As the voice of the Hispanic marketing industry, the HMC issue statements on the news that directly impacts the Hispanic marketing landscape. Statements identifying the organization’s views and positions on issues from research methodology to immigration are released publicly to affect change and stimulate action or resolution.

August 4, 2023

Norma Orci wasn’t just an industry veteran, a trailblazer or an advertising leader that broke boundaries and shattered ceilings… she was that and much more! Norma was a matriarch whose legacy lives on in the work showcased in the Smithsonian Institute, in the paths she paved for Latinas in advertising and in the long-lasting agencies she and her family built.

Norma started her advertising career as a junior copywriter at Noble & Asociados, which was the largest advertising agency in Mexico at the time, but in 1986, she co-founded La Agencia de Orcí—today known as Orcí—with her husband, Hector. There she served as Chief Creative Officer and later President until her retirement in 2010. Their mantra, “Nobody remembers what you say; they remember how you made them feel,” underpinned every Orcí campaign and caught the attention of the U.S. Government, who selected them to create a campaign to mobilize millions of undocumented immigrants to obtain their citizenship. Orcí—with Norma and Hector at the helm—skyrocketed to legendary status, and Hispanic marketing took center stage. Orcí continues to be family owned… and that storied citizenship campaign? It lives in the annals of history at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Among the many recognitions throughout her career, Norma received the Industry Career Achiever Award from the American Advertising Federation, was inducted into the HMC’s Hall of Fame in 2018 and was named philanthropist of the year by the New American Alliance. Norma continued to be an active supporter of the Hispanic marketing industry and a mentor to Latinas, helping build a strong pipeline of women in advertising.

For HMC, for the Hispanic marketing industry and for those who knew her dearly, Norma’s loss will be felt for years to come. She was única e inigualable.

May she rest in peace.

May 5, 2023

On behalf of the Hispanic Marketing Council, we are saddened to hear of the passing of our founder, our industry advocate and our dear friend Eduardo Caballero. 

After many decades of breaking boundaries for Hispanic media, championing Hispanic investment in board rooms all over the country, Eduardo picked up the phone in 1996 and made a call that would change the trajectory of Hispanic marketing forever. He brought together the best and brightest minds to propel the Hispanic media and marketing landscape to new heights. He wouldn’t take no for an answer, and his efforts created the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies (AHAA), which today is known as the Hispanic Marketing Council (HMC). Thanks to his leadership, purposeful collaboration and passion, our industry unified. Agency leaders joined forces to share best practices, advocate for Hispanic investment and diversify organizations—ultimately creating the framework for the best-in-class multicultural marketing strategies employed today.

HMC now represents more than 75,000 Hispanic marketing specialists–and those numbers continue to grow. We continue to induct trailblazers and dreamers like Eduardo into the HMC Hall of Fame, honoring their contributions, dedication and vision that have helped create a vibrant Hispanic marketing industry. In fact, Eduardo was the first to receive the honor, paving the way for other luminaries of our industry.

The legacy he leaves behind is indelible–and you can read about his life and his many contributions here. For those of us who knew him and knew him well, we remember the advice he gave us: “To always THINK. What should (Hispanic agencies) pass on to clients? The idea that the agency thinks not only about the message, but also about the media where to place that creative, to obtain the best results for their client. And to the next generation of the agency’s staff? THINK, THINK, THINK.”

Rest in peace, amigo querido.

The issues surrounding the sale of WPYO-FM to SBS by Cox Media Group has made headlines, most recently in HispanicAd and Radio + Television Business Report. Hispanic Marketing Council’s position on this matter is clear: HMC supports fair competition, especially when it creates opportunities for diverse voices and minority-owned media. As a top-10 Hispanic market with a growing multicultural majority, Orlando benefits from having more choices in Spanish-language radio. The sale of COX media’s FM station to SBS, who has a long trajectory in operating leading radio stations in Puerto Rico and in the US, aligns with FCC’s mission to expand minority-owned media platforms and ultimately benefits Orlando’s thriving Latino community.

In this time of social transformation, as national advertisers you have been thrust into a dialogue of diversity, equity and inclusion regarding multicultural sectors.  While many of the corporate initiatives you’ve undertaken are laudable, in too many cases the DEI conversations and initiatives are being led by the very marketers that are slashing their multicultural ad dollars and using the cloak of DEI to cover the shifts that are taking place.

The bottom line is that only two to five percent of budgets are allocated to multicultural marketing, while the Hispanic segment alone represents 20 percent of the population. There is a vast and unacceptable gap between 5 and 20 percent, despite countless ROI studies showing that allocations of between 15 to 20 percent are needed to drive real bottom-line growth in just Hispanic alone. Brands have a social and business imperative to make Responsible and Intentional Investments in all multicultural audience segments in their marketing AND increase their investment to levels that are in line with the percentage of the business that these audiences represent. 

