Marketing our culture to non-Latinos has always been a tough sell. Despite having a rich and varied heritage to pull from, advertisers prefer to take the path of least resistance and resort to the same tried-and-true formulas when introducing new products. Don’t know what I mean? Well then, let’s take a look at items on the market that draw from Latino culture, but are clearly advertised for… well, a less ethnic crowd. Also, if you have a company, and you want to market your merchandise, the following methods are great for getting rich off the backs of Latinos.
Give your product some random sounding Spanish name so people know it’s ethnic!
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Named after a gringo (Shaun O’Sullivan) from California, El Sully really knows how to pour on the Mexican charm. If you’re curious, El Sully translates to “Piss Shivers,” which is what you’ll feel if you have too many of these!
Or just call it Mexican!
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It’s all about spice (and tacos).
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Seriously, Latinos have to eat at least half our body weight in spicy every day or else we get sick. Not lying.
This is me if I don’t get enough spicy.
Here’s an example of spice meeting Spanish. ¡Que exótico!
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I know they won’t be as good as the chile limón chips my ancestors made in their adobe hut kitchens, but I can feel my Latino senses tingling already.
If you use the word “authentic,” you can sell anything. Try throwing in a photo of an abuelita to really move some product.
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Abuelita wouldn’t lie to you. Her kosher hot dogs are el real deal.
Only try the above tip if you’re an expert though. Otherwise people might expose and factcheck you!
— Andrew Saturn (@andsat) January 29, 2016
If you can’t think of a new product to sell, just appropriate one of our cultural icons and wait for the cash money to start rolling in.
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Not going to lie, I already ordered three of these.
Fashion trends are always a great way to make a quick buck off a culture.
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I know I’ve seen that shirt some place before…
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) January 10, 2016
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Make sure you use some old-timey cliche to sell your product.
— Laura Martínez ® (@miblogestublog) July 12, 2016
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I’m not sure if I want to smell a Latin Lover in action.
Finally, remember to mark your prices way up so that only people with money can actually afford your product!
— Kanye Asada (@fidmart85) July 13, 2016
Six dollar ice cream tacos? Sign me up!
We dare not try to replicate the perfection that is the Choco Taco but in their own way they are just as awesome. Corn Ice cream tacos with corn caramel swirl, cocoa-corn masa shell, lime sugar and sweet salsa verde. My man @dominiqueansel and will be handing these adorable things out Thursday and Friday at noon. Afterward walk a block to @empellon taqueria to wash it down with a margarita. See you in the west village.
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