Straight Talk with Nigel Hollis

Nigel Hollis Executive Vice President and Chief Global Analyst, Kantar Millward Brown

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

James Charles highlights the challenges of influencer marketing

Influencer marketing is one of the most hyped marketing strategies today. However, in a world that rises and falls on public opinion, at the speed of digital, there are dangers in an influencer strategy. We can look to James Charles and The Jolly Green Giant for lessons on how to navigate this new opportunity.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Even the iPhone might struggle following the U.S. tariff increases

With President Trump’s tariffs driving prices higher for many goods it is going to be interesting to see which brands can best ride out the inevitable consumer response. In part, whether a brand thrives will depend on its category, and in part how well it is differentiated from its competition.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Jeff Bezos proven right: Word of Mouth is the future

Jeff Bezos said of the future of marketing,

The balance of power is shifting toward consumers and away from companies… in the old world, you devoted 30 percent of your time to building a great service and 70 percent of your time to shouting about it. In the new world, that inverts.”

And our research proves that future is already here.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Stated purchase intent can anticipate consumer behaviour

When you have worked with survey data for over thirty years – gulp – you take for granted things that other people do not. For instance, unlike many, I tend to assume that consideration and stated purchase intent questions do anticipate consumer behaviour. However, I do not assume that an individual’s stated intentions will guarantee they buy the brand they state.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

More than ever customer experience makes or breaks a brand

Now, more than ever, customer experience makes or breaks brands. In our smartphone era customers’ praise or complaints are amplified. Who remembers the United Airlines brand crisis, in which $1.4 billion in value was wiped out overnight when a passenger’s bad experience went viral on social media? To grow value, brands have no choice but to deliver a great experience.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Purchase interval acts as a choke point for brand growth

In discussions with clients and colleagues, I have been reminded that it is all too easy to think a change in attitudes will automatically lead to a change in behaviour. But just because someone would choose your brand today does not mean they are ready to buy it today.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Can brands engage women by addressing the self-esteem gap?

Over 100 years after women in the UK won the right to vote, women’s sense of self-empowerment still lags behind that of men. Women with lower self-esteem are motivated by different values then their high self-esteem peers. Closing the self-esteem gap could help improve how all women feel about themselves… but also change the brands they buy.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Virtual reality can help brands get new in-store initiatives right

Brands must break through and win at shelf, but with an average supermarket stocking over 40,000 different products, that’s no mean feat. Whether it’s a new pack design, advertising at shelf or off-shelf display, virtual reality can help give marketers the confidence that their money will be well-spent.

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