Saturday 03 December 2016

Friday5: Hispanic Heritage Month: The Digital Trailblazers

September 15 through October 15 was Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S. This is the final article in the Friday5’s Hispanic Heritage Month series. Find all the articles diving into the Hispanic community’s digital trends at EdelmanDigital.com.

U.S. Hispanics are ahead of the curve when it comes to digital media. They lead in adoption of new devices. They are power users of mobile and over-index in video consumption. The U.S. Hispanic community is a vastly underserved market, and the opportunities to reach them through digital remain largely untapped.

With a population of over 50 million and a buying power of over $1 trillion, Hispanics are a coveted—and growing—audience for marketers to target. Hispanic consumers are on the web, and they’re setting trends in digital media. Let’s look at how brands can reach the Hispanic community with digital media.

1. Be Mobile

According to a Nielsen study, among smartphone owners, Hispanics are 17 percent more likely than non-Hispanics to access the Web through their phone vs. through a computer. They’re also more likely to upgrade or replace their mobile headsets and buy tablets. A lot of that video watching happens on mobile, as smartphones are becoming the “first screen.” Nielsen states that 10 million Hispanics watch mobile video for an average of more than six hours per month.

When it comes to mobile, figure out your mobile-centric use cases, create mobile-first destinations, drive ROI and branding in mobile-specific ways and integrate mobile prominently into multi-screen campaigns.

 2. Use Video

Two brands that have taken this lesson to heart are Universal Pictures and CoverGirl. Universal Pictures has a dedicated Latino channel on YouTube where it distributes custom spots, featurettes, clips and content. CoverGirl sponsors Becky G, a Mexican-American singer/dancer who has a huge following on YouTube among U.S. Hispanics.

3. Connect and Engage With Cultural Relevancy

Constantly connected consumers are influential ones—spreading ideas, culture and content. The Hispanic audience is very connected. Brands can make great use of digital media to connect with this audience. The key is to create culturally relevant experiences that resonate with these consumers.

An example of this is Starbucks “Noches Culturales” (Cultural Nights). Starbucks*, in partnership with the Edelman Multicultural team, helped the brand engage with the Hispanic community.  The program included a series of in-store concerts, highlighting local Latino musicians and giving them a platform for discovery and engagement with their fans.

4. Speak to Their Culture 

Language isn’t enough. To really speak to Hispanics, you need to be culturally relevant. Take, for example, Universal Pictures’ Despicable Me 2. Universal found a way to extract storylines, show relevant talent, use music and use the Spanish language when appropriate—all ways to help make the film attractive and culturally relevant to Hispanic audiences.

 5. Give Them Choices—más opciones

Too often, marketers think they’re reaching U.S. Hispanics by simply translating ads and websites into Spanish. The truth is, this audience is diverse and often bilingual. Through digital, marketers don’t need to take a one-language-fits-all approach—and they shouldn’t, because there is a big opportunity to reach these consumers in both languages. Let the users pick which language they prefer.

Mattel is adopting this approach, creating bilingual versions of its campaigns. Last year, it launched a cross-brand Hispanic-targeted holiday campaign, “Toy Feliz,” which included a bilingual website.

How have you seen the Hispanic community influence digital media?

*An Edelman client

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