A Look Inside Telemundo’s 1st Social Media Day (#TelemundoSocialDay)

In April, Latina On a Mission partnered with Telemundo for its first Social Media Day in Miami, Florida. As part of the event, I, along with eight other website owners/social media influencers, sat at a roundtable with Don Browne, the President of Telemundo, the Executive Vice President of Digital Media and Emerging Businesses, Senior Vice President of Communications and Talent Development and various Telemundo Talent. We were also given an inside look at the Telemundo studios, got a behind the scenes look at the making of one of it’s telenovela/soap operas, saw a sneak peek of  two of their upcoming novelas, and we also found out how Telemundo is giving back to the community.

The Telemundo roundtable was held at the Telemundo Headquarters. Participants were served an authentic cafecito/cup of coffee with pastries, made just the way my Abuelita/Grandmother used to make them. We mingled with the executives, exchanging pleasantries before getting down to the business at hand … social media.

As someone who is active on the social media circuit, I had a mouth load to say. I offered suggestions and, when needed, criticism. Others did as well. We didn’t mince words. Yet we also listened and learned.

I applaud Telemundo for the steps it’s taking to reach the Latino audience, not just in the United States, but worldwide. Their team understands that our generation, and our children’s generation, want programs that we can relate to, while also being entertaining. We are not cut from the same cloth as our Abuelas.  We travel, have families and friends from all over the world, have jobs, hobbies, and  passions that we are not afraid to vocalize. We work hard so we can play hard. We live between two worlds. We are not defined by our language but by our cultura/culture. We may or may not speak Spanish but we are Latinos.  We are dark skinned and light skinned, with curly, wavy and straight hair. We are multi-cultural, bridging two worlds. We adapt because we have to. but we learn Spanish because we want to. We are the “new” Latinos living in the United States.  Telemundo wants to meet us there. They want to match our steps, meeting us where we are most active … online, on social media using platforms like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Tumblr, Flickr and YouTube.

It was amazing. We had two days of inspiration, laughs and excitement! We also made history.  Our session’s hashtag,  #TelemundoSocialDay, was a No. 1  trending topic in Miami, due in large part to the bloggers in attendance.  Now that’s the power of social media!

See photos below.

NOTE: Don Browne is retiring on June 3. A new Telemundo President will be announced in the coming months.

Disclosure: Telemundo paid for travel costs and provided bloggers with branded promotional items.

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About the Author

Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and 2 Australian Shepherds. When not blogging, or chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media.

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  • Carolyn G May 12, 2011, 1:38 pm

    I was so impressed with how Telemundo is implementing their social media plan. I also found it wonderful that they were wise enough to realize that we are all different. THe participants were so diverse yet so similar. I had a great time and hope that Telelmundo keeps reaching out.
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  • Hwopr May 12, 2011, 3:53 pm

    I am very pleased to hear that Telemundo is stepping up to the plate “Latinos pa Arriba” it’s always inspirational to hear about the growth and future projects of these multi million dollar companies. It’s great to know that we can all stay connected one way or another and we definitely have Social Media and Amazing Bloggers as yourself to thank, always keeping us posted with everything that goes on out there!!! THANK YOU LATINA ON A MISSION, keep doing a FABULOUS JOB!!!

  • Michele P. May 12, 2011, 4:44 pm

    as a “gringa” married to a Latino, I love watching Telemundo as well… glad that they wanted to hear what the Latino community thinks and asked you to that wonderful event. My 9 yr old is multi cultural, and I think it’s important for me to teach her about her Latina culture as well as her Franco-American one.

  • Rosie May 13, 2011, 12:49 pm

    I’m impressed with the change that Telemundo has been making. They are really moving with the times. Even their novelas are more in tune with the issues of our generation.

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