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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 Untapped Hispanic Market: Hispanic-owned Businesses

By now, many marketers have heard of the tremendous opportunities the United States. Hispanic consumer represents in terms of numbers and purchasing power. However, in the age of hypersegmentation and targeting, Millennials and bi-cultural Hispanics have risen to the top of marketer’s go-to Hispanic sub-segments. While most companies focus on this target, there is an untapped consumer segment that has serious growth potential, Hispanic business owners.

3 Simple Ways To Create Culturally Relevant Panel Experiences

I’ve had the privilege of building and maintaining multicultural panels for almost a decade. Despite the progress in technology to improve our delivery methods, our soft skills haven’t kept pace. As an industry, we’re still struggling to create culturally relevant panel experiences for respondents. This isn’t specific to multicultural panels, rather panels at large. We are an industry dedicated to helping our clients mine for consumer insights that will aid in the development of better products, services, and experiences.

[Video] Cross-Cultural Gen Z: How to Think About Culture & Ethnicity with Gen Z

ThinkNow co-Founder Mario X. Carrasco recently presented our latest research findings on Gen Z at the 2017 Qual360 North America Conference at Gallup’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Entitled “Cross-Cultural Gen Z: How to Think About Culture & Ethnicity with Gen Z”, Mario shared key insights about this young cohort, such as how they interpret culture and ethnicity and the role these factors play in their lifestyle choices and purchasing habits.

[Podcast] ThinkNow Drive™ – Automobile Buying Trends & Habits Report 2017

How African-Americans Are Driving Automotive Technology Trends The automotive industry is showing early signs of becoming one of 2017’s fastest evolving industries. Electricity and hydrogen now power our vehicles straight out of the pages of a sci-fi thriller down paved streets that turn into our driveways. To better understand what’s driving this change, ThinkNow Research surveyed a representative sample of U.S. Hispanics, African-Americans, Asians, and non-Hispanic whites regarding their vehicle purchasing habits. ThinkNow Drive™ is our latest research study that focuses on automobile buying trends and habits.

Google’s Multicultural Marketing Forum Ups The Game For Hispanic Market Researchers

For the third year in a row, Google has opened the doors of its New York office for its annual Multicultural Marketing Forum. Since its inaugural year, Google has expanded the focus of the then-U.S. Hispanic Marketing Forum to include African-American, Asian, and LGBTQ audiences. While the forum now covers more verticals, this event is still a game changer for Hispanic market researchers.

[INFOGRAPHIC] What’s Driving Total Market Automobile Buying Trends In 2017?

Autonomous automobile technology is driving innovation in an industry hit hard by big economic swings and government bailouts. But the light at the end of the tunnel resides in consumers’ acceptance of newer technologies like driverless vehicles and less dependence on gasoline. At ThinkNow Research, we wanted to explore consumers’ attitudes toward these changes and how they impact vehicle purchasing habits.

What Is Programmatic Sampling And Its Impact On Multicultural Sample?

According to Lucid, programmatic sampling now accounts for 94% of all transactions sold on the Fulcrum Exchange, one of the industry’s largest sampling exchanges. That statistic is staggering because this sampling technology emerged just 3-5 years ago. The unprecedented road that Lucid is traveling is so promising that they’ve recently raised a $60 million round of funding to continue their efforts to revolutionize the future of the sample industry.

How African-Americans Are Driving Automotive Technology Trends

The automotive industry is showing early signs of becoming one of 2017’s fastest evolving industries. Electricity and hydrogen now power our vehicles straight out of the pages of a sci-fi thriller down paved streets that turn into our driveways. To better understand what’s driving this change, ThinkNow Research surveyed a representative sample of U.S. Hispanics, African-Americans, Asians, and non-Hispanic whites regarding their vehicle purchasing habits. ThinkNow Drive™ is our latest research study that focuses on automobile buying trends and habits.

Should Affluent Hispanics Be Considered General Market?

Multicultural marketing has created a marketing economy based on segmenting the population by ethnicity. While ethnicity segmentation has worked for the past several decades, as I pointed out in an earlier column, that foundation is starting to crack. Our industry is experiencing a paradigm shift. As we attempt to make sense of this existential crisis of marketing models, we should consider how we segment and why.

[Podcast] ThinkNow Affinity™ Brand Loyalty Report 2017

ThinkNow Affinity™ Brand Loyalty Study suggests a shift in consumer behavior If there is one “truth” that has persisted in multicultural marketing throughout the decades, it is the assumption that less acculturated Hispanics are more brand loyal than their bicultural and more acculturated Hispanic counterparts. But this persistent trope has trickled outside of the confines of Hispanic marketing. Less acculturated Hispanics are now considered the most brand-loyal consumer segment out of non-Hispanic whites, Asians, and African-Americans.