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Insights Interview: Q&A with Diane Powell, Conagra Brands

We sat down with OmniShopper
speaker Diana Powell who is a Shopper Insights Manager at Conagra Brands, to
discuss how retail is being disrupted.
How has retail been
disrupted?
 
Powell: In the
food industry, traditional grocers are experiencing competition no longer just
from other grocers, but from emerging channels of meal sourcing such as
subscriptions, meal kits, offline and online wholesale/club stores, and
hundreds of new delivery models.  Traditional brick and mortar stores are
having to rethink how they do retail ‘ with more ready-to-go options and
elevating the shopping experience to draw shoppers in.
How has omnichannel
impacted retail positively?
 
Powell: We’ve
been keeping a close eye on ecommerce and how it impacts shopping for
food.  Shoppers view online shopping as complementary to their in-store
experience and most don’t foresee it replacing all in-store.  Shoppers who
are buying groceries in store AND online spend more overall than in-store only
shoppers.
How is this new era
of shopping everywhere impacting shopper insights? 
Powell: We must
be ahead of the digital transformation to keep up with where shoppers
are.  It’s not enough to just send the same old surveys to mobile phones,
but we must find new ways to use cutting age big data to understand online
behaviors that consumers don’t even know they are doing. Also, with the IoT,
behavior and trends change faster than ever, so we need to update research and
findings more frequently as to not lag in our reporting.
Additionally, in the food industry, we’ve also traditionally
spent our time researching women. However, with equal proportions of men
and women millennials doing the grocery shopping, we can’t have blinders to
both genders!
How are shoppers
shaping the future of retail?
Powell: In food
ecommerce, there is a clash between the shopper’s perspective of value and the
retailers when it comes to ecommerce.  Shoppers are used to shopping
online for other categories (electronics, clothing, housewares, cleaning
supplies, etc.) and when they shop online for these products, they are
expecting to get great deals.  They have cost comparison sites and aps at
their fingertips and are quick and savvy deal shoppers.  They apply this
same thinking to their online grocery shopping and expect to find good prices
and deals. 
However, food retailers think that because of the
convenience of online grocery shopping, shoppers should be paying a
premium.  They charge fees for pickup and delivery, charge higher prices
for the same products, don’t integrate as many couponing options, and some even
ask for a tip for the person delivering.  Shoppers are not willing to pay
such a premium (only about $5) and therefore I don’t think we’re seeing the
shift as quickly as it’s happened for other goods.  It will be fascinating
to see how sites like Jet.com and amazon, which are modeled to give shoppers
great prices, will force the traditional brick-and-mortar- e-tailers to step up
their price savings game.
Why is it important
to link digital and physical shopper marketing? 
Powell: Even when
shoppers are in a physical store, they are connected digitally.  Whether
they are using their devices for shopping related activities or not depends on
the minute! A buzz from their purse or pocket triggers a look, a distraction
from the shelf, but also an opportunity to influence.  Of course, we must
be mindful of respecting the shopper’s desires for how often/what we contact
them about ‘ making sure to give the appropriate value exchange customized to
that shopper.
Where do you see retail moving in the next 5 years?
 I’m excited to see a nice balance of the tangible and intangible.  I
think retail shopping will become more immersive, experiential, and
destination-based.  Offering the benefits that are near impossible to
recreate. Perhaps even more analog, more customized. People have a
desire to disconnect sometimes, and to return to the simple. Or on the contrary,
offering high tech in-person experiences that aren’t possible in your own home
is also going to happen.  I’m also excited to see the continuation of the
tech explosion ‘ with voice search leading the way for a lot of cool
innovation.  Deliveries will be faster, subscriptions will grow, and brand
loyalty may make a comeback when shoppers spend more time speaking to their
devices versus searching through.

