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Exactly two years ago today, while I was covering the latest from Puerto Rico, several of my friends shared a report about the island that, according to them, was a “must watch.” It was a segment called “Puerto Rico: The fiscal experiment,” produced by Al Jazeera. To this day, it is still one of the most comprehensive reports I have ever seen about Puerto Rico’s current situation. The piece was journalism at its best: tell the story, include different points of view, and invite viewers to draw their own conclusions.

I was highly impressed, and it was the first time I had ever really noticed the quality of news content Al Jazeera was producing in English.

Fast forward to the end of 2012. I was in New York City hanging with friends in lower Manhattan when I got a call from Washington, D.C. It was an Al Jazeera English producer for a show called “The Stream.” Would I like to be a guest next week to talk about Puerto Rico’s social media activism and the issues surrounding the “La Comay” controversy?

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Even though my schedule couldn’t accommodate the invite, I was even more impressed that Al Jazeera English was dedicating time to a story that deeply connected with me and millions of others in the Latino online space. Ever since then, I was hooked to the “The Stream.” The combination of conversation and social media was powerful. Here was the new media “60 Minutes.” I soon found out that many of my friends also loved the show, as well as a huge part of our Latino Rebels community.

This Monday, I start my new job as a Digital Producer for “The Stream.” Having met the show’s core staff and leadership, this decision was an exciting one for me, as well as an easy one to make. Simply stated, “The Stream” fully understands the power of the new media. For example, tomorrow they are running an #OpenEditorial for content and ideas. They believe in amplifying stories that come from the ground up, a belief I have been embracing ever since I started tweeting in 2008 and founded LatinoRebels.com in 2011.

Although the Rebeldes will always be with me, my new position at “The Stream” allows me to expand my talents at a ground-breaking award-winning news show I believe is the future of news media.

And no, I won’t be disappearing from the online world. Quite the contrary. I will do my best to get the stories that matter to “The Stream.” If you ever have a story that you think needs attention, please do not hesitate to contact me via Twitter or Facebook. You know where to find me.

This is going to be an incredible adventure. Something’s coming, for sure.

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Before I start, I was really happy to see so many familiar faces and people who made the Forbes’ list of 2013 Social Media Power Users. People like Ted Rubin, Chris Brogan, Ann Handley, Jessica Northey, Aaron Lee, Mari Smith, Calvin Lee, Jeff Bullis, Gary Vaynerchuk, etc. are all amazing people, and I am really happy to see them get listed.

However, the overall list sadly lacks in diversity, and it specifically ignores well-known and established Latino Power Users. Again. It is becoming a common and disturbing trend, one that needs to stop.

The author of the piece, Haydn Shaughnessy, could have clearly dug a little deeper when it comes to “influence.” Yes, he established his criteria through Peek Analytics, with the assumption that this is all about “reach.” (By the way, my Peek is 327.) That is only part of the full picture. Reach only takes you so far. It is the quality of your reach that matters. For example, my company Latino Rebels has become a go-to source for many members of the national media. Our community is highly loyal and highly engaged, and it serves a demographic (bilingual, bicultural young Latinos) that is the new “hot” demo. How do you measure that influence? By a Peek score? Or by people who come to your site and social media networks every day, who want to engage you and want to support you? The real Power User builds lasting relationships, and while many of the 2013 Forbes Power Users listed do follow that course, many others on the list do not. And that is why the list fails, in my opinion.

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So I ask again: where are the Latino Power Users? Does Shaughnessy not know about Latism or Hispanicize? Does he not know about Elianne Ramos (the Latism Reina) or Laura Gómez (the first Latina at Twitter)? These are just two very specific examples of Power Users who have earned the respect, love, and credibility of the Latino digital community. I could also give Shaughnessy about 20-30 names, but I wonder if he even read this opinion piece from the HuffPost that speaks to how Latinos just can no longer be ignored in the social space:

Latinos, who have been recorded as the group with the highest rate of early adopters are continuously embracing technology faster than any other demographic in the United States.

According to a report by Pew Internet and American Life Project, 18 percent of Latinos online are Twitter users, a greater percentage than their counterparts in every other category.

On Facebook, Latinos are also using the social media platform at a higher rate than their counterparts, with 54.2 percent of Latinos online regularly using Facebook, just above non-Latino blacks at 47.7 percent and non-Latino whites at 43 percent, according to marketing company Big Research.

