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Ways to Advocate During Fair Trade Month

fair trade logoAccording to the Fair Trade USA website, the purchase of fair trade products ensures quality products and a safe work environment for workers.  Purchasing fair trade products also keeps children in school and builds sustainable communities.   Fair Trade month occurs every October and it aims to raise awareness about the benefits of purchasing fair trade products.  Although there are many different types of fair trade products consumers can purchase, they are not readily available at many stores and establishments.

If your brand aligns with the values of Fair Trade, here are some ways that you can advocate during Fair Trade Month:

  • Educate yourself about Fair Trade products.  We recommend looking at the Fair Trade USA website to learn more.
  • Buy Fair Trade Products.  You can purchase fair trade apparel, chocolate, coffee, fruit and more.  All fair trade items are marked with the official fair trade logo.  We recommend Orange County coffee lovers to purchase their next cup at The Lost Bean. Also, a list of fair trade products can be found here.
  • Ask companies for fair trade products.  Talk to a manager or fill out a comment card asking for fair trade products at the store.
  • Participate in a campaign near you.  You can utilize this website to find a campaign nearby.
  • Follow Fair Trade USA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  You can also join the conversation on social media by utilizing #fairtrademonth.

OC/PRSA 10th Annual Diversity Forum

DIVERSITY_10_Anniversary2-e1405743367778-300x282Last week we attended the OC/PRSA 10th Annual Diversity Forum, hosted by the OC/PRSA Diversity committee. At this luncheon, approximately 40 public relations, marketing and journalism practitioners listened to leading diversity practitioners share information about the progress made and what can be done to improve diversity in the workplace and the marketplace.

Moderator Richard Chang of the OC Register kicked off the discussion with Orange County Census statistics and shared that Orange County is a “majority minority city”.  Chang said public relations practitioners, journalists and marketers share something in common: “We are all trying to reach audiences.” He also stressed that we must be “very thoughtful on who we are trying to reach.”

Joe Keenan of MWW began his presentation by sharing the differences of traditional and current marketing strategies to the LGBT community.  Ads that would not have been created in years past are now running and reflect the New America.  Blurred lines exist in marketing to this coveted audience.

Lynn Jolliffe of Ingram Micro showcased how the company’s diversity objectives and strategies have increased diversity within the company.  Diversity is a component of the company’s corporate social responsibility and the company is attracting top talent because of it.  Lynn Jolliffe’s work at Ingram Micro provides an excellent model for other companies who are looking to increase their diversity.

Anne Dean, APR of Education Management Corporation, introduced statistics that will comprise 2020’s workforce and indicate the racial ethnic diversity in America.  Although racial ethnic diversity is on the rise, progress is limited for Hispanics and African Americans due to a lack of resources and lowered standards in education.  Dean stated that education drives diversity in professions and encouraged listeners to donate or offer resources to organizations that promote education equality.

La Voz Marketing congratulates the OC/PRSA Diversity Committee on its 10th anniversary and its success in the PRSA community.  We look forward to attending the next OC/PRSA diversity event.  For more information about OC/PRSA diversity events, visit http://www.ocprsa.org/programs-events/diversity/.

 

Mexican Independence Day Events in SoCal

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Mexican Independence Day celebrates the end of an eleven year struggle between the Spaniards and the Natives.  On September 16, 1810, Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang the church bell in the village of Dolores.  He gave his famous El Grito de Dolores (The Cry of Dolores) where he urged the native Mexicans to take up arms against the Spaniards.  Every year, Mexicans around the world celebrate this special holiday. Here is a list of Mexican Independence Day events you can attend in Southern California.

Fiestas Patrias

September 13, 14, 2014 12 p.m.-10 p.m.

4th Street from Broadway to Minter, Santa Ana, CA

For more information, visit http://www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/parks/DowntownStreetFestivals.asp

Mexican Independence Day

September 13-14, 2014 10 a.m.-10 p.m.    

Olvera Street, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Downtown Los Angeles

For more information, visit http://www.elpueblo.lacity.org/index.htm

Fiestas Patrias

September 13-14, 2014 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Citadel Outlets 100 Citadel Drive #480, Los Angeles, CA 90040

For more information, http://www.citadeloutlets.com/

Aquarium of the Pacific Baja Splash Cultural Festival

September 27-28, 2014 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

For more information, visit http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/baja_splash_cultural_festival/

Why Companies Should Invest in Sponsored Posts on Social Media

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According to comSource’s whitepaper, “The Power of Like: How Brands Reach and Influence Fans Through Social Media Marketing”, brands reach approximately 16% of fans with an organic post.  According to Twitter, brands who tweet two or three times a day can reach approximately 30% of their followers in a given week.  By sponsoring Facebook posts and promoting tweets, businesses can reach a larger audience and ensure their posts are seen by all of their followers.  Businesses can also choose the demographic they want to reach and set a budget based on their needs.

