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Phoenix Arizona Hispanic Advertising – Careful Use of Spanglish is Key

As we learned from the article on Spanglish billboard advertising, there are many things to consider when placing a bilingual ad.

We are interested in finding what lessons can be learned in Spanglish and Spanish advertising from billboard ads displayed in Phoenix, Arizona. We focused this time on an area very representative of the Phoenix market, which is 7th Street in the heart of central Phoenix. For this research we analyzed the area north of Baseline Road in the south up to Bethany Road in the north.

A Traditional Spanish Ad from 1st Bank

The first advertisement reviewed is from 1st Bank out of Denver, CO. This is one where we needed to sit down and evaluate the ad as a team as we did not get it from a glance.
1st bankUpon further review we realized that there were three paint card options in which the imagined user has discarded the first two paint cards and opted for the third. The first sample says ‘No’ simply, which is clear in either English or Spanish. The second sample says ‘Bueee’ which is referring to an uncertain state of mind like “hmm, maybe…” The third sample says ‘Este es!’ …

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Phoenix Arizona Hispanic Advertising – Learning from 7th Street Billboards

In 2014 we touched base on the pulse of Phoenix, Arizona Hispanic advertising which is evidenced right here in the southwest via billboards. The $8.3 billion dollar U.S. Hispanic advertising industry is constantly evolving and as we draw near to the mid-point of 2015 we wanted to check in on the same topic and note any developments.

For this round we are focusing on an area very representative of the Phoenix market, which is 7th Street in the heart of central Phoenix. For this research we focused on the area north of Baseline Road in the south up to Bethany Home Road in the north.

Spanglish Billboard located on 7th St in central Phoenix

Spanglish Billboard located on 7th St in central Phoenix

As we started north and headed south, the billboard pictured above is in the more affluent area of central Phoenix.  This particular billboard is always occupied by an ad for the Fox Restaurant Concepts group who rotates ads for a selection of their 20 Phoenix area restaurants from this space. This billboard is located just next to their prime central Phoenix location, Culinary Dropout, The Yard, and their newest tenant, fellow local restaurant favorite, Barrio Urbano.

Fox has used their recent partnership with this successful Mexican …

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