More Than 851,000 Members Join the Aflac Cancer Center Facebook Cause

<h2Aflac ‘Causes Campaign on Facebook’ Raises $1.16 Million for Fight Against Pediatric Cancer

Aflac (NYSE: AFL) announced that it has raised more than $1.16 million for the Aflac Cancer Center through a matching grant campaign with Causes on Facebook, making it the largest sponsored campaign in the history of Causes. The effort also resulted in 851,215 new members joining the Aflac Cancer Center Cause, helping to generate awareness and financial support during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

The Causes application on Facebook has more than 85 million users who have created over 300,000 charitable causes that have benefited 60,000 nonprofits in the United States and Canada. Donors have used the Causes application on Facebook to give more than $14 million to these organizations. Prior to the launch of Aflac’s pediatric cancer Cause, the largest matching grant on a Facebook Cause was $100,000.

“Thanks to Aflac’s campaign to raise money for childhood cancer and blood disorders on Causes on Facebook, children at the Aflac Cancer Center will be assured cutting edge treatment and clinical research to get them back to being kids,” said Dr. William G. Woods, Director of the Aflac Cancer Center. “With every dollar raised we offer new hope for our kids and their families.”

“Our goal is to find a cure,” said Aflac chairman and CEO Dan Amos. “We want to thank the more than 851,000 people who rose to the challenge and joined Aflac’s fight against pediatric cancer. With their help we can continue the progress that has seen survival rates soar from 20 percent in the 1980’s to 80 percent today.”

Aflac Chairman and CEO Dan Amos personally contributed $100,000 to the cause, and his donation, like all the others, was matched dollar-for-dollar by Aflac. NASCAR driver Carl Edwards, who is sponsored by Aflac, responded to Amos’s gesture by contributing his portion of his team’s earnings from the September 6th race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

“Aflac’s $1 million initiative is the largest sponsored cause that we have ever seen on Facebook and it demonstrates the growing philanthropic power of Causes,” said Joe Green, founder of Causes. “This matching grant is a success not only because of the money raised, but also because 851,215 individuals were empowered to make a difference through peer to peer activism. We’re delighted that Aflac chose our application to generate awareness and that together, we were so successful in producing potentially life-saving results for children with cancer.”

Each year the Aflac Cancer Center treats more than 350 new cancer patients. It also provides the largest sickle cell disease program in America, with 1,635 active cases and has cured more children of sickle cell disease than any treatment center in the nation. In addition to funding research and treatment, Aflac contributions serve other critical needs, including new facilities, a new state-of-the-art pediatric research building, and endowments for the Family Support Team and Fellowship Program. In August, the Aflac Cancer Center announced that Aflac had surpassed $50 million in donations to this cause.

About Aflac:

For more than 50 years, Aflac products have given policyholders the opportunity to direct cash where it is needed most when a life-interrupting medical event causes financial challenges. As the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance in the United States and the number one insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force in Japan, Aflac insurance products provide protection to more than 40 million people worldwide. In 2009, Aflac was recognized by Ethisphere magazine as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the third consecutive year and was also named by the Reputation Institute as the Most Reputable Company in the Global Insurance Industry for the second consecutive year. In 2009 Fortune magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the eleventh consecutive year. Fortune magazine also ranked Aflac No. 1 on its global list of America’s Most Admired Companies in the Life and Health Insurance category. Aflac appears on Hispanic Enterprise magazine’s list of the 50 Best Companies for Supplier Diversity and on Black Enterprise magazine’s list of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity. Aflac was also named by Forbes magazine as America’s Best-Managed Company in the Insurance category. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com.

About Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta:

The Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is a national leader among childhood cancer, hematology, and blood and marrow transplant programs, serving infants to young adults. Recognized as one of the top childhood cancer centers in the country by U.S.News & World Report, the Aflac Cancer Center treats more than 350 new cancer patients each year and follows more than 2,500 patients with sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other blood disorders. Visit www.aflaccancercenter.org or call 404-785-1112 or 888-785-1112 for more information.

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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.

