Blog articles by Judith Suttrup

Judith Suttrup

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Judith Suttrup

Judith Suttrup, PhD is a senior research manager focused on delivering insights to global healthcare companies. As a member of SKIM's methods and innovation team, she is passionate about exploring new analytics tools and techniques to help clients achieve their business goals across the entire product lifecycle. Judith holds a Master's degree in Neuroscience from Vrije University in Amsterdam and a PhD from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience.

Lessons learned: 3 pitfalls brands should avoid post-crisis

Lessons learned: 3 pitfalls brands should avoid post-crisis

By Arne Maas on June 18, 2020

People are poor predictors of their own behavior. Context changes corrupt their intentions. A context change may be as simple as a product discount, or as complex as a severe crisis. In both situations, the question is whether behavior changes, and particularly whether it will subsequently stick. We argue that, after the current crisis only a few new routines will establish. Trend lines from before a crisis will be similar after the crisis, maybe somewhat mitigated or accelerated.

Here we reflect on past crises and share 3 pitfalls consumer brands should avoid in preparing for the recession.

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3 tips to accelerate digital pharma marketing strategies now

3 tips to accelerate digital pharma marketing strategies now

By Ana Edelenbosch and Janneke van den Bent on June 2, 2020

The digitalization of pharma was slowly underway pre-COVID, but there’s an immediate sense of urgency to make this shift now. As face-to-face sales calls are still a no-go, pharma companies are racing to accelerate their online sales and marketing strategies.

HCPs’ habits have been radically disrupted. Their attitudes, practice behavior, decision-making processes, and prescribing habits have changed. New needs are emerging.

As a pharma marketer you know you need to revise and reshape your multichannel strategy to these behavioral shifts, but restructuring to a digital-first communications strategy is much easier said than done.

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Pricing research amidst disruption: Is now the right time?

Pricing research amidst disruption: Is now the right time?

By Joyce van Heeswijk on May 14, 2020

The current crisis has triggered many changes in consumer behavior. Some of these behavioral shifts are obvious, for example, the growth in online shopping. While others, such as the impact on price sensitivity, are less certain. You may be wondering:

Should I conduct pricing or portfolio research now? Can I rely on study results in this rapidly evolving market?

The ultimate answer to these questions depends on whether you have the right information to inform your decisions.

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From psychological to social distance: What we can learn from it

From psychological to social distance: What we can learn from it

By Paul Janssen on May 7, 2020

Much has been written about social distancing and the immediate impact on marketing across industries. You have likely already adjusted your short-term communication strategies. However, as you map out your long-term plans, much can be learned from the concept of psychological distance as it relates to recent events.

In this article, our Senior Vice President of Brand Communication explores how psychological distance played out during the early stages of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Reflecting on why Western countries responded differently to the crisis than certain Asian countries, helps understand how human decision-making works. Read on to learn more about the theory and how it could relate to you as a professional and as a human.

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Pricing and NRM success strategies: Adapting after the crash

Pricing and NRM success strategies: Adapting after the crash

By Dirk Huisman and Robin de Rooij on April 29, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis and the Corona crash are shaking the context for consumer decision behavior. As a result, the context for net revenue management (NRM) has also been disturbed for consumer goods companies.

Companies must adapt revenue strategies to the new situation, at the same time as consumers are adapting to “the new normal.” To be successful, you need to anticipate and influence consumer decisions in a changing environment. This holds true in times of normalcy, but especially during the recession to come.

Although the COVID-19 crisis is not yet over, learnings from previous crises and knowledge of consumer behavioral frameworks mean we can map out consequences for net revenue management strategies.

So, what should you consider in planning your next moves?

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How to optimize eCommerce strategies amidst disrupted consumer behavior

How to optimize eCommerce strategies amidst disrupted consumer behavior

By Mini Kalivianakis and Mike Mabey on April 15, 2020

COVID-19, stay-at-home guidelines and in-store shortages triggered and forced a dramatic change in consumer habits and choices. A massive acceleration in online behavior is one of the most visible changes. Whether the choices that consumers make during the COVID-19 crisis become a new habit or not, understanding online consumer behavior will be increasingly important in the future.

We recently hosted a webinar where we explored what the new normal may look like and what eCommerce actions you should consider. Watch the on-demand webinar here or read on for three proven eCommerce strategies that can drive online engagement and conversion.

