U.S. Hispanics More Tech Savvy, Love OTT and Prefer English-Language Content

Young Hispanics less concerned with Spanish language

There are approximately 55 million Hispanics currently living in the United States, and that number is expected to grow to one-third of the entire country by 2060. Those dealers in heavily Hispanic markets need to understand how to communicate with this market to be successful. Dealers have been getting conflicting information on the best way to talk to this market. Hispanic agencies and television reps say you must speak to them in Spanish while English agencies and reps say English reaches the market.

Well, the truth, is Hispanic consumers view television content in both English and Spanish, but all generations prefer English-language TV. Research shows that Hispanics have more trust in what is said on English-language over Spanish-language news programs. Even Spanish-language dominant Hispanics prefer to watch TV in English. TV that is viewed in-language is usually live. The most recent Nielsen data showed live viewership was 94% for Univision and 93% for Telemundo, while live viewing across the big four (ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC) averaged 82%.

Reaching Hispanic consumers is less about language and more about content. A large portion of younger Hispanic viewers are watching TV shows on multiple devices and preferring English-language content. Hispanics in general, but especially younger millennials, are more likely to use newer technology, such as Bluetooth and wireless headphones, 4K TVs, virtual reality and drones than the overall population. Language isn’t as big a factor with the newest generation as it has been in the past. Only 3% of first-generation Hispanic consumers watch exclusively Spanish-language content when streaming video, and just 21% said they stream more in Spanish than in English.

U.S. Hispanics also are heavy users of social media – younger consumers (aged 18-24) are more likely to tweet, like, share or follow a brand on social media than their non-Hispanic counterparts, 33% compared to 21%.*

Heavy online and mobile viewing in the segment also translates into a high percentage that use subscription video on demand (SVOD) and over-the-top services (OTT). Ninety percent of U.S. Hispanics have subscribed to at least one SVOD service. The segment is less likely than non-Hispanics to subscribe to paid TV, with 79% seeing themselves as cable TV subscribers in one year (compared to 83% for non-Hispanics), dropping to 52% (55% for non-Hispanics) in 10 years. *
Although there are some clear differences in the consumption patterns based on cultural diversity, country of origin and first, second and third generation Hispanics but the fact that even Spanish-language dominant Hispanics prefer to watch TV in English may come as a surprise.

*Source: “Always Connected: U.S.-based Hispanic Consumers Dominate Mobile, Entertainment, and Beyond” PwC research.

About the author

John Paul Strong: For someone who spends an average of 135 days outside of the office meeting with clients, John Paul Strong remains the driving force behind his Birmingham-based advertising agency, Strong Automotive Merchandising. Strong began his career as an account executive at Martin Advertising. Learning much, but never satisfied, he convinced his father to partner with him in reopening their own advertising agency in 2004, catering exclusively to the automotive industry. The company started strong but humble. The original roster of 10 employees and eight clients has exploded today, growing to 100 full-time employees and more than 220 automotive dealers. And it hasn’t gone without notice. Along the way, Strong Automotive Merchandising has been recognized as a perennial winner in Birmingham’s Best Places to Work contest and as a Top 20 Agency among Google’s National Ad Partners. Yet, Strong still finds time to share what he’s learned along the way. As an avid writer, he has published two books in the Next Day Traffic series, along with more than 1,000 automotive-focused blog posts. He is also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, and his success has been recognized in the Birmingham Business Journal’s 2013 “Top 40 Under 40.” In 2018, Strong was named CEO of the Year by the BBJ. The foundation for Strong’s career began at the University of Montevallo where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and advanced public speaking. Always staying ahead of the competition, Strong later went on to study in Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program. Amid all of his endeavors, Strong always makes time for what matters most – his family. He is a proud husband to Amy, and father to Lilly Grace, Anne Charlotte, Hudson, and Ford.


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