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Malcolm Gladwell, Authenticity & The Trump Era

In our profession, those who can foretell market trends will
always embody a competitive edge.
In the last 15 years, we’ve built TMRE: The Market Research Event into the
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This October, we’re thrilled to present the most
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Here’s what we’ll be
buzzing about at TMRE 2017:

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Superstar author Malcolm Gladwell reveals how
embracing technology has helped him forge new connections with his audience -
and what those lessons can teach our evolving industry.
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The new U.S. administration has created
unforeseen realities and risks for brands, with “authenticity”
emerging as a buzzword of the year. Peter Horst, former Chief Marketing
Officer, The Hershey Company. helps leaders navigate this changing environment
in Marketing in the Trump Age.
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Introducing the Breakthrough Technology Start-Up
Showcase, a chance to meet the biggest and most disruptive industry start-ups,
while networking with the leaders who’ll shape our industry for years to come.
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Brand-new for TMRE 2017, we’ve partnered with
Women in Research (WiRE) to present the Women in Research Awards, honoring
outstanding female industry leaders, movers and shakers. 
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4 Best Practices for Optimizing Packaging for E-Commerce

This post
was originally published on PRS IN VIVO’s blog.

How a new design system is introduced in market can
significantly influence sales.  Here are four ‘best practices for
minimizing risk:
1. Foster Brand
Recognition (via Visual Continuity)

First and foremost, shoppers are looking for reassurance
that they are buying the same product (online) that they know/trust from the
‘brick-and-mortar’ store.  So while pack images may be simplified for Web
‘thumbnails,’ it is important that they retain the brand’s core visual equities
and appearance.
2. Ensure High-Quality
& Informative Visuals

Simply put, some packages ‘ particularly white packs and/or
those that rely on foil, holograms and other tactile elements ‘ do not always
translate well to e-commerce environments and need refinements.  In
addition, a range of images (primary vs. secondary packaging, etc.) may be
necessary to illustrate the functionality and benefits of new packaging
formats.
3. Clearly
Convey/Reassure on Quantity

In the digital context, size impressions can be very
misleading.  Therefore, it is very important to provide clear reassurance
on pack sizing and quantity, particularly to highlight larger sizes.
4. Leverage
Digital Capabilities to Illustrate/Inform 

Perhaps most importantly, the e-commerce context provides
opportunities to inform/educate shoppers that are typically unavailable in
physical environments.  For example, one click can provide a clear explanation
of a full product line, helping shoppers find the right product for their needs
‘ or link to a video illustrate use of a new product.
For more information
about adopting packaging for e-commerce, please read this article here
Or contact PRS IN VIVO to
learn more about our research on the intersection of digital and physical
shopping.

Introducing the TMRE On Demand Webinar Series!

Introducing the TMRE On Demand Webinar
Series!

TMRE ON DEMAND
As insights leaders, we are
constantly tasked with evolving our skill sets and staying on top of the latest
MR trends.
The producers of TMRE: The Market
Research event are excited to announce that we’ll be delivering the
cutting-edge content and speakers to keep you informed year-round. The TMRE
webinar series takes you beyond the in-person event, and is designed for executives
with a relentless focus on securing the future of insights as a powerful force
for business success. Each quarter, the TMRE Webinar series delivers a 3-part
webinar experience designed to empower insights executives with the latest
information around hot topics to ensure insights drives bottom line impact.
Schedule of WEBINARS:
STORYTELLING WITH DATA
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 ‘ 2:00 ‘ 3:30 PM EST
Driving the
value of insights forward requires much more than just unearthing great data.
You need to use that data to tell a story and command influence across the
broader organization. Because storytelling may not be an inherent skill, this
3-part webinar focuses on how to use data to create an engaging, informative, compelling story. 
               
THE NEED FOR SPEED: BALANCING SPEED OF
INSIGHT WITH QUALITY OF INSIGHTS
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 – 2:00 – 3:30 PM
EST
There is a constant tug of war within
insights and research departments. Your internal end-users want things done
quickly and cheaply. While career market researches want to ensure they are
using the savviest tools and techniques, and not just will get the job done
first. This 3-part webinar focuses on how to balance speed and quality.
DEMYSTIFYING THE MILLENNIAL MINDSET
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 ‘ 2:00 ‘ 3:30 PM
EST
Millennials are currently the
largest purchasing base, but remain one of the biggest mysteries for companies
looking to understand the ‘why’ behind their actions and anticipate future
needs. This 3-part webinar focuses on MR in the on-demand mindset and generate
impactful insights that create brands/products around a purpose that speaks to
millennials.

