Archive: July, 2015

  • Finally some good news for retailers

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     Results show more and more consumers agree, “now is a good time for people to make major purchases such as furniture or electrical goods.” This has translated into substantial increases in both the UK Consumer Confidence Index* (+6 pts) and the Major Purchasing Index (+14 pts) to 7 and 16...

  • How can bloggers and vloggers support your business?

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    There has never been a more important time for retailers to directly engage with their customers. A popular way brands are doing this is in the blogging world- where vloggers & bloggers such as Zoe Sugg Zoella  & Chiara Ferragni have become retail outlets in themselves, not just endorsing, but selling...

  • Barriers to consumers installing underfloor heating in their home.

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    If, unlike Birmingham, you are experiencing a summer holiday heatwave you might think the topic of underfloor heating is a little out of place. But evidence suggests that summer is actually the season when many of us make use of the warmer, drier weather to undertake home improvements.  One area of...

  • The truth behind databases used for market research

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    Recent research by Verve has found that consumers are deliberately giving false information to brands, such as fake addresses, date of births and email addresses, concluding this is devaluing the databases brands work hard to collate. The study, which surveyed more than 2,400 consumers, found that six in ten consumers intentionally...

  • The rise of the ethical consumer. What does it mean for brands?

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    Brands of today are continuously faced with having to adapt to the changing needs and trends of society. These days it seems it is simply not enough for brands to provide a quality product or service at a price consumers are willing to pay. A recent article from Marketing Week...

  • Quality over Quantity: consumer communication

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    Recent research by Aimia identified a strand of consumer described as ‘high volume sensitive’ who will quickly switch off from brands who bombard them with non-specific, high volume marketing communications including texts and emails.  In a separate, but related study commissioned by the Internet Advertising Bureau UK, over a third of...

  • Can we predict consumer behaviour within professional services?

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    Choosing a law firm – can we predict consumer behaviour? What are the factors that would influence why a potential client would choose a certain firm over another? On the surface, this might seem like quite a straight forward question.  Indeed, at a rudimentary level, we can even try and predict this...

  • Easy ways to gather customer feedback

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    Putting the customer at the heart of everything, how do you gather feedback from the people who matter the most?  Through our recent work evaluating levels of satisfaction of those working within NHS buildings, we learned of the “Friends and Family Test” – a single-question survey asking patients whether they would...

  • Use of social media by membership associations

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    Almost all membership associations are using at least one form of social media. Twitter is the most common followed by LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube. Almost two-thirds of membership associations would describe their social media presence as fairly strong though recognise that it could be better. This probably explains why most are...

  • 8 great campaigns from June

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    Here's a list of 8 great campaigns sourced around the web from June. Happy Hump Day!  1. Finger clickin’ good Thanks to Wallblog’s ‘The Daily Poke’ for sharing KFC’s new campaign introducing a Bluetooth keyboard, so that your phone doesn’t get covered in grease as you chow down on the Colonel’s finest. [embed...

  • Facebook vs YouTube

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    In the 1960s we saw the emergence of the TV and its ascent over radio as a popular entertainment source. Fast-forward to 2015 and video is more prominent than ever with YouTube being the second largest search engine in the World, thanks in no small part to the millennials who’d...

  • Survey highlights reaction to bad table manners

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    Recently the Times reported that one in five people has been embarrassed by their partner when eating out. Their misdemeanours were not listed in the article in full but given by way of examples: mispronouncing menu items, clicking fingers, ordering while on the phone and speaking with a mouth full. I agree...

  • Meeting Generation Z and why I'm excited they're here

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    Last Thursday evening the Market Research Society's Midlands group ran a free event in which presenters from One-MS and Mattesson’s shared their research and experience of marketing to Generation Z. We, the audience, had a great evening being introduced to this group and I ended the night feeling excited about the...