The approaching television upfront ad-buying season may see
a sizable chunk of ad dollars shifting not only from the English-language
broadcast networks to cable, but also in the direction of Spanish-language
While traditional Hispanic TV giant Univision will again
take in the lion's share of upfront ad dollars, with Telemundo corralling the
next biggest portion targeting this ever-growing population sector, many
smaller and newer TV players are also aggressively competing for a greater
share of the total take.
Along with Univision and Telemundo, five other Hispanic
entertainment network organizations will hold their upfront presentations
during the traditional broadcast upfront week beginning May 13: Fox Hispanic
Networks, which includes MundoFox; Discovery Hispanic Networks; NuvoTV; EstrellaTV;
and TV Azteca.
NuvoTV's presentation will feature an appearance by Jennifer
Lopez, whose TV and film production company, Nuyorican, is developing original
programming and first-run series for the network.
Univision will not only be selling advertising on its
network, but also on its sibling broadcaster UniMás (recently rebranded from
TeleFutura). Season-to-date in primetime, Univision is averaging 3.7 million
viewers per night and a 1.5 18-49 rating, which on many nights bests one or
more of the English-language broadcast networks. UniMás is averaging about
680,000 viewers per night and a 0.3 18-49 rating. NBCUniversal's Telemundo is
averaging 1.3 million viewers per night and a 0.6 demo number. All of those
networks will also be touting their 18-34 primetime numbers.
Keith Turner, president of ad sales and marketing at
Univision Communications says he welcomes all the competition because "it
validates the Hispanic marketplace as one with growing consumer interest." And
while Turner says some of the upfront selling will be focused on UniMás making
inroads into the Telemundo audience, for the most part, Univision will be
looking more at taking dollars away from the English-language broadcast
networks where Univision continues to make major strides in the primetime
"We beat NBC in the February sweeps and that obviously will
be a major selling point for us in the upfront," Turner says. "In February, 58
of our 62 stations locally beat NBC in primetime."
Another selling point Univision will use to try to lure ad
dollars from ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox is that for the first time in any first
quarter, the network finished fourth among all broadcasters in the adult 18-34
demo, and was the highest-rated network on Friday nights in the adults 18-49
Telemundo, meanwhile, has its own positive story. The
network was up 7% in viewers in Q1 primetime and it will no doubt crow that it
delivered more total viewers and adults 18-49 than UniMás, MundoFox, Azteca and
Estrella combined. UniMás will counter that its season-to-date viewership is up
15%, with its 18-49 rating increasing 6%.
Mike Rosen, executive VP of ad sales and integrated
marketing at Telemundo plans to stress to marketers the importance of the
network producing its novelas and other programming where it can integrate
brands into story lines.
"We have the ability to produce our own content and work
with marketers to integrate them into that content and this is very valuable to
them," Rosen says. "No other Hispanic network can this to the degree we can
because they don't produce their own content to the level we do."
MundoFox, not quite one year old, will be entering its
second upfront. Tom Maney, executive VP of ad sales for Fox Hispanic
Media—which in addition to MundoFox includes Fox Deportes, Nat Geo Mundo and
Utilisima—says the goal this time around will be to boost the upfront total of
72 advertisers from last year to closer to 100. Much like Univision's Turner, Maney
believes that more dollars can comes from marketers' general audience ad
Ivan Bargueiras, general manager of the family of Discovery
Hispanic Networks that includes Discovery en Español and Discovery Familia,
says that while the cumulative audience is limited to about nine million Hispanic
households, they offer marketers a more upscale, targeted audience.
Craig Geller, senior VP of ad sales at NuvoTV says his
network's English-language programming targeting Hispanics offers a solid
alternative to Spanish-language-only options. He adds that NuvoTV has only
about a 10% audience duplication with the other Hispanic networks, giving
marketers a unique audience to reach.
The Hispanic broadcast network ad marketplace continues to
grow, and the agenda at the pre-upfront meetings the Spanish-language broadcast
sales people have had with media agencies and advertisers has included lots of
time spent on convincing them to continue moving dollars into Hispanic
programming in general, rather than in competition with their fellow
"We aren't selling against Univision," says MundoFox's Maney.
"We're looking to increase the allocation of dollars in the Hispanic
marketplace. We want to bring in more dollars by each advertiser. We want to
grow the overall pie."
And Univision's Turner says while his networks are too big
for marketers to ignore, "we have to go after all advertising dollars being
spent, not just Hispanic ad dollars."
Both Turner and Telemundo's Rosen cite the pharmaceutical
and movie categories as areas where marketers are not spending the amount of ad
dollars they should be on the Spanish-language networks.
