Blog articles by Mike Mabey

Mike Mabey

Articles by

Mike Mabey

Mike Mabey is VP, Client Solutions Americas. He has more than 25 years of insights experience helping leading companies focus on strategy and competition in four areas: decision journeys; product development; omnichannel decision journeys, and brand positioning and messaging. Based in Atlanta, he currently leads SKIM's digital commerce practice, including subscription strategies, in the US.

Product subscriptions: 3 surprising reasons behind consumer choices

Product subscriptions: 3 surprising reasons behind consumer choices

By Mike Mabey and Brady Silva on April 11, 2022

For CPG brands and retailers, the subscription model offers tremendous opportunities for recurring revenue and consumer connection. But what is fueling consumer choice in the subscription economy, specifically for FMCG products, and how can brands capitalize on it?

It’s tempting to assume that consumers choose product subscriptions primarily to save money (think Amazon’s Subscribe & Save). However, our Subscription Lifestyle research revealed otherwise: in almost every category, consumers, especially those with multiple subscriptions, valued other subscription benefits more than a lower price.

Do you know what drives consumer choice for product subscriptions in your category? Is it convenience, cost, quality, or surprise? Getting it right is critical for your Go To Market strategy.

Our latest research explored consumer behavior and attitudes towards subscriptions across a variety of CPG categories. The results have revealed some surprising factors driving consumer decisions in these categories.

Read on to learn what subscription benefits consumers value most and the marketing implications for your brand

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The subscription lifestyle opportunity: Create direct relationships with customers

The subscription lifestyle opportunity: Create direct relationships with customers

By Mike Mabey and Brady Silva on March 21, 2022

Have you ever opened your door and wondered: “What is in the package that just arrived?” Not since the early days of Netflix, when those red envelopes containing DVDs arrived in the mail, have so many consumers been confronted with a huge question mark at their doorstop.

This shopper phenomenon has been caused by an explosion in digitally enabled subscriptions for nearly every imaginable FMCG and Direct to Consumer category, combined with the popularity of Amazon Prime Subscribe and Save.

How is your company tackling the subscription economy? Do you know how the subscription lifestyle is impacting shopper journeys in your category?

Perhaps your team is already experimenting with a direct-to-consumer offer, or maybe you’re in the early stages of mapping out your subscription strategy.

Either way, it’s important to understand exactly how subscriptions are shifting consumer behavior and perceptions.

Read on for our latest insights on the ubiquity of the subscription lifestyle and five issues your team will want to address to succeed in this channel.

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6 steps to identify and untangle today’s consumer decision journeys

6 steps to identify and untangle today’s consumer decision journeys

By Mike Mabey, Laurie Gaby and Michael Hetherington on April 12, 2021

Uncovering more accurate and actionable consumer decision journeys

Nearly all consumer decision journeys have shifted over the past year – new journeys have emerged, while others have been reshaped.

You may be wondering how to best drive consideration and purchase of your brand. For many of our clients, the answer lies in untangling the messy omnichannel decision journey.

With an abundance of online and offline triggers, touchpoints, transitions, and interactions, that means an equal number of paths-to-purchases for consumers. How can you gain clarity here and take action to influence their decisions?

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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 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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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 Mike Mabey 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 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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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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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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