Insights Interview: James Petretti, SVP, Research & Analytics, Sony Pictures TV

In our recent insights interview, we sat down with James Petretti,
Senior Vice President, U.S. Research and Analytics to discuss how to reach the new
age media consumer.
Here’s what Petretti had to say:
What is the state of
the media research industry in 2017?
Petretti: Media Research is more complicated than ever
before ‘ more platforms, more channels, more kinds of content and more measures
than ever before ‘ the different types of data sets, and sheer amount of it
that  we are required to work with today means we need to bring in new
skill sets and core competencies ‘ so it’s a constant learning process on top
of trying to stay on top of an ever-increasing amount of information’ it’s exhilarating
and exhausting at the same time.
What have been the
biggest changes in the industry since you started your career?
Petretti: We’ve
moved from an analog to digital world ‘ that’s changed everything.
Have the influx of
social media and mobile made your job easier or harder?
Petretti: Both ‘
there’s more data to have to consider ‘ but it’s often a rich data set that
allows us to have immediate feedback
How has the media
consumer changed in the past few years?
Petretti: The
Consumer is King today’ they’re in control
How can media
companies do a better job reaching the new age consumer?
Petretti: We need
to make sure we respect the consumer today ‘ when Media was a one to many
medium, media companies were driving the relationship ‘ but that’s changed and
we must respond in kind ‘ we can’t just look at consumers as ‘audience targets’
‘ we must understand them as individuals and consider how we can help satisfy
their needs and expectations.
What is the biggest
challenge in the media industry today?
Petretti: The
Business Model has not yet evolved to meet today’s realities ‘ the ad supported
television model is based on a captive audience trapped in linear time ‘ but
today viewers are liberated with extraordinary options that empower individual
control and increasingly asynchronous viewing.
Where do you see
media research moving in 5 years?

Petretti: Analytics,
Data Science and Data Visualization continue to become increasingly important
disciplines for media researchers ‘ we need to incorporate core competencies
from each to meet the demands of the new media world today and beyond.

Meet the Powerful Women Driving the Future of Customer Insights

TMRE: The Market Research Event and OmniShopper have some
exciting news to share’
Not only is TMRE partnering with WiRE (Women in Research)
for the first annual TMRE/WiRE Women in Research Award to celebrate some true
rock-star researchers, but we’re happy to share a preliminary list of powerful
women in insights confirmed to take the stage at both the TMRE and OmniShopper 2017
events.

Check out the inspiring women speaking at TMRE 2017:


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Dawn Cunningham, Chief Insights Officer, 3M
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Amber Case, Cyborg Anthropologist, Author, Calm
Technology
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Cole Nussbaum Knaffic, Founder, Storytelling
with Data
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Kristin Luck, Founder, WiRE: Women in Research
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Marina Kosten, VP Research – International
Theatrical, 20th Century Fox
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Elizabeth Merrick May, Head of Customer
Insights, Nest
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Christina Jenkins, Director, Global Business
Marketing, North America, Twitter
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Anna Fieler, Chief Marketing Officer, Popsugar
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Lisa Courtade, Head of Market Research, Merck
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Judy Melanson, SVP, Travel & Entertainment,
Chadwick Martin Bailey
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Amanda Hill, Chief Marketing Officer, A+E
Networks
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Margo Arton, Director of Ad Effectiveness
Research, Buzzfeed
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Lauren Zweifler, Senior Vice President
,Strategic Insights & Research, NBCUniversal
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Terrae Schroeder, Senior Director, Wholesome
& Shopper Insights, NA Snacks, Kellogg
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Theresa Pepe, VP of Research, Viacom
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Sarita Bhagwat, Vice President, Market
Intelligence, Fidelity Investments
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Julie Brown, President, The Center for Strategy
Research
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Lori Tarabeck, Global Market Insights, Abbott
Diabetes Care
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Renata Polcicio, Vice President, Fan and Media
Intelligence, International, Global Markets, ESPN
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Jennifer Avery, Director, Consumer Insights,
Universal Orlando Resort
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Sara Fahim, Senior Research & Innovation
Consultant, Seek Company
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Tiffany Sanders, Business Intelligence &
Research, CBS
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Emily Akinson, Insights & Planning, Consumer
& Market Insights, Kellogg
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Mary Beth Jowers, Consumer Insights Lead for
North, Central and Eastern Europe, Gruppo Campari
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Stephanie Cunningham, Senior Manager, Customer
Insights & Analytics, eBay
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Lina Roncancio, Insights & Innovation
Director, Discovery Communications Latin America
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Michelle Gansle, Director, Consumer & Market
Insights, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
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Karin Kricorian, Director, Management Science
and Integration, Disney
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Sarah Beachler, Director, Market Research &
Client Insights, Sephora
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Beth Coleman, SVP Marketing and Partner
Insights, Viacom
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Samantha Dawkins, Vice President, Client
Strategy & Advocacy, ADP
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Gabriela McCoy, Director of Global Consumer
Insights, Bacardi
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Kassie Deng, Director, Marketing & Partner
Insights, Viacom
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Lyndsey Albertson, Director of Sales Research,
ABC
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Maria Cristina Antonio, Director, Metabolic
Insights & Analytics, Novo Nordisk
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Julia Oswald, Senior Vice President, Strategy
& Insights, Domino’s Pizza
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Carley Metsker, Vice President, Client Service,
Directions Research
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Monika Mandrakas, Market Researcher &
Customer Advocate, Mutual of Omaha
View the TMRE brochure
for a full list of speakers:
https://goo.gl/1Ricj2
Check out the inspiring women speaking at OmniShopper 2017:

