Cracking the Code: Marketing to the Thriving AAPI Audience

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A thriving and complex market:

The AAPI/AANHPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander/Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander) community is a driving force in the U.S. consumer market. But here’s the catch: AAPI/AANHPI isn’t a single group. It’s a vibrant tapestry of ethnicities, languages, and traditions. 

Projected growth of AAPI Market

According to Nielsen, the growing population of the specific group has a projected buying power of a whopping $1.6 trillion in 2024 and its steadily growing. 

So, how do you tailor your marketing to resonate with this diverse audience?

Here’s a cheat sheet to get you started:

  • Respect the Nuances: 

Don’t treat AAPI/AANHPI as a monolith. Research the specific values and customs of each ethnicity. For instance, family is a core value for many East Asian cultures, while Pacific Islanders often have a deep connection to nature. Let these insights guide your marketing message and visuals.

  • Authenticity is Key:

Want to avoid cultural faux pas? Talk to people from the specific group you’re targeting. Their insights are invaluable in crafting an authentic message.

  • Find Your Audience

Data is your friend! Utilize resources like Nielsen to understand where your target audience is. Did you know?  

Nielsen metrics on Asian Americans

[source: Nielsen]

Knowing these habits helps you target effectively.

  • Partner with the Pros

Connect with AAPI influencers who resonate with your specific audience segment. Partner with diverse businesses and organizations too. Associations like the Asian American Advertising Federation (3AF) can offer guidance and connections.

By understanding the rich diversity within the AAPI/AANHPI community, you can create marketing that builds bridges and connects with these influential consumers.

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