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How brands can be relevant during the COVID-19 crisis

How brands can be relevant during the COVID-19 crisis

By Arne Maas on April 8, 2020

Consumer behavior is usually embedded in daily habits; sometimes consumers make more deliberate decisions. COVID-19 triggered a dramatic change in the context of consumer decision making: Many daily habits have come to an abrupt halt; more decisions are now deliberate.

Your company is probably feeling the immediate impact of these behavioral shifts and you may be charged with adapting short-term marketing strategies accordingly.

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Marketing strategies post COVID-19: What you should know about decision behavior

Marketing strategies post COVID-19: What you should know about decision behavior

By Karin Lieshout on April 2, 2020

COVID-19 has radically changed the context in which we make decisions, disrupting many habits. No one can predict if the behavioral shifts will last or what the recovery period will look like.

Online shopping and media consumption will undoubtedly continue to grow (as it was pre-COVID-19) … but to what degree? Will brand-loyal consumers who switched brands due to limited stock eventually return?

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How Unilever is driving growth opportunities with NRM

How Unilever is driving growth opportunities with NRM

By Joyce van Heeswijk on February 12, 2020

FMCG revenue professionals are challenged with creating a win-win-win situation: Provide consumers with the right product at the right price, create value with retail customers in challenging times, all while delivering top and bottom line growth. And all of this while working within legal limits in countries that prohibit resale price maintenance.

Leading consumer goods companies are increasingly adopting a net revenue management (NRM) approach to tackle this challenge. By applying a structured approach to analytics and encouraging open-mindedness, companies like Unilever are maximizing their net revenue and profits.

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Turning terabytes of Big Data into insights

Turning terabytes of Big Data into insights

By Juan Tello on February 10, 2020

A real-world market research case study with Big Data

The market research industry is no stranger to consumer data. However, the scale of “Big Data” generated through online behavior brings a host of challenges and opportunities for insights professionals and marketers alike. As consumers leave an endless supply of digital breadcrumbs online, how can we most effectively analyze and act on this behavior at the individual level?

Such was the challenge ArchDaily.com faced after amassing 20 terabytes of Big Data over the past three years. As the leading architectural website worldwide, interpreting this data was much more complicated than it had anticipated. With 150-200 million-page views a month, the company could see behavior volumes. However, ArchDaily.com didn’t know what was driving user behavior. It wanted to better predict architectural trends for and identify key drivers to optimize its online content strategy.

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How Nestlé is shaking up the coffee shelf with Starbucks

How Nestlé is shaking up the coffee shelf with Starbucks

By Joey Ophof on November 20, 2019

Exploring a virtual shelf approach to launching a premium brand

In 2018, Nestlé signed a $7.2 billion deal to market, sell and distribute Starbucks’ packaged products outside of the company’s cafes, providing Starbucks at home. With high brand recognition, Starbucks would clearly make an impact at the coffee shelf. However, one of Nestlé’s European insights team saw an opportunity to rethink the crowded grocery store shelf to drive even more growth – for Nestlé and its customers.

Albert van Meeteren, Nestlé’s Head of Consumer and Shopper Insights and Analytics, wanted to see how they could best launch Starbucks in a “new and innovative” way in Dutch supermarkets by focusing on in-store execution.

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How to better uncover emotions in early-stage innovation research

How to better uncover emotions in early-stage innovation research

By Marcel Slavenburg on November 15, 2019

Exploring voice analytics in new product development research with Johnson & Johnson

Have you ever conducted early-stage innovation research and found yourself in a situation where you don’t entirely trust what consumer feedback is telling you? Many of us have had to deal with overstated interest and the need to dig deeper into unmet needs.

Uncovering both rational and emotional needs is vital for new product development (NPD) strategies – to accurately size the unmet need or opportunity for innovations. However, what is the best insights approach?

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Ready for the next stage of pricing research?

Ready for the next stage of pricing research?

By Stefan Ammerlaan on November 8, 2019

Exploring a data-fusion approach for holistic pricing decisions

Whether you’re introducing a new SKU or reacting to a market change, managing your pricing strategy can often feel like a complicated balancing act.

You know solid revenue decisions should be grounded in sound data, but that input often comes from a variety of sources and stakeholders.

