WSNS sports anchor Rodrigo Arana, WSCV news anchor Adriana Delgado, KXTX sports anchor Erik Mora, KVEA sports anchor Alejandro Navarro and KTMD sports anchor Ubaldo Martinez.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia will take place from June 14 to July 15, 2018.


Follow the Telemundo Station Group’s on-air anchor team as they report from the 2018 World Cup @AranaRoa@ADelgadoT51@ErikMoraTV,@AnavarroT52, and @UbaldoKTMD.

Telemundo, Mazda Team Up For Multimedia Mini-Series

Do U.S. Hispanics care enough about a Hispanic baseball player currently playing for a Japanese professional baseball team where it may sway them toward a Mazda when shopping for a new vehicle.

Mazda North American Operations and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises certainly hope so.

“A premier multimedia advertising campaign” has been launched that’s designed to introduce the redesigned Mazda CX-5 to U.S. Hispanic audiences through “¡Al Bate!” (Batter Up!) – an eight episode, documentary style mini-series featuring former MLB player Ramiro Peña, who currently serves as an infielder for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball.

Through Peña’s compelling life story, he describes his passion for the sport of baseball and his experience as an immigrant in Japan.

“Telemundo and Mazda will engage audiences in a way that is relatable and poignant to many Hispanic families in the United States,” Telemundo asserts.

The campaign was preceded by a series of Mazda media assets that ran in Japanese. Why? To generate curiosity and buzz among Hispanic audiences who are used to Spanish messaging on Telemundo’s digital platforms, including TelemundoDeportes.com, Telemundo’s Novelas App, and the network’s Facebook pages.

“Our partnership with Mazda allows us to be creative in the way we develop unique content that captures the attention of audiences regardless of platform,” said Laura Molen, EVP/Advertising Sales, Lifestyle Group and Telemundo Enterprises, at NBCUniversal. “¡Al Bate! is compelling, premium video content that is authentic to Mazda’s Japanese heritage and we’re excited to introduce it to the passionate Telemundo audience as we work to break through the clutter in the traditional advertising space.”

On Tuesday (7/25), “¡Al Bate!” will debut on TelemundoDeportes.com.

“In our mission to better connect with the Hispanic community, we recognize the importance of developing meaningful content that will ultimately create a connection between the Hispanic community and the personality and passion of the Mazda brand,” said Russell Wager, VP/Marketing for Mazda. “By partnering with Telemundo to create this mini-series, we are able to utilize its influence and credibility in the Hispanic community, and create authentic creative assets that are impactful to consumers.”

Vinyl & Copy: Why Multicultural Agencies And Records Are So Alike

Several years ago, perhaps at a Speed Dating event or a networking Happy Hour somewhere in Los Angeles, guests were presented with a series of ice-breaker questions to help start the conversation. The question posed to me was, “What’s the one thing you own that you’ll never, ever get rid of?”

Without hesitation, I responded, “My record collection.”

My LPs and 45 RPM singles are some of my cherished possessions. For years, friends and colleagues couldn’t understand why I had transported—at significant cost—my collection across the country each of the three times I’ve relocated in the last 25 years. Furthermore, how could I possibly be investing in additions to a collection that was perhaps outmoded and arcane, given the rise of the compact disc and, following that, digital downloads and streaming services?

My answer is simple: The iPod and my iPhone are great for hearing music, but the record player is the best device for listening to music.

There’s a difference between hearing and listening. It’s time to demonstrate that difference to marketers, brand managers and C-suite executives. Much has been said and shared about the rapidly evolving Hispanic market. But, have the decision-makers been listening to what has been said, and are they making choices based on efficiencies, rather than conclusions derived from the largest amount of data ever made available to marketers about today’s U.S. Hispanic consumer?

In September 2015, a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data showed the immigrant share among each of the U.S.’s Hispanic origin groups in decline, affirming reports that immigration from Latin America—in particular, Mexico—is slowing.

The Hispanic Market Overview annual report has stated for the last several years that the U.S. Hispanic population is now being driven by births, rather than those who are foreign-born. Additionally, it should be emphasized that immigration is slowing but has not stopped. Far from it: the U.S. Hispanic population in 2000 was comprised of 14.1 million immigrants. By 2013, that number grew to 19 million.

A market of 19 million consumers should be an opportunity for brands who wish to establish themselves as a top choice when it comes time to make purchasing decisions. Remember, everyone shops. The recent Latino immigrant needs food, packaged goods, clothing, transportation, and health care information regardless of their financial status. The upscale Latino and Latino Baby Boomer are equally important.

