The advantage, and disadvantage, of cultural signifiers

 


 

Blogger’s note:

Miss me? You may notice the long gap between this post and the last …years actually. After taking a break to focus on career and personal goals, I’ve decided to jump back into blogging for Latino Branding Power. I’ve always enjoyed publishing these multicultural marketing related posts and seeing the feedback of readers. I hope to continue to find new and relevant topics to post about–our Latin-American communities continue to evolve and change as before.

Thanks for being a follower of these posts. As always, feel free to comment and connect with me anytime with questions and observations.

Jonathan Barrera Mikulich

 


 

The recent holiday season has been time for me to both celebrate and reflect. Music has often been the soundtrack to our celebrations and I tend to reflect on the origins of holiday music and how it has become so beloved.

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Branding power case study: el Jimador

el-Jimador_Work_Redesign-Label-DetailRecently, I had the pleasure of connecting with the Minneapolis design firm Cue to discuss their organization’s redesign of the popular tequila brand el Jimador. The tequila was introduced in 1994 and has since become the top selling tequila in Mexico, competing in a saturated market of over 1,300 existing tequila brands. Responding to competition within an increasingly changing demographic base in both the U.S. and Mexico, el Jimador needed to find new ways to appeal to the new multicultural consumer. I was fortunate to spend a few minutes speaking with Ed Mathie, the managing director for Cue, about their efforts to strengthen el Jimador’s brand expression, and get an inside look at how engaging and value driven brand strategies are developed and implemented.

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Ferris State University addresses higher education for Latinos in Michigan

This past year, the Pew Hispanic Center released results from the U.S. Census Bureau that found Latino college student populations meeting a number of milestones in 2011:

  • The number of Latinos enrolled in college exceeded 2 million
  • Latinos made up 16.5% of all college enrollments
  • Latinos made up 25.2% of student enrolled in two-year colleges
  • For the first time, Latinos were the nation’s largest minority among four-year college and university students

These milestones reflect a continuing upward trend now seen by many college admissions departments. Should this be a wakeup call for college administrators? One university in rural northwestern Michigan decided to answer the call.

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