La Voz Marketing recommends sponsoring your posts or tweets based on your business goals and the campaign you are running.  As part of this, however, you want to make sure that the sponsored posts and tweets tell the brand story with a call to action that engages your audience.  An Adaptly and Facebook study confirmed that brands who told their brand story first, before prompting a call to action post, were more likely to have increased views on their landing page and and a larger increase in sales.

For more information about paid social media posts and how to develop a social media strategy, contact us at info@lavozmarketing.com.

 

Media Relations Tips For Any Sized Business

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Media relations is beneficial for any business, no matter its size.  Journalists are always looking for story ideas that will benefit their readers and media placements can help showcase your business as an expert or resource.  Below are media relations tips for businesses that are looking to increase their awareness.

1) Monitor the News.  By reading or watching the news, you become aware of topics that journalists like to cover.  In addition, you may spot an opportunity to newsjack or insert a company opinion about a trending topic.  Google Alerts allow consumers to receive news alerts based on their chosen keyword and Google Trends showcases the latest searched topics.  These tools keep you proactive in finding a story to pitch.

2) Pitch a story idea based on a timely event of public interest.  If you track upcoming events or holidays occurring in your community, your business may find an opportunity to pitch a relevant story idea.  For example, around mid-August and early September, many back to school stories appear on the news.  If your company relates to this season, you can integrate your company in a back to school story idea.

3) Be the Journalist’s Assistant.  After the journalist confirms his or her interest in writing the story, assist the journalist by providing the information he or she needs and coordinating the interviews.  A journalist will remember the work you put in to help the story get published.

4) Show Gratitude. Thank the journalist for the story.  Let him/her know that you appreciate his or her work.  Gratitude goes a long way and journalists will remember you the next time you pitch a story.

 

What are you waiting for? Develop a Connection with Hispanic Millennials.

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Brands should invest marketing dollars in Hispanic Millennials.   A Telemundo Case Study called “Who is the New America” reveals that there are 50 million Hispanics in the United States that possess $1 trillion of disposable income in total.  They outspend Non-Hispanics in electronics, clothing, beauty products, CDs, and groceries.  Latino Millennials currently make up 46% of the Hispanic population and are members of the fastest growing demographic in the United States.

To connect with the Hispanic millennial, brands must understand how they like to communicate and their passion points. Approximately 64% of the Latino youth are Spanish dominant/bilingual and connect emotionally with Spanish or ‘Spanglish” messaging.  A Nielsen, Univision Communications and Starcom Media Vest Group study, “The Bilingual Brain”, found Spanish Ads to be more effective in driving emotional engagement and memory activation than their English counterparts.  The Hispanic millennials in the study were more engaged with a Spanglish Ad following English programming in comparison to Spanglish ads following Spanish programming.

When creating brand messaging, marketers need to look beyond simply translating an English message.  Instead, they should focus on the fact that historical context and cognitive abilities play an influential role in how Hispanics perceive an advertisement.

LVM provides insight to its clients on the Hispanic millennial ‘voz’ or voice and helps them identify brand-specific passion points that will engage this growing audience.  Through experience, we know that Hispanic millennials are receptive to brand messaging when communicated in the right way.

The Importance of Shopping Local

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Independent retailers in several countries continue to celebrate Independent Retailer Month.  Also known as ‘mom and pop’ shops, independent retailers encourage consumers to shop local through various in-store and online promotions.  They also educate consumers on how local shopping impacts the economy.  According to the American Express Open Independent Retailer Index, nearly half of the total retail sales in the U.S. come from independent businesses.  When a consumer spends a dollar at a locally owned store, it is spent six to 15 times before it leaves the community (reports the Independent Retailer Month).  LVM encourages consumers and business owners to support their local businesses year round.

Here are some social media marketing tips for local businesses who want to promote Independent Retailer Month.

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– Share statistics with your social media followers about shopping local and its effects on the economy

– Create a Check-In offer on Yelp

– Spread the love and showcase your favorite local retailers

– Connect with Independent Retail Month’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and join the conversation with the official hashtags: #indieretailusa and #shopindieretail

-Check out Independent Retailer Month’s Idea Bank for more ideas

LVM is excited to showcase some of its favorite independent retailers in the area:

– LVM’s Favorite Independent ‘Fashion Retailer’ – Bardot in Newport Beach.  Inspired by Brigitte Bardot, whose quintessential seaside style made her a fashion icon, Bardot of Newport Beach brings the latest in fun, flirty, and feminine fashion for the Bardot girl in all of us.