Yet, marketers seem fixated on a Hispanic plan of action focused squarely on bilingual Latino millennials who can be targeted through the English-language media they consume.

Why? They’ve been spending too much time hearing how to do more through “total market” capabilities instead of listening to the experts and veterans who have modernized their agencies but have remained true to what works for today’s Latino consumer.

The aural quality of a record is richer, and deeper. One simply hears more. It’s imperfect, with the pops and hisses and skips on well-worn favorites. The U.S. Hispanic advertising agency of today is no different than a record. The people inside these businesses have the deepest and richest insight on Latino consumers, and are the perfect partners to work alongside a general-market agency.

According to Nielsen, sales of vinyl records grew by 30% in 2015, to 11.9 million, from 9.2 million in 2014. Music fans are rediscovering records.

It’s now time for marketers who have turned to the dreaded adaptation and translation approach to rediscover the value of Hispanic advertising agencies.

With an uncertain economy once again rearing its ugly head, and a presidential election that has put Hispanics in an understated role as ultimate decision maker, we’ve put on our thinking cap and our reading glasses to provide a Total Focus to Hispanic marketers and advertising agency executives on everything keeping you up at night—and everything keeping the lights on and the paychecks from bouncing.

Hispanic Market Overview 2016, presented by Lopez Negrete Communications, is now available for complimentary download at http://reports.hispanicad.com/reports/HMO2016/

As the industry’s key executives gather in Miami Beach for the 20th annual ahaa conference, this year bearing the name “The Future in Focus,” we hope this report generates conversation, thought and perhaps a little controversy. Congratulations to Leif Roll, VP of Marketing at State Farm, on being named Marketer of the Year. We’ve seen a lot from State Farm in the U.S. Hispanic market. But where is GEICO? Who is Progressive’s Latina counterpart to Flo?

We also single out Eric Reynolds, CMO of The Clorox Company, as Clorox has demonstrated an exceptional understanding of the Latino consumer through product development and subsequent marketing efforts that make the company a standout. Your lavender-scented products can be found throughout the Hispanic Market Overview ohana.

Please enjoy this seventh annual Hispanic Market Overview, presented by López Negrete Communications. As you are reading this, please listen to what is being said. Otherwise, they’re just words that you may be hearing, but not digesting.

Reading, while listening to your favorite record album, is highly recommended.

 

Adam R Jacobson

Coming Monday: Hispanic Market Overview 2016

hmo2013  “Hello, it’s me. I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet.”

 

Those are the opening lyrics to Adele’s multiplatform smash hit “Hello.”

Advertising executives active in the U.S. Hispanic market who seek growth in 2016 and 2017 may be leaving that very voicemail and sending that very line via e-mail to potential clients that have had potential since Friends left the airwaves—and have yet to engage Latinos in Spanish-language media.

Then there are the regular players: the media, the agencies and the clients we always talk about.

But there’s so much more to be said. Only, who’s talking? If they are talking, what are they saying?

“It’s soft.”

That’s great if I’m buying a pillow. But, we’re talking about the fragile U.S. Hispanic market—one that has seen agencies shutter, and scant new major brands who’ve opted to speak to an important consumer group in Spanish.

These are concerning times, and the 2016 Hispanic Market Overview, presented by Lopez Negrete Communications, promises to provide readers with information, insight, statistics, commentary, and real-world remarks on how things really are.

With an uncertain economy—again—and the upcoming presidential election, we promise to put on our reading glasses and put Total Focus’ on everything keeping you up and night, and everything keeping the lights on and the paychecks from bouncing.

Gain ‘Total Focus’ by downloading the seventh annual Hispanic Market Overview state-of-the-industry report, produced by veteran Hispanic market analyst and journalist Adam R Jacobson, from Monday at Noon CET/6am ET/3am ET and Midnight, Hawaiian Time. This report is distributed exclusively by HispanicAd.com and presented by Lopez Negrete Communications.

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builds on the insights and observations provided each business day in HispanicAd.com and in the October 2015 Hispanic CMO Thought Leadership report.

Hispanic Market Overview 2015 Now Available For Marketers To Get ‘Back To Basics’

Sixth annual Hispanic Market Overview state-of-the-industry report now available.

Presented by Lopez Negrete Communications

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Produced by Adam R Jacobson with exclusive distribution from HispanicAd.com

hmo2013Hispanic Market Overview 2015 builds on the insights and observations provided each business day in HispanicAd.com and in the November 2014 Hispanic CMO Thought Leadership report.


