Interactive Spanish Website for Celebrity Look-Alike Babies!

Leading Sperm Bank Now Offers Interactive Spanish Website

California Cryobank (CCB), an international sperm banking leader, announced today the release of their upgraded Spanish website www.criobanco.com. Criobanco.com offers all the features of CCB’s English website www.cryobank.com including online ordering, donor search capability, and extensive information on using donor sperm.

“California Cryobank has been servicing Latino communities all over the world for many years,” stated Cappy Rothman, MD, Co-founder. “Our goal is to make the process of selecting and using a sperm donor as easy as possible for our Spanish speaking clients.”

CCB offers Spanish speaking representatives available to assist clients over the phone at 866-927-9622 Mon-Fri from 6am-6pm (Pacific Time).

CCB is well known for their recently released celebrity Donor Look-a-Like website feature. “We have a wide selection of Latino donors who resemble celebrities such as Oscar De La Hoya, Javier Bardem, and Gael Garcia Bernal,” said Rothman.

California Cryobank also provides fertility preservation services to men who are faced with cancer treatments, vasectomies, or those in the military or other high-risk occupations.

Contact: Scott Brown of California Cryobank, +1-310-496-5681

Source: California Cryobank

Materialism in the Non-Material World

How many customers have you served at your café on Facebook, and how many friends have gifted you fertilizer or plants on FarmVille? The growing movement of social activity in the virtual world includes a great deal of very real economic activity, report researchers at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology.

While many futurists believe that the growth of virtual worlds would encourage movement away from consumption, materialism is apparently trumping nonmaterialism. As people spend more time online socializing, they are also spending real money, such as making micropurchases of heart or balloon icons to favor their friends, family, or celebrity idols.

The reason is simple: Humans behave as humans whether it is in the corporeal world or online, notes infotech researcher Vili Lehdonvirta. What we buy proclaims our identity and denotes our status, and we want to have status online just as we do in real life.

The advantage that consumption may have in the nonmaterial world is that it permits economic activity with reduced environmental impacts, says Lehdonvirta.

SOURCE: Helsinki Institute for Information Technology

First major U.S. bank to offer mobile banking in Spanish

Hispanic consumers now have even more options when it comes to their everyday banking. Citibank has just launched Citi Mobile en Espanol to enable customers who prefer to bank in Spanish to do so from their smartphones. The Spanish-language service lets customers manage their accounts, pay bills, locate Citibank branches and more – all from the convenience of their cell phones. Citibank is the first major U.S. bank to offer mobile banking in Spanish.

“Citi Mobile en Espanol offers our Spanish speaking customers the ability to bank anywhere, anytime on their smartphones,” said Liza Landsman, Executive Vice President, North America Internet & Mobile, Citi. “With Hispanic customers making up almost one-quarter of our customer base, the service makes banking even easier for this important and growing audience.”

Hispanics are among the most active mobile Web users in the United States. According to a recent independent report on Wireless Internet Use from Pew Research, nearly one-half of English-speaking Hispanic consumers reported accessing the Internet via a handheld device in 2009.(i) Of these consumers, about 29 percent reported going online “on a typical day” through a mobile device.(ii)

Citi Mobile en Espanol mirrors the functionality of the English-language Citi Mobile for Smartphones. It is accessed via the same convenient URL as the English version, www.citi.com, from any mobile device. Using Citi Mobile en Espanol, users of web-enabled mobile devices including BlackBerry® smartphones, Palm® devices and iPhone(TM) devices can easily do all of the following in Spanish:

  • View Citi account balances and account activity
  • Pay bills and set up recurring payments
  • Make transfers between Citi accounts
  • Locate Citi branches and ATMs
  • Connect to Customer Service

Citi Mobile en Espanol provides easy navigation on virtually any recent device that has a mobile browser and an internet connection. And signing in is easy — customers enter the same personal User ID and password they would use on their home computer.

Citibank was also the first major U.S. bank to offer Spanish-language online banking, in 2004. Today, with the introduction of Citi Mobile for Smartphones en Espanol, Citibank’s fastest-growing customer segment gains even greater access to quick, easy and highly secure banking.

(i) Horrigan, John, Wireless Internet Use, Pew Internet & American Life Project, July 2009,http://www.pewinternet.org/~/media//Files/Reports/2009/Wireless-Internet-Use.pdf., accessed Sept. 30, 2009. Page 14.

(ii) Horrigan, John, “Going online with a handheld by race,” Wireless Internet Use, Pew Internet & American Life Project, July 2009, http://www.pewinternet.org/~/media//Files/Reports/2009/Wireless-Internet-Use.pdf., accessed Sept. 30, 2009. Page 18.

