There's a reason the political parties have formally embraced the Hispanic market this election year: The number of US Hispanic
adults (age 18 and older) is topping off at almost 25 million in 2004. And there's a reason the parties are using culturally
relevant messaging and Spanish-language content: 40 percent of US Hispanics are foreign born.
So pharma product teams should take a lesson and realize that US Hispanics represent an untapped opportunity, especially in
light of the growing presence of Latin culture in the mass media. A recent analysis of this important consumer group by Manhattan
Research reveals that the internet presents a unique complement to music, TV, and radio mass media for targeted segmentation
of a market that is increasingly in need of better drug information and resources along the treatment continuum, from acquisition
Targeting the "Right" SegmentsBeyond knowing the impact of this market's size, it is critical to understand relative opportunities by therapeutic category.
(See "Leading Therapeutic Categories Researched Online.") This enables product teams to properly allocate resources and stage
their introduction to marketing initiatives internally, as opposed to launching broad corporate initiatives.
A Growing Role for OnlineUS Hispanics have historically trailed non-Hispanics in internet adoption. New data show that gap rapidly closing as younger
Hispanics drive the segment's overall adoption rates. Hispanics are also increasingly using the internet for health information,
as a complement to offline resources such as physicians, family, and TV. In fact, almost 10 million US Hispan-ics already
get health information online. Close to four million are using it specifically for information about prescription drugs; 86
percent plan to increase that reliance in the near future.
Leading Therapeutic Categories Researched Online by US Hispanics
Some product teams, including those for Lipitor (atorvastatin) and Zoloft (sertraline), have created culturally relevant versions
of their leading product sites, but most have yet to offer resources targeted to the Hispanic segment online. Seeking to bridge
the cultural gap, product teams must continue to evaluate their approach to the Hispanic market as a unique consumer segment—and
a growth opportunity if addressed with culturally appropriate content and branding.
Today, DTC-driven sustained revenue growth remains a challenge. So a growth opportunity such as this—where a competitive market
advantage is achievable—should be a welcome revelation.