Successful organizations such as United We Dream and Latism have been able to implement positive change within their communities because they not only understand Latinos, they also know how to successfully engage them. To give you an idea of their reach, United We Dream has 4,911 Twitter followers and over 13,000 “Likes” on Facebook, and Latism has over 23,000 Twitter followers and over 150,000 “Likes” on Facebook.

Or did he even read this 2012 report from Nielsen?

Social is another platform where Latinos are especially active and rising in numbers.  During February 2012, Hispanics increased their visits to Social Networks/Blogs by 14 percent compared to February 2011.  Not only are Latinos the fastest growing U.S. ethnic group on Facebook and WordPress.com from a year ago, but also Hispanic adults are 25 percent more likely to follow a brand and 18 percent more likely to follow a celebrity than the general online population.

Do you think that this happens by accident? No. It is because there is a very dynamic and influential group of Latino Power Users who are building real communities each and every day.

I know that many of those 2013 Forbes Power Users understand that the Latino social space is thriving. Last week at Hispanicize in Miami, for example, I ran into one 2013 Power User (and fellow Knick Fan) Ted Rubin, who was at that conference and making serious connections. Because Ted gets it, and he’s nice, too. Latinos are the future of social media, and I won’t accept Shaughnessy’s list for the very simple reason that it only gives you a narrow mainstream view of social media.

Forbes and Shaughnessy failed again by excluding several Latino Power Users on its list. You know why? Because they don’t have a clue about what is really happening in that space, and they have shown no desire to learn more about that space. So they follow the safe choice, because safe is not risky.

I sure hope that one day Shaughnessy actually starts engaging the Latino Power Users more and more. He might learn a thing or two.

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It is July 1 and it’s time for another review of Latino-themed Facebook pages and their Facebook Level of Engagement (FLOE). Like we said last month:

Our intent was to offer a sampling of the thousands of Latino-themed Facebook pages out there. The list was no way near exhaustive, if you are a page that would like to be added to the list, just post your link below in the comments section and add it. Before we share the latest list, just a quick reminder that this is all about engagement. The goal is to ensure that you achieve the maximum results in the number of likes that you have on a consistent basis, since the more people are talking about you, the better your chances are at establishing real relationships and getting more interest in your online content and properties.

Let’s first check in with the Facebook page of George Takei, the KING OF FACEBOOK. His latest numbers as of this morning: 2,171,810 likes · 2,304,737 talking about this (that is a 106.1% FLOE, another outstanding month for the Facebook Page King).

Like we say every month, many pages have a lot of likes, but imagine if you are one of those pages and you can push your FLOE over 15%? 20%? 30%? These FLOE percentages are all based on real-time stats taken this morning, July 1. We also decided to make one master list, and encourage other brands and organizations to pass on their Facebook links to us so we can add you to the July list. Why are we doing this? Here are our reasons:

  1. We want to start curating a master list of Latino-themed Facebook pages.
  2. We want to see if all these pages can achieve a consistent FLOE of 15%. Once that happens, imagine the possibilities.
  3. Don’t just work to get the numbers, once you have the numbers, curate content that will have people talking about your page. With greater numbers, you have a greater chance of engaging people and having people sharing your content on Facebook organically.
  4. We decided to keep some of the bigger Latino celebrity pages since a few agencies asked us to do this. It is exciting to see that such pages has millions and millions of likes, but the fact remains: all those pages are under-performing in terms of engagement rates. Just look at George Takei’s page. He has 2 million likes and his engagement rate is off the charts. Celebrity pages just don’t get it. FOLLOW TAKEI’S MODEL!

Ok, here is the July list (numbers based on page checks on July 1, 2012 from 9am-11am EST; full disclosure: Latino Rebels is my organization.)  It is very important to note that Facebook can be fickle. For example, a page might all of a sudden have 10,000 people talking about it, but then it dips down to 6,000 again.

Nonetheless, we are just trying to capture a moment in the monthly life of a Facebook page. This is not a definitive data study, since they only way to capture that is to have pages actually submit the real hard admin data.

And like we said, Facebook is just one part of your strategy, it is not THE strategy. The key is always about your main content hub and how a place like Facebook can get you more engaged followers and loyalists.

A huge shout out to the Facebook page of SO MEXICAN, which had over 500,000 people talking about its page. And Pitbull’s page finally showed some increase in engagement with over 20 million fans.