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Social Media Success Story Flawlessly Executed

A brilliant example of an Advertising campaign and Social Media success story with flawless  execution and of how to measure social media results:

Social Media Success Story: media exposure equaled $6.67 million in ad spend

The campaign “One Thousand Casmurros,” made for the biggest TV network in Brazil, Rede Globo. It was the agency’s first entry in Cannes.

Commemorating 100 years since the death of one of the greatest writers Brazil has ever seen, Machado de Assis, Rede Globo launched a miniseries inspired by one of his best-known books, “Dom Casmurro.” In order to promote it, LiveAd divided the book contents in a thousand pieces and organized a collective reading of the entire text, inviting people to upload their homemade videos reading in front of their webcams. The videos were posted on a special social network.

To pay tribute to one of Brazil’s most respected writers, Machado de Assis, the largest TV network in Brazil was launching a mini-series based on one of his books, Dom Casmurro.

Through the launch of the mini-series, we needed to build up TV Globo’s reputation with a new generation, disconnected from the television.

We created a website with the book and divided it into one thousand excerpts. In the website, people could choose and record pieces in real time with their webcam. We enabled a large scale collective reading.

At the same time, we hid one thousand DVDs with unique scenes in public places for people to find them and hide them again once they had seen it.

The results were astonishing: Spontaneous media exposure equaled $6.67 million in ad spend.


One Thousand Casmurros from Livead on Vimeo

In less than a month, the reading was completed ending in a total social media success story.

Influential admirers talked about it in public. 33 million viewers watched the series’ first episode. The media called it the best tribute to Machado de Assis of 2008.

Almost 106 million people were exposed to press notes related to the mini-series.

The subsequent media exposure was worth the equivalent of 6,7 million dollars in advertising spend.

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Elianne Ramos is the principal and CEO of Speak Hispanic Communications and vice-chair of Communications and PR for LATISM.
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A brief introduction to Social Media

What is your Social Media goal?

Social media sites are becoming a major strategy for brands and business.

What tools should we use to get a return on our social media efforts?

Use them all. But use the tools for different purposes and audiences.

When you are on Twitter you are everybody’s friend. Simple as that. Facebook is your home. Who do you entertain in your home? Facebook is the place where you can truly connect with your audience. LinkedIn is your office. There are thousands of social media sites: YouTube, Digg, Reddit, Delicious, hubspot, winelifetoday, univision.

Log in to our site and watch the rest of the introduction to Social Media presentation to learn Twitter basics and tips to increase your follower base. Do not overextend yourself on social media and increase your connections!

 

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First Hispanic Website for New Moms on Natural Family Care

New Site to Serve Community of Latina Mothers across the U.S. and First Hispanic Website for New Moms on Natural Family Care

Hyland’s, Inc., a leading provider of natural over-the-counter medicines, announced today that it has launched ComienzosSaludables.com (Comienzos Saludables), a unique social networking, education-based website for Latina mothers. Comienzos Saludables continues Hyland’s strategy to improve the availability of, and accessibility to, important healthcare resources for this growing population. The new site offers Hispanic mothers a fully bilingual Spanish/English community to assist with information on pregnancy, infant care, raising a family, healthy lifestyle, and treating your family’s health issues with natural medicines.

Hispanic Website for New Moms: New Site to Serve Community of Latina Mothers across the U.S.

Hispanic Website for New Moms: New Site to Serve Community of Latina Mothers across the U.S.

Comienzo Saludables marks Hyland’s latest initiative to reach out to the Hispanic consumer. Already, the company has made packaging on 22 products Spanish/English bilingual, developed a baby development calendar in Spanish and sponsored a community health worker, Promotoras, program called Salud con Hyland’s. Now, with usage of social networking sites by Hispanics up 200% in 2006 (Forrester’s Hispanic Technographics Series Research), Hyland’s delivers this new resource for Latina mothers.

“Hyland’s has a longstanding commitment to providing accessible healthcare,” said J.P. Borneman, PhD, chairman and CEO of Hyland’s, Inc. “With 25% of U.S. moms of Hispanic origin, that access, in this case, comes in the form of a website full of culturally relevant, in-language educational material for Hispanic families. Our goal is to empower pre- and post-natal Hispanic mothers with information and a community of support as they strive to give their babies the very healthiest start in life.”