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Shopper Marketing Activations: Marketing &
Merchandising: J Lynn Martinez, Vice President & Team Lead Kroger, Dr
Pepper Snapple Group
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Customer Experience Design: How Research &
Design Collaborate to Build New and Differentiated Experiences: Kate Kompelien,
Customer Experience – Center for Excellence for Research & Strategy, Best
Buy
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Omnichannel Customer Analysis: Lakshmi
Venkataramari, Senior Director, Customer Insights & Analytics, Walmart
eCommerce
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Winning in Her Purse: Kelley Styring, Principal,
InsightFarm
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Knowledge is Power, If You Can Find It: Ashley
Starke & Diana Powell, Manager, Shopper Insights, ConAgra Foods
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Team Structure Doesn’t Matter: Sue Butler, Director
of Omnichannel Insights, Walmart
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Going Beyond Behavior to Drive Category Growth:
Monica Melichar, Senior Manager, Consumer Insights, Beam Suntory & Erin
Barber, Senior Vice President, C+R Research
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Longitudinal Data & the Low Purchase
Frequency Category: Stacy Carty, Shopper Insights, Samsung
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Driving Change While Driving the Business:
Improving Tools & Automation: Theresa Hendrickson, Director, eCommerce
Engineering – Business Tools & Processes, Best Buy
View the OmniShopper
Brochure for a full list of speakers: https://goo.gl/Qw8Juo
Use exclusive
LinkedIn discount code TMRE17LI for $100 off the current rate. Buy tickets to
TMRE now:
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Use exclusive
LinkedIn discount code OMNI17LI for $100 off the current rate. Buy tickets to
OmniShopper now:
https://goo.gl/Qw8Juo
Also, don’t miss our
upcoming free webinar ‘Storytelling with Data’ http://bit.ly/2o0bpAS
featuring speakers Kelsy Saulsbury, Manager, Consumer Insight & Analytics,
Schwan’s Shared Services, LLC and Bill Greenwald, Founder and Chief
Neuroleaderologist, Windsor Leadership Group, LLC. 
Driving the value of
insights forward requires much more than just unearthing great data. You need
to use that data to tell a story and command influence across the broader
organization. Because storytelling may not be an inherent skill, this webinar
focuses on how to use data to create an engaging, informative, compelling
story.  Register for the webinar here:
http://bit.ly/2o0bpAS
Cheers,
The TMRE & OmniShopper Teams
@TMRE
@OmniShopper

Why Social Influence is Important in Business: Q&A with Jonah Berger

We were lucky enough to recently catch up with one of our
favorite conference speakers Jonah Berger, who is well-known as a Wharton
Professor and Bestselling Author of Invisible
Influence
and Contagious:
Why Things Catch On
.
Berger shared some key insights about why social
influence is key to business from his new book Invisible Influence.

