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About Mario X. Carrasco

Mario X. Carrasco is Co-Founder and Principal of ThinkNow Research, an award-winning culturally-integrated market research agency based in Burbank, CA. The agency integrates Hispanic, African-American, and Asian insights into custom market research for companies and government agencies looking to thrive in a changing demographic environment.Under his co-leadership, ThinkNow Research has successfully launched several innovative market research initiatives, such as DigaYGane.com, one of the largest and most representative Hispanic online panels in the industry as well as the first Minority Business Owner (B2B) Panel in the U.S.

The Great Latinx Debate

The term “Latinx” is trending and has seen a steady uptick in search over the past two years, peaking in 2019: It is during this “Latinx apex” that we decided to take a closer look at how popular the term “Latinx” really is among U.S. Hispanics and if it has staying power. Defining Latinx So what is Latinx? According to Merriam-Webster: Latinx was originally formed in the early aughts as a word for those of Latin American descent who do not identify as being of the male or female gender or who simply don’t want to be identified by gender. More than likely, there was little consideration for how it was supposed to be pronounced when it was created.

How To Identify And Reduce Cognitive Bias In Market Research

Brand strategists are tasked with knowing when to include market research in the scope of agency work for clients and with pushing back on the inevitable biases that arise in the agency when collecting and analyzing that data. Cognitive biases, the collection of faulty ways of thinking hardwired into the human brain, permeate almost every aspect of our lives. From anchoring to zero-risk, humans live and work with various types of cognitive biases that can impair judgment and stall progress, both personally and professionally.

Social Media Plagued By Privacy Concerns and Addiction, New Study Says

The state of social media in 2019 is one of seemingly conflicting data points. We are more addicted to social media than ever, yet privacy concerns are driving us to seek sanctuary in private messaging apps like WhatsApp. Almost 30% of adult social media users are “under the influence” of social media influencers. Yet, a third of users feel like brands take advantage of them when they’re on the platforms. This dichotomy is the playground on which digital marketers find themselves where engaging consumers isn’t just a game of numbers, but one of strategy and sensitivity to growing privacy concerns.

Hispanic Biculturalism Reinvents Seafood Industry : Mariscos

Did you know biculturalism is influencing the Seafood industry in the United States? Have you heard about Mariscos? As Latino restaurateurs continue to push through the hurdles of entrepreneurship, some of them are using this opportunity to alter the landscape of the traditional Hispanic food cuisine in an effort to go mainstream, and in turn, create foods that might be a more accurate reflection of their own American bi-cultural experience. One food segment that has been growing steadily over the past decade is the seafood industry or also known as ‘Mariscos’.

Linear TV Loses Half Its Viewers As Streaming Services Soar

It’s true. Within just three years, linear TV has lost nearly half its viewers. What factors are driving the shift, and how can marketers adapt to — and profit from — the changes? Our nationwide survey of consumers’ media consumption habits on platforms such as live TV, streaming services, gaming, and social media produced several useful insights. Viewers are “Streaming” to Quality Content Despite losing subscribers for the first time in eight years — and no doubt aided by the drastic decline of live television — Netflix remains the preferred method (61%) for watching TV programs among U.S. consumers, followed closely by YouTube.

Sorry, Your Friends Are Not A Focus Group

In this new age of social media, traditional market research has taken a beating. Influencers like serial entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk (Gary Vee) extol the importance of getting out and talking to their customers personally while countless memes of Steve Jobs’ quip against market research “customers don’t know what they want until we’ve shown them,” are shared endlessly online. To some extent, they have a point. Gary Vee’s “back to basics” approach of getting out in the real world and speaking to consumers makes sense. Technology has made it so easy to hide behind our screens that, just like the Wizard of Oz, we tell our customers what we want without giving them a chance to get to know the person behind the curtain. Nor can we get to know them.

Hispanic Health And Beauty Brands Go Mainstream

Hispanic food is having a moment. From pupusas to gansitos, foods that have been traditionally geared towards Latino consumers have gained acceptance across a broader audience. Chief among them are tacos, of course, which have enjoyed a long tenure on the menu of American cuisine, inspiring Taco Tuesdays and a Netflix documentary series, “Taco Chronicles,” to say the least. But it’s not just the savory flavors of spicy beans, roasted chilies, and crunchy tortillas appealing to the appetites of U.S. consumers.

Linear TV Viewership Drops Nearly 50% As Streaming Services Ramp Up In 2019

Despite losing subscribers for the first time in the past eight years, Netflix is still the preferred method used for watching TV programs among U.S. consumers, followed closely by YouTube. Preferred by 61% of consumers for the past two years, the streaming giant’s dominance hasn’t been marked so much by growth as it has been by the drastic decline of Live TV across 2017, 2018, and 2019. In a matter of 3 years, linear television went from 68% in viewership down to 36%.

Rethink River Sampling, It Just May Be The Savior of Your Panel Recruitment Strategy

In the past, the source of panelists for sample was highly scrutinized. We’d get questions like, “Are they recruited from social media?” If there were, many would reject the sample in favor of other sources they deemed more credible. So stringent where sample procurement departments at that time that they even questioned incentives. For example, I remember working with a retailer who did not want to work with our panel because we offered incentives from a competitive retailer. They thought it would skew the results.

Can Marketers Get Around Marijuana’s Stigma?

Last month, Illinois became the 11th state to allow the adult use of recreational marijuana and the first state legislature to legalize selling it. The legal distribution of marijuana at the state level has prompted many blue-chip companies to explore cannabis-based products. So, who are the early players?