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Increasing online conversion by reducing psychological distance

Increasing online conversion by reducing psychological distance

By Paul Janssen on October 24, 2019

From clicks to cart: making smarter use of product images

In today’s crowded online marketplace, we all face the same challenge: how do we attract and convert shoppers? While increased media spend is an almost guaranteed way of attracting more people to an online platform, getting them to actually buy is a whole different ball game. Many online retail giants aren’t forthcoming with behavioral data, so knowing how visitors think and behave from the time they land on the platform until they check out, is a blind spot for many of us.

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How VodafoneZiggo optimized its portfolio by better predicting consumer choices online

How VodafoneZiggo optimized its portfolio by better predicting consumer choices online

By Wessel Roose on August 9, 2019

Understanding decision-making and choice overload in crowded markets

In today’s highly competitive telecommunications market, consumers face an abundance of choices online. To thrive in this environment, your product portfolio strategy should be optimized based on how decision-making is changing. You need to know how customers identify the best carrier and plan for their needs. And that’s where the most accurate customer and market insights can help.

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Machine Learning: Top takeaways from MRS Data Analytics Conference

Machine Learning: Top takeaways from MRS Data Analytics Conference

By Tommaso Gennari on July 2, 2019

Exploring expert views on AI and the role of ‘stats’ in market research

Machine Learning (ML) is everywhere, from social media and virtual assistants to financial services and data security. For sales and marketing professionals, machine learning offers unprecedented analysis of big data. It holds the potential to decode increasingly layered buyer journeys. However, does machine learning truly have a role in market research, a field where we rely on analytical methods to understand nuanced and complex decision-making? Or, is statistical thinking still the essential analytical element behind the insights we deliver today?

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The unique approach a charcoal brand used to fire up tasty claims

The unique approach a charcoal brand used to fire up tasty claims

By Bill Salokar on May 7, 2019

Launching a premium product means convincing consumers to trade up, without driving them to the competition.

This is the exact challenge faced by the Global Insights Manager at a best-selling charcoal brand as she prepared to launch two new premium products.

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How Kellogg’s built a global insights platform for claims tests

How Kellogg’s built a global insights platform for claims tests

By Mike Mabey on April 17, 2019

From a single corn flake to a global presence, Kellogg’s has been fueling better days for more than a century. Today, the food-manufacturing giant markets 24 brands, in 180 countries. The sheer size of Kellogg’s, coupled with today’s changing insights environment, created a daunting challenge for the company’s global insights team last year.

How could they decrease turnaround times for claims research, standardize approaches for comparability of results, while extracting better insights and decreasing costs all at the same time?

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Achieving big impact with small HCP samples

Achieving big impact with small HCP samples

By Daisy Lau on April 2, 2019

How to unlock the numbers in niche indications by using Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis

If you’re in a highly specialized area, such as MedTech or rare diseases, you’ll be only too familiar with the challenges of working with small sample sizes. Qualitative insights are important but when go/no go decisions are at stake, you may need a more data-driven approach. But, how can you obtain robust market data for decision-making when your target population and treating physicians are limited?

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How Constellation Brands is overcoming mobile shopping challenges in the alcohol category

How Constellation Brands is overcoming mobile shopping challenges in the alcohol category

By Dhika Democrat on March 15, 2019

What you missed from Quirks Brooklyn ‘BYOB (Build your online brand)’ session

“How many of you have purchased alcohol online? What about groceries?” This is how Lisa Caro, Director of Insights & Analytics for Emerging Opportunities, Constellation Brands, kicked off her remarks to a room full of insights professionals at The Quirk’s Event in Brooklyn. The responses to those two questions reflect the challenges and opportunities that alcohol brands face in eCommerce.

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How pricing research is helping FMCG brands fight inflation in developing countries

How pricing research is helping FMCG brands fight inflation in developing countries

By Robin de Rooij on February 26, 2019

When inflation hits, your pricing strategy inevitably feels the pressure. On the one hand, raising product prices will protect margins. On the other, you can’t risk pricing yourself out of the market. When consumers feel this pressure, their spending habits are likely to change, especially in developing countries and high-inflation regions.

