How to Reach One of the U.S.’s Fastest Growing Communities

June 6, 2012

by Chris Metinko, Media Relations Specialist, Business Wire/San Francicso

With the nation’s Hispanic population now topping 50 million people — or 16.3 percent of the nation — according to the latest U.S. Census, the importance of catering to Spanish-speaking media cannot be underplayed.

Earlier this month, Business Wire’s Denver office held a media breakfast to discuss just that, as well as the major issues and trends with greater Denver Hispanic media members.  The most obvious obstacle in reaching Hispanic and Spanish-speaking communities — the panel agreed — was in regards to language and trying to adjust to a population that is becoming more bilingual.

Reaching the U.S. Hispanic Market, a BW Media Panel

“The way things are going, you are seeing the Hispanic population really growing in the states and we are seeing people at different language levels,” said María Rozman, news director at KDEN Telemundo Denver. “We are seeing more people who are born here who speak both languages.”

Luisa Collins, news director at Univision Colorado, said the goal is to try and figure out if that community still chooses one language over the other, despite understanding both.

“Maria was talking about the Spanish language being spoken at home even if it’s a bilingual home, and one of the things that we see in the commercials — Spanish media research has shown — is that many of the Hispanic commercials are more effective than American commercials or those spoken in English,” Collins said. “So you have to know your viewer.”

As for what is interesting to the Hispanic community, Roberto Martínez-Maestre, general director of the newspaper El Hispano, said to not think to narrowly when pitching.

“One of the most important things is to stop having this idea that as Hispanics or Spanish speakers we are only interested in certain things or our needs are very exclusive or unique,” Martínez-Maestre said. “I, for example, in the newspaper or on my radio show don’t even sell it as a Hispanic media outlet. When I tell people what my newspaper is or my radio show is, I tell them it’s a newspaper and a radio show that happens to be published in Spanish.  . . . What the content is, it’s very general . . . The only difference is that I do it in Spanish. Do I focus on Hispanic needs? Not really, and that’s what I think we need to start doing more and more.”

Martínez-Maestre, added another thing to remember when pitching Spanish-speaking media.

“We all speak English, but if you are reaching a Spanish outlet, translate the release. If I get something in English I’ll read it, but then I think I have to translate it myself. It’s not being lazy, it’s being efficient. The Business Wire LatinoWire is all in Spanish and that’s very helpful,” he said.

“And provide someone who speaks Spanish for an interview,” Collins added.

JoAnne Hirsch, Business Wire/Denver also contributed to this post.


Upcoming Business Wire Events: Olympics in London, Katie Paine in Dallas, Meet the Media in Boston, Denver and Charlotte

April 30, 2012

Upcoming Business Wire Events

Business Wire’s Media Breakfast: The Olympics, Media & PR

Hosted by Business Wire London

With the biggest sporting event in the world at our doorstep, join us for a discussion about how the Olympics affects the media landscape. Panelists include: Matt Ball, Editor-in-Chief of MSN UK, Scott Dougal, Deputy Sports Editor, the Press Association, Duncan Hooper, Managing Editor, News & Sport, MSN and Darren Waters, Head of Devices & Social Media, MSN / ex-BBC journalist. This event is FREE for public relations and communications professionals.

Wednesday, May 2 at 8:45 AM BST
St Bride Foundation
Bride Lane, Fleet StreetLondon , EC4Y 8EQ, United Kingdom

To register: RSVP by Monday 30 April to uk@BusinessWire.com

Meet the Boston Media

Hosted by Business Wire Boston

Join Business Wire Boston for breakfast and a panel discussion with members of the local media. Learn about current trends in journalism, what kind of news editors are looking for, and how to effectively pitch a story. Panelists include: George Donnelly - Executive Editor, Boston Business Journal, Abby Jordan – Associate Regional Editor, AOL’s Patch.com, Leigh Montgomery – Librarian, Christian Science Monitor, Frank Quaratiello – Business Editor, Boston Herald and Don Seiffert – Associate Editor, News, Mass High Tech. This event is FREE for all attendees.

Thursday, May 3 at 8:00 AM ET
Westin Waltham Hotel
70 Third Avenue, Waltham, MA, 02451

To register: RSVP to http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2184174926?ref=ebtn

Meet Denver Journalists and Public Relations Professionals Specializing in Targeting the Hispanic Market

Hosted by Business Wire Denver

Learn Tips for Reaching and Pitching Hispanic Media, a Critically Important and Growing Segment of the American Community. Daniel Montano, President/CE) of Elevation Creation International moderates a panel, including María Rozman, News Director, KDEN Telemundo Denver; Roberto Martínez-Maestre, General Director, El Hispano; Kim DeVigil, Senior Director, Communications, University of Denver; and Luisa Collins, News Director, Univision Colorado. This event is FREE for Business Wire members and $20 for non-members.

Thursday, May 3 at 8:30 AM MDT
Denver Athletic Club
1325 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO, 80204

To register: RSVP by May 1 to JoAnne Hirsch, (303) 861-8833 or joanne.hirsch@businesswire.com

Pitching to Pickup – Tips from Local Media on Working with Newsrooms

Hosted by Business Wire Charlotte

Local media professionals will discuss how to effectively pitch news to the media. Panelists include Dion Lim, News Anchor, WCNC; David Harris, Managing Editor, The Charlotte Business Journal and John Arwood, Business Editor, The Charlotte Observer. This event is FREE for Business Wire members and $20 for non-members.

