Is targeting this growing group smart business?
By 2060, Hispanics are expected to represent approximately 28 percent of the U.S. population, up from 17 percent in 2014. They are the country's fastest-growing demographic group and an increasingly important market for companies seeking to expand: In 2003, companies spent $3.4 billion on Hispanic advertising campaigns. By 2013, that figure had almost tripled to $8.3 billion But for marketers, crafting effective messages is challenging. Although English is increasingly becoming Hispanics' first language, they maintain ties to, and pride in, Latino cultural roots, creating a growing segment of bicultural, bilingual consumers with characteristics that companies must key on if they want to reach that market. “How marketers go about it continues to be a discussion,” says Carlos Santiago, president of a Hispanic market research group in Burbank, Calif.
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Korzenny, Felipe, and Betty Ann Korzenny, “Hispanic Marketing: Connecting with the New Latino Consumer,” 2nd ed., Routledge, 2011. The director of the Center for Hispanic Marketing Communication at Florida State University and a researcher expound on how companies can break into the Hispanic market.
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Reports and Studies
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“11th Annual Hispanic Fact Pack,” Advertising Age and Crain Communications, July 28, 2014, http://tinyurl.com/
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The Next Step
Bond, Shannon, “Hispanics shine bright amid US television's advertising gloom,” Financial Times, March 24, 2015, http://tinyurl.com/
Max, Sarah, “Tono Studios Helps Marketers Reach Hispanics With Culturally Authentic Ads,” The New York Times, March 25, 2015, http://tinyurl.com/
Shields, Mike, “YouTube Rolls Out Ad Targeting Tool Geared For Hispanic Audiences,” CMO Today, The Wall Street Journal, March 11, 2014, http://tinyurl.com/
Masunaga, Samantha, “Target takes aim at Latinos with new marketing campaign,” Los Angeles Times, April 18, 2015, http://tinyurl.com/
Tagliani, Hernan, “How to translate the Hispanic culture into big business,” Orlando Business Journal, Feb. 19, 2014, http://tinyurl.com/
Yoon, Eddie, “The Mistake Companies Make When Marketing to Different Cultures,” Harvard Business Review, Feb. 17, 2015, http://tinyurl.com/
Elejalde-Ruiz, Alexia, “Hispanics play large part in beauty spending, Nielsen says,” Chicago Tribune, Feb. 20, 2015, http://tinyurl.com/
Salzman, Marian, “The new power of millennial Hispanics,” CNBC, Aug. 13, 2014, http://tinyurl.com/
Thompson, Nicole Akoukou, “Hispanic Millennials are Not Acculturating, ‘They're Shaping the Broader Culture, They're at the Center of Your Brand,’” Latin Post, Oct. 1, 2014, http://tinyurl.com/
Chappell, Lindsay, “Nissan Times Spanish-Language Effort to World Cup Kickoff,” Advertising Age, June 12, 2014, http://tinyurl.com/
Dahlberg, Nancy, “Open English sets out to conquer U.S. Hispanic market,” Miami Herald, April 17, 2015, http://tinyurl.com/
American Association of Advertising Agencies
1065 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018
Trade association for the advertising industry that researches Hispanic marketing, including media, investment and trends.
Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies
8280 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Suite 600, Fairfax, VA 22031
Trade association for companies involved in Hispanic marketing.
Association of National Advertisers
708 3rd Ave., 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10017
Trade association for companies engaged in consumer marketing; holds annual Multicultural Marketing & Diversity Conference and Multicultural Thought Leadership Forum.
Cable Television Advertising Bureau
830 3rd Ave., 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10022
Trade association for advertising-supported cable television industry; tracks Hispanic media consumption and advertising spending.
Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility
1444 1st St., N.W., Suite 850, Washington, DC 20005
Organization advocating corporate social responsibility in the Hispanic community, chiefly in employment, procurement, philanthropy and governance.
Interactive Advertising Bureau
116 E. 27th St., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10016
Trade association of technology and media companies involved in digital marketing; its Multicultural Council researches and advocates Hispanic market best practices.
National Hispanic Corporate Council
1050 Connecticut Ave., N.W., 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20036
Informational clearinghouse for Hispanic issues, including diversity, human resources, suppliers, marketing and community relations, for Fortune 1000 and S&P 500 companies.
National Hispana Leadership Institute
P.O. Box 70061, Washington, DC 20024
Organization developing Hispanic women as leaders in corporate and other arenas.
National Society of Hispanic MBAs
450 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 200, Irving, TX 75052
Organization that builds and advocates Hispanic corporate leadership.
Pew Research Center Hispanic Trends Project
1615 L St., N.W., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036
Research institute studying Hispanic trends and issues, and conducting public opinion surveys.