Latinas comprise a vibrant and highly visible segment of California’s multi-ethnic population. They are playing a critical role in California’s economy as their numbers increase. California’s fast-growing Latino population reached over 14 million in 2010, with just under half, or 6.95 million, being Latinas. One in every three females in the state is a Latina. By 2020, Hispanics will be 40.8% of the state population.
Between 2000 and 2010 Latino buying power more than doubled (see chart), says the Selig Centre for Economic Growth. Mitt Romney’s drubbing by Hispanic voters last year was a wake-up call not only for his fellow Republicans but also for his fellow plutocrats. “CNN was saying the Republicans would become dinosaurs, and some CEOs said: ‘Wait, what about us?’,” recalls Roberto Orci of the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies.
Growing Importance of Mexican Flavors in American Cuisine
By Joe Kutchera
For over 20 years, salsa has outsold ketchup in the United States, as first reported in the New York Timesin 1992. Hispanic foods and flavors continue to have an increasingly important impact on the diets of all Americans, not just Hispanics.
If we look at the search statistics on Google Trends, we see that search volume for the Mexican-American food items “tacos” and “burrito” have grown dramatically in the past eight years:
Not surprisingly, we can see that states with large Hispanic populations, like California and Texas, represent the heaviest search volume for terms that include the word “taco.”
More specifically, we can see from this list on Google Trends all of the variations of search terms that include the word “taco,” of which “fish taco” is the most popular.
Eight years ago, “fish tacos” were hard to find. Today you see them on menus far more often and even some restaurant chains, like Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, position themselves around this specialty.
The trade website Food Navigator USA reports that “The growing Hispanic market holds huge opportunity for food manufacturers in the U.S., but understanding cultural dynamics is vital to new product success.” Developing successful new products in the food business requires understanding the Hispanic market.
Taking a deeper look, Food Navigator USA suggests that “Flavor trends blending familiar ingredients with formerly exotic tastes such as Mexican caramel (cajeta) will drive food product and restaurant menu innovation in the coming year.”
In the years ahead, the market research company Packaged Facts“>Packaged Facts predicts that the Hispanic food and beverage market is expected to grow aggressively as companies pump more dollars into innovation around Mexican flavors and Hispanic marketing.
Ironically, even though there is a lot of debate around the immigration and legalization of Latino immigrants in the U.S., Gustavo Arellano, the nationally syndicated columnist of Ask a Mexican!, says “The biggest fans of Mexican food in this country [the United States] hasn’t been Mexicans, it has been Americans” in the following interview:
Hispanic Broadcast Networks Look to Grow Entire Market—Upfront is less about infighting, more about competing for English-language for dollars
The approaching television upfront ad-buying season may see a sizable chunk of ad dollars shifting not only from the English-language broadcast networks to cable, but also in the direction of Spanish-language television.
While traditional Hispanic TV giant Univision will again take in the lion’s share of upfront ad dollars, with Telemundo corralling the next biggest portion targeting this ever-growing population sector, many smaller and newer TV players are also aggressively competing for a greater share of the total take.
Along with Univision and Telemundo, five other Hispanic entertainment network organizations will hold their upfront presentations during the traditional broadcast upfront week beginning May 13: Fox Hispanic Networks, which includes MundoFox; Discovery Hispanic Networks; NuvoTV; EstrellaTV; and TV Azteca.
NuvoTV’s presentation will feature an appearance by Jennifer Lopez, whose TV and film production company, Nuyorican, is developing original programming and first-run series for the network. – Get the entire article here: Hispanic Broadcast Networks Look to Grow Entire Market
A recent study by Terra which compared offline media to digital and Hispanic consumers to non-Hispanics, suggests that
Hispanics are more engaged in digital media than offline media. Additionally, the study suggests that Hispanics are more
engaged in digital media than non-Hispanic consumers.
It turns out that the secret to achieving box office success is rather simple: reach out to Latinos, who are steadily buying movie tickets while growth among mainstream movie audiences has slowed.
According to a new Nielsen report, the number of Latino moviegoers in 2012 increased by 12 percent and Latinos accounted for 25 percent of all movies seen, even though they are 18 percent of the moviegoing population. Research by the Nielsen National Research Group also found that U.S. Hispanics saw more movies in 2012 than any other demographic group – 9.5 on average, up from 8.5 in 2011. That’s one movie roughly every six weeks: significant when movie attendance by people between the ages of 25 and 54 accounted for 52 percent of movie goers, “down from 56 percent in 2011.”
Nielsen found that younger audiences between ages 12 – 24 account for 30 percent of movie goers, an increase from 29 percent in 2011. There was also a small increase in movie attendance by movie goers between 55 to 75, at 18 percent from 15 percent.
