LINKAGE : Everybody Loves Hispanics, All of a Sudden

Hispanic_mediatrends_thumbnail2Advertisers and demographers are waking up to the value of Latino consumers, with kudos from The Economist and Nielsen, as Toyota says thanks to LA locals.

Hispanics lead edge of media shifts

Not only are Hispanic Americans heavy and enthusiastic users of all kinds of media, their behavior can also help brands and agencies understand the direction the rest of the country will take. Hispanic consumers are bellwethers for overall media use, according to a study by Specific Media and SMG Multicultural.

They spend more time online, more time on mobile and more time multiscreening, the survey found. And, while they are more influenced by friends and family, they also are more influenced by advertising: 36 percent of Hispanic Americans felt smartphone ads often or very often influenced their purchases, compared to 17 percent of non-Hispanic Americans; 33 percent of Hispanics found web ads useful often or very often, compared to 20 percent of non-Hispanic Americans. That's nice news for advertisers.

economistIn fact, they're super consumers

So says a new report from Nielsen, thrillingly titled The Multicultural Edge: Rising Super Consumers. They're talking about Hispanics, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and all other multiculturals, who already make up 38 percent of the U.S. population. Nielsen says, "[M]ulticultural consumers … simultaneously maintain their cultural heritage and see themselves as part of the new mainstream, allowing them to mix and match endless choices and products to suit their effortless duality in lifestyles and tastes."

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Even the august Economist has woken up to Hispanic Power. A recent Economist article details how important Latinos are to the United States economy. In fact, the growing number of U.S. Hispanics could provide a cultural and economic edge to our country, it says:

From Europe to north-east Asia, the 21st century risks being an age of old people, slow growth and sour, timid politics. Swelling armies of the elderly will fight to defend their pensions and other public services. Between now and mid-century, Germany’s median age will rise to 52. China’s population growth will flatten and then fall; its labour force is already shrinking. Not America’s. By 2050 its median age will be a sprightly 41 and its population will still be growing. Latinos will be a big part of that story.

Google Preferred aims at Hispanics

YouTube recently began offering the ability to run campaigns targeting Hispanic audiences as part of its Google Preferred option, according to the Wall Street Journal blog.

YouTube Hispanic lets advertisers buy upfront for a guaranteed audience, using a variety of factors to find video that will appeal to Hispanics.

Ricky-Martin-Show-Privado_Photo-1Toyota gets personal with LA customers

The automaker celebrated its tenth year as the top automotive brand among Hispanic consumers with a private concert with Ricky Martin. It invited some Toyota owners from the Los Angeles area to the showcase at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and showcased them during the event.

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Cisneros Interactive took a majority investment in digital audio advertising network Audio.Ad, which reaches more than 35 million users in Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic market. Cisneros Interactive's RedMas unit will be the exclusive seller of Audio.Ad advertising solutions in Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic market, delivering spots to internet radio and audio streaming devices.
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Susan Kuchinskas @susankuchinskas

Susan has been covering digital media since they were invented. She began her career as a design writer and then became a senior reporter for Adweek, covering the launches of Google, Amazon, Overture and DoubleClick, among many others. She was a senior writer covering marketing for Business 2.0, and then helped found M-Business, a magazine about the mobile industry that, in 2001, was way before its time. Since 1993, she's reported on the internet, digital culture, technology and science. Her work has appeared in Mediapost, ClickZ and other digital publications, and she consults on content strategy for technology and financial clients from a home office in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Susan reside en la Bahía de San Francisco, muy cerca de Silicon Valley y ha cubierto los medios digitales desde que se inventaron. Empezó su carrera como reportera de diseño y luego ocupó la posición de reportera senior de Adweek, cubriendo los lanzamientos de Google, Amazon, Overture y Doubleclick, entre muchos otros. También fue reportera de mercadotecnia en la revista Business 2.0 y luego ayudó a fundar la revista M Business, una publicación sobre el Mercado del móvil que se lanzo antes de que llegara el auge de ese vehículo. Desde 1993 ha reporteado sobre Internet, cultura digital, tecnología y ciencia. Su trabajo ha aparecido en Mediapost, ClickZ y otras publicaciones digitales.

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