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Listen to song – teenage pop rock Latinas release first album

Posted by Elena del Valle on August 31, 2007

First Sight cover 

“First Sight” cover

Photo: HardKandy Records Inc.

Latina vocalist and guitarrist Florencia Bourdin and her music partner keyboardist Diana Dulanto, Alphafemes, like pop rock. Inspired by the likes of Gwen Stefani, Pink, and Guns N’ Roses they are about to see some of their dreams come true with the release of their first album, “First Sight,” by Record Label HardKandy Records Inc. Coincidentally it’s the New Jersey record label’s tenth album and its tenth year in business.

Live Alphafemes perform as a trio or a quartet. In the studio they are a duo. The album “First Sight” was produced by veteran independent producer Brother Noyze the Mad Musician (G.L.Hines).

Alphafemes
  Alphafemes

The teenagers, Bourdin, a native of Uruguay, and Dulanto from Peru, met at a high school history class and hit it off. While Bourdin likes to sing, Dulanto’s love is song writing. They each grew up with music in their lives and developed the passion for music that eventually brought them together.

To listen to the single “A Moment” from the “First Sight” album click the button to hear the podcast:


“Emotional Branding: How to capture the heart and mind of the Hispanic consumer” audio recording

Jay Gronlund Mario Quiñones

Emotional Branding” was recorded January 2007 during the Strategic Research Institute 13th Annual Blockbuster Marketing to U.S. Hispanic and Latin America conference in Miami, Florida. Receive a free downloadable copy by completing our Visitor Survey.

Click here for your free copy of Emotional Branding




Latina radio host popular among New Yorkers

Posted by Elena del Valle on August 30, 2007

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Photo: Spanish Broadcasting System

Since 2004 Gloria Broussard, known to her listeners as Gloria B, has called WPAT AMOR 93.1 FM, a New York radio station, home.  Nearly 600,000 Latinos in New York listen to her show from 10 am to 3 pm every week. 
 
According to promotional materials, one of the main attractions to the show is Gloria B’s real life close relationship with her listeners many of whom call in daily to speak with her. She created “La encuesta del día,” a daily segment that airs everyday at noon. During the show Gloria B corresponds through e-mail and fax with her fans while she is on air. Listeners can also get in contact with Gloria B through her private cell phone and when they leave her voice messages she plays them on the air throughout the show.
 
The Gloria B show was ranked 15 during its first two years. According to the Arbitron Radio Market Ratings for New York Spring 2007 (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut), her show has skyrocketed to the top third spot in the tri-state area. It is also the second most popular among women overall.

Perhaps what attracts fans is her humanity and willingness to share painful and embarrassing aspects of her life. During the show, Gloria B has shared her struggles with life from a hangover to ovarian cancer. She apologized on the air for failing to make her credit card payment on time.

Broussard’s radio career began in 1993. She first worked as an assistant program director for WSKQ 97.9. She rose to Metro Traffic’s news and traffic reporter for radio stations WADO, WSKQ, WXLX, and WLIR from 1994 to 1996. In 2000, Broussard worked with “Al Despertar,” a Univision Channel 41 news program. In 2002, she shared entertainment news and  gossip from New York as part of “Cotorreando” on Telemundo.

Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. is one of the largest publicly traded Hispanic-controlled media and entertainment companies in the United States. SBS owns and operates 20 radio stations located in Hispanic markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Puerto Rico.


“Emotional Branding: How to capture the heart and mind of the Hispanic consumer” audio recording

Jay Gronlund Mario Quiñones

Emotional Branding” was recorded January 2007 during the Strategic Research Institute 13th Annual Blockbuster Marketing to U.S. Hispanic and Latin America conference in Miami, Florida. Receive a free downloadable copy by completing our Visitor Survey.

 Click here to receive a free copy of Emotional Branding


Aligning Social Responsibility and Multicultural Marketing

Posted by Elena del Valle on August 29, 2007

By Stephen Palacios, executive vice president, Cheskin

Stephen Palacios

 Stephen Palacios, executive vice president, Cheskin

Hispanic Business Magazine just ran a typical announcement regarding the appointment of a senior executive to a new position at Countrywide Bank to administer the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) lending and community development requirements. 

The article caught my eye not for the news it reported, but instead because it reflects assumptions  that often impact Hispanic marketing programs  – basically, that the consumers served by mandated social responsibility initiatives like CRA are often seen as the same as multicultural markets. 

Click here to read the complete article. 


Target Latinos effectively by anticipating changes in the market with

“Hispanic Projections” – with 2007-08 updates audio recording

Roger Selbert, Ph.D.

Presenter Roger Selbert, Ph.D.

