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Location

Headquarters are in Mexico City, with coverage to any city in the country. There is also a local office in Bogotá, Colombia, with coverage of the Andean region.

Astrid Velasquez

Brief Bio

Born and living in Mexico, Astrid understands Latinos, their culture and the differences between countries in Latin America. She started working as a market researcher in 1995 and in 2000, with her partners, founded NODO Market Consulting, which has its headquarters in Mexico City.

NODO is a full-service research company, conducting qualitative, quantitative, online, category management and social network studies. NODO has been named best research company in Mexico four times.

Astrid studied social communication and has an MBA from Ipade, one of the top 10 business schools in the world. She also has a specialization in strategic sales, and is a former professor for non-verbal communication, advertising and market research at Anahuac University in Mexico City.

Her role as director of international operations, allows Astrid to be involved in an average of 90 projects per year, where she manages a large team of experienced moderators, interviewers, analysis assistants and quantitative researchers. Astrid always supervises the entire process, starting from understanding the client’s needs, developing a research proposal, going through to data analysis, final reports and presentations to clients.

She is fluent in Spanish, English and German and is currently studying Portuguese.

Category Experience

Astrid's main areas of expertise are: liquor, food and beverages, pharmaceutical, technology, personal care, toys and kids' products, TV and entertainment, financial services, advertising, packaging, beauty, household appliances and sports.

Methodologies

Astrid believes that the client’s needs determine what combination of methodologies and research tools should be used. She has been actively involved in conducting focus groups, creative workshops, laboratories, ethnography, business-to-business interviews, in-depth interviews, online groups, webcam groups, bulletin boards, and blog research.

Publications/Content

“Market tendencies 2013”

Published by AMAI (Mexican Research Association), January 2013

“Kinky, much more than sex”

Published by AMAI (Mexican Research Association), April 2013

“Understanding what clients want, without wanting to kill them”

Conference presentation
How to watch focus groups without falling asleep in the attempt”

Conference presentation

Knowledge transfer”

QRCA conference, 2003