BabyCenter®, the #1 pregnancy and parenting online destination worldwide, has released the results of a comprehensive study about Latina moms. The Hispanic Moms Acculturation study, part of the 21st Century Mom™ Insight Series, offers key insights into the influence of acculturation on moms' behaviors and preferences related to shopping, mealtime, media consumption, and more.
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The acculturation study interviewed 2,479 Hispanic and 1,472 non-Hispanic moms across BabyCenter® en Espanol (www.babycenter.com/espanol) and BabyCenter® (www.babycenter.com). The Hispanic moms ranged from recent immigrants to native-born English-speakers.
With one in four babies born in this country being Hispanic, and Hispanics representing 55% of the population growth in the United States, this study sheds new light on the behaviors of Latina moms as they go through the acculturation process and integrate elements of American culture with those of their own heritage. Additionally, the study aims to provide marketers with insights about how best to reach this diverse and fast-growing audience.
Isidra Mencos, editorial director of BabyCenter for the Americas and Spain, says, "While Hispanic moms are linguistically diverse, culture acts as a powerful force for uniting them. Marketers that integrate authentic cultural elements into their media can craft a message that resonates with Latina moms' deepest values and aspirations."
Shopping: Hispanic Moms Are Brand Loyal and Love to Shop With Their Families
Across all levels of acculturation, Latina moms are much more likely to purchase brand-name CPGs. Additionally, Latina moms are much more likely than the general population to purchase global heritage brands that resonate emotionally. This presents a great opportunity for CPGs facing competition from less expensive generic brands, especially in these difficult economic times.
Hispanic moms are avid consumers, with 57% saying they love to shop vs. 30% for the general population. This behavior diminishes, however, as they become busier and acculturate. Shopping is also regarded as a family affair. Hispanic moms are three times less likely to shop alone. Despite stereotypes about machismo, 54% of Latinas share their purchase decisions with spouses or partners vs. 44% of non-Hispanics. READ MORE