Studies show that a growing number of Hispanics are online and seeking information in their own language. Specifically, according to eMarketer, 23 million U.S. Hispanics were online in 2008 and that number is expected to surpass 29 million by 2012. Also, according to AOL/Roper Public Affairs Hispanic Cyberstudy 2005, Spanish language content is important to 75% of Hispanic web users.

Comienzos Saludables brings health information and social media, in a fully bilingual format, together to address this growing demographic. With 70% of Latina mothers under the age of 30, and with an increasing number of Hispanics shown to have a natural affinity for online social networking, Hyland’s expects tremendous response from Latina mothers to its new site. Free membership to Comienzos Saludables, or Healthy Beginnings, provides access to interactive community tools, including community forums, photo galleries, blogs, personal profile pages, over 400 articles on family health and lifestyle topics, and monthly newsletters. The site is divided into the following sections: Healthy Pregnancy; Your Baby; Parent’s Corner; Home Remedies and Homeopathy; Healthy and Natural Lifestyle; and Community.

Comienzos Saludables features the latest in web 2.0 technologies and provides a secure, friendly online environment for Latinas to stay in touch with their friends and family, as well as make new connections by sharing tips, advice and experiences of motherhood with others.

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Visit www.comienzossaludables.com or www.hylandshealthybeginnings.com to join the new online community.

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Starbucks, Unilever Offer Free Ice Cream to Facebook Users

To introduce consumers to its new ice cream line, Starbucks and Unilever are offering free pints to Facebook users.

Through July 19, participants can visit http://apps.facebook.com/starbucksicecream. At the top of every hour, they will have a chance to give a pint of Starbucks ice cream to a friend or family member.

Each hour, 800 pints will be given away, with a total of 280,000 for the duration of the promotion. While the promotion encourages participants to send the treat to friends, less generous users also have the option of simply sending the coupon to themselves.

Starbucks ice-cream giveaway to Facebook users

Starbucks ice-cream giveaway to Facebook users

Users who don’t jump on the opportunity fast enough have to check back later whether the supply of 800 has already been given away.

The promotion touts the four flavors of Starbucks ice cream, which debuted in the spring. Based on Starbucks beverages, the flavors are Caramel Macciato (coffee and vanilla ice creams with swirls of caramel), Mocha Frappuccino (coffee and chocolate ice creams), Java Chip Frappuccino (chocolate ice cream with chunks of dark chocolate) and Coffee (coffee and espresso ice creams).

Unilever signed a licensing agreement with Starbucks in September 2008 for the exclusive manufacturing, marketing and distribution of Starbucks ice cream.
Source: Alex Palmer – Progressive Grocer

Sprint Lets Soccer Fans Enjoy the Game Now

CONCACAF Gold Cup(TM) series kicks off on July 3 with live streaming and exclusive tournament mobile content available only on the Sprint Now Network(TM)

Mexican Soccer Legend Luis Roberto Alves ‘Zague’ joins Sprint at select games nationally

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., June 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Sprint (NYSE: S) — As an official sponsor of the popular 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup(TM) tournament, Sprint brings soccer fans closer to their favorite sport than ever before with exclusive mobile content, available only on the Sprint Now Network(TM). For the first time, fans can be a part of the action by experiencing full-length live streaming of the games directly on their Sprint TV-capable phones. Through their phones, subscribers will also have front row seats to follow CONCACAF Gold Cup(TM) from the opening game kickoff in Los Angeles to the finals in New York with real-time game updates about their teams playing in the tournament, related news and tournament statistics, among other fun features.

Sprint Lets Soccer Fans Enjoy the Game Now

Sprint Lets Soccer Fans Enjoy the Game Now

Additionally, Sprint has teamed up with one of the most popular Mexican soccer legends, Luis Roberto Alves “Zague”, to provide a one-of-a-kind pre-game experience at select matches in some U.S. cities.