Turner points out that 25% of movie audiences are Hispanic
but movie companies only spend 8% of their ad budgets on the Hispanic networks.
"We can do better in all categories," Turner says. "In some, we are just
scratching the surface."
While Univision will stress its mass reach and sell across
its radio and online platforms as well, Telemundo plans to not only sells its
TV, online and product integration opportunities, but will also offer marketers
ways to reach Hispanics in English across NBCUniversal properties. "The
Comcast/NBCU part of our world is also an important factor," Rosen says. "We
can reach Hispanic consumers on any platform at any level, local or national."
While the smaller Hispanic networks will be holding their
upfront presentations next month, Rosen doesn't see them making that much of an
inroad into the overall ad pie.
Asked specifically about the newest entrant in the Hispanic
marketplace, MundoFox, Rosen says, "Having been on the buying side a year ago,
I know the buying community gave MundoFox every opportunity to succeed if it
could come up with the right programming and distribution. The network still has
a lot to prove to advertisers. So far, MundoFox has not necessarily lived up to
the promises they made."
MundoFox's Maney cautions that people should give the
network some time. "Twelve months ago we were just a press release," he says. "Now
we are a reality. Right now, we are still growing. We have an upscale, better
educated audience than most of the Hispanic networks. Our viewers have the cash
in their pockets to buy advertisers products that they see advertised on the
network. Our programming goal is to reach second- and third-generation,
bilingual Hispanics with higher-quality programming. But we're still a work in
Maney says the network's goal this upfront is to renew 100%
of the existing advertisers and get them to increase their spending, while
looking for new business. And he says Fox Hispanic Networks will be combining
MundoFox with the other three networks to offer cross-network ad buys and
coming up with ways to offer advertisers total market solutions.
"Today's market is getting more sophisticated," Maney says. "Marketers
just don't automatically buy Univision and Telemundo and stop there. They want
more targeting. They want to reach different demos rather than to just make
Maney says the lengthy list of Fox Hispanic Media
advertisers—including General Motors, Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, Honda and Kia in
the auto category; AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile in wireless; Pizza Hut, Denny's,
Dominos, KFC and Burger King in fast food; retailers such as Wal-Mart and Lowe's;
insurance companies Allstate and State Farm; and other brands such as Kraft,
Microsoft and L'Oreal—proves that marketers are interested in reaching
audiences beyond the Big Two Hispanic networks.
Maney also believes that, "99% of marketers who advertise on
general market television have Hispanic consumers that they want to or need to
Much like Fox Hispanic Networks, but on a smaller scale, is
Discovery Hispanic Networks. While the networks reach only about nine million
Hispanic households, it boasts two networks that marketers can use to target
Discovery Español has a more male audience that can be
attractive to auto and tech advertisers, Ivan Bargueiras says. Discovery
Familia reaches a more female and kids audience, which can be targeted by
packaged goods advertisers.
The latter network, Bargueiras says, can be particularly
attractive to some marketers "since there is a void in the Hispanic marketplace
for reaching kids and mothers."
Discovery Familia in Q1 recorded a 100% increase in its
women 18-49 demo audience in primetime, albeit off a small base.
NuvoTV offers English-language programming to an audience it
describes as "modern Latinos."
"Our content is culturally relevant and resonates with
second- and third-generation Latinos," says NuvoTV's Geller. "Our median viewer
household income is $61,000 and that is in the Top 20 of all cable networks,
excluding sports and news. The other Spanish-language networks have median age
income for viewers of $30,000 and the English-language networks average about $50,000.
Our median age viewer is 32, compared to the Spanish-language networks' median
age in the low 40s and English-language broadcast networks' median age around
Geller says while Univision and Telemundo and the other
Spanish-language networks are looking for advertisers who want to reach "Spanish-dominant"
viewers, NuvoTV is looking to reach Hispanics who want to watch television in
NuvoTV currently has 45-50 advertisers, Geller says, and the
goal will be to increase that total in this upfront. For the first time, NuvoTV
is holding its upfront presentation the same week as the English-language
broadcast networks and Univision and Telemundo.
Geller says Jennifer Lopez established a relationship with
the network "because she understands the audience we reach and is passionate
about us connecting to it. Our network has a lower awareness so J-Lo gives us a
With more than $1 trillion in spending power annually, the
Hispanic marketplace and Hispanic media continues to get more and more focus by
"Fifteen years ago, 85% of our ad dollars came
from Hispanic media agencies," Maney says. "Today, the general market media agencies
all have their own multicultural units and now 85% of our ad dollars comes from