Find out

  • About Latino buying power growth in the future
  • How Latino market growth compares with other markets in the U.S.
  • What drives the rise of Latino economic clout
  • Who should target the Latino market
  • What is the size of the Hispanic affluent market
  • If the luxury Latino market is growing 
  • About Hispanics who earn more than $100,000 annually

Click here for information on “Hispanic Projections”


DolEx Dollar Express, Construmex partner to target Mexican immigrants

Posted by Elena del Valle on August 28, 2007

Andres Montalvo 

Andres Montalvo, general director of Construmex

Photo: Construmex

In spite of a slump in bank remittances to Mexico in the last few months, two companies are confident in continued growth. Construmex, a United States housing project supported by Cemex, and DolEx Dollar Express, Inc., an electronic money-transfer agency, recently announced a strategic alliance to facilitate their marketing efforts to reach Mexican immigrants in the United States. They believe many immigrants want to invest in a family home or small business in their country of origin.

Under the new alliance, DolEx promises to promote Construmex at is branches and ensure funds sent for Construmex building materials and monthly payments for a new home are used by beneficiaries and family members specifically for those purposes. Additionally, regular monthly housing credit payments can be made at all DolEx locations. Construmex and Dolex plan to install toll free hotlines at DolEx locations in the U.S. to respond to DolEx client interests in the Construmex service.

“We are thrilled to join forces with a company as reputable as Cemex’ Construmex and are confident that Mexicans in the U.S. will take full advantage of the services of both companies from our combined networks throughout the U.S. and Mexico,” said Salvador Velazquez, general director of DolEx’s operations in Mexico. “Now our clients can both send money home and invest productively in their futures. No other similar program exists in the U.S.”


“Latino Family Dynamics” audio recording

Brenda Hurley Liria Barbosa

 Brenda Hurley and Liria Barbosa

Discuss
  • Latino purchasing habits and products they favor
  • Latino family characteristics
  • Latinos and extended families
  • Division of duties, responsibilities within the family
  • Who is the decision maker in the Latino family
  • Who is the information provider in the Latino family

    Click here to discover essentials about “Latino Family Dynamics”


    “We’re giving Mexican immigrants the opportunity to create wealth by making productive investments in their home country, contribute to the strengthening the economy of our dear country, and, of course, allowing them to build their dream. Most recently, we have witnessed an increased interest in building small businesses in Mexico,” said Andres Montalvo, general director of Construmex.

  • Since it was established in 2001, Construmex has provided Mexicans working in the U.S credit and financing services to facilitate investments in building materials, self-construction, remodeling and new home purchases in Mexico. The program allows Mexicans who may not be creditworthy the opportunity to own a “dream home” in their motherland. According to the Cemex and Construmex websites, Houston based Construmex has assisted more than 30,000 Mexicans and 8,000 Mexican families living in the United States to build or buy homes in Mexico.

    The Construmex program is designed to be comprehensive and is meant for Mexican immigrants to the United States wishing to purchase or have work done in homes in their country of origin. According to promotional materials, Construmex offers interest rates and payment options commensurate with the financial needs of Mexican immigrants.

    DolEx has a network of over 875 branches in the U.S. and 10,000 distribution points in Mexico. Cemex, a 100 year old company, is a building solutions company with operations in more than 50 countries.

    Job Ad – Manager II Corporate Relations

    Posted by Elena del Valle on August 28, 2007

    What makes you different makes us better.

    At WaMu, we say what we mean, we mean what we say, and we follow through on our promises. Fair. Caring. Human. Dynamic. Driven. Our core values inspire and guide our talented team as they help us write our extraordinary ongoing success story.

    Click here for the full text of the Job Ad – Manager II Corporate Relations

    Listen to podcast interview with KR Jones, author, Ghosts of Guantanamo Bay novel

    Posted by Elena del Valle on August 27, 2007

    KR Jones

    KR Jones, author, The Ghosts of Guantanamo Bay

    Photo: KR Jones

    A podcast interview with KR Jones, author, Ghosts of Guantanamo Bay, is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing & Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, KR discusses her fiction novel with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast.  

    K.R.  was born and raised on Long Island, New York, and called Northport her home. Creative at an early age, she acted in plays, sang in musicals, and even played the keyboard in an amateur rock band. She began her first novel when she was 14. Although she didn’t get beyond nine chapters, the project became a turning point in her life, helping her realize her true passion was telling stories.

    Her years at Marymount College of Fordham University set the stage for the kinds of books she would later write. Her studies in political science and international relations included a year at Humboldt Universitat in East Berlin and the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain. Her adventures abroad made her long to bring what she learned and experienced to the pages of intriguing and suspenseful novels. She worked at the United Nations Social and Economic Council, and was a researcher for a major lobbying firm in Washington DC, where she learned about the political world.

    Married to a Marine Corps officer, she spent the next several years at various duty stations around the country, before a final two-year tour of duty at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It was this tour which inspired her to write her first novel, The Ghosts of Guantanamo Bay. Today she lives and writes in rural northern Virginia with her husband, and two children.

