Young Latino consumers: They're hip! They're mobile! They lead active, on-the-go lifestyles!
They're also, you know, pretty much like anybody else—though that's something marketers rarely want to hear when they're paying small fortunes for demographic "experts" to demystify the millennials who live at an ever-growing cultural crossroads in America.
Honda pokes some fun at the marketing world's Hispanic fixation in its newest ads from the Santa Monica, Calif.-based Orci agency for the Fit. Wild-haired comedian Felipe Esparza serves as a tour guide of sorts into the world of young Latinos, only to find that they're mostly just focused on running errands and getting to work.
"Are we going to a party?" he asks a couple from the back seat.
"We're … just going to the movies," the young woman replies.
He's also shocked to learn that instead of packing their trunk with trendy fixies, they're just grabbing groceries. "Groceries? Rebels!"
Agency president Andrew Orcí says the spots, shot in Spanish and English, began with the idea that brands often try to fit Hispanic consumers into specific patterns and niches, when in fact it's a group that's pretty much impossible to lump into a few convenient categories.
"Latino millennials are much more than what we make of them. They are a versatile bunch. They ping-pong between cultures, languages, interests and behaviors. That's why it’s funny when you hear others trying to fit them into their box of clichés," Orcí says.
"Felipe Esparza, as our 'Latino expert,' is the perfect voice to make fun of this situation. Why? Because not even a Latino can define a Latino. They simply defy all expectations."