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Why it’s time to optimize your approach to brand trackers

Why it’s time to optimize your approach to brand trackers

By Giacomo Sartori on February 20, 2019

Explore a driver analysis solution for analyzing stated and unstated factors

Tracking studies provide extensive information on brand perceptions over time. They play an important role in understanding what influences consumers and professionals to make decisions. However, as these groups become more empowered and have more choices to consider, your approach to brand trackers needs to evolve as well.

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Optimizing subscription pricing with a new approach to segmentation research

Optimizing subscription pricing with a new approach to segmentation research

By Wessel Roose on February 6, 2019

Today’s subscription economy not only presents consumers with more choices, but also more personalized experiences. For telecom, tech and online brands these heightened expectations place even greater pressure on maximizing the revenue per user.

Whereas in the past you could position your products and services based on traditional demographic insights, those rules no longer apply today — especially when it comes to pricing.

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How a subscription meal-kit company plans successful recipes each week

How a subscription meal-kit company plans successful recipes each week

By Mike Mabey on January 8, 2019

Cooking up consumer insights for the creative masterminds

Consumers around the world are eating up the convenience, choice and personalization that online meal-kit delivery services offer. Today subscription boxes offer a variety of options for online shoppers and a host of challenges for brands. To stay ahead in this competitive online space, you must delight your customers with every box that hits their doorstep. But what type of consumer insights are needed to inform the creative masterminds behind what goes in that box every week or month?

We recently set out to help a leading meal-kit delivery company answer just that. 

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How online leader funda’s subscription pricing will help steady revenue stream

How online leader funda’s subscription pricing will help steady revenue stream

By Wessel Roose on December 17, 2018

Using a subscription pricing model to lay stable foundations

Funda is the top online real estate platform in the Netherlands and one of the largest in Europe. It’s been described as the “Amazon of houses” in its homeland, because it’s said that almost every house that’s sold in the country will have been advertised on its platform first.

The online leader generates revenue by charging realtors to promote residential and commercial inventory on its platform. When there are more homes than buyers, properties are advertised longer and funda sees revenue soar. However, when the market is booming, properties sell quickly, listings come and go on the platform, and revenues dip.

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Introducing the Habitual-Deliberate Loop of consumer decision behavior

Introducing the Habitual-Deliberate Loop of consumer decision behavior

By Christina Liao on November 26, 2018

How a new view on the purchase decision spectrum can drive better market research outcomes

I recently got in a taxi cab with a few colleagues and we were so engaged in conversation that we didn’t realize we weren’t moving until the driver asked: “So, where are you headed?” As heavy Uber customers, all of us were in the habit of not specifying a destination verbally since the app conveys all the pertinent details to the driver. We assumed that upon entering the car, the driver should know where to go!

On that taxi ride, we reflected how consumer behavior, and our habits, changed so drastically in a few short years thanks to new technology. Uber disrupted consumers’ traditional routine (hailing a taxi on the street) to form a new habit (grabbing your smartphone to “call” one). What started out as a deliberate new choice to use a rideshare app, quickly turned into an automatic, or habitual, behavior.

This scenario perfectly illustrates our view of the consumer decision behavior spectrum: The Habitual-Deliberate Decision Loop. Disruption of consumer behavior seems to be happening at a faster and 

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(Infographic) Voice Tech Trends in US, UK and Germany

(Infographic) Voice Tech Trends in US, UK and Germany

By Cori Guilbault on November 15, 2018

With the increased adoption of voice technology, smart speakers and digital assistants, there’s no denying that Alexa, Siri and Google Home are changing consumer behavior. However, to what extent? Are consumers simply curious about these devices? Are their purchase decisions being guided by AI?  Will purchase trials shift to new shopping habits? 

As decision behavior experts, we set out to examine these questions by conducting research on consumer attitudes and adoption of voice technology in the U.S., U.K. and Germany (the markets the technology manufacturers have focused on). This infographic previews some of the research highlights.

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e-Commerce experts share advice for brands adapting to AI

e-Commerce experts share advice for brands adapting to AI

By Julia Görnandt on October 2, 2018

Key takeaways on voice and digital assistants from ESOMAR Congress 2018

Artificial Intelligence, voice and digital assistants were all the buzz at ESOMAR Congress 2018. The promise is that when these technologies come together in digital personal assistants, they’ll make our lives easier, remove our “choice stress” and will become our trusted advisors. Sign me up! But, how will voice technology affect consumer behavior and how will brands tackle this new decision environment?

