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What Retailers Can Learn From Holiday Battle: Walmart Vs. Amazon

According to our most recent retail study, this holiday shopping season is predicted to be a real clash of the titans as Amazon and Walmart fight for the top spot in sales. From Walmart investing more in its online shopping platform to Amazon continuing to invest in its brick-and-mortar expansion, the two retail giants are battling it out. Unlike last year, Walmart, although by a small margin, topped Amazon this year, pulling ahead as the top retail destination for holiday shoppers this season. More consumers said they would shop at Walmart and Kmart this year compared to one year ago. The close of Toys “R” Us may be a contributing factor to this. So what can retailers learn from Walmart’s battle with Amazon?

November 5th, 2018|Blog, Holiday Shopping, Retail, Total Market Views|

ThinkNow Entrepreneurship™ Report 2018: Women’s Point of View

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.

The New Mainstream: Measuring What Matters

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.

Cross-Cultural Cryptocurrency Trends: Hispanics, African-Americans

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?

Why A Multicultural Mindset Is A Must For Agencies

In marketing, it’s important to keep pace with demographic change. Even better to stay ahead. Right now, for instance, significant changes in the U.S. cultural landscape have made multicultural marketing imperative. As a small advertising agency in today’s economy, if you aren’t incorporating multicultural consumers into your work, you are hurting your agency’s growth and your clients’ growth. To put it bluntly, if you aren’t doing multicultural marketing, you will not succeed. Consider the following reasons: The Asian population in the U.S. grew by 72% within fifteen years (2000 to 2015), according to Pew Research, placing this population as the fastest growing of the major racial groups.

Can Agencies Take A Marketing Lesson From Drake?

Canadian rapper Drake has been dominating global music charts for the past decade. In an industry often defined by one-hit wonders and flash-in-the-pan successes, Drake consistently turns out music that breaks streaming and sales records time after time. Not only does he dominate the music industry, but his social media accounts are the envy of brands and influencers alike, amassing a record number of fiercely loyal followers across his platforms. So, what are the keys to his success? And more specifically, how can agencies tap into the marketing mojo of Drake? From my perspective, there are three lessons agencies can learn from the rap phenomenon that is Drake.

[Podcast] ThinkNow Media™ Report 2018

Years ago, TV viewers watched and recorded their favorite shows on cable. Chained to our VCRs, we collected episode laden VHS tapes like squirrels collect nuts in the winter. Then DVRs came along, liberating us from reels of magnetic tape and wooing us with the allure of live TV on our own terms. Flash forward a few years. Streaming services disrupt TV as we know it. Viewers now have the option to stream entire seasons of shows from every genre, from throwbacks like The Wonder Years and Full House to Game of Thrones and Westworld, and everything in between. At ThinkNow, we’ve studied this shift in media consumption for three years now. Our ThinkNow Media™ report tracks cross-platform viewing, streaming habits, gaming, and binge viewing habits across the total market.

Total Market Viewers Favor Live TV, Multicultural Audiences Switch To Streaming

Years ago, TV viewers watched and recorded their favorite shows on cable. Chained to our VCRs, we collected episode laden VHS tapes like squirrels collect nuts in the winter. Then DVRs came along, liberating us from reels of magnetic tape and wooing us with the allure of live TV on our own terms. Flash forward a few years. Streaming services disrupt TV as we know it. Viewers now have the option to stream entire seasons of shows from every genre, from throwbacks like The Wonder Years and Full House to Game of Thrones and Westworld, and everything in between.

Can You ‘Martech’ Your Way Into Multicultural Markets?

Marketing technology, more commonly known as martech, is stealthily transforming the way companies market to consumers. As ads retarget and emails automate, consumers are enjoying the luxury of an omnichannel experience while affording marketers the opportunity to collect the digital breadcrumbs they leave behind. With a bulging waistline, the martech industry now boasts a roster of nearly 5,000 companies. While digital marketers have been playing with it for years, the big difference in the technology is the sheer scale of what’s possible with today’s tools. Marketing stacks curate programmatic advertising, social media, SEO and e-commerce into a neat bundle that produces rich data that is analyzed and then used to shape more relevant marketing campaigns to specific audiences.

[New Report] Social Media & Digital Usage in 2018

Affluent U.S. Hispanics Drive Daily Usage of Top Social Media Platforms U.S. Hispanics earning $75,000+ a year significantly over-index on key digital and social media measures when compared to non-Hispanic Whites. From the platforms they use to what they do when they get there, Hispanics are “always on,” depending heavily on their smartphones to keep them connected to family and friends, to research brands, and to make purchases. In our new report, Social Media & Digital Usage in 2018, we partnered with mitú to take a closer look at the latest social media and digital trends across all U.S. consumers, specifically examining attitudes and activity by ethnicity and race, income and daypart.