Only about a third (34 percent) of Asian consumers feel that they are seeing more brands going out of their way to market and advertise to their community, according to a new study from Horowitz Research. This points out a missed opportunity for brands, given that the study also finds that when it comes to advertising, more than half (56 percent) of Asian consumers are drawn to ads centered around Asian people and culture.
The firm’s FOCUS Asian: State of Consumer Engagement 2022 study also reveals that about half (47 percent) of Asians surveyed say that it would impact their decision to buy from a company if it spent a substantial portion of their advertising dollars supporting Asian media. In fact, among the Asian consumers surveyed, nearly two-thirds (65 percent) consume at least some of their media—including TV, radio, internet, and social media—in their Asian language.
Asian consumers are seeing improvements in terms of representation when it comes to TV content
Four in ten (40 percent) Asian consumers say they are seeing more Asian actors as lead characters, and nearly four in ten (39 percent) are seeing more nuanced portrayals of Asian characters and communities in the scripted shows they are watching. Younger (18-34 years old) Asian audiences are the most likely to be seeing these improvements in representation.
Original content from streaming services (45 percent), original content from premium services (43 percent), and dramas (41 percent) are perceived as having the best representation of Asian people and communities, while dating reality shows, unscripted TV shows, and lifestyle reality shows are more likely to be perceived as having poor representation.
“In the past few years, there’s been an important shift in focus on behalf of media companies and advertisers to do better when it comes to representation and inclusion in ads and content, which is being noticed,” said Adriana Waterston, chief revenue officer and insights & strategy lead for Horowitz Research, in a news release.
“However, we are just at the beginning of the conversation about how to do diversity ‘right,’” she added. “There is still a tremendous opportunity to be inclusive not just of Black and Latinx Americans who comprise the majority of multicultural America, but to reflect a broader multicultural sensibility that is inclusive of other cultural and ethnic communities—such as the very diverse Asian population in the U.S.—that do not get to see themselves portrayed on screen as often as some others do.”
The survey was conducted in July 2022 in English among 1,800 adults, with 309 online surveys among Asian adults. Data have been weighted to ensure results are representative of the overall TV universe. The report is available in total market, FOCUS Latinx, FOCUS Black, and FOCUS Asian editions.