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About Mario X. Carrasco

Mario is ThinkNow Research's Managing Partner. He entered the Hispanic arena as Marketing Director at Hispanic Business Magazine, the leading Hispanic business publication. There, he quickly became a leader in Hispanic online marketing. Microsoft took notice in 2006 and he joined the MSN Latino product group where he developed targeted microsites and partner portals. Mario was hired by Garcia Research in 2008 to develop the first representative Hispanic Online Panel with an emphasis on the Spanish-dominant community, CadaCabeza. Mario became Vice President of Online Research at in 2009 and then went on to co-found ThinkNow Research.

[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.

Beyond Ethnicity: A Call For Digital Culture Quotas

Only six weeks in, 2017 is already showing signs of being a big year for multicultural marketing. Corporations are doubling down on diversity initiatives. Strategic purchases and mergers have occurred and projected multicultural spend is trending upward for the year. But despite this year’s momentum, I just can’t shake the notion that targeting and segmenting via ethnicity is weighing us down.

3 Ways DMPs Can Save The Sample Industry

Data Management Platforms have the potential to deliver better targeting and access to hard to reach audiences The market research industry is debating the impact of big data. Forward-thinking firms are looking to disruptive new technologies to keep pace with the changing landscape as the reach of big data continues to expand. The online panel industry has an opportunity to bring significant changes to the approach and methodology of the recruitment of sample by taking advantage of tools used in related fields like digital advertising.

Can CPG Brands Stop Waning Hispanic Brand Loyalty?

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.

Is Big Data Missing The Big Picture: The Hispanic Market

The lines between market research and marketing data are blurring. This really comes as no surprise, however. The convergence of these two disciplines was bound to happen at some point. While both industries are grappling with the implications of what this phenomenon means for the way they conduct research, startups shops are seizing the opportunity. The good thing about change is that it opens a dialogue about what needs to happen next.

[Podcast] ThinkNow Gen™ We Are Gen Z: We Are Shoppers Report

Gen Z Shoppers Discover Brands Online But Purchase In-Store While Millennials still get the lion’s share of attention, Gen Z, the demographic cohort nipping at the heels of their older siblings, are beginning to take center stage. Known as the Plurals, Founders, or the iGeneration, Gen Z consumers may be setting their own rules, somewhat, but because of their age, still look to their parents and friends to make purchase decisions.

SampleCon: Datapalooza And The Rise Of Behavioral Data

I just returned from my first SampleCon in New Orleans today. I was asked to join a panel of thought leaders discussing Innovations in Engagement of Hard to Reach Audiences. We didn’t solve the issue of how to reach those audiences from a sample perspective, but we did have productive conversations that yielded new insights on how to address this conundrum now and in the future. Dyna Boen, UB Mobile (left), Mario X. Carrasco (center), Jim Bernier, GfK (right)

3 Hispanic Market Research Predictions For 2017

For market researchers, 2016 was one for the record books. Election poll predictions were an epic fail. Historic demographic shifts rocked traditional models. And we’re still arguing over the definition of Total Market. It’s fair to say that the market research industry is in dire need of some soul searching. And as a researcher myself, I’ve done a little of my own and have come up with three Hispanic market research predictions for 2017:

[Podcast] ThinkNow Pulse™ 2017 Hispanic Consumer Sentiment Study

Hispanic Consumer Sentiment Is Positive Across Multiple Economic Metrics Despite Whirlwind Election Year By many measures, 2016 was an eventful year, to say the least, for Americans. From one of the most inspiring Olympics on record to a contentious presidential election season, many are exhausted and looking forward to a fresh start in 2017. Using this year of extremes as a backdrop, ThinkNow Research conducted its fourth annual Consumer Sentiment Study across a representative sample of Hispanics, African-Americans, Asians, and non-Hispanic whites.

ThinkNow Pulse™ 2017 Hispanic Consumer Sentiment Study

Hispanic Consumer Sentiment Is Positive Across Multiple Economic Metrics Despite Whirlwind Election Year By many measures, 2016 was an eventful year, to say the least, for Americans. From one of the most inspiring Olympics on record to a contentious presidential election season, many are exhausted and looking forward to a fresh start in 2017. Using this year of extremes as a backdrop, ThinkNow Research conducted its fourth annual Consumer Sentiment Study across a representative sample of Hispanics, African-Americans, Asians, and non-Hispanic whites.