“Soccer is a way of life, not only for me but for all fans. It’s so exciting to see how Sprint has created the perfect synergy between sports and technology,” Zague said. “As a former soccer player, I am thankful to join a partnership where soccer fans are able to stay connected to the game by receiving up-to-the-minute information.”

At the games, fans can visit Sprint Mobile Experience to try firsthand how easy it is to enjoy real-time matches on the go on a wide range of Sprint phones.

Exclusive Sprint CONCACAF Gold Cup(TM) content

Developed in partnership with Univision Movil, only Sprint subscribers will have exclusive access to CONCACAF Gold Cup(TM) on their phones. Subscribers can visit sprint.com/copa on their mobile phones to enjoy:

— Live streaming of full-length games available for the first time ever on mobile devices

    -- Video highlights of goals, top plays and commentary! (1)
    -- Text alerts for results, game reminders and the latest team news
    -- Breaking news, photo galleries and TV schedules
    -- Ringers, screensavers and fight songs

“With the CONCACAF Gold Cup(TM), Sprint continues its commitment in solidifying partnerships that ignite our Hispanic subscribers’ passions, like soccer,” explained Kymber Umana, Hispanic marketing manager for Sprint. “Our ability to give our customers exclusive tournament content directly on their Sprint mobile phone is a sure bet that they will never miss a part of the CONCACAF Gold Cup(TM) action this summer.”

Finally, Sprint’s sponsorship includes a national television spot during Spanish-language soccer broadcasts, as well as multiple US Hispanic-targeted online creative banners on soccer and social networking sites and a website,www.sprint.com/copa. Sprint pays tribute to soccer fans with an exciting and humorous commercial titled, “‘Life or Futbol’, with Sprint you can have both,” that can be seen via a 30-second TV spot featuring the Sprint exclusive Samsung Instinct(R) s30(TM)(2). Existing customers will also receive informative newsletters and emails detailing exclusive content available on the most popular Sprint phones.

For more information about the CONCACAF Gold Cup(TM) tournament and to get a list of all the upcoming games, visit http://concacaf.com/competitions/goldcup/2009/history.aspx. Visit www.sprint.com/copa to learn about Sprint exclusive content available to subscribers.
Source: Sprint

Allstate Celebrates the Passion of Mexican National Team Fans With a Unique Sweepstakes for the Ultimate Tricolor Fan

Multichannel promotion allows fans to participate online, on-site or by texting

NORTHBROOK, Ill., June 24 /PRNewswire/ –It’s Game Time…Allstate Insurance company, the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer and exclusive auto, home and life insurance sponsor of the Mexican National Team, today launched this year’s sweepstakes, an exclusive promotion to celebrate the beauty of the game and its legions of fans.

Created to bring fans closer to a legend of “the beautiful game,” Allstate will reward one winner and a guest with an all-expenses-paid trip to Dallas, Texas on September 30 to watch a Tricolor game with one of the most exciting soccer players in history – former MNT captain Luis Roberto Alves, also known as “Zague.”

The sweepstakes is part of the activities surrounding Allstate’s third consecutive year as a sponsor of the Mexican National Team and is being announced as players prepare for the highly-anticipated June 24 exhibition match against Venezuela at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

“Allstate is a very proud sponsor of the Mexican National Team and we are excited to be able to offer this exclusive experience to two fans to be able to watch their team with one of its legends,” said Georgina Flores, senior marketing manager at Allstate.

Mexican soccer legend, former MNT player and ex-captain of the team, Luis Roberto Alves “Zague,” has teamed up with Allstate over the past three years to add to the excitement and passion for the sport and to convey to fans that on and off-the field, protection is the right move. Sharing the team’s last game in the United States with him will be a once in a lifetime experience for a lucky winner and guest.

“This year has been full of excitement surrounding the performance and results for the qualifying games for both the Gold Cup and the World Cup. I’m thrilled to once again team up with my friends at Allstate, a company that’s always been committed to the Hispanic community,” commented ‘Zague’. “I look forward to joining the thousands of fans during the upcoming matches of the U.S. tour and I can’t wait to meet the winners of this year’s sweepstakes in Dallas.”

