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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.

[Podcast] Music Marketing Trends Reveal New Ways to Engage Multicultural Consumers

Music, one of the most prolific forms of cultural expression, influences consumer behavior and brand affinity. In this week’s episode, Nidia Serrano, Audience Marketing Director at Pandora, discusses how cultural cues impact trends in music marketing research, and how advertisers can use those insights to create relevant content for multicultural audiences.

Your Gen Z Problem Is A Multicultural Problem

Millennials are so yesterday. That’s the growing sentiment among brands as they make the shift away from the once-coveted Millennial consumer to now court the new generation in town, Gen Z, or the “iGeneration.” The oldest Gen Zers are now entering adulthood and look very different than their Millennial counterparts. They are the country’s most racially and ethnically diverse generation ever. Additionally, they are on their way to becoming the best-educated generation, according to a Pew Research Center report.

‘Hispanic’ Preferred Over ‘Latinx’ When They Describe Ethnicity

We recently published the results of a study we did — which were, according to the headline of our blog in Medium: “98% of Latinos do not identify with ‘Latinx’ label.” Those findings were also cited by the The Washington Post, New York Times, The Atlantic, and and many other publications. The media attention garnered both praise and criticism from readers, some of whom didn’t agree with the outcome of the study, so they questioned our methodology. Given the overwhelming response to our research, we decided to do a follow-up with double the base size — 1,000 respondents this time — and added an LGBTQ over sample.

How COVID-19 Is Changing Consumer Behaviors

As the reality of being quarantined here on the west coast starts to settle in, we decided to process the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic as any good market researcher would – with research. ThinkNow conducted a nationwide online survey of 500 American adults during the week of March 6-11, 2020. The sample was stratified with respect to race/ethnicity, age, gender, and US region per Census benchmarks.

[Podcast] Redefining Diversity & Inclusion Is Essential To Business Sustainability

In this episode, we examine how redefining diversity and inclusion positively impacts business performance and reveals unique opportunities for businesses to bootstrap growth. Kristin Luck, Founder of ScaleHouse and WIRe (Women in Research), discusses the pitfalls of the corporate patriarchy and ways industry, in general, can help level the playing field for marginalized groups.

[Podcast] Growth Hacks for Minority, Women-Owned Enterprises

Latinos are the entrepreneurial engine of the U.S. economy. Latinas are starting more businesses than any other ethnic cohort and the trend isn't slowing down. Yet, despite this staggering growth, minority-owned businesses, in general, struggle to scale. Maribel Lara Senior Vice President, Head of Consulting at The Sasha Group, discusses some of the barriers minority, women-owned businesses face and shares growth hacks MWBEs can use to accelerate the growth of their firms.

March 11th, 2020|Blog, Online Market Research, Podcast, Small Business|

[Podcast] Exploring the Impact of Individualistic and Collectivist Cultures on Consumer Marketing

This podcast delves into the significance of Latin X, underserved yet influential consumers within the Hispanic market who drive significant revenue and advocacy for brands. We explore key differences in individualistic and collectivist cultures, how Hispanic immigrants adapt to the American ethos, and what it all means to marketers trying to touch today's new mainstream: multicultural consumers. Guest: Maria Twena, Global Head of Consumer X at 9thWonder Agency

‘Hispanic’ Preferred Over ‘Latinx’ By Hispanics When Describing Ethnicity

On November 1, 2019, we published a blog on Medium exploring the wide range of ethnicities by which Hispanics identify. Among them was the controversial term “Latinx.” That post quickly became the most read blog in our company’s nine-year history and went on to be cited by the Washington Post, New York Times, The Atlantic, and many other publications. The media attention garnered both praise and criticism from readers, some of whom didn’t agree with the outcome of the study so they questioned our methodology despite our accurate sample frame and weighting tactics.

[Podcast] Using the Spanish Language To Better Engage Hispanic Consumers

This podcast explores the relationship between language and brand engagement and how Fortune 500 companies can use the Spanish language to fortify their marketing assets and unlock the potential in the market through in-language campaigns. Guest: Diego Antista, CEO & Founder of Multicultural Integrated Technologies

Non-Inclusive Ad Testing: Real Culprit Behind Tone-Deaf Ads

“They should have done their market research before airing this ad.” This is a typical dig by market researchers on social media who lambast the creators of tone-deaf ads. While they may have a point, and their quip is entertaining, this ribbing is a trend that needs to stop in 2020. It’s no longer funny, nor is it helpful. Not only are brands embarrassed, but the people in the ads and the communities they represent are hurt, and that’s not okay. Besides, many of those tone-deaf ads we are snickering about were actually steeped in market research, pre- and post-tested, but failed in their execution.