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About Citi Mobile and Citibank

Citi Mobile for Smartphones is a mobile banking application built by Citibank with support from Mobile Money Ventures, a joint venture of Citi and SK Telecom that provides mobile financial services applications globally. Citibank was the first major U.S. bank to launch a downloadable mobile banking application in 2007.

Citibank is a member of Citi, the leading global financial services company, which has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 140 countries. Through its two operating units, Citicorp and Citi Holdings, Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, and wealth management. Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com or www.citi.com.

Citi, Citibank and Citi Mobile are registered service marks of Citigroup Inc.

Palm is among the trademarks or registered trademarks owned by Palm, Inc. The Trademark BlackBerry is owned by Research In Motion Limited and is registered in the United States and may be pending or registered in other countries. Citibank is not endorsed, sponsored, affiliated with or otherwise authorized by Research in Motion Limited. iPhone is a trademark of Apple Inc.

SOURCE Citibank

A Media Revolution: the inclusion of Social Media

Tribune Co. Launches National Marketing Initiative

In a major national marketing initiative, Tribune Co. today announced the launch of Tribune365 (www.trb365.com), its multichannel sales solutions group providing customized marketing programs to advertisers looking to reach consumers across a variety of media platforms. Tribune365 gives marketers unprecedented, consolidated access to the nation’s top markets, and makes its official debut in a national media campaign of its own that breaks today in ad trade publications.

Tribune Co., whose properties across the U.S. include major-market newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Orlando Sentinel, 23 local TV stations (including KTLA-TV in Los Angeles and WPIX-TV in New York), and radio, digital, and mobile assets, will deliver results for national and local advertisers at a time when they are demanding solutions that work. Tribune365 was recently selected by the Dallas Morning News to serve as its national sales representative.

“As a content company, we’re in the business of delivering the local news, information and entertainment that consumers are looking for when, where and how they want it,” said Don Meek, president, Tribune365. “Tribune365 gives our marketing partners unique access to innovative, multi-platform solutions that help reach their target audiences and meet their business goals.”

Specifically, Tribune365’s national marketing initiatives include:

  • National advertising campaign: Using the tagline “Tribune. We Deliver.”, the campaign includes a series of executions in major advertising publications, both in print and online. In the ads, consumers are depicted in various locations (on the beach, on the train, at home) getting their news from Tribune’s collection of diverse media properties. The campaign positions Tribune as a multimedia company that is innovating amidst the evolving media landscape and delivering news to consumers according to their preferences.
  • Proprietary research: In partnership with Cincinnati, OH-based firm Personal Media Research, Tribune365 commissioned a national study on local media to more closely examine the way in which consumers get their local news and information, and the way advertising across various media platforms influences their purchase decisions. Among the study’s findings, consumers consider local news and information particularly valuable in their purchase decisions. Newspapers, in particular, rank stronger than all media on key measures related to ad trust and the shopping occasion. While no single medium has the “magic bullet”, the study finds that the best marketing solutions involve a combination of media as consumers choose to get their news from a variety of media and platforms throughout the day.
  • Web/podcasts: Through a microsite, http://trb365.com/tribunewedeliver, Tribune365 developed a series of podcasts featuring conversations with key members of the company’s leadership team, who speak to the vitality of newspapers and offer insights into how consumers get their local news across a variety of platforms.

“A good offense is always the best defense and we’re committed to evolving the business we’re in and leveraging the power of our local media assets,” said Meek. “We are already seeing positive results from advertisers who have come to us for innovative solutions to connect with their consumers.”

About Tribune365

TRIBUNE365 National Solutions Group is the new national, cross-platform sales team for Tribune Company, offering advertisers customized, innovative, multi-market solutions across all media platforms, including TV, print, digital, mobile, direct and event marketing. For more information about TRIBUNE365, including sales contacts, visit www.trb365.com.

About Tribune Co.

TRIBUNE is America’s largest employee-owned media company, operating businesses in publishing, interactive and broadcasting. In publishing, Tribune’s leading daily newspapers include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Sun Sentinel (South Florida), Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, Morning Call and Daily Press. The company’s broadcasting group operates 23 television stations, WGN America on national cable, Chicago’s WGN-AM and the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Popular news and information websites complement Tribune’s print and broadcast properties and extend the company’s nationwide audience. At Tribune we take what we do seriously and with a great deal of pride. We also value the creative spirit and nurture a corporate culture that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

SOURCE Tribune Co.