    To listen to the interview, scroll down until you see “Podcast” on the right hand side, then select “HMPR KR Jones,” click on the play button below or download the MP3 file to your iPod or MP3 player to listen on the go, in your car or at home. To download it, click on the arrow of the recording you wish to copy and save to disk. The podcast will remain listed in the August 2007 section of the podcast archive.


    The Ghosts of Guantanamo Bay book cover

    Discover why so many readers are fascinated with KR Jones first novel, The Ghosts of Guantanamo Bay


    Click the button to hear the podcast:

    New website offers quince party favors

    Posted by Elena del Valle on August 24, 2007

    Quince pedicure set 

    Quince pedicure set

    In May 2007, entrepreneur Jennifer Fallon launched Myquincefavors.com, a website targeting young Latinas getting ready to celebrate their 15 birthday with traditional quinceañera parties. Now there are 800 products, mainly quinceañera party favors, as well as accessories and gifts for the court, on the website. Company representatives indicate they pay special attention to personalization, offering tags for many of the party favors to be personalized as well as embroidered and engraved gifts.  

    “I have experience in the reception party favor market and I am always looking for the trend-setting colors and styles. I noticed that today’s 15-year old girl dreaming of her perfect Quincenera doesn’t have many options when it comes to party favors and accessories,” said Fallon, owner of Smart Marketing, Inc. and Myquincefavors.com. 

    Quince gown candle

    Quince gown candles are among the website’s top selling items

    “I saw an opportunity to market trend-setting and cool designer party favors and gifts that appeal to the modern 15-year old girl. I am always looking for unique and elegant products and carefully hand-pick each items we sell on My Quince Favors.com. Our goal is to help the new generation of Latinas who are comfortable blending old traditions with their own modern sense of style,” said Fallon.

    Candles are very popular. Best selling favorites include happily-ever-after, orchid, ball of roses and quince gown candles, forever photo coasters, and a tiara place card holder.

    The company has a staff of 15 including several Spanish speakers. Fallon markets the website via the main search engines and on sites reaching 14-15 year old girls such as quincegirl.com. She has also experimented with print advertising and trade shows.


    “Latino Family Dynamics” audio recording

    Brenda Hurley Liria Barbosa

     Brenda Hurley and Liria Barbosa

    Discuss

  • Latino purchasing habits and products they favor
  • Latino family characteristics
  • Latinos and extended families
  • Division of duties, responsibilities within the family
  • Who is the decision maker in the Latino family
  • Who is the information provider in the Latino family

    Click here to find out about Latino purchasing habits and “Latino Family Dynamics”


  • Water heater maker targets Spanish speaking Latinos

    Posted by Elena del Valle on August 23, 2007

    State Water Heaters ad

    State Water Heaters Spanish language ad

    Photo: State Water Heaters

    State Water Heaters is targeting Spanish speaking contractors in some United States Latino markets with Spanish language and Hispanic-themed print advertisements, web enhancements, and a Spanish language television show sponsorship.

    “There are a growing number of plumbing and HVAC contractors in the U.S. who are Spanish speaking,” said Jeff Storie, brand manager, State Water Heaters. “We are increasing our Hispanic marketing in order to partner with these professionals and to have a larger presence in the southwestern United States.”

    According to promotional materials, there are plans for a sponsorship and link to the website of “De Casa a Hogar,” a new home improvement show on Spanish language television scheduled to air this fall. The company also plans to publish English versions of the new print advertisements to attract English dominant Hispanics. The exact extent of State’s Latino market efforts was unavailable. A State spokesperson indicated the company was “unable to disclose what percent of the overall marketing budget is dedicated to Latino efforts.”


        

    Find out which Latino markets are booming with

    “The Next Step: Secondary Latino Markets” audio recording

    Dora O. Tovar, MPA

    Presenter Dora O. Tovar, MPA

    Click here to discover today’s booming Latino markets 


    De Casa a Hogar” is expected to feature home improvement segments, technology tips, and a peak into Hispanic celebrity homes. State’s sponsorship includes product demonstrations as well as website, print, and broadcast sponsor recognition.       

    “The show will have tremendous impact among Latino communities, as there is currently no programming specifically speaking to Latinos about home improvement brands and services,” said Juan Escano, executive producer of “De Casa a Hogar.

    State Water Heaters is a manufacturer of water heaters for commercial and residential use. Based in Ashland City, Tennessee, State has seven water heater manufacturing plants and hundreds of distribution centers across the United States.


    Discover how to reach Latinos in language today with

    “Hispanic Market Translation Issues” audio recording

    Martha E. Galindo

    Presenter Martha E. Galindo

    Translation company owner Martha E. Galindo explains

    • Why it’s important to reach your clients in language 
    • Ins and outs of translations issues
    • How to select a translator
    • What to expect
    • How to save on translation costs
    • Much more

    Find out why its important to reach clients in language  ”Hispanic Market Translation Issues”


    Is Mexican immigration growth slowing down?

