Demographics

Driven by gains in education and greater access to financial resources, the estimated buying power of US Hispanics is poised for growth, but Hispanic consumers and their shopping habits are often misunderstood or overlooked by marketers.

Early in the digital era, Hispanics lagged significantly in internet access, but that’s changed mainly due to smartphone adoption. These days, Hispanics are avid users of social media and digital video—though they do lag behind in having home broadband.

eMarketer principal analyst Mark Dolliver discusses Roku’s new “Kids and Family” section—including the importance of grouping kids programming together and how people use parental control features. Vice president of content studio Paul Verna then joins to talk about how to predict cord-cutting, why people subscribe to over-the-top video streaming services and what happens when families choose TV packages together.

In the latest edition of its annual report, the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia’s business school pegged total buying power of the US Hispanic population at $1.539 trillion in 2018. Having added more than $500 billion since 2010, the figure is expected to grow nearly $400 billion more by 2023.

Adopting new technology is the norm among Generation X, and unlike digital natives, this adoption hasn’t crowded out old media. But before marketers can tap into Xers’ widespread accessibility, they should understand their unique device and media usage, social platform preferences and privacy concerns.

Straddling the analogue and digital divide, Xers are readily reachable by marketers, but they can be picky when it comes to where and how they want to interact with ads. We spoke with demographics thought-leaders about this generation’s device and media usage.