July’s Sampling of Latino Facebook Pages and Their Facebook Level of Engagement (FLOE)

  1. Latino Rebels: 143% (16,210 likes · 23,179 talking about this)
  2. Fit Latina: 73.1% (841 likes · 615 talking about this)
  3. So Mexican: 56.2% (907,026 likes · 509,900 talking about this)
  4. Pocho.com: 35.1% (1,624 likes · 571 talking about this)
  5. Voto Latino: 32.2% (17,369 likes · 5,598 talking about this)
  6. VOXXI: 30.0% (1,516 likes · 456 talking about this)
  7. Being Latino: 26.1% (74,698 likes · 19,583 talking about this)
  8. Mamiverse: 25.7% (18,744 likes · 4,826 talking about this)
  9. NBC Latino: 22.3% (3,151 likes · 703 talking about this)
  10. Sofrito for Your Soul: 20.6% (8,084 likes · 1,669 talking about this)
  11. The Big Tino: 20.3% (72,371 likes · 14,733 talking about this)
  12. Gozamos: 19.2% (3,866 likes · 743 talking about this)
  13. SoLatina: 18.7% (59,220 likes · 11,105 talking about this)
  14. Remezcla: 17.4% (10,459 likes · 1,819 talking about this)
  15. El Diario NY: 15.5% (4,430 likes · 688 talking about this)
  16. Fox News Latino: 15.3% (63,068 likes · 9,620 talking about this)
  17. Despierta América: 11.7% (102,266 likes · 11,975 talking about this)
  18. Ford en español: 10.4% (1,542 likes · 161 talking about this)
  19. Primer impacto: 10% (187,400 likes · 18,741 talking about this)
  20. Pa’lante Latino: 9.7% (1,347 likes · 132 talking about this)
  21. Cuéntame: 9.5% (80,108 likes · 7,616 talking about this)
  22. Telemundo: 9.1% (298,590 likes · 27,048 talking about this)
  23. HuffPost Latino Voices: 8.7% (6,515 likes · 568 talking about this)
  24. Latina: 7.7% (65,506 likes · 5,053 talking about this)
  25. Disney World Latino: 8.1% (49,467 likes · 4,032 talking about this)
  26. National Council of La Raza: 7.8% (18,538 likes · 1,438 talking about this)
  27. Being Puerto Rican: 7.5% (19,029 likes · 1,435 talking about this)
  28. SpanglishBaby: 6.7% (5,175 likes · 347 talking about this)
  29. Mexican Word of the Day: 6.3% (1,308,727 likes · 82,767 talking about this)
  30. Latina List: 5.8% (2,908 likes · 169 talking about this)
  31. Pitbull: 5.7% (21,347,089 likes · 1,222,217 talking about this)
  32. Univision News: 5.7% (5,466 likes · 309 talking about this)
  33. American Latino Museum: 5.5% (118,758 likes · 6,488 talking about this)
  34. Los Pichy Boys: 5.5% (12,956 likes · 708 talking about this)
  35. National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts: 5.4% (1,368 likes · 74 talking about this)
  36. Cosmo for Latinas: 4.8% (6,543 likes · 314 talking about this)
  37. Vitera: 4.7% (4,508 likes · 215 talking about this)
  38. Mun2: 4.6% (197,707 likes · 9,031 talking about this)
  39. News Taco: 3.9% (4,160 likes · 164 talking about this)
  40. Immigrant Archive Project: 3.7% (11,842 likes · 441 talking about this)
  41. Calle 13: 3.3% (1,203,360 likes · 40,058 talking about this)
  42. Es el momento: 3.3% (11,297 likes · 375 talking about this)
  43. Think Mexican: 3.1% (4,732 likes · 148 talking about this)
  44. People en español: 2.7% (162,232 likes · 4,420 talking about this)
  45. Hispanicize: 2.7% (4,404 likes · 119 talking about this)
  46. Ask a Mexican: 2.5% (35,205 likes · 887 talking about this)
  47. Hispanically Speaking News: 2.5% (2,913 likes · 74 talking about this)
  48. Cristiano Ronaldo: 2.5% (46,139,838 likes · 1,175,161 talking about this)
  49. Somos Verizon Fios: 1% (34,378 likes · 338 talking about this)
  50. Selena Gómez: 1.4% (31,855,530 likes · 431,576 talking about this)
  51. La Cosmopolitana: 1% (1,250 likes · 22 talking about this)
  52. Shakira:  0.09% (52,251,465 likes · 468,098 talking about this)
  53. El Gordo y la Flaca: 0.08% (297,843 likes · 2,469 talking about this)
  54. Toyota Latino: 0.006% (73,980 likes · 463 talking about this)
  55. Latinos in Social Media: .002% (139,118 likes · 239 talking about this)

