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Introducing The Cultural Mosaic™, a breakthrough market segmentation model with unprecedented market intelligence to target the Total Market and its micro (ethnic) segments

Published on Mon, 06/26/17

The growth of the poly-cultural mainstream in the U.S. is changing the consumer spectrum. As such, today more than ever, marketers need an efficient way to develop integrated strategies and communications that effectively connect with today’s diverse audiences. As a solution, Culturati Research & Consulting, Inc. (Culturati) created The Cultural Mosaic™, a comprehensive Total Market consumer segmentation model that looks at today’s U.S. landscape based on two critical dimensions: cultural mindset and social values. This approach has proven to uncover growth opportunities for brands through Culturati’s Hispanic segmentation model released in 2012 and typed into Nielsen’s buy side (2015) and watch side (2016) products for elevated actionability. This highly successful framework serves as the base for The Cultural Mosaic™ which also includes a Cultural Influence Index™. The index measures how the mainstream is influenced by ethnic groups and how those ethnic groups are influenced by the mainstream, and exposes opportunity elements that drive this dynamic.

The Cultural Mosaic™ is a holistic knowledge tool that is easy to digest and socialize. It provides breakthrough insights to guide marketers in the success of Total Market and targeted strategies. The model reveals four total market segments that are unique and actionable: Faltering Monoculturals, Balanced Strivers, Progressive Fusers and American Loyalists. It also looks at key ethnic populations and delivers micro segmentations for Hispanic, African American, and Asian.

The Cultural Mosaic Total Market segmentation model includes four segments: Faltering Monoculturals, Progressive Fusers, Balanced Strivers and American Loyalists.
Leveraging The Cultural Mosaic™ segments can help marketers create winning strategies and uncover opportunities with the Total Market and its micro (ethnic) segments.

“The Cultural Mosaic™ simplifies today’s consumer landscape and provides market intelligence for reaching greater effectiveness and efficiencies in marketing investments,” explains Culturati’s CIO, Marissa Romero-Martin. “This innovative framework provides valuable insights that are powerful and relevant in our marketplace today. It gives marketers a holistic framework that can be leveraged across touchpoints to build meaningful two-way connections with specific growth targets,” she continues.

The Cultural Mosaic™ 2017 syndicated report and typing tool are now available. Contact us to learn how it can propel your business forward!

Introducing the Nielsen-Culturati Hispanic Segmentation; offering marketers a deeper cultural understanding of the total U.S. Hispanic landscape

Published on Fri, 02/3/17

Nielsen and Culturati announced today the launch of the Nielsen-Culturati Hispanic Segmentation. This new collaboration combines the power of Nielsen’s Homescan Panel data with the depth of understanding of Culturati’s attitudes and values-based U.S. Hispanic segmentation model.

With this launch, the breadth of Hispanic consumer measurement is extended beyond just language and demographics to incorporate important factors such as attitudes and values. Culturati’s segmentation model uncovers the motivation behind shopper and consumer behavior. With this model, marketers will be able to maximize their Hispanic marketing investments by developing the right marketing plans, in-store programs and communications strategies.

“The combined capabilities of Nielsen and Culturati really provide an exciting new way to capture the total U.S. Hispanic landscape,” said Monica Gil, SVP and General Manager of Multicultural Growth and Strategy at Nielsen. “This new segmentation can be an important tool for our clients trying to appeal to Hispanic consumers since distinctions and nuances between each sub-segment of the Hispanic consumer market are revealed. The need to distinguish these differences is becoming more important because the cohorts are growing. Our clients need to understand the commonalities and differences among the Hispanic consumer set, and we are certain that this new segmentation will contribute to that aim.”

This calibrated approach more clearly defines the bicultural opportunity and delivers a deeper understanding of the total U.S. Hispanic Landscape. For marketers, this means that they can now track brand results by bicultural and other key Hispanic segments and identify key growth opportunities.

“Biculturalism goes beyond language duality,” said Culturati’s President, Marissa-Romero Martin. “Some other factors, such as understanding and respecting diversity, marriage, presence of children, traveling to country of origin, reconnecting with Hispanic family or friends, and inspiration from Hispanic role models are key to allow Hispanics in the U.S. to function comfortably in the two cultures. Biculturalism allows them to shift and adapt to what they want, need or like.”

Therefore, bicultural consumers are a crucial group to understand. The Hispanic-bicultural sub-group accounts for 44% of U.S. Hispanic population and represents 45% of total U.S. Hispanic buying power.

Nielsen-Culturati U.S. Hispanic Sub-groups

With the Nielsen Hispanic Homescan Panel, four key attitude-based segments will be used to help marketers gain a deeper understanding of today’s U.S. Hispanic reality. These four segments include:
Latinistas (culturally Hispanic) are very traditional and Hispanic centered, as well as the least focused on blending cultures. One third of Latinistas are 2nd or 3rd generation and more than half prefer to speak Spanish, but can use English if needed.
Heritage Keepers (bicultural), while somewhat progressive, they are Hispanic centered and focused on preserving their heritage. Most (86%) Heritage Keepers are 1st generation Hispanics and prefer to speak in Spanish.
Savvy Blenders (bicultural) are very progressive, embrace diversity, and are focused both on preserving their heritage and blending cultures. Savvy Blenders are bilingual and their language preference is highly situational. While this segment has a strong 2nd generation population, at 49%, it is quite diverse with 1st generation accounting for 29% and 3rd generation accounting for 22% of the segment.
Ameri-Fans (culturally American) are progressive with a diluted Hispanic heritage, and are closest to the average mainstream consumer. The majority (82%) is 2nd or 3rd generation and prefers to speak in English.

Hispanics in the U.S. are a burgeoning group with significant buying power and an attractive objective audience for brands. They’re buying cars, moving into new homes, furnishing those homes, and spending on consumer goods. Hispanics are no longer a subset of the market: they are a significant player in their own right. Connecting with Hispanic audiences is critical for all brands if they want to grow over the next decade.

The Nielsen-Culturati Hispanic Segmentation is currently available. Contact Marissa Romero-Martin for more information about this exciting new product.


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