– LVM’s Favorite Independent ‘Wine Retailer’ – Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa. Since 1957, this boutique wine cellar has served Orange County with the best in California, French and world wines and always offers the best selection of wines from the beloved country of Argentina.

– LVM’s Favorite Independent ‘Family-Owned Retailer’ – Custom Comfort Mattress in Orange.  This family-owned company values the art of upholstery and designs/creates each mattress in its workshop.  After a long work day, you will appreciate an ‘honest, genuine piece of American craftsmanship that affords you a good night’s sleep!

– LVM’s Favorite Independent ‘Mercantile & Culinary Retailer’ – Fleur de Lys in Costa Mesa.  Fleur de Lys showcases a hand picked selection of items that cater to your home and lifestyle.  This is our ‘go-to’ shop for gifts for all occasions!

Next time you shop, we hope you will support (or continue to support) an independent retailer in your area!

 

Additional sources:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/nicoleleinbachreyhle/2014/07/03/celebrating-independent-retailers-their-strong-future/

http://www.pcr-online.biz/news/read/independent-retailer-month-aims-to-boost-local-businesses/034299

 

 

Our Favorite Marketing Moments of the World Cup

Facebook announced that the World Cup has generated more than one billion interactions, making it the largest event in Facebook history.  On top of this, Twitter users have sent 300 million World Cup related tweets. As World Cup fans are utilizing social media to share their favorite moments throughout the games, brands are monitoring the World Cup closely and aligning their content strategy with it.  Since the World Cup is coming to an end this Sunday (sadly), we want to share our three favorite marketing moments of the World Cup.

3. Aeroméxico’s Tweet after the Netherlands vs. Mexico game

We appreciate how Aeroméxico was positive and supportive to its national team, despite its loss to Netherlands.  This tweet roughly translates to, “Thanks for a great championship. We are proud and look forward to having you home.”  To date, this tweet has 7.5 thousand retweets and 6.5 thousand favorites.

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2. Adidas’ @Brazuca Twitter Handle

On December 3, 2013, Brazuca, the official game ball of the FIFA World Cup introduced itself with this tweet.

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To date, Brazuca has 2.69 million followers and has generated 546 witty tweets in English and Portuguese.  He shares with his followers how #ballin he is.  One of his tweets boasts about scoring the most goals at the World Cup; another says that he wears Pharrell’s hat better than Pharrell himself.

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The @brazuca Twitter handle currently has more followers than the official @Adidasfootball handle and they both utilize different campaign strategies.  The @brazuca Twitter adds personality to the games and to the Adidas brand.

1. Nike’s ‘Risk Everything, Campaign

Since Adidas is the official sponsor of the World Cup games, Nike was tasked with developing a creative campaign without mentioning the World Cup.  The 372 million views campaign, ‘Risk Everything’, combines the World Cup storyline, product placement and influencers in an effective and clever manner.  According to Nike, this campaign has proved to be the brand’s most social and mobile campaign with 22 million campaign engagements to date.  At the moment, the hashtag #riskeverything has been used 650,000 times on social media and The Last Game Facebook post is one of the most shared Facebook posts.  Nike will be releasing its mobile soccer application tomorrow and users can use its ‘Risk Everything’ microsite to buy their favorite Nike gear.

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We wish the remaining teams the best of luck in their quest to win the World Cup.  We cannot wait to engage with you on social media this Sunday during the World Cup final.

 

Sources:

http://mashable.com/2014/06/27/world-cup-numbers/

http://mashable.com/2014/06/30/world-cup-facebook/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/markfidelman/2014/07/01/nike-is-dominating-the-world-cup-heres-why/

 

How Does Gender Affect Social Media and Mobile Device Usage?

Aside from their obvious differences, men and women do differ in their use of social media and mobile devices.  Based on research from Exact Target, Pew Research Center, and Nielsen, author Veronica Maria Jarski offers more insight into how the genders are using social media and mobile devices.  Here are the main takeaways for your convenience:

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  • Stay in touch with family and friends
  • Blog and upload/share photos
  • Seek entertainment
  • Find “How-To” information
  • Follow their favorite brands
  • Ignore advertisements on these sites

Men are more likely to use social media for:

  • Business
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Women are more likely to use mobile devices for:

  • Sharing
  • Camera use
  • Games

Men are more likely to use mobile devices for:

  • Video
  • News
  • GPS
  • Scanning coupons/QR codes

The differences in how men and women use these communication channels mirrors the differences in the types of advertisements that make an impact on them.  Advertisements with more emotional content tend to be more attractive to women and those with practical, activity-related content appeal to the male audience.

Knowing your audience, and the social platforms and mobile apps holding their attention, is important to expanding your reach.  While it is important to maintain exciting and up to date information, its effectiveness is based on choosing the right channel of communication to catch your target audience’s eye.

 

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