LATISM delivers

Once again, the LATISM (Latinos in Social Media) National Conference proved to be one of the most vibrant and worthwhile Latino/a interest opportunities available. The three-day extravaganza hosted its 2012 version last month at the Hyatt Regency in Houston. I first attended the LATISM National Conference in Chicago last year at the famed Navy Pier conference center. This year, I had the privilege of being invited as a guest speaker in a panel discussion. Myself, along with Melissa Salas Blair, Claudia Deschamps, Olga Romero-Rios, and moderator Monica Vila, discussed various marketing communication insights on the panel entitled Understanding the New Hispanic Consumer. Our Friday morning panel was lively, well attended, and set the tone for what would be an exciting and invaluable second LATISM experience for me.

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Como familia…

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the Latinos in Social Media (LATISM) annual conference in Chicago. LATISM is credited as the largest organization of Hispanic professionals engaged in social media. The 2011 conference, held at Chicago’s Navy Pier, was two and a half days of sessions and workshops that focused on opportunities for Hispanic professionals to use social media in public service, community empowerment, and business development. To augment my participation in the LATISM conference, I designed an infographic to show how Latinos currently engage in social media across the U.S. Originally, I had planned to write this blog post as a follow up review of the professional development and networking opportunities provided at the LATISM conference. Although there were certainly plenty of these opportunities, I decided to modify my post’s focus in light of all that transpired for me both personally and professionally during my attendance at LATISM’11.

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Book review of Latino Link by Joe Kutchera

This past spring I had the pleasure of reading the book Latino Link by online Hispanic marketing expert Joe Kutchera. Latino Link explores the online world of connecting brands to Latino consumers and communities. Kutchera himself has extensive knowledge and experience in this arena and his book offers a wealth of valuable marketing strategies, leading case studies, and relevant cultural insights. Latino Link is Kutchera’s fist book and is published by Paramount Market Publishing, a leading book publisher for multi-cultural business interests. Several months ago, after I tweeted that I completed reading Latino Link, Kutchera asked if I could write a review. I have finally been able to put my thoughts into a blog post.

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Chris Queso interviews Latino Branding Power

Once again, I was honored last month to be interviewed about the topic of marketing to Latinos. This time Chris Craft, owner of Nao Media in Columbus, Georgia, facilitated the Q&A. Chris recently started is own personal blog dedicated to branding and marketing called “Chris Loves You”. The interview was the first post of Chris’ new blog and coincided with a previous interview I did for Nao with his associate Yu Miyagawa. Thanks again to Chris “Queso” for his support.

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