Most Popular Searches for September Yahoo! En Espanol

Popular Searches for September

Yahoo! En Espanol today announced it’s most popular Searches on Yahoo! Pop for the month ending September 30 (http://espanol.pop.yahoo.com/pop/09-2009/). Yahoo! Pop allows users to access the site and stay in touch with what’s hot and use it as a resource to search for and spot trends. Information on Yahoo! Pop is available and searchable by day, month and category.

The Most Popular Searches for September in Yahoo! Pop include:

Top 10 Overall Searches:
1. Twin Towers
2. Tsunami
3. Sandra Bullock
4. Vida Guerra
5. Qualifiers 2010
6. Olga Tanon
7. Whitney Houston
8. Perez Hilton
9. Gaby Espino
10. Megan Fox

Tragedies, present and past, captured the interest of Yahoo! En Espanol users this month. The eighth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City no doubt propelled users to look for stories and information on the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers. The catastrophic tsunami that struck Samoa on September 29 following an 8.0 magnitude earthquake also topped the list at No. 2; the event left a confirmed 143 people dead and six missing in Samoa.

Yahoo! En Espanol users also searched for info on Sandra Bullock, star of the movie “All About Steve” that opened in September with mixed reviews. The actress, who plays a crossword puzzle constructor, also produced the film.

Propelled by controversy, singers Olga Tanon and Whitney Houston also topped the list. Tanon participated in the criticized Peace Without Borders Concert, held in Havana last month. Houston, interviewed by Oprah, brought to light very private aspects of her drug use and violent marriage. Cuban-American blogger Perez Hilton made headlines after having falsely reported that Jaclyn Smith had committed suicide in Honduras. Venezuelan soap opera star Gaby Espino and Hollywood actress Megan Fox also topped the list.

In addition to the most popular overall topics, Yahoo! Pop also reveals the Top Ten Searches in six other categories: entertainment, music, technology, celebrities, news and sports. During the month of September, the qualifier soccer matches for the World Cup were the number one search in the sports category, attracting the imagination of the fans, who will passionately follow their country’s teams all the way to South Africa next summer. Olga Tanon was No. 1 in the music category and Sandra Bullock topped the Entertainment category.

Updated daily, Yahoo! Pop search results showcase the diverse interests and concerns of U.S. Hispanics around the net, from gorgeous celebrity sightings and salacious political news to funny jokes and the latest consumer obsessions. To come up with the Yahoo! Pop Top 10 list, Yahoo! created a unique algorithm which scans anonymous query logs from Yahoo! Search across a variety of categories to see what themes and trends bubble up to the surface. Individual searches are never used to develop these lists. Every day millions of people visit Yahoo! to search for news, hobbies, curiosities and all types of information. By putting all of the searches together, the site displays the topics that are of most interest to people. To view the most popular searches of the day, click on ‘Pop’ on the Yahoo! En Espanol front page or visit: http://Espanol.pop.yahoo.com/.

About Yahoo!

Yahoo! Inc. is a leading global consumer brand and one of the most trafficked Internet destinations worldwide. Yahoo! is where millions of people go every day to see what is happening with the people and things that matter to them most. Yahoo! helps marketers reach that audience with its unique and compelling advertiser proposition. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, visit http://pressroom.yahoo.com or the company’s blog, Yodel Anecdotal (http://yodel.yahoo.com).

SOURCE Yahoo! En Espanol

‘Cambia Tu Look’ PeopleEnEspanol.com Interactive Tool

Innovative Interactive Tool Allows for Uploading Photos, Trying on Celebrity Hair and Makeup Looks, Plus Click-to-Buy Products

-First Hispanic Website to Offer Beauty Tool for Hispanic Consumers-

-T-Mobile Premiere Sponsor-

Further expanding on its celebrity style coverage online, PeopleEnEspanol.com today launched a new interactive tool, http://www.peopleenespanol.com/pespanol/cambiatulook where users can upload photos of themselves and try out new celebrity looks in hair and makeup. This technology is the first of its kind within the Hispanic market, where users are experimenting with looks designed for Hispanic women — complete with complimenting hair, skin and eye colors.

Cambia Tu Look is a free, fun, easy way to try on hundreds of the hottest celebrity hairdos, as well as lip, skin and eye colors – all in an instant. For the ultimate transformations, users can try on the complete hair-and-makeup looks of their favorite American and Latino stars such as Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Thalia, Katie Holmes and Maite Peroni, and learn how to the exact glamorous red-carpet looks. PeopleEnEspanol.com worked with leading celebrity beauty experts to provide users with step-by-step tips on how to achieve these sexy, modern celebrity looks.