The promotion officially ‘kicks off’ on June 24, 2009, and is open until September 1, 2009. There are three ways for participants to enter and consumers can enter in English or Spanish:

  • Enter online at www.proteccioneslajugada.com – the official Web site of Allstate’s MNT sponsorship
  • Text “ZAGUE” to 49737 (standard rates apply)
  • Visit the Allstate booth at Futbol Fiesta in Atlanta on June 24 and/or San Diego on June 28

There is one entry permitted per person. For rules and the official entry form, visit www.proteccioneslajugada.com

About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Widely known through the “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate(R)” slogan, Allstate is reinventing protection and retirement to help individuals in approximately 17 million households protect what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow. Customers can access Allstate products and services such as auto insurance and homeowners insurance through approximately 14,700 exclusive Allstate agencies and financial representatives in the U.S. and Canada, or in select states at allstate.com and 1-800 Allstate(R). Encompass(R) and Deerbrook(R) Insurance brand property and casualty products are sold exclusively through independent agents. The Allstate Financial Group provides life insurance, supplemental accident and health insurance, annuity, banking and retirement products designed for individual, institutional and worksite customers that are distributed through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, financial institutions and broker-dealers. Customers can also access information about Allstate Financial Group products and services at myallstatefinancial.com.
Source: Allstate Insurance

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GolTV, ESPN Team Up for Unprecedented Coverage of La Liga

Each Network Will Offer Exclusive Spanish and English-language Multiplatform Coverage of Spain’s La Liga

NEW YORK, June 22 /PRNewswire/ — GolTV, the only live bilingual channel delivering 24/7 international soccer, which holds exclusive TV rights to Spain’s La Liga and ESPN have reached an agreement for Spanish and English-language multimedia rights to Spain’s La Liga in the U.S. through 2012. The two multimedia companies will now share coverage of one of the world’s most popular and most watched football leagues — Spain’s La Liga.

With this deal, GolTV and ESPN will give La Liga fans in the U.S. the ability to see an unprecedented number of games. Under the terms of the agreement, in addition to the 120 live games in English and Spanish that will be televised on GolTV, ESPN Deportes will provide exclusive Spanish-language coverage of more than 95 La Liga regular-season matches live. ESPN360.com – ESPN’s live sports broadband network – will stream at least 114 matches, including simulcast of all 95 ESPN Deportes matches live in English. ESPN2 will televise select matches and ESPN Mobile TV (on FLO TV and MobiTV) will also stream select games live to mobile devices. Additional coverage will include a highlights show on match days on ESPN Deportes, as well as re-air rights across ESPN Deportes and ESPN360.com.

ESPN Deportes and ESPN360.com will also have rights to Copa del Rey, Spain’s domestic cup tournament.

ESPNdeportes.com – the company’s Spanish-language Web site, and ESPNSoccernet – the leading soccer news and information site, will deliver complete coverage including highlights and news video, original reporting, columns, match previews, player profiles and real-time scores and data.

La Liga, the highest rated European soccer league on Spanish-language television in 2008 (based on Nielsen measurements) will debut on both networks in August 2009. Together the two multimedia companies will televise at least 234 regular season matches (120 on GolTV; 95 on ESPN Deportes; and 114 on ESPN360.com;). The networks will also televise the Copa del Rey. Together they will offer nearly 400 hours of La Liga programming.

La Liga’s 20 teams have made it the top UEFA competitions more than any other European league. Real Madrid and Barcelona are the club’s top two teams, winning 31 and 19 titles, respectively. Each week’s telecast on both networks are to be anchored by a news and information highlights show completely dedicated to covering all the news around La Liga.

“There is so much La Liga, and so much demand, we felt that for our fans and video distribution partners, the right answer was not to launch yet another exclusive channel, but to extend our programming rights across multiple networks – and there is no better partner for this endeavor than ESPN,” said Rodrigo Lombello, COO, GolTV. “No other European football league can match La Liga in attracting large audiences on Spanish-language television.”

“La Liga is arguably the most prestigious European soccer league in the world,” said Lino Garcia, general manager, ESPN Deportes. “We’re thrilled to work with GolTV to showcase La Liga on ESPN for the first time to soccer fans in the U.S. With the pending addition of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka, the timing is great to include this great property to the ESPN Deportes line-up, as it is the most exciting soccer league in the world today.”

