As the voice of the Hispanic marketing industry, the HMC frequently supports or opposes initiatives effecting members’ businesses. 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.
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Exclusionary Inclusivity Makes Another Multicultural Project Miss the Mark
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.
Census Bureau question about citizenship on the 2020 Census
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. You can view our letter here
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.