The unique approach a charcoal brand used to fire up tasty claims

By Bill Salokar on May 07, 2019

Launching a premium product means convincing consumers to trade up, without driving them to the competition.

This is the exact challenge faced by the Global Insights Manager at a best-selling charcoal brand as she prepared to launch two new premium products.

The brand offers various charcoal products and sauces which have been synonymous with American BBQs for decades. As consumer grilling tastes have evolved, the brand recognized there were unmet needs among the most enthusiastic grilling aficionados. The result was the development of new premium products. However, this innovation posed its own set of marketing challenges. The original product remained popular; the brand couldn’t risk putting claims on the premium packaging that would negatively impact its baseline product.

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How Kellogg's built a global insights platform for claims tests

By Mike Mabey on April 17, 2019

From a single corn flake to a global presence, Kellogg’s has been fueling better days for more than a century. Today, the food-manufacturing giant markets 24 brands, in 180 countries. The sheer size of Kellogg’s, coupled with today’s changing insights environment, created a daunting challenge for the company’s global insights team last year.

How could they decrease turnaround times for claims research, standardize approaches for comparability of results, while extracting better insights and decreasing costs all at the same time?

At Quirks Event Chicago, Kellogg’s Category Strategy and Global Brand Insight Lead, Sebastian Schuliaquer, revealed how he tackled this dilemma and, in turn, is improving future claims generation and testing, thanks to SKIM’s global Insights Ecosystem platform. Remy Denton, Director of Research, shared

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How Constellation Brands is overcoming mobile shopping challenges in the alcohol category

By Nicole Gardere on March 15, 2019

What you missed from Quirks Brooklyn 'BYOB (Build your online brand)' session

“How many of you have purchased alcohol online? What about groceries?” This is how Lisa Caro, Director of Insights & Analytics for Emerging Opportunities, Constellation Brands, kicked off her remarks to a room full of insights professionals at The Quirk’s Event in Brooklyn. The responses to those two questions reflect the challenges and opportunities that alcohol brands face in eCommerce.

In the ‘BYOB: Build Your Online Brand” session, Lisa, along with my eCommerce colleagues, Mike Mabey and Elizabeth Kadrich, shared how we helped Constellation Brands in its eCommerce journey.

Since mobile accounts for the majority of online alcohol purchases, Constellation Brands wanted to help these consumers find exactly what they were looking for more easily, while also helping retailers advance the alcohol category online.

Since I was lucky enough to have a front row seat for their session (no samples!), I’m sharing how this

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How a subscription meal-kit company plans successful recipes each week

By Nikki Smathers on January 08, 2019

Cooking up consumer insights for the creative masterminds

Consumers around the world are eating up the convenience, choice and personalization that online meal-kit delivery services offer. Today subscription boxes offer a variety of options for online shoppers and a host of challenges for brands. To stay ahead in this competitive online space, you must delight your customers with every box that hits their doorstep. But what type of consumer insights are needed to inform the creative masterminds behind what goes in that box every week or month?

We recently set out to help a leading meal-kit delivery company answer just that. 

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How online leader funda’s subscription pricing will help steady revenue stream

By Wessel Roose on December 17, 2018

Using a subscription pricing model to lay stable foundations

Funda is the top online real estate platform in the Netherlands and one of the largest in Europe. It’s been described as the “Amazon of houses” in its homeland, because it’s said that almost every house that’s sold in the country will have been advertised on its platform first.

The online leader generates revenue by charging realtors to promote residential and commercial inventory on its platform. When there are more homes than buyers, properties are advertised longer and funda sees revenue soar. However, when the market is booming, properties sell quickly, listings come and go on the platform, and revenues dip.

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The Long and Short of PepsiCo’s Promotion Strategy

By Maureen Arink on April 16, 2018

Discover the approach PepsiCo Benelux took to optimize the immediate and long-term impact of its promotions.

While short-term impacts on cash flow are often front of mind for the fast-moving consumer goods industry, after-sales dips and other aspects of sales recovery can prove detrimental to a brand’s financial health in the long run. Shopper insights managers looking to develop a promotions strategy with sustainable impact on sales and revenue growth, must be equipped with market research insights that address both the short-term and long-term impact of promotions.

This was the challenge PepsiCo Benelux faced with its savoury snacks, nuts and cereals categories, all of which are under constant pressure from competition.

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