Posts in category "Consumer Insights"

B2B at the Pharmacy: Adding Value by Helping Customers Do More

B2B at the Pharmacy: Adding Value by Helping Customers Do More
Pharmacies are busier than ever. Walgreens, the largest drug retailing chain in the US, is ranked in the top five retailers for visitors and foot traffic. The retail pharmacy is an increasingly popular format that offers ever-expanding service options. Recently, I had occasion to visit my local CVS MinuteClinic for a flu shot, and found... Read more »

Two Consumer Behavior Case Studies: The Weather Channel and GrowIt!

Two Consumer Behavior Case Studies: The Weather Channel and GrowIt!
Understanding why viewers and users behave like they do is critical to developing success strategies for The Weather Channel and mobile app GrowIt! Here’s how these two brands segment their consumers. Viewer Segmentation: The Weather Channel Several years back, Insight to Action had the privilege of working with Frank Garland (current CEO of Realtime Brackets,... Read more »

Alpha Gen: Entering a Classroom Near You

Alpha Gen: Entering a Classroom Near You
Most brands today are focused on Millennials, both as customers and as employees. While the exact cut-off years may vary a bit, this generation was born between 1977-1995 (yellow line in chart). And increasing numbers also see the importance of Gen Z, born between 1996-2010, as evidenced by the increasing red line in the chart.... Read more »
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Mattel Re-Energizes 72-Year-Old Thomas & Friends Brand for New Generation of Kids

Mattel Re-Energizes 72-Year-Old Thomas & Friends Brand for New Generation of Kids
Everyone is familiar with the smiling engines of Thomas & Friends, chuffing along the island of Sodor and learning valuable life lessons that the characters share with rapt toddler audiences. Iconic Wooden Railway toys can be found in playrooms, preschools, libraries and children’s museums across the world—anywhere young children usually gather. Previous Thomas & Friends... Read more »

What You Need to Know About Gen Z Right Now

What You Need to Know About Gen Z Right Now
Fresh from my panel at the Marketing to Gen Z Conference in New York, I reached out to several business contacts that I thought would be eager to hear about this up-and-coming generation. Instead, I was met by assumptions and a lack of curiosity about these consumers born between 1996-2010. My main takeaway for my... Read more »

Hard Soda Brands Built Business by Understanding Millennial Drinkers

Hard Soda Brands Built Business by Understanding Millennial Drinkers
The 2016 IRI Top Ten Pacesetters highlight food and beverage brands that create novel or unexpected experiences. Earning spots #3 and #10 are competitive alcoholic beverages Not Your Father’s Root Beer and Henry’s Hard Soda. These brands started strong and celebrated strong success, although more recently other beverages have stolen market share. While they both have experienced sales... Read more »
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Farmers Markets Provide Innovative Food for Thought

Farmers Markets Provide Innovative Food for Thought
Since moving to California in 2015, I’ve been able to enjoy one of my favorite experiences more often: shopping for fresh produce and other local products at the farmers market. Both Santa Monica and El Segundo (where I’ve lived) have year-round farmers markets.   While I still miss the Mirai corn as a highlight of Chicago... Read more »

What Brands Will Help Supermarkets Meet Consumer Demand for Fresh Prepared Food?

What Brands Will Help Supermarkets Meet Consumer Demand for Fresh Prepared Food?
This $29 Billion Market is Growing at an Impressive 9 to 11% The Prepared Foods or Deli area, classified as Supermarket Foodservice, is the overall fastest growing area in the foodservice channel, according to Technomic data from 2011 to 2015. Specifically, Supermarket Foodservice grew at a 4-year average of 11%, which is nearly double the... Read more »

Cobblestone Bread Soars to Success with its $60 ‘Million Dollar White’ Bread

Cobblestone Bread Soars to Success with its $60 ‘Million Dollar White’ Bread
Each year, research firm IRI releases its “New Product Pacesetters” report describing successful CPG product launches. In the Top 10 Pacesetters for Food and Beverage are product launches from well-known brands like McCafe, Oscar Meyer Deli Fresh BOLD and Cheerios Protein. But among these brands is nestled a surprise winner at #9: Cobblestone Bread Co.,... Read more »
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Driving Front-End B2B Strategic Innovation by Understanding End-User Experiences

Driving Front-End B2B Strategic Innovation by Understanding End-User Experiences
B2B firms often develop products and services that are ultimately experienced by end users with whom the firm has no contact. It can be challenging to develop market strategy and product innovation to suit these users’ needs while achieving results for the B2B firm’s direct customers. Here are two B2B examples from my firm, Insight... Read more »
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