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As a Category Manager are you the next CEO or stuck for life?

2020-12-01T11:57:48+00:00November 23rd, 2020|Category Management|

If you're a Category Manager are you the next CEO or stuck for life? “Let’s be realistic, if you stay in Category then the best you can hope for is heading up the Category Team. After that if you want to go up, you’ll have to get out.” You might not have been told

5 Shopper Insight Fundamentals that still apply today

2020-10-29T16:08:04+00:00October 27th, 2020|Category Management, Shopper behaviour, Insights|

About the author: Bill Bean is Vice President of Insights and Research at Shopper Intelligence USA. He is a nationally recognized American senior marketing executive with expertise in marketing analytics, shopper insights and innovative tech solutions in shopper research. Shopper Insights as a discipline has gone through a few definitions,

How to win UK shoppers in different dairy categories

2020-11-05T12:26:20+00:00October 26th, 2020|Category Management, Shopper behaviour, Insights|

Dairy is a versatile department. Categories that sit side by side play very different roles for shoppers and for retailers. By comparing categories, we better inform our category management strategies. Using the latest shopper insights from Shopper Intelligence UK's recent survey (June-September 2020) here we shall focus on two categories within Dairy: Yoghurts vs.

Home Baking shopping trend: capture it by Premium and Innovation

2020-09-09T10:51:24+01:00August 28th, 2020|Category Management, Shopper behaviour, Insights|

Home Baking - a new trend with need for innovation  After the sudden rise of cooking at home resulting from the initial lockdown measures, consumers are returning to old habits and we see this trend returning to pre-lockdown levels. However, the opportunity still exists for brands and retailers to retain trialists of the home

Why isn’t sales history alone sufficient to understand shoppers?

2020-09-17T20:37:18+01:00June 11th, 2020|Views|

If you read the marketing tomes coming from the likes of Nielsen, IRI, Kantar, 84.51, Dunnhumby etc, you would imagine that historic sales patterns can answer pretty much any category or retail strategy requirement. There are many providers of sales analytics. An entire Industry. An Industry with a common dominant assumption, an assumption that

4 types of benchmarking in market research – and when to use them

2020-08-24T20:40:56+01:00May 30th, 2020|Views|

Benchmarking is much more than just comparing your own performance to your competitors. In market research it is used in a variety of creative ways, in different study types. We all know the classical situation. When you look at your Net Promoter Score of let’s say 58% – and you ask: should I be

What’s the shopping mission type we rarely focus on?

2020-08-24T20:26:45+01:00February 21st, 2020|Views|

I hear more and more often about the need for shopper marketers and category managers to think about shopping missions as the underlying construct for their plans. I totally agree. Brand managers think “consumer needs” to build their thinking. Shopping mission is a kind of the shopping equivalent. Of course, at the macro level,

I think I found the perfect metaphor for starting a business.

2020-03-28T13:55:26+00:00February 3rd, 2020|Views|

Bear Grylls. The Island. Seen it? A bunch of ordinary people dropped onto a desert island with nothing but a day of water and a few machetes. Task 1: Start a fire. Without fire, they can't boil the water they find. So, they'll soon die of thirst. How to start a fire?  No matches, nothing.

10 things that annoy me in data discussions

2019-01-17T13:27:23+00:00January 17th, 2019|Views|

I spend my life in data. I love it. Give me a fact versus a guess any day of the week. I know I may be in a minority in that regard, but I think marketing should be a balanced synthesis of science and art. As a musician, I know and love art. Art is most likely where