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At the end of this post, you will find Month 4 for Latino-themed Facebook pages and their Facebook Level of Engagement (FLOE). Like we said last month:

Our intent was to offer a sampling of the thousands of Latino-themed Facebook pages out there. The list was no way near exhaustive, if you are a page that would like to be added to the list, just post your link below in the comments section and add it. Before we share the latest list, just a quick reminder that this is all about engagement. The goal is to ensure that you achieve the maximum results in the number of likes that you have on a consistent basis, since the more people are talking about you, the better your chances are at establishing real relationships and getting more interest in your online content and properties.

Let’s first check in with the Facebook page of George Takei, the KING OF FACEBOOK. His latest numbers as of this morning: 1,983,514 likes · 2,141,808 talking about this (that is a 107.9% FLOE! CRAZY 107.9%!!!).

This month, we decided to just list the Facebook Level of Engagement (FLOE) percentages. Of course, many pages have a lot of likes but imagine if you are one of those pages and you can push your FLOE over 15%? 20%? 30%? These FLOE percentages are all based on real-time stats taken this morning, June 1. We also decided to make one master list, and encourage other brands and organizations to pass on their Facebook links to us so we can add you to the June list. Why are we doing this? Here are our reasons:

  1. We want to start curating a master list of Latino-themed Facebook pages.
  2. We want to see if all these pages can achieve a consistent FLOE of 15%. Once that happens, imagine the possibilities.
  3. Don’t just work to get the numbers, once you have the numbers, curate content that will have people talking about your page. With greater numbers, you have a greater chance of engaging people and having people sharing your content on Facebook organically.
  4. This time, we added some of the bigger Latino celebrity pages since a few agencies asked us to do this. It is exciting to see that such pages has millions and millions of likes, but the fact remains: all those pages are under-performing in terms of engagement rates. Just look at George Takei’s page. He has a few million likes and his engagement rate is off the charts. Celebrity pages just don’t get it. FOLLOW TAKEI’S MODEL!
Ok, here is the June list (numbers based on page checks on June 1, 2012 from 8am-9am EST; full disclosure: Latino Rebels is my organization.)  It is very important to note that Facebook can be fickle. For example, a page might all of a sudden have 10,000 people talking about it, but then it dips down to 6,000 again. This is the case of two pages on this list, but we have since adjusted them to show the higher number of people talking about them. Nonetheless, we are just trying to capture a moment in the monthly life of a Facebook page. This is not a definitive data study, since they only way to capture that is to have pages actually submit the real hard admin data.
And like we said, Facebook is just one part of your strategy, it is not THE strategy. The key is always about your main content hub and how a place like Facebook can get you more engaged followers and loyalists.

June’s Sampling of Latino Facebook Pages and Their Facebook Level of Engagement (FLOE)