Users can try out over 100 celebrity hairstyles and experiment with hair, lip and eye colors from more than 100 popular brands, then purchase these favorite beauty items online by clicking through to a retailer.

“PeopleEnEspanol.com is the ultimate Hispanic website for the hottest trends in celebrity fashion and beauty,” says Fran Hauser, President, Digital, Time Inc. Style and Entertainment Group. “With Cambia Tu Look we are providing an exciting, engaging experience for women where they can sample with new looks and shop for their favorite beauty brands.”

“Beauty and style are defining characteristics for Latinas,” says Lucia Ballas-Traynor, publisher, People en Espanol. “They have been following the hottest trends of today’s stars but now they can be inspired by creating their own unique looks and styles that differentiate them from mainstream.”

The makeover tool was designed and created in partnership with TAAZ, a San Diego-based technology company.

Source: People en Espanol

OOH Digital Video Display Audience Exceeds 155MM Per Month

New Report Benchmarks the Size of the U.S. Digital Video Display Market

Approximately 155 million (67 percent of) U.S. residents aged 18 or older have seen an Out-of-Home (OOH) digital video display, in the past month, at one or more of 17 types of public venues according to a new study by Arbitron Inc. (NYSE: ARB). The Arbitron Out-of-Home Digital Video Display Study 2009 shows that the general audience for OOH digital video displays represents a cross-section of American consumers, and closely mirrors the average U.S. population.

Seventy-six percent of those who recall seeing digital video displays in the past month noticed seeing them at multiple venues. Digital video screens in retail locations alone (including grocery stores, large retailer/department stores, drug stores, shopping malls or convenience stores) reach more than 123 million (53 percent of) American adults in an average month.

“Out-of-home digital video displays, in most cases, broadcast advertising and content that are created for public environments and are distinct from network or cable TV viewing away-from-home,” said Alton Adams, Chief Marketing Officer, Arbitron Inc. “This Arbitron study focuses on this expanding market and is designed to provide insight to help advertisers target certain consumer groups including affluent households, male adults, young adults and Hispanics using OOH digital video networks.”

Audience Profile by Venue Type

According to the Study:

  • Nearly one in five (18 percent of) Americans aged 18 or older noticed a video screen in a place serving food or beverages in the past month; 21 percent of adults have seen video displays at a movie theater.
  • Twenty-two percent of U.S. adults have viewed a video screen at a gas station in the past month; 19 percent have seen video displays at an airport during the same time period and 7 percent have noticed video content while waiting for or riding mass transit.
  • One in seven adults (14 percent) has noticed a video display in an office building or elevator in the past month.
  • Nineteen percent of American adults have seen a video screen at a doctor’s office or hospital in the past month and 7 percent have viewed video content at a health club.

Targeting Consumers by Venue

According to the Study:

  • A person watching video content in a bar is 53 percent more likelyto be a young adult than the population at large.
  • A person watching a video display in an elevator is 88 percent more likely to live in an affluent household.
  • A person watching a video screen at a sporting event is 27 percent more likelyto be a man than the population at large.
  • A person watching a video display at a transit hub is twice as likelyto be Hispanic compared to the population at large.

How the study was conducted

Arbitron and Edison Research interviewed a total of 1,666 people from January 16, 2009 to February 15, 2009. Telephone interviews were conducted with respondents aged 18 and older who were chosen at random from a national sample of Arbitron’s Fall 2008 survey diarykeepers. In certain geographic areas, a sample of Arbitron diarykeepers was not available for the survey and a supplemental sample was interviewed via random digit dialing (RDD). Diarykeepers represented 70 percent of the completed interviews and RDD sampled respondents represented 30 percent.

Source: Arbitron Inc.

Burger King enters mobile commerce full-throttle

Fast-food giant Burger King has entered the mobile commerce arena by letting consumers place orders and pay for them their iPhone. Now that’s fast food.

Restaurant locator - Burger King enters mobile commerce full-throttle

Burger King enters mobile commerce full-throttle – Restaurant locator

Burger King Mobile Restaurant Locator

Burger King teamed up with Gomobo and PointAbout for the development and design of the application. The Burger King NOW location-aware iPhone application is currently being tested in the Queens, New York, area.

“The idea of the iPhone app is to go the full nine yards with a rich mobile ordering platform,” said Noah N. Glass, founder CEO of Gomobo, New York. “This is the first case study that we have done with an iPhone application and we expect to launch these types of applications for other quick-serve restaurants we are working with.”

