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Before the Brief

Before the Brief

Blog posts   •   Feb 19, 2018 08:32 GMT

It’s often said that agencies who get under the skin of their client’s business are those that excel when it comes to delivering powerful insights that drive meaningful change. Achieving that close relationship, however, can be easier said than done especially in the ad hoc side of the research sector.

QR codes back in vogue?

QR codes back in vogue?

Blog posts   •   Jan 12, 2018 16:25 GMT

Five years ago we had our Shoppercentric business cards re-designed, and included a QR code so our clients could easily scan and save our contact details. This was quite a talking point at the time, but over the years the talk became a bit more nostalgic in nature as QR codes dropped off the marketing agenda.

It's all about people and their behaviour

It's all about people and their behaviour

Blog posts   •   Jan 11, 2018 14:55 GMT

A collaborative thought piece By Big River Solutions & Shoppercentric Shoppercentric and Big River Solutions have been collaborating for over 5 years, bringing together their expertise in Category Management / Shopper Marketing Solutions and Retail/Shopper Insight.

FMCG: Activation In-Store

FMCG: Activation In-Store

Blog posts   •   Dec 15, 2017 10:51 GMT

Brand activation in-store can so often be a tactic that feels relatively easy to fall back on when sales are looking a little low. And yet it can come with a high price tag, and under such pressured situations it is bound to have high expectations riding on it. So you need to have confidence that the activation planned will be as effective as possible.

The Purchase Funnel still works

The Purchase Funnel still works

Blog posts   •   Nov 30, 2017 16:39 GMT

When the world around us is changing at such a frantic pace, it’s worth taking a step back in order to check that we really are on the right track. With all the upheaval in the UK grocery sector, it is all too easy for suppliers to be so caught up in range reviews, planograms and promotional schedules that they miss the bigger picture.

FMCG: Will the Brexit Grinch steal Christmas?

FMCG: Will the Brexit Grinch steal Christmas?

Blog posts   •   Nov 17, 2017 11:53 GMT

This year shoppers are entering the season of goodwill with a certain amount of angst. Consumers are noticing that their household budgets are under pressure, whether because of reduced incomes or because of increased prices. And the Brexit nail-biting is becoming something of a national pastime.

Utilising semiotics in shopping insight

Utilising semiotics in shopping insight

Blog posts   •   Nov 16, 2017 10:02 GMT

A lot of what we capture in shopping research can be classed as semiotics – the meaning that signs and symbols add to a purchase decision. For example, if you spend enough time with shoppers who buy pre-packed meats you soon learn how they use visual cues to support price laddering.

FMCG: Category Management Online

FMCG: Category Management Online

Blog posts   •   Oct 26, 2017 13:15 BST

In a recent Mintel report online grocery sales were predicted to be worth £11.1bn in the UK in 2017 -an increase of £1.1bn since 2016. Other data shows that the online channel accounts for six percent of all grocery sales, and that the proportion of shoppers buying most or all of their groceries online is growing – 14 percent in 2017 vs seven percent in 2014.

Online Shopping

Online Shopping

Blog posts   •   Oct 17, 2017 11:51 BST

A collaborative thought piece By Big River Solutions & Shoppercentric Shoppercentric and Big River Solutions have been collaborating for over 5 years, bringing together their expertise in Category Management / Shopper Marketing Solutions and Shopper Insight.

FMCG Small Issues do Matter

FMCG Small Issues do Matter

Blog posts   •   Sep 27, 2017 13:16 BST

Cast your mind back to the amazing summer of 2012, when London hosted the Olympics. One of the most successful teams at the event was our cycling crew who showed the sporting world, through their marginal gains policy, that it is the small things that count.

Feeling the Squeeze

Feeling the Squeeze

Blog posts   •   May 25, 2017 19:16 BST

Do you ever get the feeling that qualitative projects are getting smaller but the demands on the project are getting bigger? Smaller time frames, less budget, longer lists of objectives, more channels, less time with respondents and a larger geographic area to cover.

FMCG News- May 2017

FMCG News- May 2017

Blog posts   •   May 18, 2017 16:11 BST

It’s always good to step out of the office and see what’s going on. Recently we attended a conference looking at category strategies, and the key themes struck a chord with what we’re hearing amongst our clients.

FMCG News- April 2017

FMCG News- April 2017

Blog posts   •   Apr 28, 2017 10:24 BST

Recently we’ve been putting some thought into how GenZ might develop as shoppers. In fact, the oldest of that cohort are already out and about spending money, so it won’t be long before they are part of the mainstream target market.

FMCG News- March 2017

FMCG News- March 2017

Blog posts   •   Mar 27, 2017 09:58 BST

Sales figures are such a huge part of how a category is measured, and yet sales give only one part of the story. What is often lacking is a real understanding of where the missed opportunities or the threats lie, and that is crucial for retailers and brands under pressure to grow sales at a time when price is no longer a clear differentiator.

Back to Basics

Back to Basics

Blog posts   •   Mar 09, 2017 11:51 GMT

Sales figures are such a huge part of how a category is measured, and yet sales give only one part of the story. What is often lacking is a real understanding of where the missed opportunities or the threats lie, and that is crucial for retailers and brands under pressure to grow sales at a time when price is no longer a clear differentiator.

So, what’s new for 2017?

So, what’s new for 2017?

Blog posts   •   Feb 20, 2017 11:56 GMT

Further to the sales results and retail news that invariably fills the media after Christmas, it’s also important that the industry takes note of the shopper perspective – and really takes into account the opinions of the very people whose behaviour leads to the headlines.

2016 in the rear view mirror!

2016 in the rear view mirror!

Blog posts   •   Jan 11, 2017 09:14 GMT

As things start getting back to normal post-Christmas, I always find myself starting to reflect on the year just gone. It certainly was quite a year, with plenty happening in the wider world of politics, security and the economy.

The Impulse mindset

The Impulse mindset

Blog posts   •   Nov 29, 2016 13:21 GMT

The impulse mindset The shift in shopping habits from weekly large trolley trips to smaller more frequent shops is leading to a range of challenges for retailers and brands alike.

In Store Matters

In Store Matters

Blog posts   •   Nov 01, 2016 10:20 GMT

In a recent meeting a client was sharing with us their frustrations about store loyalty data, and how grocery retailers are increasingly pushing brands to buy into that data in order to understand their shoppers.

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FMCG News: Up Close

Blog posts   •   Oct 14, 2016 09:50 BST

Last week I was sat in a dark room, in front of a two way mirror watching some shoppers talk about a particular category. With me were some of the category team from the client company, and whilst the conversation among shoppers was keeping us all intrigued, it was the conversation between us as viewers during a quiet period for the shoppers that was just as revealing.