“Latinos have accounted for a high percentage of movie ticket sales for years,” comments Roberto Orci, chair of Hispanic marketing organization AHAA and the CEO of Acento Advertising. “Latinos over-index on mobile use and social media, which leads to greater exposure to information about new film releases. We’re interested in that type of entertainment, we’re exposed to the marketing and our culture is very family oriented, which makes activities like eating out and going to the movies very typical.”
As Orci remarked, Nielsen researchers found Hispanics tend to think of a trip to the cinema as a family affair. The 2012 report – which used online, phone and in-person surveys of over 3,000 Americans ages 12-74 – found that Hispanics are more likely than non-Hispanics to consider use the movies a way to spend time with family and friends (86 percent vs. 77 percent).
“We like to go to the movies as a family almost every weekend,” says Kellvin Chavez, who reviews films at LatinoReview.com. With three teenagers, he and his wife have found that “it’s something fun to do, with new releases that appeal to all of us.”
And don’t think for a moment that a Latino movie star needs to headline a film to create box office buzz. Chavez says that he’s found that for Hispanic movie goers, an overall “Latino sensibility” matters most for those looking to drop their hard-earned dollars on a movie ticket.
“Families don’t see movies just because they’re marketed as Hispanic with a Latino cast,” says Chavez, who credits the success of horror film “Mama” – which has earned $50 million at the box office – to its story line and the popularity of its director, Guillermo del Toro. “The story matters and we want to see stars who appeal to us even though they might not be Latino. “
Chavez says film franchises like “Fast and the Furious” have been popular with Latino movie goers because of lead actor Vin Diesel’s huge Hispanic following. Spanish dialogue in the films, a lead role with bombshell Michelle Rodriguez and a soundtrack featuring Pitbull helped too, explains Chavez, as did film movie cameos by musicians Tego Calderón and Don Omar.
“At the end of the day, my kids are English dominant and the media we consume is in English,” says Chavez, who says that Ben Affleck’s “Argo” – based on the story of CIA agent Tony Mendez – is a good example of a story that appeals to both mainstream and Latino audiences. “And more and more, what will matter is the presence of Latinos shaping the overall product.”
With more Latinos behind the camera than ever before – think directorial powerhouses del Toro and Robert Rodriguez – as well as actors like Jennifer Lopez(“Parker”) and Javier Bardem (“Skyfall”) holding court in Hollywood, Orci says that it’s time for movie studios to recognize Latino power at the box office.
“With few exceptions, movie promotion to the Latino audience has been an afterthought,” remarks Orci.
“More than ever, these numbers prove that the Hispanic audience is where the dollars lie.”
2013 is the year of Mobile for U.S. Hispanics
By Joe Kutchera
As 2013 begins, most smart marketers will take time to forecast the emerging trends for the year ahead and incorporate new ideas into their media and marketing plans. Digital pundits have previously predicted that “this is the year of mobile” for U.S. Hispanics, but results had not surfaced. Yet in 2012, that prediction finally came true.
The Interactive Advertising Bureau recently released a report with BIGinsight called the “Digital Hispanic Consumer”, which shows that when Hispanic consumers go online, they often do so via a mobile device. More Hispanics own an iPhone than the general population (27% vs. 20%), an Android (34% vs. 26%), or an iPad tablet (21% vs. 16%), according to the study.
2013 looks even more promising. In the next six months, according to the study, Hispanics are 37% more likely than the general population to purchase a mobile device.
“This report tells an under appreciated story,” says Sherrill Mane, Senior Vice President, Research, Analytics and Measurement at the IAB. “Hispanic consumers are already having a potent economic impact in the American marketplace and that they are already in the vanguard of digital media and device usage.”
“Hispanic consumers live their lives on-the-go and lean on their mobile devices accordingly,” says Pam Goodfellow, Consumer Insights Director, BIGinsight. “Brand leaders would be well-served to recognize the economic power of the Hispanic community and harness their appetite for goods, services and online content – especially via mobile devices.”
Download the complete IAB “Digital Hispanic Consumer” study here.
Dr. Felipe Korzenny, the Director of the Center for Hispanic Marketing Communication at Florida State University (FSU), reported on his blog that “Hispanics are eager users of mobile technology,” citing research from Experian Simmons.
Korzenny quoted Max Kilger, the Chief Behavioral Scientist for Experian Simmons, who showed that mobile phone usage by Hispanics nearly equals that of non-Hispanics over a 7-day period. 86% of Hispanics use mobile phones in a 7-day period whereas 89% of non-Hispanics whites do. If we break the numbers down further, the Experian Simmons study showed that 51% of Hispanics used mobile phones in a single day, 4 percentage points higher than the 47% of non-Hispanic whites.
According to the Experian Simmons study, 26% of Hispanic adults “like to change brands often for the sake of variety and novelty.” That’s compared to just 16% of non-Hispanic adults who say they like to change brands. Yes, Hispanics tend to be brand loyal, but as the numbers show, there is opportunity for your brand to steal market share.