    Posted by Elena del Valle on August 22, 2007

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    Click on image to enlarge

    Although the Mexican born population in the United States has increased over the last three years and continues to increase, the rate of growth seems to have slowed in the last few months. According to a May 2007 report by the Pew Hispanic Center, it is difficult to determine exact changes in immigration from Mexico to the United States. It appears the percentage growth of south to north migration has been decreasing since mid 2006.

    The researchers took into account four indicators in reaching their conclusion: the size of the Mexico born population of the United States; the number of Hispanic immigrants employed in the United States; Bank of Mexico remittance receipts; the number of apprehensions of individuals crossing the border illegally.


    Target Latinos effectively by anticipating changes in the market with

    “Hispanic Projections with 2007-08 updates” audio recording

    Roger Selbert, Ph.D.

    Presenter Roger Selbert, Ph.D.

    Find out

    • About Latino buying power growth in the future
    • How Latino market growth compares with other markets in the U.S.
    • What drives the rise of Latino economic clout
    • Who should target the Latino market
    • What is the size of the Hispanic affluent market
    • If the luxury Latino market is growing 
    • About Hispanics who earn more than $100,000 annually

    Click here to purchase “Hispanic Projections with 2007-08 updates”


    They concluded that the rate of growth of immigration from Mexico to the United States may have slowed in the second half of 2006 and first half of 2007. Due to inexact data sources, the researchers are unable to identify the reasons behind the possible changes or predict future trends. At the same time, they can’t tell if the slower immigration growth is the result of political, economic and border control policies or other factors.   

    In mid 2000 there were 4 million Mexican born residents in the United States. By early 2007 that number had reached 7 million. While many focus on the large number of Mexican immigrants entering the country, close inspection reveals a gentler slope in the growth over the last months.

    Does the slowest rate of growth in remmitances to Mexico since 2003; half the increase in employment of Hispanics in the first quarter of 2007 than in the first quarter of 2004; and a 24 percent drop in apprehensions in the U.S. Mexico southwestern border compared to last year, in spite of increased patrols, reveal a lasting trend?

    General Mills relaunches Spanish language advertorial lifestyle magazine

    Posted by Elena del Valle on August 21, 2007

    Ursula Mejia-Melgar 

    Ursula Mejia-Melgar, editor and Hispanic marketing manager, General Mills

    Photo: General Mills, Inc.

    Minneapolis, Minnesota – General Mills Inc. re-launched its free Spanish-language lifestyle advertorial magazine, Qué Rica Vida, as a quarterly publication. Last year it was published three times. This year, the publication, distributed via direct mail, at stores and community-based venues, is expected to have an average of 64 pages and a circulation of 350,000. The newly launched issues will have enhanced content and new layout and design. Qué Rica Vida was most recently published last spring. 
     
    The magazine will have four sections to be paired with General Mills brands:  Ser Madre for moms, Ser Amiga with a friends slant, Ser Mujer, about being a woman and Ser Mejor, about self improvement. According to promotional materials, the magazine’s image and content were revised in response to consumer feedback. Company representatives declined to share information about the General Mills Hispanic market campaign budget or identify what percent of their overall budget they dedicate to Latino markets.


    “Latino Family Dynamics” audio recording

    Brenda Hurley Liria Barbosa

     Brenda Hurley and Liria Barbosa

    Discuss

    • Latino purchasing habits and products they favor
    • Latino family characteristics
    • Latinos and extended families
    • Division of duties, responsibilities within the family
    • Who is the decision maker in the Latino family
    • Who is the information provider in the Latino family

    Click here to purchase “Latino Family Dynamics”


    Qué Rica Vida exceeded its first-year goal of enlisting 100,000 subscribers, and in its second year, we have decided to focus on further improving the magazine’s appeal and readability,” said Ursula Mejia-Melgar, editor and Hispanic marketing manager, General Mills. “For that reason we listened to our consumers and worked with our design team, the Betty Crocker Kitchens, in-house food stylists and photographers to create a beautiful publication and an integrated platform that will truly connect with our readers, emotionally as well as practically.”     

    Que Rica Vida
    Que Rica Vida July 2007

    Qué Rica Vida, Spanish for “What a Rich and Wonderful Life,” the magazine and its matching website quericavida.com is the cornerstone of General Mills’ year-old, multi-brand, Hispanic marketing initiative of the same name.

    This year, General Mills plans community and public relations programs created in conjunction with Hispania Public Relations of Miami and Latino Family Media of Los Angeles. General Mills, with annual net sales of $13.4 billion, is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of consumer foods products. Its global brand portfolio includes Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Häagen-Dazs, and Old El Paso.