Hispanic Market Overview 2015, presented by Lopez Negrete Communications, is a  detailed overview of the state of U.S. Hispanic marketing and advertising, delivered complimentary via digital download in a new easy-to-use flipbook format. Get the facts, thoughts, ideas and knowledge to propel your company’s multicultural outreach.

MAIN TOPICS: A Focus On the Fundamentals: Why targeting Hispanic millennials means retaining–and growing–your Spanish-language media buys; Hispanic media and the “OTT” opportunity; The overall state of Hispanic advertising: data overview and analysis; economic outlook and visibility

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Jacobson Named Editor Of B&C/Multichannel News ‘Hispanic Television Update’

Veteran journalist, multicultural analyst and Hispanic market strategist Adam R Jacobson has been named Editor of Hispanic Television Update, the widely read monthly electronic newsletter published and distributed by B&C/Multichannel News.

Jacobson’s appointment as editor is effective with the October 17, 2013 newsletter.

“I’m thrilled to be covering the Hispanic television industry for Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News,” says Jacobson, who has covered the Hispanic television industry extensively through his independently produced Hispanic Market Overview reports distributed via a partnership with leading Hispanic marketing and advertising trade newsletter HispanicAd.com since 2010.

“Spanish-language television continues to attract the lion’s share of advertising dollars. Beyond the big networks operated by NBCUniversal, Univision and FOX are entities including Liberman Broadcasting’s Estrella TV, SBS’s Mega TV and successful independently owned and operated channels such as America CV. Additionally, there are roughly 72 cable television channels serving Spanish speakers in the U.S. Plus, there are English-language networks dedicated to reaching Hispanics, such as NuvoTV and the soon-to-launch Fusion. It’s a very exciting time for Hispanic television, and I’m excited to have a bird’s eye view of the industry.”

Jacobson covered the 2013 Hispanic Upfronts for HispanicAd.com in partnership with B&C/Multichannel News, serving as editor and chief content producer for the Post Hispanic Upfront Television Guide, electronically distributed by both HispanicAd and B&C/Multichannel News in May 2013.

Jacobson is also known for directing the expansion of Hispanic television and media coverage while at Hispanic Market Weekly, launching as editor the HispanicEntertainmentBusiness section and serving as a chief reporter covering the Hispanic TV industry for the trade publication’s weekly newsletter.

Jacobson also brings to B&C/Multichannel News’ Hispanic Television Update unique marketing and advertising insights gained from his role as Multicultural Analyst at global market research firm Mintel. “Knowing how marketers and advertisers can best craft their advertising messages and media buying and planning strategies when targeting Hispanics requires the best and most succinct coverage of the Hispanic television industry. My goal is to make the monthly newsletter a must-read for not only Hispanic television executives, but also for CMOs and C-Suite executives who insist on achieving ROI in the best and smartest ways possible.”

Jacobson started his career at Hispanic Magazine, serving as an intern before joining the editorial staff. He later assisted in the launch of Latina Style Magazine, and served as Publications Editor for the American Translators Association. Jacobson then relocated from Washington, DC to Los Angeles, joining Radio and Records’ editorial staff. He progressed through various positions of greater responsibility at the former industry trade publication, becoming a recognized national expert in Spanish-language radio, music and pan-Latin marketing strategies.

Jacobson has been interviewed for his radio-industry experience on NPR, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ABC World News Tonight and as a Hispanic marketing expert by Agence France-Press and the Los Angeles Times. As “Jake Adams,” Jacobson has also served as a guest air personality at Lincoln Financial Media’s WLYF-FM “Lite FM” in Miami.

Jacobson will continue in his role as a Hispanic market media strategist, working with various clients in capacities unrelated to his work for B&C/Multichannel News. He will also continue to work with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as a recruitment specialist for its fundraising programs.

Jacobson is based in South Florida.

 

 

CONTACT:

Adam R Jacobson
adam@adamrjacobson.com

 

Commentary: Hispanic Agencies, Media Hold The Cards (Or Domino Chips)

The following commentary appears in the July 23 news update of HispanicAd.com.

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of chatting with a 22-year-old Miami-born second-generation Cuban who is off to medical school in Pittsburgh next week.

We chatted about her desire to run a marathon, and about life in Miami.

She had on Variety 103.5, an English-language pop and classic hits station, but noted that her first choice when listening to the radio is Mega 94-9, “a Latin station.”

I suggested that before the big drive north that she pack supplies from Navarro Discount Pharmacy such as Café Bustelo, Maria cookies and other Cuban treats and products such as Adobo or Mojo Criollo that are difficult to find west of the Appalachians.

