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This Week In Shopper Insights: 11/10/14 – 11/14/14

Innovation In Alcohol: Making non-aloholic beer non-awful

The 5 Biggest Trends Within FMCGs In The Next Five Years

Tracking Everything Everywhere: How the Internet of Things is Changing Logistics and In Turn Retail

Is Black Friday Obsolete? According to data and consumer behavior, almost half of consumers don’t rely on Black Friday deals

Consumer Psychology, Selling Beauty Products To Men: The growing category of men’s beauty products

5 Ecommerce Trends Retailers Can Profit From This Holiday Season If They Prepare


Satisfied vs. Delighted: Raising the Customer Experience Bar

How Mass Communication is Delivering On It’s Long Promised Rewards: creating unique pieces that can be termed “designer”

Top 5 Holiday Shopping Trends

New and Old Models in Grocery: Delivery Service Models


About the Author:

Ryan Polachi is a contributing writer concentrating his focus on Marketing, Finance and Innovation. He can be reached at



This Week In Shopper Insights: 11/3/14 – 11/7/14

Grocery App Gains Funding: CheckoutSmart delivers cashback offers for various groceries and FMCG from leading brands to a consumers phone

Value For CPG Brands As Cultural Entertainers: 5 Entertainment Codes to Follow

PoweRanking Survey Show: Retailers want to anticipate trends and have their CPG partners address current and future needs of customers

Why Online Retailers are Opening Brick-and-Mortar Stores: 3 Key Benefits to having a physical location

Disruptors, Social Stars, and Redefiners: Young Startups are disruptive in different ways

Gaining Attention: Standing out on 12 different social networks

5 Tips to Sell a Service Your Customers Won’t Admit They Need


About the Author:

Ryan Polachi is a contributing writer concentrating his focus on Marketing, Finance and Innovation. He can be reached at





#Shopper360 Video: The 4th Annual Int’l Shopper Insights in Action Event Quick Peek

The International Shopper Insights in Action Conference 2014 took place on November 03 – November 05 2014, Edinburgh, Scotland. We compiled this short video of the experience during the course of  the past two days!


Live from #shopper360 day 2

Barry Lemon starts with a glimpse in the future of retailing, which is going to be more personal and more customised. An increase of information will be targeted towards shoppers, they will only opt in if it is relevant and personalised.