“La Liga features the biggest soccer stars in the world and its non-stop action is unmatched. These teams, including Real Madrid and Barcelona, deliver GolTV’s highest-rated games, and now by partnering with ESPN we will now serve all La Liga fans wherever they are, and on whatever channel they prefer to watch the game,” said Enzo Francescoli, founder and CEO of GolTV. “Because fans come first, we knew that making more of La Liga available across ESPN’s premiere multimedia platforms makes everyone a winner in this game. We couldn’t be more pleased to have this new relationship with ESPN.”

“At a time when Spanish teams are investing in the best soccer talent in the world, we are thrilled that through GolTV and ESPN La Liga will have the exposure and reach of such a large and significant audience,” said Roger Huguet CEO of Imagina US who represents La Liga’s broadcasting rights in the United States.

GolTV currently offers live and premiere coverage of the 2009 La Liga season, as well as the weekly program Ole! La Liga, which showcases top highlights from the Spanish league and airs on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. ET. For a complete programming schedule, please visit www.goltv.tv.

With this agreement, ESPN Deportes will now have a consistent block of live soccer on weekends – Mexican First Division, MLS, Dutch First Division and South American World Cup Qualifying. Each week ESPN Deportes will televise more than 16 hours of live soccer and 7 hours of news and information.

In the past year, ESPN360.com has delivered more than 800 live soccer matches online. La Liga joins a lineup of other top global soccer on ESPN360.com including World Cup events and qualifiers, Football League (UK), Carling Cup (UK), Italian Serie A, Portuguese Liga Sagres, MLS, US National team, Confederations Cup and more.
Source: ESPN Deportes

Spanish-language TV network Univision says ¡hola! to e-commerce

Univision Communications Inc., operator of the major Spanish-language television network Univision, has announced plans to launch an e-commerce site selling items related to its shows in a deal with Delivery Agent Inc.

Delivery Agent also announced last week an expanded relationship with Twentieth Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising to create a new e-commerce site, www.foxshop.com, that will sell products seen on or related to TV shows on the Fox network and sister network FX. The products will be available immediately after shows air on TV or online. Previously, Delivery Agent had been providing e-commerce services tied to some Fox shows and movies.

With the Univision deal, Delivery Agent links up with the fifth most-watched TV network, according to Nielsen Media Research, after CBS, Fox, NBC and ABC. Delivery Agent already operates e-commerce sites for ABC, CBS and NBC, selling such items as DVDs and T-shirts, at ABCtvstore.com, CBSstore.com and NBCuniversal.com.

“We are thrilled to partner with Delivery Agent, a first-class provider of e-commerce solutions,” says Ted Zagat, vice president of franchise development and strategic partnerships at Univision. “We look forward to building Univision’s first ever branded e-commerce platform which will enable us to deliver Univision-inspired products to our loyal audiences.”

Delivery Agent will host and manage the Univision.com online store, which is expected to go live in the fall. The site, which will be in Spanish, will heavily promote merchandise tied to the 2010 soccer World Cup tournament, says Mike Fitzsimmons, CEO of Delivery Agent. It will also enable loyal followers of Univision’s telenovelas, or soap operas, to buy merchandise seen on those shows.

“If you see a necklace in the show you’ll be able to purchase it through the store,” Fitzsimmons says. “They’re the fastest-growing television network in the U.S. and we believe an underserved audience from an e-commerce perspective. There are not a lot of great e-commerce sites targeting the U.S. Hispanic audience, and tying in with the content and reach of Univision and their incredibly loyal customer base we think is a pretty significant opportunity.” Univision averaged 3.4 million viewers during prime time for the last week in May, Nielsen says.

The Fox and Univision announcements are the latest in a string of TV-related deals announced by Delivery Agent. Discovery Communications, which operates the Discovery Channel and other cable networks, announced in March it was outsourcing its e-commerce operations to Delivery Agent. Discovery Channel Store Inc. is No. 191 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide.

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