U.S. consumers purchased barbecue-related consumer packaged goods (CPG) items at a faster clip this past April than they did over the same period in 2019, according to new analysis from NCSolutions (NCS). Also, consumers spent more in April 2021, compared to March 2021, than is typical at this time of year on a range of barbecue-focused products.

This year, our team put together Visual Capitalist’s inaugural Generational Power Index (GPI), which looks at power dynamics across generations in America.

Nielsen has responded to the Media Rating Council (MRC)’s Monday news release regarding a confirmed understatement by as much as 6% of the Total Usage of Television (TUT) by Persons 18-49 during the ratings measurement company’s February 2021 measurement period.  By Adam Jacobson / Radio TV Business Report

According to researcher Jason Dorsey, Gen Z is “the most photographed generation in the world’s history.” Gen Z members 17 and under are also the first multicultural majority generation in America as of 2020, with Hispanics being the largest multicultural segment at roughly half.  Our country’s changeover to a multicultural majority continues with all persons under 35 by 2028 and all persons under 50 by 2033.  By: Nancy Tellet, Research Chair, Hispanic Marketing Council (HMC)

Hispanics are the driving force behind shifts in the American demographic landscape and in popular culture. As consumers demand equality and proper representation coupled with culturally literate, responsible practices from marketers, brands must lead with culture-driven insights and centralize Hispanic marketing as a core practice for achieving sustainable market relevance and growth. To arm them with the cultural insights needed, the Hispanic Marketing Council (HMC) has released its 2021 Hispanic Market Guide, the most comprehensive resource on the U.S. Hispanic market. The new publication is now available to view online or download for free.

As marketers continue leaning into new tools and technologies to prepare for a world without third-party cookies, much of the conversation about adaptation has focused on planning and targeting. These are obviously critical aspects of any marketing strategy, but it’s important to not exclude the need for accurate measurement as changes in the digital media environment accelerate.   

As it stands, the Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) are America’s most wealthy and influential generation. But even the youngest Boomers are close to retirement, with millions leaving the workforce every year. As Baby Boomers pass the torch, which generation will take their place as America’s most powerful?

A follow-up to last year’s COVID-19—A Hispanic Perspective, this report is comprised of information gathered through a variety of sources, including digital activity and social listening. Developed to provide a snapshot of the “mood” of the market, the report identifies fact-based opportunitiesfor brands to make culturally relevant connections, as well as pitfalls they should avoid.

The U.S. Census Bureau released the first population counts from the 2020 Census.

Crystal Martinez, President of Fieldwork Webwork, joins us on The New Mainstream podcast to discuss the state of online focus groups and the trends expected to outlast the pandemic.

The Public Agenda/USA Today/Ipsos Hidden Common Ground survey revisits the inaugural 2019 poll to uncover changes in how Americans view divisiveness and overcoming divisions, while also exploring the impact of COVID-19 and political events.

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises announced the appointment of Federico Garza as Senior Vice President of Research Strategy and Insights.  Garza will be responsible for overseeing and developing comprehensive research plans through consumer insights, data capabilities and multiplatform measurement that will help drive and underscore the long-range business objectives across Telemundo.

It is unquestionable that Gen Z is a mobile-and-short-form oriented audience. Horowitz’s latest report, State of Gen Z 2020, finds that three in four 13-24 year-olds use their smartphones to watch video content—which could include both long-form and short-form—daily or almost every day. In contrast, 62% report streaming video to a TV set, 52% to a laptop, and 36% to a tablet.

The television landscape is undergoing massive change as audience viewing habits shift from linear TV to ad-free streaming options. Major players like WarnerMedia, NBCU, ViacomCBS, and Disney are all pouring resources into their video subscription services at the expense of their broadcast TV and cable networks.  By Pierre Bouvard is Chief Insights Officer at CUMULUS MEDIA | Westwood One.

The concept of “do-it-yourself” may bring to mind images of re-tiling the bathroom floor or reseeding the lawn. But DIY goes far beyond home improvement projects. About five years ago, online do-it-yourself sample tools began trending. Sample companies would create these tools for clients at little to no charge to facilitate sample buying. However, it wasn’t long before clients realized, like many of us who’ve tried to tile a floor, it may look easy, but looks can be deceiving.