Jonathan MacDonald of the Thought Expansion Network gives food for thought, amongst which a great H.G. Wells quote: adapt or perish. Blockbuster and Kodak resented change, we should recognise the signs in ourselves when we say ‘and’ and ‘so what’ to new ideas. The future of retailing is about less intermediaries, people will go the direct route. People are now the media themselves, they arrange the funding themselves and they have the same computer power. The speed and reach of personal social networking can build or ruin a reputation of a brand faster than any traditional media. He is using the Stairway to Brands Heaven or Hell to illustrate. Brands can choose to build a will against it or use it as building blocks to build their own business. asked if traditional retail still has a future he says the return of the artisan, real shops where things made by real people are sold by real people.
Kevin Barret of Sainsbury’s predicts the share in the UK food market of supermarkets will go down from 7% to around 50% in the coming decade. Serving customers will evolve more around being genuine and trusted.A simple box of chocolates surprised and maintained customers of Sainsbury’s bank on the 10 year birthday because it was genuine and unexpected. Sainsbury’s has spent too much focus on food and not enough on other offering like clothing. Shops on Highstreet that were seen as too small and complicated are now seen as opportunities and are transformed into active community hubs. Of course a lot of investment goes into on line and convenience which is where growth is.
Sainsbury ar looking at where shoppers dwell to see if these are potential pick up points for groceries. mobile checkout is looked into it. Shops need to be de-cluttered.
Kantar’s Richard Tolley.
The traditional funnel does not work anymore, building awareness and consideration does not guarantee purchase at all. Finally the shopper research industry is acknowledging that 75% of purchases is NOT made at POP but before that. Which is exactly where we need to start influencing the path to purchase.
Anders Fisken Olesen of Arla shared the powerful insight that shopper marketing is a capability, not a department. When soft drinks are competing more with very different categories like dairy, this way of thinking is needed to survive.  one case showed how they introduced a more efficient range and a shopper based segmentation in store in the middle east across three countries and all major retailer. Another interesting case for cheese is they took a step back and found out barriers in Castello specialty cheese purchase in the pre purchase phase. The solution was found in pop up stores for cheese in non traditional store locations. Lead people back to feel smell and tasting cheese. They did the same in the wine section of supermarkets with a dedicated cheese cooler n the wine section.
Warburtons David Tittensor tells how even in his birth town Wilmslow retailing has changed. The pace of the change has even increased dramatically in the last 5 years. Omnichannel in food retailing is including online, discount, convenience and al other emerging channels. using category drivers such as filing your lunch box and better for you Warburtons is designing their category strategies for all these channels. We are not shopping more but via more channels. Smart shopping is what shoppers are trying to achieve. Value is a key concept there. Bakery as a category has a limited impact on shoppers mission and channel choice. Main shop, replenishment, for tonight and specific journey are 4 shopper missions. How can we align our products around these missions? The big finding was that the main shopping trip was only a small part of their business, and half of sales comes from replenishment. This has changed the packaging strategy to for example premium wrapped rolls.
James Brett of Kerry foods is refreshingly choosing to share mistakes rather than success stories. An interesting learning is that greater empowerment of shoppers leads to less loyalty to retailers and brands. They improved based on insights in the on line search for their products in tesco, based on what shoppers are searching for ie mash is a popular search category so this description needs to be added to meatballs that might fall in this category. Great compliance of in store media versus good compliance delivers a much better ROI.
Kim Brown and Daniel Plimmer of Sainsbury’s are painting the historic picture of retailers growth over the last 30 years by investing in big box formats outside city centers, where now growth has reversed in decline and the whole trend is pointing in the opposite direction. Going to previously socially less acceptable retailers like Primark has now become mainstream accepted. They found the range was confusing and difficult to shop, promotions were too complicated 3 for ten, 2 for 7, save ten pence. How to improve the category across 1200 stores split in three regions, the North dominated by discounters, the South by Tesco and Waitrose. Last review of MFP category was 10 years ago, 11% of sales. 45 week process, start insights. 4 regions 6 customer groups 14 store sizes. key change is moving to sloping shelving., clear category signage, simplify the promotional strategy.
Natasa Jovanovic of Carlsberg shares the challenges in the declining beer market. How to drive shopper spending in a declining market. study found that beer was NOT a destination category but low interest and low involvement. Also the conversion rate was much lower than for wine or cheese categories. Type of beer was pre-decided more than brand which was another eyeopener.Consumer archetypes linked to category drivers such as grey gold, special occasions, health. Beer for women cannot have a non macho profile but it does need that taste. The resulting beer presentation in store is now by type and communicates characteristics on different in store locations based on shopper types and occasions using color coding and guides to different taste experiences.
 All in all a very interesting day where people showed willingness to transparently and openly share the progress that is being made across markets and categories in the field of shopper marketing.