  1. Voto Latino: 54.2% (16,435 likes · 8,913 talking about this)
  2. Latino Rebels: 51.7% (14,437 likes · 7,424 talking about this)
  3. Pa’lante Latino: 40.6% (1,276 likes · 518 talking about this)
  4. SoLatina: 24.5% (58,466 likes · 14,351 talking about this)
  5. Mamiverse: 21.1% (15,221 likes · 3,215 talking about this)
  6. Sofrito for Your Soul: 20.6% (8,084 likes · 1,669 talking about this)
  7. Being Latino: 18.7% (73,445 likes · 13,768 talking about this)
  8. NBC Latino: 17.8% (2,610 likes · 465 talking about this)
  9. Being Puerto Rican: 14% (18,109 likes · 2,529 talking about this)
  10. So Mexican: 11.9% (811,059 likes · 97,160 talking about this)
  11. VOXXI: 11.2% (969 likes · 150 talking about this)
  12. HuffPost Latino Voices: 10.6% (5,949 likes · 635 talking about this)
  13. Univision News: 9.3% (5,118 likes · 481 talking about this)
  14. American Latino Museum: 8% (102,265 likes · 8,200 talking about this)
  15. Cuéntame: 7.8% (79,185 likes · 6,186 talking about this)
  16. Pocho.com: 7.8% (1,511 likes · 118 talking about this)
  17. Gozamos: 7.7% (3,777 likes · 292 talking about this)
  18. Primer impacto: 7.1% (175,842 likes · 12,562 talking about this)
  19. Toyota Latino: 6.2% (73,085 likes · 456 talking about this)
  20. Remezcla: 6.1% (10,172 likes · 621 talking about this)
  21. Despierta América: 6% (97,093 likes · 5,827 talking about this)
  22. Telemundo: 5.7% (280,810 likes · 16,068 talking about this)
  23. The Big Tino: 5.7% (72,250 likes · 4,173 talking about this)
  24. Cosmo for Latinas: 5% (5,599 likes · 282 talking about this)
  25. SpanglishBaby: 5% (4,877 likes · 245 talking about this)
  26. Latina: 4.9% (63,657 likes · 3,133 talking about this)
  27. Disney World Latino: 4.9% (42,899 likes · 2,133 talking about this)
  28. News Taco: 4.8% (4,095 likes · 199 talking about this)
  29. El Diario NY: 4.7% (4,281 likes · 204 talking about this)
  30. Mega 95.5 FM:  3.9% (12,835 likes · 503 talking about this)
  31. Calle 13: 3.8% (1,167,980 likes · 43,887 talking about this)
  32. Mun2: 3.5% (187,130 likes · 6,674 talking about this)
  33. Vitera: 3.5% (4,268 likes · 152 talking about this)
  34. Ford en español: 3.5% (1,425 likes · 51 talking about this)
  35. Univision: 3.3% (437,747 likes · 14,482 talking about this)
  36. People en español: 3.3% (154,978 likes · 5,050 talking about this)
  37. National Council of La Raza: 3.3% (17,885 likes · 583 talking about this)
  38. Immigrant Archive Project: 3.2% (11,771 likes · 377 talking about this)
  39. Fox News Latino: 3.1% (46,831 likes · 1,449 talking about this)
  40. Pitbull: 3.0% (20,450,399 likes · 619,385 talking about this)
  41. National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts: 3.1% (1,349 likes · 42 talking about this)
  42. Hispanicize: 2.8% (4,271 likes · 121 talking about this)
  43. Mexican Word of the Day: 2.5% (1,296,832 likes · 32,497 talking about this)
  44. Es el momento: 1.9% (10,984 likes · 211 talking about this)
  45. El Gordo y la Flaca: 1.8% (293,822 likes · 5,341 talking about this)
  46. Hispanically Speaking News: 1.6% (2,852 likes · 48 talking about this)
  47. Somos Verizon Fios: 1.5% (33,391 likes · 514 talking about this)
  48. Selena Gómez: 1.3% (30,785,113 likes · 404,958 talking about this)
  49. Shakira:  1.0% (51,032,701 likes · 553,213 talking about this)
  50. Cristiano Ronaldo: .009% (44,628,311 likes · 410,525 talking about this)
  51. Los Pichy Boys: .009% (12,041 likes · 117 talking about this)
  52. Latinos in Social Media: .006% (138,726 likes · 855 talking about this)

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We thought it would happen, but we didn’t think it would happen three days before the end of the month, but this afternoon LatinoRebels.com (a site run and administered a dedicated group of about 20 social media influentials that is dedicated to alternative media, opinion, commentary, politics, Latino culture, history, analysis, comedy, independent journalism, blogging, music, and general mayhem) eclipsed 100,000 pageviews (and over 50,000 unique visitors) in the month of March. It is the first time our company has reached this number in a month’s worth of traffic. The 100,000 pageviews in March also eclipsed our total traffic of 2011, from when we launched the site on May 5, 2011 until December 31. Here is a screen capture from our Google Analytics:

To everyone who has read us, THANK YOU. Our latest web rankings today also pushed our Alexa ranking into the following numbers, making us one of the top (if not, the top) independently-owned Latino media websites in the US (and we won’t complain about our global ranking either). We are entering our last month before our one-year anniversary and we feel that 2012 will be another banner year. Crazy.

So how do we feel today about our latest news? Hit it, House of Pain.

