Blog articles about Brand Communication

Debunking the say-do gap myth in sustainability

Debunking the say-do gap myth in sustainability

By David Voxlin on June 7, 2024

How to truly leverage sustainability as a competitive advantage

In the realm of sustainability marketing, a critical and often frustrating phenomenon exists: the say-do gap.

This gap, representing the disconnect between consumer declarations and their actual purchasing behavior, poses a significant challenge for marketers aiming to capitalize on the growing interest in sustainability.

While consumers increasingly claim to prefer eco-friendly and sustainable products, their actions at the checkout often tell a different story. But is this the full picture?

Read on to understand what’s really going on with the say-do gap and how to truly leverage sustainability as a competitive advantage.

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Five ways sustainability creates value for consumers and brands

Five ways sustainability creates value for consumers and brands

By David Voxlin on June 7, 2024

Increase brand loyalty and competitive advantage with sustainability innovations

Sustainability is reshaping how brands can strategize to attract and retain customers. This shift reflects a broader recognition that sustainability innovations not only contribute to environmental preservation but also deliver substantial value to consumers.

Read on to explore five ways in which sustainability practices are reshaping consumer value and enhancing brand loyalty.

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Unilever’s secret behind winning product claims and brand visuals

Unilever’s secret behind winning product claims and brand visuals

By Kelly Vrachimis on December 13, 2023

How to increase motivation with psychology

Are your product claims and visuals compelling enough to attract, connect and convert consumers?

At IIEX Behavior, Unilever Hair Claims Expert, Sophia Moghadam, shared how the company lifted its claims win rate by 30% by using a proven formula based on consumer psychology. In the session, she explained the revitalized process Unilever followed to improve the effectiveness of brand claims and visuals. Sophia was joined by SKIM’s Brand Communications Lead, Dr. Nikki Westoby, who revealed the secrets to crafting winning claims and the science behind the proven guidelines.

Read on to learn how Unilever used consumer psychology to create product content that converts, and get inspired for your brand communications.

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How pharma companies leverage health information behavior insights to optimize marketing strategies

How pharma companies leverage health information behavior insights to optimize marketing strategies

By Céline Talon on October 7, 2022

The changing nature of health information behavior is challenging pharmaceutical and medtech companies and their insights approaches.

Do you feel the same need to go “beyond the obvious” – the surface – of how patients engage with health information?

The health information behavior framework reveals behavior and unmet needs in more depth and detail than ever before. Drawing from a rich well of academic research, it illuminates the patient experience, as well as the influence of health information on medical decision-making along the patient journey.

Over the past few months, we introduced the marketing implications of health information behavior and discussed the impact of health information behavior on patient experiences.

In this blog, we reveal the practical applicability and outcomes of the health information behavior framework, including the actionable insights pharmaceutical and medtech marketers need: patient types, information tipping points, preferred sources and channels, unmet needs, as well as other potential marketing opportunities.

Read on to learn of two real-world examples of how marketing teams in the dermatology and oncology indications leveraged health information behavior insights to reveal the what, when, why, and to what end patients engage with health information. Discover how this new level of behavioral insights can help you better define strategies which could positively impact the patient journey and medical decision-making.

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How health orientation and health information behavior is impacting patient journeys

How health orientation and health information behavior is impacting patient journeys

By Céline Talon on April 25, 2022

Whether we are struggling with personal health issues or going through a global pandemic, health information is crucial to modern life. Health information underlies many, if not all, decisions made by both healthcare professionals and patients in the healthcare setting, particularly when it comes to decision-making on treatments.

Healthcare decisions don’t take place in a vacuum. They result from different factors like individual characteristics, the context of a specific health condition, the availability of knowledge, etc.

Therefore, there is great variety in the degree to which people want to know about their health condition, engage with information, and participate in healthcare decision-making processes. This spectrum of behavior can be explained by the notion of health orientation and health information behavior.

How can pharmaceutical companies improve outcomes by exploring this behavioral spectrum?

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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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An introduction to the marketing implications of health information and behavior

An introduction to the marketing implications of health information and behavior

By Céline Talon on February 28, 2022

In the early days of COVID-19, the head of the World Health Organization stated it was not only fighting a global pandemic, but also an ‘infodemic.’ Since then, COVID-19 has made it painfully clear that timely and trustworthy information is of vital importance to public and individual health, especially when inaccurate or misleading information is on the rise. Whether tackling a global health crisis or battling personal health issues, credible health information is paramount.

If you work in the pharmaceutical or med-tech industries, you know too well how health information, as well as communications and channel strategies, are of greater importance than ever before.

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Mastering consumer experiences using the power of emotions

Mastering consumer experiences using the power of emotions

By Paul Janssen on February 1, 2022

The role of empathy and surprise in consumer interactions

Market changes are constant and inevitable. Your competition isn’t slowing down, and you must react quickly and strategically. When information and innovation travel fast, the costs of a late response are high.

Like many marketers today, you’re forced to make fast decisions and quickly adapt brand strategies.

How can you ensure your communications, products, and services deliver on your brand promise – surprising and delighting consumers?

Mistakes may be inevitable when it comes to consumer experiences, but how can you best rectify them?

We recently conducted research to answer these questions and explore the role of emotions in consumer experiences and decision-making.

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A new research approach for more realistic consumer health decision journeys

A new research approach for more realistic consumer health decision journeys

By Jessica Rainalter and Matthijs Pons on January 28, 2022

Why consumer health brands need a more advanced analytics approach to decision journey research

The consumer health shopper journey is a particularly complex one. As with traditional FMCG products, the shopper journey for consumer health products is a labyrinth of channels and touchpoints. It’s never a linear decision-making process.

However, as a consumer health marketer, you face additional challenges when trying to untangle messy decision journeys: understanding the unique role of healthcare providers and their influence on the path to purchase.

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