Our recent voice trends research included qualitative interviews with digital and eCommerce experts on this very topic. At ESOMAR, some of these respondents participated in our “Brands on Fire – How to adapt to the new market reality of AI platforms” panel. Danone, Wehkamp, Beiersdorf, Ericsson and SKIM had a lively discussion on the digital implications of AI for brands, marketers and insight professionals. I, along with Yasemin Ozdemir, had the honor to moderate the panel. Here’s what you missed and need to know.

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“Hallo Google, Alexa, Magenta: How’s voice changing German consumer behavior?”

“Hallo Google, Alexa, Magenta: How’s voice changing German consumer behavior?”

By Julia Görnandt on September 18, 2018

Voice technology and Artificial Intelligence were all the buzz at IFA, Germany’s largest consumer electronics show in September. Established players launched new products in Europe and there were a few surprise offerings from new market entrants.

Google introduced its premium smart speaker -the Google Home Max- here in Germany, along with a bilingual voice assistant feature that responds to queries in English and German interchangeably. And telecom giant Deutsche Telekom introduced plans for its own smart speaker activated with the magic words “Hallo Magenta.” This introduction is the first smart speaker coming from a German company and includes Amazon’s voice assistant “Alexa” too.

As I was setting up our new office in the heart of Berlin, I reflected on how much technology has disrupted consumer behavior from the time I grew up here. Is Voice all hype in Germany? How and will German consumers embrace these AI technologies? What are the implications for brands?

My team and I recently set out to answer these questions in Germany, and also in the US and UK. We explored Voice technology usage and awareness from the consumer and brand perspective.

Here I’m sharing the Germany insights, which we unveiled at ESOMAR Congress 2018 in Berlin.

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Why it’s time to get emotional about the patient journey

Why it’s time to get emotional about the patient journey

By Daisy Lau on September 10, 2018

Analyze patient needs to maximize your impact on treatment success

Emotions affect our behavior, what we do and how we do it. In the same way, as patients grow more influential, their emotions also affect decisions about their care and satisfaction with treatment. Yet patient research shows, particularly in the case of chronic conditions, that many of their emotional needs remain unmet. Frustration with progress, stress from the burden of taking more medication, or a sense of isolation are common, making them less likely to commit to their treatment or gain the maximum benefit. All of which could be bad news for your brand.

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Cracking the case of mobile-friendly conjoint surveys

Cracking the case of mobile-friendly conjoint surveys

By Joost van Ruitenburg on July 16, 2018

Originally designed for the desktop environment, conjoint research on mobile requires a more innovative approach

Ensuring your market research survey is mobile-friendly is no longer a “nice-to-have” for insights professionals. With more survey respondents opting for smartphones and tablets over computers, this requirement poses an ever greater challenge for conjoint analysis.

Conjoint is the go-to methodology for measuring customer preference for product features, to determine how pricing changes affect product demand and to forecast likely acceptance of new innovations. However, it was originally designed for desktop and doesn’t marry well with the smaller screen sizes and shorter attention spans of today’s mobile respondents.

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New considerations for mapping today’s physician journey

New considerations for mapping today’s physician journey

By Daisy Lau on July 3, 2018

Conventional research approaches to understanding prescribing behavior lack the insights required today

A physician’s decision – or reluctance – to prescribe your drug over the competition has long been influenced by a number of factors, such as clinical efficacy, sales rep touchpoints, marketing materials etc. However, the proliferation of online medical information, social media referrals and wellness apps have added more considerations to the mix as patients take more control over their health. Now physicians, and other healthcare professionals, are assuming more of a “listener” role during consultations vs. solely the “adviser” role.

This shift in interaction between prescriber and patient, coupled with mounting time and cost pressure from the payers, places more importance than ever on accurately understanding why and when physicians make their prescribing decisions.

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Top Takeaways from SKIMspiration Europe 2018

Top Takeaways from SKIMspiration Europe 2018

By Mini Kalivianakis on June 29, 2018

Robots, tech trends and market research innovations take center stage in Rotterdam

Summer in the Netherlands not only blooms tulips, but also inspiration for marketing and market research executives at our annual SKIMspiration event. On June 21st, we opened our headquarter doors to clients and industry peers from leading companies across the Benelux region, such as Unilever, Roche, IKEA, and Aegon. Attendees, ranging from brand marketing and shopper insights managers to net revenue management and healthcare professionals, all joined us to learn how to Drive Digital Success. 