Gomobo helps fast-food and restaurant chains mobilize their services via mobile Web sites, and now through iPhone apps as well. Clients include Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts.

Burger King, the nation’s No. 2 burger-and-fries chain after McDonald’s Corp., has been known for its innovation with new technology, including its highly viral Subservient Chicken online viral marketing campaign earlier in the decade. Ordering and paying through the iPhone application is part of that DNA.

The iPhone’s GPS functionality lets users skip the step of entering in an address into the app. Instead it automatically finds the Burger King location closest to them.

When users place their order and come in to pick it up, they can skip the line and just grab their food, since they have paid for it via the app.

The application also tracks and saves order history and then acts as a loyalty card by offering incentives and deals.

Customize your Burger King meal

Burger King enters mobile commerce full-throttle

Burger King enters mobile commerce full-throttle

The goal behind this application is to drive incremental same-store sales – a key metric for the restaurant industry, Mr. Glass said. He also said that orders placed via the application have been 25 percent larger than in-store.

When customers start using the service, they increase their frequency of visits by 42 percent and the mobile offering takes existing loyal customers and increases their value by 75 percent.

The application is helping Burger King drive additional sales, since new customers can discover the stores near them that they may have not known about previously.

In terms of security, the application is fully secure. So, customers don’t have to worry about their credit card information being misused.

Also, the information is stored within the application, so that it doesn’t need to be re-entered each time the customer places an order.

When picking up their food, customers just need to give the last four digits of their mobile number, to confirm they are in fact the person that placed the order.

PointAbout helped Gomobo develop the application. It took the guts of the Burger King mobile site, which was developed by Gomobo, and poured it all into an iPhone experience.

Also, PointAbout made it possible for the application to remember the phone ID and allowed it to pull GPS information.

“Traditionally QSRs have focused on the four walls concept, which means doing marketing within the four walls of the restaurant,” Mr. Glass said. “They focused on what could be done in-store to make sure that patrons come back

“The mobile device allows them to extend where transactions take place and let customers make transactions from anywhere, therefore extending those four walls to the consumer’s hands,” he said. “It is also a much more efficient way of taking an order and the payment.”
Source: Mobile Marketer

Levelup.com Breaks the Alexa Top 2,000 Sites in the World

Busca Corp announced today that on Sunday July 19th Levelup.com –www.levelup.com) our flagship site and an integral part of the Busca Corp Network — has cracked Alexa’s Top 2,000 sites in the world. With over 10 million total network page views, Levelup.com has transformed into one of the top sites in Mexico and Latin America.

“The growth of Levelup.com is a testament to the 60 Billion Dollar Video Game market,” says Ramon Toledo, President of Busca Corp Media Network. “Through our partnership with Prodigy MSN we are well positioned as the #1 Video Game Site for the Latin American and U.S. Hispanic audience.”

Prodigy MSN is the most popular website in Mexico with over 23 million users and features a wide array of world-class services, such as Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger, as well as video, news, and the latest in entertainment, lifestyle and sports. Our partnership aims to target the rapidly expanding video game user base which in the 1980’s meant mostly males under the age of 20 but today includes both male and female gamers under the age of 35.

Levelup.com publishes user-generated video game content alongside professionally produced media content that offers tips, strategies, reviews, comments and a place to share experiences with a fully engaged online community. With its unique platform, Levelup.com has experienced strong and steady growth since its launch in 2007.

Levelup.com also recently entered, and is aggressively attacking, the U.S. Hispanic Market and, is opening a largely untapped demographic with huge potential.

Source: Busca Corp

Automotive Website Targets Hispanic Car Buyers and Sellers

AutosAhora.com helps Hispanic consumers and dealerships targeting Hispanics to list their cars for sale.

Automotive Website Targets Hispanic Car Buyers and Sellers

Automotive Website Targets Hispanic Car Buyers and Sellers

AutosAhora.com, the one-stop online resource for Hispanic new and used car buyers now offers consumers and dealerships the ability to sell their cars online. Consumers can list their cars for sale on the site for free for thirty days, and dealerships can upload extensive inventory for a low monthly fee. AutosAhora.com allows consumers and dealerships alike, to manage their offers and listings with a simple interface and allows dealerships to personalize their ads to reinforce their brand image at the local and national level.

Automotive Website Targets Hispanic Car Buyers and Sellers

AutosAhora.com is one of the few comprehensive online resources that allows Hispanics to shop for a car, sell a car and obtain financing entirely in English and Spanish. AutosAhora.com also features articles on the new government sponsored “Cash for Clunkers” program and calculators that help consumers understand how much they can afford.

Source: AutosAhora.com