We need to ensure that we are not just part of a shell game with brands moving money around their multicultural marketing budgets instead of allocating higher percentages to engage every multicultural consumer actively and intentionally. Too many brands are “robbing Peter to pay Paul” by shifting budgets from Hispanic to Black to Asian efforts without ever expanding the size of the investment. They also are hiding behind DEI initiatives as symbolic gestures, instead of allocating Responsible and Intentional Investments as a business imperative. If brands are serious about fostering effective business growth and meaningfully impacting multicultural communities, they must invest their budget where the growth resides instead of an outdated, homogeneous “general market,” which does not exist. Advertisers must understand the nature of a more fragmented consumer marketplace, with their own diverse cultures, habits, behaviors and idiosyncrasies. 

The market doesn’t need another ROI study; what it needs is for brands to commit to Responsible and Intentional Investment that goes well beyond diverse storyboards and checking a DEI box. It is about a balanced scorecard that looks at investments in minority-owned media, endemic media, targeted non-endemic media and multicultural media. The scorecard also must look at advertisers use of culture specialists at minority-owned and minority-targeted agencies to drive effectiveness and allocate a higher investment to multicultural marketing. 

We can’t accept the crumbs any longer and need to call out brands who are laggards or hiding behind DEI initiatives and pledges as a catch-all. There is no short-term fix to the long-standing inequities in marketing, and frankly, you can’t afford to look at just one segment or ignore them all together. There is $8 trillion of spending power depending on how you choose to allocate your efforts.  The time is now!  We already live in the most diverse and multicultural society America has ever seen, and for the 17 and under market segment, America is already “multicultural majority” and soon the whole country will be multicultural majority — the forthcoming Census will only underscore this. 

Brands have a social, moral and business imperative to do the right thing. Do not use DEI as a cloak to raid your marketing budget. Stop moving money around and invest more in Responsible and Intentional ways. It will be a win-win for your bottom-line and the communities you want to support! 

America is undergoing a process of social transformation. As a nation, this is impacting corporate America, the advertising and marketing industry and is encouraging dialogue of equity and inclusion regarding ethnic sectors.  A recent initiative launched last week has prompted the Hispanic Marketing Council (HMC) to comment. 

As a leading voice in Hispanic marketing, HMC has advocated for and worked with countless clients to understand that multicultural marketing is simply smart business and a key driver for bottom-line growth. Unfortunately, the advertising community is littered with countless projects that have not driven meaningful marketing value because they have not addressed the real equity and impact issues faced by our communities. 

Over the past week,  our industry witnessed a well-intentioned announcement, this time by dentsu for the creation of Project Booker, an effort that promises to steer media buys to minority-owned media, responding to the current political and social climate and do the right thing.
Unfortunately, this project is only considering Black-owned media and not Hispanic-owned (or other minority) media. Like so many others before them, dentsu has fallen into the same trap by developing a short-term, partial fix rather than creating a cohesive plan that is inclusive of key segments, such as Hispanic, to yield results for clients, while properly supporting communities. 

The U.S. is rapidly becoming a multicultural majority, which is already a reality in Gen Z, and in just 8 years will be the reality for people under 35. This growth is fueled primarily by Hispanics. Shifting dollars to minority and independently owned media, while an important effort in these times, from a marketing standpoint, it doesn’t begin to capture the full power and extent of the multicultural market. Excluding other culture segments, like the Hispanic market, that slice is even tinier with minimal impact to the very communities that companies like dentsu are trying to impact.  

We encourage our colleagues across the multicultural sector to join us in calling on brands and agencies to stop committing the same old errors of allocating small percentages of their budgets to multicultural marketing afterthoughts and mono-cultural one-offs. Instead, they need to invest in culture marketing specialists that can advise them how to properly support minority-owned media and all other targeted media, and our communities with long-lasting impact and positive business results for their clients. HMC stands ready to assist and advise dentsu or any other marketing organization striving to navigate America’s social transition.

The Department of Justice recently proposed the inclusion of a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census. 

The HMC believes that the addition of the citizenship question will decrease census participation, causing the census to yield inaccurate results. We recently wrote a letter to the Department of Justice voicing our concerns on this matter that will affect our industry. 

The Census Bureau is inviting the public to comment on proposed actions and has set up an online forum for your comments.
As an organization that represents the entire Hispanic marketing, communications, and media industry, issues such as this one are important to us. HMC is committed to keeping you up-to-date on relevant issues that may impact our members, and we are closely following the 2020 Census. 

We hope you will make your voice heard on this important issue that may significantly impact our industry. Each of our voices matter, and if we take a stance on the issue, we’ll be able to make a positive difference.