How a Day Celebrating One of America’s Favorite Cocktails Can Open the Door to an Entire Industry
February 21, 2020
When was the first time you experienced tequila? Let me guess – a shot on your 21st birthday? And what was your experience? Perhaps a burning sensation, followed quickly by the taste of salt and a lime. A notorious first experience that for many Americans is inherently bad, it’s no surprise that it could deter...
Lessons in (and from) Black History
February 17, 2020
Like many kids, my mom put me through what felt like countless hours of flash card drills. Math, grammar, spelling, you name it. But for all the flash cards I’ve forgotten, there’s one set I think of often: Famous Black People in American History. Not long ago, I decided to see if it was still...
Do's and Don’ts During Chinese New Year
December 18, 2019
Chinese New Year (CNY) is quietly approaching. Observed by one fourth of the world’s population, CNY is a celebration of another year of prosperity and a time of gathering. The holiday is typically celebrated for sixteen days from New Year's Eve to the Lantern Festival – each day with different activities and taboos, as observers...
Telling a Complete Brand Story
December 11, 2019
Brands often struggle to tell a complete story. It’s even more challenging to tell a story that inspires consumers to sit up and listen – let alone act or change behavior as a result of said story. Does a brand tell a story about our products and services or a story about its heart and...
A Solution to the Retail Apocalypse?
December 1, 2019
With the so-called “retail apocalypse” upon us, it is no surprise the retail industry now considers joining in on societal issues as a major tool to win over conscientious consumers. When it comes to taking a stand, most brands that choose a side are commonly looked at as brave, bold and more connected to customers’...
New Rules to Rule the Holiday Season
October 29, 2019
Pumpkins might still be on shelves, but holiday deals are already dropping for many of the nation’s top retailers. Compared to 2018, this year brings six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. A shorter shopping season, combined with always-on online retail and year-round deal days, means consumers are holiday shopping NOW, and brands are getting...
How Do Brands Win the Hearts and Minds of Consumers in a New Space?
October 7, 2019
For a brand to enter a new space, it needs to set itself apart from the competition. Historically, this might have meant a pizza company with faster delivery. Or, a new brand of gum with flavor that lasts five times longer. Seems simple enough, right? But, what happens when the attributes today’s consumers really care...
Focused on Products and Services? You’re Only Half Right
September 27, 2019
The relationship between corporate brands and customers has changed dramatically over the past decade. Today’s audiences are no longer just passive consumers. They want to be part of the conversation — and are increasingly vocal in their expectation that businesses take a stand on social issues. They want to buy from, and work for, companies...
Are Companies Overlooking "Forgotten Issues"?
September 4, 2019
Consumers today are making purchasing decisions on more than just the customer or product benefits, also weighing aspects like what a company is doing for society and its environmental impact. Brands are increasingly aware of the expectation and supporting causes that they may not have touched 30 years ago. But taking a stand isn’t easy,...
Five Retail Trends Making the Grade for Back-to-School Shopping
August 19, 2019
Retailers are expecting record spending at the start of the 2019 school year given the nation’s growing economy. The National Retail Federation reports that total spending between K-12 and college shoppers is predicted to reach $80.7 billion. So, who is buying what? Gen Z is spending more of their own money on back-to-school shopping. Rather...
Brands Are Couch Surfing Their Way Into The Screens Of Consumers – Here’s Why
August 9, 2019
Tomorrow, many consumers will be taking advantage of National Lazy Day. Couches will be surfed and screens – this includes phones, tablets and TVs – will be lit up. For brands, this means more opportunities for exposure, higher engagement and awareness in consumers’ homes, as more and more individuals opt for In Your Home (IYH)...
Marketing to Mom at Mother’s Day
May 10, 2019
Mother’s Day is upon us and it’s a big deal not just for moms, but brands as well. In fact, consumers spend $8B more at Mother’s Day than Father’s Day. But, if Mom is supposed to be queen of the day lavished with attention and gifts, why is Mom herself the recipient of so many...
June 22, 2018
As my Cannes Lions experience draws to a close on the last day of the Festival, I feel quite like I just consumed a magical creative elixir that’s now coursing through my veins. And, no, I’m not referring to the rosé. Unlike my daily industry news feeds that keep me apprised of the best brand...
A World Cup without the United States, but Not Without American Fans
March 20, 2018
The U.S. Men’s National Team (client) suffered a surprising and disappointing exit last fall in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying tournament, but just because the U.S. won’t be fielding a team on the world’s grandest soccer stage, it doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of fans in our country following the competition. Marketers should...
Sports at the Speed of Social: Key Takeaways
November 3, 2014
Last week, FleishmanHillard hosted a panel discussion for a packed room at the 2014 Holmes Global PR Summit on the topic of “Sports at the Speed of Social.” Arguably, no industry has been more impacted by the explosion, and constant evolution, of social media than the world of sports. Moderated by FleishmanHillard's Mitch Germann, alongside...
If an illegal immigrant isn't counted, is she there?
February 5, 2010
This past week, the top two Republican candidates vying for the Senate seat Mel Martinez will be vacating, engaged in a war of words over whether the Census should count illegal immigrants in its tally of the US population. The pragmatist, Charlie Christ, looked at the issue from the point of view of his current...
Could This Be the Beginning of a Tectonic Media Shift?
March 18, 2008
And I thought I would never see the day - but times do change. The Miami Herald reported this morning that Telemundo and Televisa have reached a 10-year agreement to have Televisa distribute Telemundo programming in Mexico. The deal itself probably won’t have a major immediate effect on the US media market, but combined with...
Confianza: Hispanic Trust Pulse Study
February 7, 2008
Most every day my colleagues at FH Hispania are engaged in delivering information and messages to the Hispanic public, usually through the filter of media or other third-parties. Today, we unveil the results of Confianza: Hispanic Trust Pulse, a study our agency conducted that delves into the topics that are most important to U.S. Hispanics...
Does the Future of Soccer in the US Have Latin Flavor?
December 3, 2007
David Beckham arrived in the MLS this past summer with much hoopla and hopes of drawing in fans that will finally propel professional soccer to the upper tier of sports in the United States. But, with much less fanfare, several developments in recent months point to Latin American players taking on a more significant role...
"Dallas" with a Mojito Twist
September 24, 2007
On my flight back from Santo Domingo I caught a special viewing of the first episode of the new CBS series Cane, which stars Jimmy Smits as the adopted son of a Cuban family that grows sugar in Florida and produces a popular rum. Suffice it to say that in an era when reality TV...
A Sign of a Maturing Market
September 6, 2007
The announcement last week that Nielsen is doing away with its Hispanic sample and will now measure Hispanic TV viewership from its general market People Meter sample is a sign of the maturation of not only the Hispanic market but also of Hispanic viewers. It used to be that we needed a separate measuring sample...
Relevant Cultural Touchpoints Present Unique Business Opportunity
August 15, 2007
QuinceaÃ±era celebrations, the balls in which 15-year-old girls are presented into society as a transition to adulthood and marriage, are a long-standing tradition in Latin America that has been transplanted to the U.S. by Hispanic immigrants. Families are known to pour thousands of dollars into fancy parties, dresses and other accoutrements that are outdone only...
The Staffing Challenge
July 18, 2007
As is often the case, FH Hispania is looking to fill an account staff position in one of our offices. So I took the opportunity to browse through the job postings on Monster.com and LatPro.com and came across no less than fifteen job openings for PR account persons at various advertising and public relations agencies...