Live from #shopper360: Day 1

Duncan McConnol, CEO of Kantar retail Europe started the day with some mind searching slides about the state of shopper marketing based on the Kantar Retail Shopper Power survey. Some very interesting insights are shared, still only 33% of companies acknowledge that they have integrated shopper marketing, two thirds acknowledge they have no professional way of approaching the topic. Also interesting is that one of the key barriers is lack of clear kpi’s, which I have to admit we see a lot in our daily practice. we can do a lot better making them more focused around solving barriers and raising conversion in store. I also like the 7 steps to customer centricity, most companies are only scratching the surface by covering only one or 2 of those.
Phil Barden, author of ‘Decoded, the science behind why we buy’ is explaining us how our brain tries to make a trade off between pain and reward and how this can actually be predicted, and how this helps understand why shoppers prefer a menu price sign that says 10 above one that says 10 Euro and how a lot of brain activity is not necessarily a good sign, most of processing in our brain is done when we are faced with unknown brands or over complicated shelves.
Also very interesting was his TIC promo checklist, tangibility, immediacy,certainty. Shockingly few of our  promotions fulfill these criteria.
Crawford Davidson, customer director of Morrisons shared the workings of their brand new loyalty system Match & More which has been launched last month.The system compares for you at checkout the actual price difference of all items you have in your trolley with other key retailers including Lidl and Aldi and gives you a voucher of rthe difference in price if any. As opposed to ASDA’s EDLP and Tescos loyalty system this is a very direct and powerful give back to shoppers who are hurting in current difficult retail times. Morrisons on stage also  introduces their new agency Precima who shows us how price elasticity of an item differences greatly by type of customer so they can tailor promotions to your primary customers. This is crucial since Morrisons high value shoppers only spend 60% of their grocery spend with  them.
Christina Keibler of Pacific Etnography shared her presentation: scare the bejesus out of your customers.
Apart from convincing her audience that contains some of the best brains in the European market research industry that, yes you do need that degree in psychology before you can talk about qualitative research. Then moved on to explain how the type of plants and grasses that grow in Manhattan were telling her where to put a furniture store. Although she lost me a bit in the start she made it more interesting showing what underlying cultural indicators across neighborhoods they used to unravel the structure of a large and complex urban area from a retail perspective.
Nathalie Nahai, author and holder of the new profession of web psychologist shared with us  the secret psychology of persusasion. Interesting learning here was her view that the web , compared to real store environments is is a ‘flat place’ i.e. has no physical cues and hence how we need all the cues we can get. Some of those include sex, using food images, the power of motion and contrast to make sites more interesting and score significantly higher results. How the peak end rule (positive experience at the end of a web visit) changes the whole experience, and how sites like ebay and booking com use the perception of scarcity (only 1 room left!) in this context.
Interesting was also her insight how the path to purchase can be very different for for example men and women, using the example of a woman calling a friend to find out what camera to buy whilst her husband would spend 5 hours online to come to the same conclusion. Good retail needs to cater to both of these paths.
In the afternoon, Nick Melnyk of Sanofi shared an international study showing how big the overlap has become between what used to be very different product categories consumer health, pharmacy and cosmetics. How to actually use this in store is hopefully part of his next presentation.
Coca Cola US shared an interesting Walmart case showing how to drive sales inside Walmart restaurants via the concept of Effortless Meals. Using what sounds like a century old idea of combining a meal with a drinks offer but relentlessly executed apparently led to 5 million new deli shoppers in Walmarts.
Rob Johnston of Marriott International is sharing their knowledge of the path to purchase for the hotel business. A better understanding of this led to great insights such as how the possibility to check in a hotel online is hugely popular because it allows customers to skip the desk. The crucial step in hotel booking is really online search and Marriot is offering a better experience than the online travel agencies by customising the experience. A hotel website in Brasil needs to offer a payment plan, in Russia, they don’t use postal codes. The adaptation of the online booking across all Marriott’s markets needs to take into account all of these differences.
Whilst Heath Willis of Coke had a Coke in his hand while presenting, Irish Michael Doran of Heineken UK gets on stage with a beer in his hand, and with that he shared how they used the findings of their insights journey to really inspire the Heineken organisation. Just like the Coke guy, he never touched his drink though.

This Week In Shopper Insights: 10/27/14 – 10/31/14

FMCG Brands Take Social Route: Initiating Trends and Making a Difference

Boo! Retailers Expect More People Than Ever to Dress Up for Halloween to the tune of $7.4 Billion

3 Ways Target Plans to Dominate the Holidays

Aussies Can Now Freeze Credit Cards With New App: If you lose your card you can temporarily freeze it until you find it.