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3 Tips to Optimize Your Voice Commerce Strategy

3 Tips to Optimize Your Voice Commerce Strategy

By Cori Guilbault on June 8, 2018

“Alexa: do you remember the last consumer tech “must-have product” to hit the shelves?”

According to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), it was the iPhone (2007) and iPad (2012). And now voice-controlled smart speakers, like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, have achieved that coveted status. CTA predicts 56.6 million smart speakers will be sold in the US next year; two years ago that number was just 7.2 million!.

Voice technology is set to fundamentally change the environment in which consumers make decisions, and who (or what) influences that decision. To stay ahead of the competition, brands will need to exhaust every opportunity to optimize their position in this new “4th sales channel” of voice commerce. 

Do you know how voice searches for your product category begin?

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Adaptiveness could be the key to predicting consumer preferences

Adaptiveness could be the key to predicting consumer preferences

By Jeroen Hardon on April 30, 2018

As telecom and technology markets are continually disrupted, our approach to their specific market research challenges needs to evolve with them.

What are you to do when you’re facing intense price competition, losing volume to the competition or launching new product innovations? Today’s digital consumers have more telecom and technology product options than ever before. For marketers in these industries, historical data will only take you so far when optimizing your product portfolio.

And the challenge only becomes more complex when you consider how today’s empowered consumers make purchase decisions differently than they did just a short time ago.

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The Long and Short of PepsiCo’s Promotion Strategy

The Long and Short of PepsiCo’s Promotion Strategy

By Maureen Arink on April 16, 2018

Discover the approach PepsiCo Benelux took to optimize the immediate and long-term impact of its promotions.

While short-term impacts on cash flow are often front of mind for the fast-moving consumer goods industry, after-sales dips and other aspects of sales recovery can prove detrimental to a brand’s financial health in the long run. Shopper insights managers looking to develop a promotions strategy with sustainable impact on sales and revenue growth, must be equipped with market research insights that address both the short-term and long-term impact of promotions.

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AI: Friend or Foe? 5 Tips to Add Automation to Market Research

AI: Friend or Foe? 5 Tips to Add Automation to Market Research

By Marcel Slavenburg on March 12, 2018

Getting Started with AI: Speed + Quality

From Uber’s self-driving cars to Amazon’s warehouse robots, artificial intelligence (AI) seems to be reaching human-level dexterity nearly everywhere. You might be wondering like us: how are brands actually taking advantage of next-gen automation innovation in market research today? Can artificial intelligence identify better insights cheaper? Will computers and robots render human researchers useless? As market researchers, who also happen to be human beings, we’ve been exploring many of the same questions!

Danone, one of the world’s leading food companies, recently sought to understand consumer consumption drivers for a new product category. 

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Unilever shares journey with SKIM on mobile ready hero image design

Unilever shares journey with SKIM on mobile ready hero image design

By Joyce van Heeswijk on March 5, 2018

eCommerce success in the consumer goods category doesn’t happen overnight — it’s a journey

Defining a set of marketing guidelines that drive a measurable increase in sales is an incredible feat, never mind doing so for 2.5 billion smartphone users across the globe.

Yet that’s exactly what our client, and consumer goods giant, Unilever is tackling with the challenge of developing a consistent and cohesive set of mobile ready hero image guidelines for all brands, in all countries to follow with all retailers. When co-presenting with us at the OmniShopper International Conference, Oli Bradley, Unilever’s global e-commerce experience design director, shared details on his eCommerce journey. Here’s what we learned:

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(Infographic) Brand Strategy Considerations for Voice Technology

(Infographic) Brand Strategy Considerations for Voice Technology

By Cori Guilbault on February 27, 2018

The increased adoption of voice assistants is forcing many of our clients in the consumer goods category to ask, “Alexa, how are you affecting consumer decision behavior?” From search through the path to purchase, the implications of voice-enabled technology are far reaching for brands. Now recognized as the “fourth sales channel,” voice tech represents an evolving channel, requiring new insights. You know you want to gain consumer preference in this lane, but what questions should you ask?

