NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Horizon Media, the largest and fastest growing privately held media services agency in the world, announced today that it is launching a dedicated multicultural social solution to help the agency's clients maximize brand influence through organic engagements, influencer relationships and strategic paid media within the multicultural space. The newly formed practice will be led by Karina Dobbaro, VP, Managing Director, and Pedro L. Rodriguez, Director, Social Strategy and Influence, at Horizon Media.
"Young multiculturals are an empowered segment driving innovation and growth across a multitude of social platforms," said Karina Dobarro, VP, Managing Director, Multicultural, Horizon Media. "Engaging this coveted segment requires authentic social content that is inclusive, in-culture and often in-language. We recognize the untapped potential of this multicultural audience of 'super-users,' and will launch our multicultural social practice to efficiently reach this group in impactful ways on behalf of our clients."
Horizon Media, currently the 7th largest U.S. Hispanic Media Agency according to Advertising Age, will marry its multicultural capabilities with those of its robust social practice to activate across six key areas within the multicultural segment: social intelligence, authentic conversation, influencer marketing, paid amplification, reputation management and compelling content.
"The multicultural market, which currently accounts for 40% of the U.S. population and growing according to the Census, will continue to drive consumer growth," said Pedro L. Rodriguez, Director, Social Strategy and Influence, Horizon Media. "Our goal is to enable our clients to connect with the array of multicultural communities through authentic conversations to increase awareness, consideration, advocacy and loyalty. This new capability is a way for us to expand the existing Spanish language paid social media work we have executed for clients for example, into a more robust portfolio of multicultural social services."
Multicultural men and women represent a massive segment of the influencer space today– and as "Super Consumers," multicultural audiences represent $3.4 trillion in consumer spending today, according to Nielsen. The new offering will help align Horizon's brands with both the growing cohort of multicultural influencers on social media and the multicultural consumer population by uncovering digital intelligence to build better brand stories, create a social media foundation to drive strategy, extend branch reach and reputation, and build experiences on behalf of Horizon's clients.
"What's great about social media is that we can swiftly test and learn through audience interactions and insights to develop strategies and ongoing optimization strategies based on performance," continued Pedro L. Rodriguez, Director, Social Strategy and Influence, Horizon Media. "From there, we can provide recommendations to our clients which can even drive product and service innovation from the ground up."
Horizon's social practice is comprised of over 30 specialists (including six bilingual specialists), and is fully integrated within the agency's larger planning teams to strategically leverage social media content and learnings for integrated media campaigns across all facets of the organization.
About Horizon Media
Horizon Media, Inc. is the largest and fastest growing privately held media services agency in the world. The company was founded in 1989, is headquartered in New York with a second full-service office in Los Angeles. Horizon Media was chosen as 2011 Independent Media Agency of the Year by Mediapost, 2010 U.S. Media Agency of the Year by Adweek, Brandweek, and Mediaweek as well as by Ad Age and as one of the world's ten most innovative marketing and advertising companies by Fast Company in 2011. In 2012, Bill Koenigsberg, President, CEO and Founder, was honored by Advertising Age as Industry Executive of the Year. Most recently, in 2014, Bill Koenigsberg was named 4As Chair of the Board and is the first person from a media agency to hold this prestigious position in the 100-year history of the 4As, the marketing industry's leading trade association.
The company's mission is "To create the most meaningful brand connections within the lives of people everywhere." By delivering on this mission through a holistic approach to brand marketing, Horizon Media has become one of the largest and fastest-growing media agencies in the industry, with estimated billings of over $6.5 billion and over 1,400 employees.
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