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[French] Interview with Astrid Barraza

Creative Culture Podcast

In this episode of the Creative Culture podcast, we interview Astrid Barraza, a Content Creator at London Consulting Group in Mexico, for her insights on the Mexican marketplace.



Creative Culture Podcast

Interview with Astrid Barraza on the Mexican marketplace

In this episode of the Creative Culture podcast, we interview Astrid Barraza, a Content Creator at London Consulting Group in Mexico, about the Mexican marketplace.

[French] How is nationalism shaping advertising in Mexico?

advertising in Mexico

Recent years have brought a surge in nationalist sentiment in Mexico, largely in response to the hostile rhetoric used by the White House. Many brands have chosen not to directly engage with this unusual political climate; but some brands have succeeded in turning the situation to their advantage.

Ilegal Mezcal: Donald, eres un pendejo  

advertising in MexicoIlegal Mezcal is a brand of mezcal (a traditional South American spirit) from the Mexican state of Oaxaca. In July 2015, the founder John Rexer came up with the idea for a guerrilla advertising campaign that would make a bold statement about the brand, its values and its feelings towards Donald Trump. Initially, the company posted several thousand posters in New York featuring a silhouette of Donald Trump, the brand name and the message “Donald, eres un pendejo” (“Donald, you’re an asshole”). The same message was later spread via posters and spray-painted signs in cities such as LA, and then the company went one step further with prominent public projections in Philadelphia and Manhattan. The company also promoted an event called #ashotatdonald, which invited readers to join Ilegal Mezcal for a drink at 75 participating bars around the world on 19 April 2018.

This outspoken, overtly political approach was effective for a number of reasons. Above all, it is important to stress that boldness, political awareness and a certain disregard for the rules are central to the brand’s identity. The company makes no secret of the fact that its founder originally smuggled mezcal from Mexico to his bar in Antigua, Guatemala, and it has long prided itself on its engagement with issues such as immigration reform.  By using colloquial Latin American Spanish instead of English, the campaign divided readers along linguistic lines. Ilegal Mezcal cast itself the voice of the former – a group comprising people in the brand’s target Spanish-speaking countries and Spanish speakers within the USA, who are likely to be immigrants or people of Hispanic descent. The brand also carefully timed projections to coincide with other events for maximum impact, including Donald Trump’s turn hosting Saturday Night Live in 2015 and International Women’s Day in 2017. The campaign was featured in media outlets including VICE, The Guardian, Fusion, NY Daily News, Gothamist and Eater, and helped raise over $30,000 for charitable causes. It received a Gold Distinction in the Wine, Beer and Spirits category at the Annual Shorty Awards 2017.

To find out more about the rise of nationalism in Mexico and how it affects the advertising landscape, read our latest White Paper or join us at our Breakfast Roundtable, which will be held on 23 January 2019.

[French] “Always the real thing” in Mexico!

Did you know that Mexican Coca-Cola is not quite the same as its American counterpart? Mexican coke is sweetened with cane sugar, rather than the high-fructose corn syrup used in America, and comes in a glass bottle, instead of a can. A niche group of Americans swear by this coke imported from Mexico. For many connoisseurs, it tastes sweeter and has a longer-lasting fizz, though Coca-Cola claims there is no real difference in taste!

Perhaps it is no coincidence that Mexico is the world's largest consumer of Coca-Cola per capita. In total, Mexicans guzzled a staggering 675 8oz servings per person in 2010 – that's nearly 2 bottles every single day! This means that Mexicans drink three times as much Coke as the British, and 61 times as much as the average Indian. This year, the Mexican government even introduced a one peso per litre tax on sugary drinks to combat Mexico’s rising obesity rate – now the highest in the world, according to the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation.

By Rosalyn Harvey