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Driving successful CPG omnichannel strategies with the right customer journey framework

Driving successful CPG omnichannel strategies with the right customer journey framework

By Mike Mabey on February 20, 2018

Remind yourself why the right customer decision journey framework matters—and which one you should be using.

Today’s consumer path to purchase has evolved a great deal. To succeed in the omnichannel world, you can’t afford to rely on outdated assumptions regarding your consumer’s decision journey.

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SKIM Expert Q&A: What you need to know about Customer Journey mapping

SKIM Expert Q&A: What you need to know about Customer Journey mapping

By Dhika Democrat on August 31, 2017

Every customer’s decision journey is unique, especially in an omnichannel world.  Customer journey mapping allows marketers to understand the different stages customers go through before, during, and after purchase. It also examines how to influence customers at the various stages of their journey.

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4 Mapping Frameworks for Customer Decision Journeys

4 Mapping Frameworks for Customer Decision Journeys

By Mike Mabey on May 20, 2017

Whether you’re a CPG brand manager or a B2B marketer, your customer’s decision journeys are complex, dynamic, and easily disrupted by new options and inputs – online and offline. Today’s omnichannel world has created a new path to purchase for consumers, business professionals, and healthcare decision makers. Their decision journey is influenced by technology and media that didn’t even exist a few years ago, but do you know how, where, and when?

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Why marketing should take back ownership of pricing

Why marketing should take back ownership of pricing

By Robin de Rooij on March 19, 2017

Setting the right price is one of the best ways to positively impact a company’s bottom line. Yet, price-setting is not always top-of-mind nor owned by a single department within a company. This holds true across industries, whether it is consumer goods, healthcare, telecom, finance or technology. Sometimes Marketing takes responsibility for pricing, while other times Finance takes on the task. Often, we find that there exists no pricing strategy at all in companies, and thus, no clear ownership of pricing responsibility.

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The future of roaming in the EU

The future of roaming in the EU

By Wessel Roose on February 17, 2016

On October 27th, the European Parliament voted in favor of a proposal on net neutrality. As part of this proposal, it was also decided that roaming costs within EU territory will be abolished, starting June 1, 2017. This does not concern all roaming, but “roaming within the range of normal usage”. It isn’t yet quite clear how normal usage is defined, and we have to wait until the end of this year to find out.

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The promotion paradox

The promotion paradox

By Maureen Arink on October 19, 2015

Offering price discounts on consumer goods seems to be a quick answer to tough competition and to consumers who are more demanding and price sensitive these days. Many times our clients ask us which promotion strategy is most effective in driving share. However, the answer for short term sales boost is different from the one that maintains your brand’s financial health. Let us explain in this article what type of promotion offers the best long term effect.

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Move it already! What is holding your potential customers back?

Move it already! What is holding your potential customers back?

By Wessel Roose on November 29, 2012

In many service markets – like telecom, energy and finance – consumers do not switch providers very often and service providers are having trouble activating these potential customers. Even though some consumers might want to switch due to an interesting offer from a new provider, often they still don’t act.

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Understanding sales promotions

Understanding sales promotions

By Robin de Rooij on August 28, 2011

During harsh economic environments, companies have to make deliberate choices on how to invest marketing budgets to optimize profits. Especially in the competitive FMCG industry promotions are often used as a tool to increase sales. However, what is the most effective type of promotion? And what are the implications of these promotions on your overall product portfolio revenues?

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MaxDiff – What’s the score?

MaxDiff – What’s the score?

By Jeroen Hardon on July 2, 2011

Have you come across the situation where many items (descriptions, statements or concepts) had to be put in preference order? Ranking and rating type questions are often used in these situations, although the last few years MaxDiff has been gaining more attention as a good alternative.

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From Rx to OTC drugs: Challenges for marketing and market research

From Rx to OTC drugs: Challenges for marketing and market research

By Robert Dossin on May 5, 2011

In light of increasing patent expiration rates, a switch from Rx to OTC proves to be a successful counter-strategy against generic erosion. As a result, marketers face challenges entering a new competitive environment. Our Consumer Health team has valuable experience in bridging the knowledge gap between healthcare and consumer markets to facilitate your decision making process.

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