Mintel Shares Its 2015 Consumer Behavior Trends: the top 4


5 Consumer Psychology Hacks to Boost Your Sales

What’s the Biggest Influencer in Consumer Purchase Decisions? People generally buy for two reasons, enjoyment and avoidance of pain

You’ll Market Better With These 10 Brain Facts: Neuromarketing

How to Develop Your Brand in This Social Media Age: Weaving together all aspects in order to grow your brand


About the Author:

Ryan Polachi is a contributing writer concentrating his focus on Marketing, Finance and Innovation. He can be reached at




Live Stream Shopper Insights in Action 2014 Edinburgh

Shopper Insights in Action is Live Streaming on Tuesday, November 4th

Can’t make it to the 4th Annual Shopper Insights in Action Event next week? You can watch keynotes and track sessions on Tuesday, 4 November from 9:15 AM – 17:30 PM from your home or office. Click here to register to watch live.

Here is the Live Streaming Agenda:
Jonathan MacDonald, Founder, THOUGHT EXPANSION NETWORK

Kevin Barrett, Director of Space and Formats, SAINSBURY’S SUPERMARKETS

Richard Tolley, Joint Consumer and Shopper Lead, KANTAR RETAIL EUROPE
Steve Hildebrand, Director, KANTAR RETAIL EUROPE

Anders Fisker Olesen, Global Head of Category Excellence, ARLA FOODS

Bryan Roberts, Director of Retail Insights, KANTAR RETAIL EUROPE

James Brett, Head of Shopper Marketing, KERRY FOODS

Kyle Rhodes, Manager, Shopper Insights, SAMSUNG
Dard Neuman, Ph.D., President of Insights, SMARTREVENUE

Natasa Jovanovic´, Senior International Insights Manager, CARLSBERG BREWERIES

Live Stream: International Shopper Insights in Action 2014














Click here to register to watch live!

While you’re streaming live, don’t miss out on the conversation, tag your tweets with #shopper360 or join us in person:

The International Shopper Insights in Action Conference 2014
November 03 – 05
Edinburgh, Scotland
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See you there!


Campofrio Gets to the Meat of Shopper Behavior

Luis Fernandes

Luis Fernandes


In anticipation of Shopper Insights in Action International next week, Campofrio Food Group (CFG) Customer & Shopper Director Luis Fernandes sat down for an interview with The Research Insighter podcast series to discuss how shopper insights are evolving at Europe’s leading manufacturer of processed meat products.

Fernandes noted that, compared to other FMCG categories, the processed meats industry is relatively immature when it comes to shopper marketing and understanding what drives shopper behavior.

He’s on a mission to turn that around.

In this episode of The Research Insighter series, Fernandes reviews his efforts at Campofrio focused on:

-          Partnering with retailers to develop robust category insights

-          Understanding trip missions

-          Decoding the path to purchase, and more!

Listen to the podcast here!

Download a transcript!
The Research Insighter: Luis Fernandes, Campofrio Food Group

Editor’s note: Luis Fernandes will present “The Successful 360º Launch of Campofrio’s Cross-Category Healthy Range” at the 4th Annual International Shopper Insights in Action Conference taking place November 3-5 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

For more information or to register, please visit



Marc Dresner is IIR USA’s sr. editor and special communication project lead. He is the former executive editor of Research Business Report, a confidential newsletter for the marketing research and consumer insights industry. He may be reached at Follow him @mdrezz.


In Shopper Work, Storytelling Is Urgently Needed

Imagine the mildly bored CEO of a fashion sportswear chain as I tell him that 74% of his shoppers never interact with products hanging high on the wall. Now, picture his eyes popping open as we watch a video clip of a teenager dressed in pink jumping up and down as she unsuccessfully attempts to select a 50 Euro sweatshirt and finally says, “So frustrating. It makes me never want to come back to this store.”

So often in shopper work, the numbers are right and should say it all, but fail to get through to stakeholders and trade partners. We humans need stories to put numbers in context, to remember what they mean and to convince other people.

Shopper marketing is a commitment to working with other people. How often does someone in your team come to you with a question such as “Why are shoppers not engaging with our brand at shelf?” or “If shelf layout is a major barrier to conversion, how to fix it?” “Is 47% at-shelf conversion good?”



in•sight [ˈinˌsīt ] n. The capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thing.

