Adweek published the Nielsen report below. Scan it quickly and catch the MultiCultClassics perspective that follows.
Nielsen: Spanish-Language Ads on Rise
NEW YORK Advertising in Spanish-Language media is growing, according to a new analysis of multi-cultural ad spending conducted by Adweek parent the Nielsen Co.
Total spending in Spanish-Language media climbed 2.7 percent to $4.3 billion through the first three quarters of 2008, compared to the same period in 2007.
Procter & Gamble spent the most on Spanish-Language advertising through September 2008 with $133 million in expenditures.
Of the top-10 advertisers in this category, DirecTV stood out with the most growth, spending almost five times as much as it spent through the first three quarters of 2007.
The analysis also included a look at spending on African-American media, which dropped 5.3 percent through the first three quarters of 2008. P&G cut its ad spending in the category by 10 percent compared to 2007, but was still the top advertiser in African-American media with $63.3 million in expenditures through September 2008.
There was some notable spending growth within African-American media. Walmart, the No. 3 advertiser on the list, expanded its expenditures by 130 percent over the same time frame in 2007. Overall, the top-10 advertisers spent 2 percent more on African-American media through the first nine months of 2008 versus 2007.
This report plays loosely with the facts, and a cursory read creates misleading impressions.
In Spanish-language marketing, increased spending never translates to sufficient spending. Even a five times boost doesn’t warrant high fives. That’s the reality for all minority-focused expenditures.
It’s also interesting to see distinctions being made between minority media and minority advertising. Media dollars are up. But that doesn’t mean minority agencies are benefiting, as many White-owned media companies and advertising agencies are controlling the media duties and dollars.
Black advertising agencies aren’t likely to stay in the black. Overall media dropped 5.3 percent, while P&G’s ad spending dropped 10 percent. In this case, 5.3 percent + 10 percent = 100 percent screwed. Love the way the report tries to spin things in a positive light, declaring P&G still spends the most in Black media.
But here’s another dirty little secret to consider. Way back in Essay Two, MultiCultClassics noted a P&G initiative to better distribute assignments across its roster of agencies. The hope was that minority shops might even nab general market projects. Didn’t happen. In fact, White agencies continue to handle minority-targeted assignments, allowing the Black agencies to serve as “consultants” who review storyboards and give suggestions. It’s a pretty patronizing and cynical gesture from a corporation proudly proclaiming, “My Black Is Beautiful.”
As for the 130 percent jump for Walmart, it’s tough to say. Again, doubling the amount does not mean leveling the playing field. The Martin Agency is producing lots of work with Black casting—and probably placing the media too. Plus, the report compares current figures versus the same period in the previous year. Not sure, but wasn’t Walmart jerking around its multicultural shops back then, letting them twist in the wind while the Arkansas-based retailer concentrated on the review to appoint a new White agency?
The Adweek headline reads, “Spanish-Language Ads on Rise.” The bullshit is on the rise too.