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Communication guidelines: Building a more sustainable world

Communication guidelines: Building a more sustainable world

By Paul Janssen, Pauline van Eijkeren and Amy Ye on June 15, 2021

How organizations can turn “intent” to act sustainably into “action”

Consumers are becoming increasingly vocal about a need for sustainable change in society. While it is encouraging to see this growth in people’s intent to act and buy more sustainably, their actual behavior is lagging.

How can organizations help inspire this behavior? Through consumer psychology, SKIM’s psychological distance framework can help explain why this lag is happening and offer tangible communication guidelines on how to turn intent into action to build a more sustainable world.

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Business Wargaming: A new approach to agile decision making

Business Wargaming: A new approach to agile decision making

By Arne Maas and Stefan Ammerlaan on May 21, 2021

A fun and holistic process that uncovers the right decisions FAST

“More data, more problems.” That’s how a Product Insights Lead recently described to us the reality many brands face when it comes to making decisions today. Holistic, data-driven decision making is more complex than ever before, thanks to a variety of competing realities:

  • Business intelligence is often siloed in different departments and data sources
  • Different data sources may give conflicting insights
  • Stakeholders have differing concerns and perspectives
  • The competitive landscape may not be well understood
  • Decisions need to be made quickly in response to changing markets and priorities

These realities impede your ability to make the best decisions to achieve your company’s goals.

So how can you bring together various data sources, information, insights, and stakeholders to make holistic and agile decisions?

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How to develop more impactful product sustainability claims and on-pack messaging

How to develop more impactful product sustainability claims and on-pack messaging

By Amy Ye and Pauline van Eijkeren on April 21, 2021

Given today’s increasingly green-washed competitive landscape, it’s difficult to stand out, remain relevant, and drive consideration and conversion at the same time. Optimizing sustainability product communications is one way to help your brand achieve these simultaneous goals.

There is also an inherent conflict many marketers face when developing sustainability-related messaging: Sustainable products and services primarily benefit society in the long-term, rather than individual consumers in the short term.

How can brands reconcile this conflicting duality between personal short-term goals and broader long-term goals? How can your brand best provide product sustainability information to consumers in an authentic and impactful way?

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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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Drive digital marketing success by unlocking the mind of online shoppers

Drive digital marketing success by unlocking the mind of online shoppers

By Marina Georgieva and Chrislyn Tang on February 11, 2021

Psychographics offer brands valuable, but often overlooked, clues about how consumers make decisions online.

When looking to understand and influence the online shopper journey, there is often a tendency to focus on touchpoints, like social media, reviews and online retailers. However, there is another alternative view of segmentation digital marketers could consider – psychographics.

Because consumer journeys are highly personal – as they are dependent on traits, habits and context – consumer behaviors aren’t homogenous. Psychographic segmentation (personality traits, beliefs, values, etc.) can add another level of accuracy to predicting online decision behavior. Your digital marketing strategies and spend could be more impactful, generating greater online conversion and loyalty, when truly customized to “best fit” your audience.

Read on to learn how different personality traits can affect online decision making. Understanding and applying these insights can give you a competitive edge to ensure consumers choose your brand online.

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[VIDEO] Impact of digital healthcare on the patient experience

[VIDEO] Impact of digital healthcare on the patient experience

By Nicole Gardere on November 11, 2020

2020 has seen a significant acceleration in the digitization of healthcare. Telehealth, in particular, is playing bigger role than ever before – impacting patients, healthcare professionals (HCPs), hospitals and pharma companies alike. To explore the effects and implications of COVID-19 on pharma marketing strategies, our healthcare team conducted research on how patients experienced this change to a more digital health system.

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How Google optimized its B2B messaging strategy for retail

How Google optimized its B2B messaging strategy for retail

By Remy Thim on October 23, 2020

How do you best develop compelling B2B messaging that will motivate customers globally – in a crowded online marketplace?

Such was the challenge Google faced when it set out to improve its marketing communications for retailers last year – to make its messaging approach more consistent across its various channels.

In preparing for a global retail marketing campaign, Google realized it needed to make it easier for retailers to understand what the company could offer and why they were the best partner to help them grow.

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How brands can apply decision-behavior theory to drive growth

How brands can apply decision-behavior theory to drive growth

By Marcel Slavenburg and Andrea Podobnik on August 28, 2020

Why do people choose one product or service over another? What needs or objectives are tapped into when you consider buying or recommending one brand over another?

Whether your brand targets consumers or professionals, understanding how decision behavior works and systematically applying its principles can help you build more effective strategies to drive customer acquisition, brand loyalty and continued growth.

We recommend you tap into “habitual” behavior to reinforce positive habits or break the ones that don’t benefit your brand and analyze “deliberate” behavior to assess how, where and when your brand can intervene.

Here we explain how decision-making works and the behavioral steps that are involved in making choices. Read on to learn how leveraging these insights to reinforce or disrupt habits can help your brand grow.

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What online service providers need to know about shifting value perceptions

What online service providers need to know about shifting value perceptions

By Timo Bontenbal and Rivelino Dijksteel on August 11, 2020

Online service providers have enjoyed a boom in sales over the past several months. Consumers have either increased their consumption or have been forced to try services ranging from media streaming and online subscriptions to food delivery apps.

As we gradually return to “normalcy,” many companies are wondering: which services will consumers continue to subscribe to, and which will be abandoned? Will these new habits stick?

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The disrupted patient & physician journey: What pharma needs to know

The disrupted patient & physician journey: What pharma needs to know

By Ana Edelenbosch and Daisy Lau on July 16, 2020

The context for decision-making in the healthcare industry has been thoroughly disrupted – from patients navigating the world of telehealth to HCP’s increased reliance on online channels for knowledge gathering.

Despite this rapidly evolving environment, your mission as a pharma marketeer, continues: to enable value creation and product differentiation and empower both physicians and patients for improved outcomes. However, to do so effectively today, you need to understand how patient journeys are changing, and what new needs have emerged. Only by understanding the nuances of these shifts, will you be able to effectively adapt your marketing, communications and/or innovation strategies for greater impact now and in the long term.

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