The trade war, to date, has been somewhat hypothetical, existing mainly in the minds of consumers as it has yet to hit our wallets tangibly. However, this may be changing in 2019 as the latest slate of tariffs is likely to affect items in grocery stores across the country. Hispanic grocery stores, however, have enjoyed a steady rise in business during 2018. So, will the impending tariffs stunt this growth? Let’s take a more in-depth look to find out.
2018 was an incredible year for multicultural representation in Hollywood. From “Black Panther” to “Crazy Rich Asians,” these movies have shown that great stories can be told from a diverse perspective with diverse casts and break box office records at the same time. It was fitting that the year concluded with one of the best films I have seen in a while, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” This incredibly creative animated superhero film has shattered creative barriers, broken box office records, scored a near perfect 10 on Rotten Tomatoes, all while pointing to what I think are three key trends that marketers should pay attention to in 2019.
2018 has been an eventful year for Hispanic grocery stores. We saw Bodega Latina expand to Texas with an acquisition of Fiesta Mart, Winn-Dixie’s Fresco Y Más concept grew in Florida, and Albertson’s El Rancho Supermercado officially entered the Houston market. Acquisitions and consolidations have been accelerating at a break neck pace the past several years and they will continue to in 2019. But what is driving this trend? Understanding the underlying drivers of these acquisitions and consolidations in the Hispanic grocery store space can help us see what the future of Hispanic grocery holds in 2019.
“Milestones” were the hallmark of 2018 as consumers weathered the highs and lows of another eventful year in America. Snowboarding icon Shaun White shred major powder on the men’s halfpipe to earn America it’s 100th Winter Olympics Gold Medal. African-American girls, clad in their Sunday best, sipped tea to salute the first African-American woman to become British royalty. And most recently, the midterm elections, coined the “most expensive” and “most watched” captivated the country in an epic battle for congressional seats and equality. In our final report of the year, ThinkNow Snapshot: 2018 Total Market Markers & Milestones™, we highlight some of the major shifts in trends that impacted economic outlook, holiday spending, and digital media use.
With its ongoing investment in original content, Netflix continues its dominance over traditional broadcast and is slowly but steadily disrupting the reign of large movie studios. Expected to spend $13 billion on original programming this year, Netflix clearly has no plans to slow down. In fact, our most recent study highlights its meteoric rise across the total market, noting the viewership gap between live TV and Netflix is becoming significantly narrower (6 points in 2018 vs. 23 points in 2017)
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Women’s entrepreneurship is thriving in America. According to the 2018 State of Women-Owned Business report commissioned by American Express, 1,821 women-owned businesses were launched per day over the last year, bringing the total number of women-owned firms to 12.3 million, employing over 9 million people and accounting for $1.8 trillion in revenue. So, in these last few days of October, as we wind down the celebration of National Women’s Small Business Month, we are still reminded of the tremendous contributions women business owners have made to the global economy, but also charged with challenging the antiquated mindsets and inadequate policies that still plague our cause.
New Report Finds Companies Underinvest in Digital Ad Spend to Reach Multicultural Consumers Today marks the last day of Hispanic heritage month, but the first time that digital media across ethnicity and race has been reported in the United States. Today is an important day for all of us in marketing, not just multicultural marketing. It is a day when the Mainstream ad spend will begin to be measured by ethnicity and race. Up to now, the mainstream has been synonymous with non-Hispanic Whites. But, given the dramatic changes in our demographic landscape over the last 20-years, the Mainstream or should I say, the New Mainstream is becoming a multicultural majority, and needs to be measured across ethnicity and race, moving forward.
ThinkNow, a technology-driven cultural insights agency and the No. 1 provider of U.S. Hispanic samples, is increasing its reach into Latin America, expanding its Spanish language panel offerings to Argentina and Colombia. This further solidifies our dominant position in LatAm markets. In an industry that is consolidating based on value, ThinkNow offers access to major U.S. and LatAm markets that are Spanish speaking. ThinkNow has been operating panels in the U.S. and Mexico for eight years.
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Now in its sixth year, one of our most popular reports, ThinkNow Retail™, has just been released, chock full of multicultural insights that give us some visibility into what retailers can expect during the 2018 holiday shopping season. The insights reinforce some trends we’ve seen the past several years such as the steady rise of online and mobile shopping. But, the report also has some surprises like Walmart dethroning Amazon as the number one destination for holiday shoppers.
Almost 60% of the total market has heard of cryptocurrency. But if you are Hispanic or African-American, you are less likely to know what bitcoin is or how it works. Among Asian-Americans, however, this isn’t the case. According to our most recent study, “Cross-Cultural Cryptocurrency Insights,” nearly 70% of Asian-Americans are aware of cryptocurrency, followed closely by non-Hispanic whites at 61%. But awareness of cryptocurrency among Hispanics and African-Americans is low, which is surprising for two cohorts that typically over-index in digital usage and awareness. So what makes this technology so different?