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A year hasn’t even gone by since LatinoRebels.com launched on May 5, 2011 and the merry and mischievous band of social media influentials who formed together to create a site that spoke to their world through comedy, commentary, analysis, activism, politics, social media, music, and independent journalism has become one of the country’s (and now the world’s) top independent sites for US Latino content, news, issues, and just general mayhem. In just 10 months, some very cool and very amazing things have happened. Here are just a few, and yes, we will have more to share on May 5, 2012, when LatinoRebels.com turns 1:

  • As of tonight March 26, 2012, according to our Google Analytics, LatinoRebels.com has gotten over 176,000 unique vistors, with over 220,000 visits and over 317,000 pageviews. We still have about six weeks until we complete our first year online, and we feel that we are on target to complete over 250,000 uniques and 400,000 page views in our first year of existence.
  • As of March 20, 2012, we have already exceeded our total 2011 traffic. In other words, all the traffic we got from May, 2011 until December 2011 (eight months), we exceeded that number in less than three months in 2012. We have experienced about a 240% increase in our traffic in the last two months, and this week alone (March 19-March 26) we have gotten over 15,000 unique visitors and over 25,099 pageviews. In addition, with just five days left in March, we are on target to achieving 100,000 pageviews and over 50,000 unique visitors. Spread over a year, that would come out to 1.2 million pageviews and 600,000 unique visitors. Those figures were just pipe dreams, now we are in the running to achieve that goal.
  • Our current Alexa ranking for March 26, 2012 is this:

  • Compete.com is another site we use, besides our own Google Analytics and WordPress stats and this is what they list the page at as of February, 2012. According to Compete.com, we say a 12.16% increase in unique visitors from January 2012 to February 2012 and we are currently ranked 181,304 in the world, having moved up another 29,254 slots up the rankings in just one month.

  • According to Quantcast, which we activated for our site on March 9, 2012 (so we don’t have a full month’s worth of data), these are our current rankings and daily traffic for last week as of tonight:

To all who have been there with us from the very beginning, thank you. This amazing growth took some luck but it also shows that if you write good content, stay true to yourself and independent, use social media and authentic networking and relationship-building to complement your page’s goal, and curate content that you feel matters to your community, you will attract interest. We will continue to be who we are, even if we just had one reader (or even if we had no readers). However, we are not going to lie about this: this feels pretty good. The Rebeldes thank you all!

Independent journalism and content creation lives. We are proud to be Rebeldes.

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One of the most amazing facts about Facebook is that Latinos are everywhere. Our friend Gus Razzetti offers some serious analysis about why this demographic is so strong on social media’s top platform. He writes:

Not so long ago, recommending digital marketing to target Latinos was a very uncomfortable conversation to have with a client. Fortunately, those days seem to be over. Supported by strong research, clients are more familiar with the growing importance of digital among Hispanics (social media, mobile, etc). As part of that (now easier) conversation, Hispanics and social media is becoming one of the hottest topics.

And clients are right. In just one year, as the total Latinos online audience grew 16 percent, the number of Latinos on Facebook grew 2.8 times. In March 2011, the amount of Hispanic Facebook users reached almost 22 million. That is, 70.2 percent of all Latinos online are active Facebook users versus 29.1 percent one year before.

We are seeing not only reach but true engagement. Latinos spend more time on Facebook: 52 percent of Hispanics use Facebook at least weekly, spending an average of 29 minutes on social networking versus White Americans who spend 19 minutes.

While major brands like Univision (latest stats as of March 10, 2012: 316,187 likes with a 7% Facebook level of engagement), Telemundo (227, 351 likes with a 10% FLOE) and Mun2 (158,608 likes with a 3.2% FLOE) have strong and active Facebook communities, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of independent Latino Facebook Fan Pages that have achieved impressive results. Also, artists like Calle 13 are on another level in terms of likes, but their FLOE is still low (900,775 likes/3.5% FLOE).

Here are some of the pages we have seen in terms of raw fan numbers. (all stats taken on March 10, 2012). It is not meant to be an exhaustive list, and if you would like to have your page added to our next report, just comment on this post with your Facebook URL. However, what is interesting to note is that a key metric in all this now is FLOE. Raw numbers are good, yet any brand that is constantly engaging its community on a consistent level is creating more active and interested communities. Like we tell our clients all the time, you can have all the people in the world following you, but if you don’t have people talking about you, those numbers mean nothing.