In our companies, stakeholders often have many years of experience with sales data, brand tracking, IPD, pack and advertising testing, and have developed the intuition they combine with facts to make decisions. Intuition allows people to connect the dots, put findings into context, view statistics critically and ask better questions. However in shopper marketing, many stakeholders are unable to do this.

Information isn’t knowledge.” Albert Einstein

In Shopper, storytelling (=connecting the dots!) is so urgent because so many people need help in understanding the why behind the what. Many of our traditional models depend heavily on rational decision making. However, Kahneman, Thaler, and Cialdini have taught us that people rarely make rational decisions: most of what we do, we do unconsciously. Looking only at conscious-driven behaviour is therefore not effective.

We need to make shopper understanding less technical and more human. This is where qualitative work comes in. Conducting qualitative research in shopper is essential, and it’s essential to do shopper qual right.

We all know that good quantitative shopper research requires shopper expertise. Hopefully, this is who you choose to partner with. Similarly, the qualitative work you do should be based on an understanding that people are notoriously unreliable witnesses to their own motivations and behaviour, and that what they do in a situation is shaped by a variety of contextual influences that are hard to articulate. Talking to people provides an incomplete picture, and qualitative shopper work requires that we get as close as possible to real behaviour in real contexts.

This can come from live observation or video records, and also from a growing range of technology-enabled methods like life logging, mobile diaries or mobile in-situ research which offer deeper understanding and powerfully convey what today’s shopper is experiencing. Well executed qualitative research not only provides a more textured and human account of events, it also weaves together different threads in a way that help reframe issues and remove blind spots. It provides a view of the bigger picture and fosters the fundamental human understanding necessary for long-term strategic thinking.

The image of a pink girl jumping to reach a sweatshirt might be just what you need to transform the way people see Shopper marketing: it’s a capability, not a project.

Lee Smith, TNS
Global Director, Retail & Shopper (Quant)
Lee started doing in-store observations, interviews and video work in 1994 before ‘shopper’ was known as a discipline. She has since directed hundreds of projects for leading consumer product manufacturers and retailers in almost every kind of store all over the world.  Before joining TNS in 2010, Lee spent nine years at Envirosell and seven years in her own firm, instorefactor. What she enjoys most about shopper research is understanding its role along societal changes and helping clients discover the practical aspects it offers to growing business.

Editor’s Note

Lee will take us through GETTING INSIDE THE MODERN SHOPPER’S MIND next week at the International Shopper Insights in Action 2014 event.  Combining digital technologies with qualitative research offers deeper views into the modern shopper’s day and decision-making process. Engaging approaches, such as the use of wearable technology with cognitive interviewing, give us richer shopper understanding, provide detailed narratives of shopper behaviour that may otherwise have been difficult to access, making it easier to win internal and external stakeholders’ commitment to shopper marketing. We hope to see you there.



This Week In Shopper Insights: 10/20/14 – 10/24/14

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This new report about shoppers perceptions and response to Aldi and Lidl in the UK, identifies the drivers and barriers of loss of baskets to the Discounters.

What Does Your Brand Sound Like? Strategic use of sound to build your brand

18 Companies With Brilliant Digital Strategies

Are You Using Insights Correctly? Understanding the difference between a generalization and an insight

Consumer Intentions For the 2014 Holiday Season: Online shoppers plan to spend more this year than last year

Using Big Data to Gain Consumer Insights: How GNC boosted online sales

Why Hearables Will Trump Wearables: Why the Apple Watch was a missed opportunity, and 3 reasons in favor of hearables

Why Online Retail Majors Must Buy Into or Buy Out Big Players in Brick and Mortar

Wearable Tech To Hack Your Brain: A headset that sends shocks through your brain to improve focus and get more energy


About the Author:

Ryan Polachi is a contributing writer concentrating his focus on Marketing, Finance and Innovation. He can be reached at