Shopper Insight

“Shopper” is for Cat Man people, not marketers, right?

By | 2019-06-03T15:31:04+00:00 June 3rd, 2019|Views and insights|

We talk to CPG companies about shopper insights day in day out. We are used to rooms filled with “category” people, and indeed salespeople. But it's amazing how rarely brand managers come along. I think the shorthand or even subliminal implication to marketing departments is that talking shopper is about retailers, selling, more about execution,

The Five Guys story – simple learnings for shopper marketers

By | 2019-03-06T11:53:23+00:00 March 6th, 2019|Views and insights|

It's an amazing story. The startup of a single tiny side street burger bar that became a $3 billion international company. I listened to the story told by Jerry Murrell, the founder, about the cornerstone of their success. Deceptively simple – they gave customers the best possible product. Early on he allowed his sons (who

What did 300+ USA retail buyers say made for a best practice supplier?

By | 2019-01-31T15:20:02+00:00 January 31st, 2019|Views and insights|

Your first job with your buyer is to build a relationship as a trusted advisor. Only then will your ideas and proposals be credible. In a recent Advantage Survey of USA retail buyers in CPG, references to “objective information and advice” came only second to “good communication” in what behaviours make a best practice supplier.

Why is objective, quantitative shopper data in proposals and plans so important?

By | 2019-01-23T15:00:32+00:00 January 23rd, 2019|Views and insights|

We may not like to think about it, but as humans, we are all subject to a range of unconscious biases. These get in the way of our rational decision making so that we often end up with worse outcomes than we should. Clear, unambiguous, quantitative data, well explained can overcome these “gut feel” problems.

10 things that annoy me in data discussions

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

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

Three take outs from the “Shopper Brain” Conference, Amsterdam

By | 2018-11-27T14:52:09+00:00 November 27th, 2018|Views and insights|

The recent “Shopper Brain” Conference in Amsterdam saw the gathering of “neuro marketers” from around the world. Essentially these are the people in our Industry that are trying to uncover and then exploit the way consumers/shoppers brains respond to stimuli, rather than just focussing on the reactions of human beings’ 10% of conscious thinking. My first learning

Shopper Insights shouldn’t be controlled only by the big guys

By | 2018-11-14T11:09:02+00:00 November 14th, 2018|Views and insights|

Insights are the new currency in Packaged Goods. As the squeeze on space, the proliferation of promotions and the advance of omnichannel make selling tougher and tougher; one resource will help you meet your goals. Insight has become the currency of the conversation with your buyer. It's about bringing a superior understanding of the shopper.