As we chatted it dawned on me that this young woman will soon represent one of the most desired consumers in the US – the young professional Hispanic millennial. We have seen study after study focus on this complicated group of Hispanics, who have embraced US and Latin culture and traditions in ways that are largely unique and incomparable between other groups of similar Hispanics by geographic area.

I am sure this young Cuban-American woman has little in common with a 22-year-old Latina who was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, or Dallas, or Chicago, or … well, just about everywhere else.

This got me thinking about Hispanic advertising, and why Hispanic advertising agencies and consultancies are more vital than ever when connecting marketers and brands to Latino consumers. We live the market. We understand the market. We experience the market.

A small boutique-like shop within a shop designed to allow general-market giants to capture Hispanic business may not have the individuals in-house that have the deep personal understanding of the Hispanic market as, well, the individuals at a Hispanic shop.

At the same time, Hispanic advertising agencies employ largely bilingual, bicultural individuals who are both US-born and first-generation immigrants from across Iberoamérica. Many are millennials. Many are the very target that so many marketers crave.

Hispanic agencies, thus, hold all the right cards. Or, in Miami, all the right domino chips. They have the insight to not only direct Hispanic marketing efforts but also hold the keys to the truck that’s driving all of a brand’s efforts moving forward, given the multicultural population surge that will one day soon make Whites a minority across the US, and not just in the top 15 DMAs.

My running buddy is one of thousands of unique Hispanic millennials. We as an industry focused on the Hispanic consumer have the best knowledge of how to connect to these consumers.

Marketers must understand this. If not, we all lose — even the brand and the total-market shop trying to accomplish something it may be ill-equipped to oversee.

 

ARJ

Sights and Sounds from Hispanic Upfront Week

From May 13-15, I had the pleasure of attending my first Hispanic Upfronts in New York. My presence at events hosted by Liberman Broadcasting’s Estrella TV, Azteca America, Univision, Discovery Networks, Telemundo/Mun2, Fox Hispanic Media, Vme, Tr3s, Editorial Televisa, NuvoTV, and ESPN Deportes was tied to my work on the 2013 Post Hispanic Upfront Guide, which in just 48 hours after its May 21 release had been downloaded by nearly 6,000 individuals.

While the guide includes all of the information you need on new shows heading to Spanish-language broadcast and cable television networks in the next 12 months, we were unable to include some of the sights and sounds of the Upfronts due to tight deadlines at B&C/Multichannel News and the nature of the Guide, which is distributed in PDF form.

The May 14 Univision upfront, which put the spotlight on heartthrob William Levy, adaptations of Breaking Bad and Gossip Girl  set to air on UniMas, and its “all for one” philosophy of 360-degree marketing, concluded with a performance from Enrique Iglesias. Here are two snippets:

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Telemundo's 2013-14 Upfront, from the Press Gallery

 

That evening, Telemundo turned up the heat at the gorgeous Jazz at Lincoln Center venue at Time Warner Center by bringing out the cast of its breakout hit La Voz Kids — Paulina Rubio, Roberto Tapia and Prince Royce.

The show, which airs Sunday evenings, has already been picked up for a second season.

Telemundo concluded its Upfront presentation by perhaps trumping Univision in bringing out an entertainer that proved to better resonate with its audience than Iglesias — Marc Anthony.

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STUNNING VENUES

Univision’s Upfront presentation was held in the New Amsterdam Theater, one of the first to be refurbished as part of Times Square’s rebirth in the early 1990s. As you can tell from the video posted of Iglesias, the acoustics are incredible as are the views from the upper-deck seats.

 

Fox Hispanic Media’s 2013 Upfront presentation was held at Alice Tully Hall, in Lincoln Center. The venue was perfect as programs from MundoFox, the newly rechristened Fox Life (formerly Utilisima), NatGeo Mundo, and Fox Deportes were previewed; photography inside the theater was prohibited.

Meanwhile, Telemundo’s choice of Jazz at Lincoln Center proved to be extra-special for those who enjoy great views of New York. The post-Upfront party was held in a large expanse outside of the black box theater, with a Latin Jazz act performing in front of floor-to-ceiling windows with billion-dollar views of Columbus Circle.

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, one of the more stunning views of the night was seen from my hotel room (trust me, it wasn’t that fancy) upon returning for the night. Univision made a deal with the Empire State Building to put its Univision Network logo colors on the crown of the tower. It was a magnificent sight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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