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A few things to keep in mind when marketing to the Latino Market as Cinco de Mayo approaches

Cinco de Mayo is the largest Latino celebration of the year in the United States.  In Omaha, it’s a three-day festival centered in South Omaha that starts Friday, May 5, and ends Sunday, May 7. The weekend is packed with festivities that include a parade, concerts and an expansive carnival.  Families, young and old, gather to enjoy the event.  Latinos represent 12% of the Metro area population, and a significant portion of marketing dollars.   Here are a few things to keep in mind when marketing to the Latino population:

MANY LATINOS LIVE IN MULTIGENERATIONAL  HOUSEHOLDS.  They are also very family oriented.   Research shows that Latinos have more tightly integrated and localized extended families.  Many family groups include grandparents or aunts and uncles as well as children.  This means decisions, such as what car to buy or college to go to, are made within a group with input potentially provided by all members (whether it’s sought out or not). 

LATINOS TEND TO BE VERY LOYAL.  Take this statement as a “broad sweeping stroke.”  While brand loyalty versus price may vary, personal and purchasing loyalty is strong.  I have had many advertisers state that their sales within the Latino community have skyrocketed due to personal referrals within that community.  This community works hard for each dollar and saves their money.  Treat them with respect and understanding and you will have customers for life. Which brings me to my next point…

LATINOS TEND TO BE SAVERS.  They forecast major expenditures and their plan their savings accordingly to be able to pay in cash. 

LATINOS ARE LOYAL TO THEIR NATIVE CULTURE.  To varying degrees, the Latino community maintain traditions of their native homes. Latino families, whether first, second or third generation are very devoted to their country of origin.  Spanish is frequently the primary language spoken in the home, even when English is dominant otherwise.  When asked, members of the Latino community report they prefer getting their news and day-to-day information in Spanish.   

While younger members of the community are very active on social media, showing some of the highest rates of adoption, mid-age and older members of this community prefer receiving information in print.  64% agree that newspapers keep them up to date on the latest styles and trends and 1 in 5 shopped or purchased an advertised product after seeing it’s print ad. 

Our team here at our weekly El Perico newspaper and our annual Directorio Latino understand how to navigate all of the nuances of the Latino market, and we stand ready to help you grow sales in this vibrant and ever-expanding demographic. 

If you are interested in promoting your business during Cinco de Mayo, please contact us.

Language and the Latino Market

Understanding acculturation is important to messaging

In this installment of a continuing series on the Latino market coinciding with National Hispanic Heritage Month, we’ll explore some of the more nuanced aspects of winning in this rapidly growing demographic.

While the rate of growth in this population has slowed, the absolute numbers are still staggering. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that while 17% (55 million) of the population is Hispanic today, that figure will grow to 28.6% (about 106 million) by 2050, far exceeding any other major demographic.

But succeeding in today’s $1.5 trillion Latino market requires new, innovative approaches.

“I had always assumed that ‘Hispanic marketing’ meant Spanish,” Jared Fix, U.S. vice president and general manager for Mixables at Beam Suntory said in a story, “but a vast majority of our Hispanic target is what we call ‘acculturated’ — they speak English, perhaps Spanish at home, and they consume media in both.”

Acculturated? Havi Goffan at Target Latino explains the concept. “To acculturate means to incorporate or acquire a new culture without foregoing another one,” explained Goffan. “Hispanics do not “assimilate”, they “acculturate”. They do not let go of customs and/or language”

In an analysis published by the Center for Hispanic Marketing Communications at Florida State University, student Laicelis Haro, combines Goffan’s work with research from Geoscape to examine 5 acculturation subgroups:


Hispanics in this segment are typically English dominant (nearly no Spanish); born in US and often 3rd+ generation; and engage in little-to-no Hispanic cultural practices

Nueva Latina

Typically English preferred (some Spanish); born in the US and typically 2nd generatio; does engage in some Hispanic cultural practices and often they make the active decision to rediscover their origin culture, [or] “retro-acculturate”.

Bi-Cultural Hispanics

Typically bilingual speakers who immigrated to the US as a child or young adult. Govan describes this group as predominately Latino home (where they also speak Spanish) and American at work or school (where they speak English).


Prefer to speak Spanish and immigrated to the US as an adult and have lived in the United States for more than 10 years, however, they continue to practice the Hispanic culture.


Those who recently immigrated to the US, and who have not experienced [much] acculturation [yet], speaking mostly Spanish only.

Sometimes it’s easiest to craft a definition of any given concept based on what something is not. Chevrolet’s foray into the Mexican market with a car whose name (Nova) literally translates to “doesn’t go” is pretty legendary when it comes to not thinking about your audience.

Now let’s look at a couple examples of companies that are using an acculturated model in reaching Hispanic markets, ones that go beyond the “just translate our existing stuff into Spanish” approach.

Check out this Heineken “No Kiss for You” ad and note how it captures an understanding of cultural underpinnings in an increasingly multi-cultural America.

Or watch the equally humorous Volkswagen Passat piece that speaks directly to the bicultural, bilingual Latino market.

Finding the right face to represent your message can also be a game-changer, as evidenced in this Burger King ad featuring TV’s highest paid actress, Sophia Vergara.

Okay, so maybe your budget doesn’t include the likes of Sophia Vergara, but you can still improve your reach in the Hispanic market by, first and foremost, demonstrating a culturally sensitive understanding of those you wish to persuade.

While the examples above paint a rather broad brush, the nitty gritty of cultural issues goes to the very heart of what is means to be Hispanic in America:

Individual versus Group

As opposed to the “rugged individualism” of the American ethos, Hispanic communities are more collectivist in that themes of family and “the group” often trump the individual. Many decisions, especially large purchases like a new car, are family decisions.


Family size is also important. According to a landmark study by New American dimension, as of 2008, 21.7% of Hispanic families had five or more members, compared to only 8.3% of the overall population. This means that they consume more, even after purchases are adjusted to account for income disparities. But those same disparities mean that price is comparatively more important in Hispanic households.

These are but a few, tip-of-the-iceberg nuances in an economy where culture is quickly becoming the new universal language in America. Business can no longer afford to make guesses and assumptions about their target audiences in this or any other market.

As the publishers of the Spanish/English-language weekly El Perico and the annual Directorio Latino, our team is … well, acculturated and uniquely positioned to guide you in understanding how you can best succeed in the Hispanic market. Let us take that guesswork out of your Hispanic marketing strategy.