A good Facebook page, in our opinion, should achieve a consistent 10% FLOE for over three months to really impact fans and increase brand loyalty. Facebook Fan Pages are a dime a dozen these days, and unless you aren’t engaging with your fans and they aren’t engaging (both in good ways and not so good ways), you are basically talking just to yourself and your inner circle. You don’t capitalize on how you can use social media and your investment in it to actually convert your strategy into business growth (if indeed that is your goal but in the end, we can all agree that everyone wants to be noticed as a group, brand, organization). How you make your audience get more engaged takes consistency, good content, true curation (it’s never about YOU, it is always about THEM), and just old-fashioned hard work. Anyone can get someone to like a page, it is what you do with it after that and how you support similar pages and communities that matter. Brands that are serious about engaging a very active Latino Facebook community need to understand that big numbers need to be tended to, like one tends to a garden. Patience, dedication, authenticity, and support. Then you get engaged loyal followers.

Here is an initial list of pages we have seen and either follow or are aware of. Again, if you would like to have your page added to our next study, post your like at the bottom of this post. Our goal is to eventually have a list of about 200 Latino Facebook Fan Pages that we will track FLOE every month. The reason we are doing this? To show our world a clearer real-time picture of where to find this coveted demographic on Facebook and who is engaging and interacting with brands, groups, and organizations at a given time.

Mexican Word of the Day:  1,222, 339 likes/2.4% FLOE

So Mexican:  561,107 likes/10.4% FLOE

Latinos in Social Media (LATISM):  135,360 likes/1.6% FLOE

Cuéntame: 74, 587 likes/2.2% FLOE

American Latino Museum: 69,981/3.9% FLOE

Being Latino: 68,336 likes/6.7% FLOE

Fox News Latino: 41,391 likes/3% FLOE

Other similar pages (one of which I founded last spring) continue to emerge and appear. It is clear that the Latino Facebook page is now getting traction. Here are some other pages:

Voto Latino: 13,107 likes/7.6% FLOE

Latino Rebels: 12,546 likes/25.7% FLOE (my group’s Facebook page)

Remezlca:  9,236 likes/7.6% FLOE

News Taco: 3,794 likes/10.8% FLOE

Gozamos: 3,445 likes/7.7% FLOE

Univision News: 2,918 likes/12.5% FLOE

NBC Latino: 1,514 likes/16.5% FLOE

Pocho.com: 1,056 likes/16.7% FLOE

Pa’lante Latino1,078 likes/10.5% FLOE

Tu Vez: 494 likes/22.4% FLOE

So, here is the list in terms of FLOE, to determine a real-time picture of who is engaging people on Facebook. The key is that if you keep staying engaged and keep your FLOE around 10% at all times, as you grow your fan base, you will grow your reach. Of course, once you get into the really big numbers, your FLOE loses its impact since then it truly becomes a numbers game. 60,000 engaged followers is still 60,000 engaged followers, no matter what your FLOE is. But even so, if you did achieve that number, wouldn’t it be cooler to get that number up to 120,000 with just a more consistent social media strategy?

  1. Latino Rebels: 25.7% FLOE
  2. Tu Vez: 22.4% FLOE
  3. Pocho.com: 16.7% FLOE
  4. NBC Latino: 16.5% FLOE
  5. Univision News: 12.5% FLOE
  6. News Taco: 10.8% FLOE
  7. Pa’lante Latino10.5% FLOE
  8. So Mexican:  10.4% FLOE
  9. Gozamos: 7.7% FLOE
  10. Remezlca:  7.6% FLOE
  11. Voto Latino: 7.6% FLOE
  12. Being Latino: 6.7% FLOE
  13. American Latino Museum: 3.9% FLOE
  14. Fox News Latino: 3% FLOE
  15. Mexican Word of the Day:  2.4% FLOE
  16. Cuéntame: 2.2% FLOE
  17. Latinos in Social Media (LATISM):  1.6% FLOE

That is the challenge Latino Facebook Pages face, and our hope is to have everyone we know accept that challenge and grow together. Let’s make 2012 and beyond the Year of True Engagement and Relationship Building.

Remember, add your Facebook URL page here if you want to be added to the next study.

NEXT WEEK: We will study Twitter and other newer cool social platforms like Pinterest, Tumblr, Storify, and others.

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