Tuesday, May 22 at 7:30 AM ET
Dilworth Neighborhood Grille
911 East Morehead St, Charlotte, NC, 28204

To register: Please RSVP by Thursday, May 17 to Penny Sowards at penny.sowards@businesswire.com

Measuring What Matters: New Rules for 21st Century Communications Measurement

Hosted by Business Wire Dallas, with NIRI, PRSA, IABC and Critical Mention

What metrics really matter? How can metrics drive strategy? Join IABC, PRSA, NIRI, Business Wire & Critical Mention for the annual joint communications lunch, as Katie Paine, CEO of KDPaine & Partners, provides measurement insight on “best in class” measurement programs for 2012, best measurement tools today, where measurement is headed and more. Standard Luncheon Fees apply: Full-time Student $25.00, Guest $50.00 , Member $40.00 and Table of 10: $500.

Thursday, May 31 at 11:15 AM CT
Thanksgiving Tower (Tower Club)
1601 Elm Street, Dallas, TX, 75201

To register: Please RSVP by May 28 at 10:00 pm on this page

Business Wire holds dozens of local events every year. We bring local media members and industry thought leaders to your market to discuss today’s most relevant topics, from trends in today’s newsrooms to writing for SEO. Events are usually free of charge to members. For more upcoming local Business Wire events or to see what’s coming up in our award-winning webinar series, visit BusinessWire.com. Follow live updates from Business Wire events on Twitter: hash tag #bwchat


How to Reach the $713B Latino Market: Hispanic Media Panel Provides Targeting Tips, Trends

January 12, 2010

Business Wire San Antonio hosted “How to Reach the $713B Latino Market: Hispanic Media Panel Provides Targeting Tips, Trends,” a media breakfast where San Antonio area attendees learned valuable tips on reaching the Latino market.

The panel included:
Samuel Belilty, News Director, KWEX Univision 41
Frank Elizondo, Regional Manager, El Mundo
Javier Barroso, Deputy Editor, Conexión

 Among the key insights provided by the panel:

Mr Belity says:

  • San Antonio’s Hispanic density ranks above top Hispanic markets  (Miami, LA, Houston, Phoenix)
  • San Antonio’s Hispanic population is growing  four times faster than non-Hispanics
  • A phenomenon marketing experts call retro-acculturation is taking root, noting that Latinos who have lived in this country their entire lives develop a need to reconnect with their roots – and language
  • Because 9 out of 10 Hispanics in San Antonio speak Spanish, they can choose what media they want to read, listen to or watch and 84% of them usually choose Spanish media

 Mr Elizondo says:

  • The Hispanic reader loves color in their newspaper
  • El Mundo is currently published entirely in Spanish in full color
  • Current efforts are being made to reach the non-Spanish speaking Hispanic as well (online version has some English portions)

Mr Barroso says:

  • Conexión’s focus is local stories, local profiles, human interest and ½ the pages include entertainment-oriented stories with a focus on “our people”
  • Know the publication’s audience when you pitch and provide your press releases in English
  • Don’t pitch live events, unless it’s way ahead of time. If you’re going to pitch an event you want covered, pitch it to the San Antonio Express-News because it’s a daily publication and has the staff and resources to cover the event

If you’d like Samuel’s presentation or the seminar takeaway packet, please email Barbie Dunn, barbie.dunn@businesswire.com.

Local Business Wire offices host several events each year on PR, IR, SEO & media topics.  Check out the Business Wire Events page to find upcoming events in your area.

Follow Business Wire events on Twitter! Hash tag #bwevents


Dallas Area Media Discuss Strategies for Marketing to the Hispanic Market

October 30, 2009

Business Wire Dallas hosted “Targeting the Hispanic Market: Strategies & Trends,” a media breakfast for Dallas-area communicators on October 22 to discuss how to target communication efforts to the ever-growing and influential Hispanic consumer market.

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The panel included (left to right):

Among the key insights provided by the panel:

  • Mr. Carbajal recommended sending press releases in English instead of possibly using incorrect Spanish grammar or spelling.  Most importantly, he advised that when sending a press release, it is important to “highlight the audience that the news will impact” and to “put a face” on the news when you are pitching it.
  • Ms. Juárez shared that 75% of DFW households speak both English and Spanish.  Ms. Juárez said when sending in a press release it is best to keep it short and sweet preferably emailing the release to the general newsroom inbox rather than to one specific assignment editor with the ideal submission time being between noon and 2 p.m.
  • Mr. Murphy suggested five objectives you need in order to reach the Hispanic community: Trust, Education, Community, Emotional Component and a Face-to-Face Relationship.
  • Mr. Pinzon gave insight on a typical Telemundo viewer being a married person in their 30’s with children, bilingual and with legal U.S. citizenship.  On the topic of pitching a story idea to Telemundo, Mr. Pinzon stated that he prefers shooting their own footage because the B-roll provided by companies always tends to be a little too “advertiser-y.”  When emailing, Mr. Pinzon advised giving specific information in the subject line beyond a general subject like “Important Event!”
  • Mrs. Romero shared the importance of having a bilingual spokesperson in order to ensure ease during the interview process when speaking to the Hispanic media.  Mrs. Romero believes the Hispanic market to be educated and technologically savvy, giving the example that more and more Hispanics are now booking their flights on Southwest using mobile devices.

Local Business Wire offices host several events each year on PR, IR, SEO & media topics.  Check out the Business Wire Events page to find upcoming events in your area.

Follow Business Wire events on Twitter! Hash tag #bwevents


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