Hispanic Consumers are Active Digital Trendsetters, Influencing Overall Digital Consumer Behavior in U.S.

Terra's Third Hispanic Digital Consumer Study by comScore analyzes Hispanic consumer behavior proving that Hispanics are more socially engaged on the Internet, over-​index in mobile device ownership and increasingly make purchases from these devices. Hispanics continue to pave the way for digital consumers in the U.S. as trendsetters and early adopters of new technology. The study also found that Hispanics are significant entertainment consumers and digital advertising engagement continues to trend upward. 

Hispanics are tech savvy and socially engaged on the Internet and as a result, are more likely to self describe as trendsetters, risk takers and new gadget lovers. They are more likely to own and intend to purchase the latest personal electronic devices including; smartphones, tablets, music players and game consoles.

Hispanics continue to outpace non-​Hispanics with the adoption of smartphones, an increase from 43% in 2010 to 57% in 2012 compared to an increase from 36% in 2010 to 46% in 2012 for non-​Hispanics. Hispanics have taken the smartphone adoption a step further by using them to research and make purchases more than non-​Hispanic consumers in every category. During the purchasing funnel, Hispanics are more likely to use social, mobile and online content as resources.

"For Hispanics it goes beyond setting trends. It is a digital lifestyle where mobile is now the primary device and this study provides new insight as to why this connectivity is so relevant to the Hispanic consumer," said Fernando Rodriguez, CEO of Terra USA. "Mobile technology has so naturally integrated into the lives of Hispanics and they are aware of the fact that they are forging these digital trends," concluded Rodriguez.

Another key finding is that digital advertising plays an increasingly important role in the purchasing decision process for Hispanics. They are more likely to remember brands advertised on portable devices and are motivated to visit brand websites and/​or retail stores as a result of digital advertising and social posts. In fact, 38% of Hispanics agree that they are more likely to visit branded sites and retail stores compared to just 24% of non-Hispanics.

Research shows that Hispanics significantly keep up with the latest movie releases through online campaigns and they consider themselves movie buffs. Hispanics are more likely to look up movie show times, theater locations and purchase movie tickets from mobile devices. They are also more likely to listen to music on their phone and download music. Hispanics stream and download digital music for free more than non-​Hispanics who are more likely to consume music traditionally from the radio. The Hispanic consumer is very shopping savvy and will research, access and redeem incentive options online.

Terra's study confirms that Hispanic consumers are active digital trendsetters and continue to be at the forefront of embracing mobile, social and digital technology while influencing overall digital consumer behavior in the U.S.

[Source:  "2012 Hispanic Digital Consumer Study."  comScore/​Terra USA.  25 July 2012.  Web.  27 July 2012.]