Here’s what Jonah had to say:
What is ‘social
influence’?
Berger: Social
influence is the impact people have on others around them. We vote if our
spouse is voting, run faster if someone else is watching us, or switch our entr??e
if someone at the table orders the same thing.  In each instance, others’
behavior influences or affects our own. Those others can be spouses and
friends, but also people we never even talk to, like the stranger sitting next
to us on the plane.  Social influence effects small things, like the food
we eat, but also big things like the career we choose or whether we save money
for retirement. Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of all decisions are shaped by
others. It’s hard to find a decision or behavior that isn’t affected by other
people.
Why is social
influence important in business?
Berger: If we
understand how influence works, we can harness its power. We can convince
a client, change the boss’ mind, and motivate employees to take action.  One section of the book, for example, talks
about how being a chameleon can make you more successful. Researchers looked at
what makes someone a good negotiator. 
What makes them more likely to reach a deal when all looks
lost. And they found that one simple trick led negotiators to be 5x as
successful. That trick?  Imitating or mimicking the language,
behavior, or facial expressions of their negotiating partner. If their partner
crossed their legs, they did the same.  And if their partner leaned back
in the chair, they did so as well. Not obviously, but subtly mirroring
their partner.  Turns out the same trick works in a range of
contexts. Waiters or waitresses that mimic their patrons’ orders get 70%
higher tips.  Mimicry increases liking, trust, and affiliation.  It
deepens social bond and makes people feel a kinship that turns strangers into
friends and acquaintances into allies.
Why is social
influence key to reaching the right customers?
Berger: Word of
mouth is 10x as effective as traditional advertising. People trust it more and
its more targeted.  So, to reach the right customers, we have to turn our
existing customers into advocates. Use social influence to get them to
talk about and share our message and bring new converts in along the way. 
 
How can individuals
harness the power of social influence to make better decisions in their
personal lives?  
Berger: If we
understand how influence works, we can take advantage of its benefits and avoid
its downsides. Following others can provide a useful shortcut that saves
time and effort. If lots of people chose or did something, it’s probably pretty
good. So, others can be a valuable source of information, a heuristic that
simplifies decision making. Other times, however, following others can
lead us astray.  So, simple tricks like considering whether others have
the same preferences as we do can help us avoid going the wrong way.
Have you ever been personally affected by the power of
social influence? What is an example?
Certainly. I was telling lawyer friend of mine from DC about
the book and he was lamenting the effect of social influence on his
colleagues. He said the first thing new lawyers in DC do when they make
partner is go out and buy a BMW.  I said that was interesting, but then
pointed out that he himself was a DC lawyer and drove a BMW. He said yes, but
they all drive grey BMWs. I bought a blue one.
What I love about this story is that it perfectly
encapsulates the tension inherent in social influence.  People often think
being influenced means doing the same thing as others, but it’s more complex
than that.  There’s more than one flavor of influence. Sure, sometimes we
imitate those around us, but we also care about standing out and being
unique.  So, when do we do the same thing as others and when do we do
something different. 
In your book, you
share an experiment about cockroaches and how their behavior changed when they
had an audience.  What insights can you share about how we behave when our
actions are observed?
Berger: It makes
sense that people and animals might work harder when there is a
competition.  If two pigeons are racing to get the last piece of bread, or
two people are competing to win a golf tournament, the desire to achieve the
reward or win the competition might lead people and animals to work harder.
Even the mere presence of others though, can have similar effects. 
Cockroaches, for example, ran faster through a maze when
other cockroaches were watching them, even though those others weren’t directly
competing.  People behave similarly.  The mere fact that someone is
watching us can increase motivation and performance.  But for new or
difficult tasks, others can sometimes have the opposite effect.  Having
someone else in the car when we’re trying to parallel park, for example, makes
it harder for most of us to fit in the spot.  So, whether others presence
helps or hurts depends on the nature of the task.

Is Amazon in the Room?

By: Laura Sigman

This post was
originally published on the LightSpeed Research blog.

On a recent
earnings call
, Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of Lightspeed’s parent company WPP, talked
about what keeps him up at night. And no; it’s not (necessarily) his infant
daughter ‘ it’s Amazon.
‘And I would just mention the rise of Amazon, because in
answer to the question, my favorite question is what worries you when you go to
bed at night and when you wake up in the morning. It’s not a three-month-old
child (laughter), it’s Amazon, which is a child still, but not three months.
And Amazon’s penetration of most areas is frightening, if not terrifying to
some, and I think there is a battle brewing between Google and Amazon.’
The fear mostly seems to be of the unknown, as Amazon is
thought to be quietly
pursuing an advertising strategy
 carefully away from the watchful eyes
of Wall
Street
.
Is Amazon really committed? They are by pure virtue of their
strategically evolving business model. By being among the first big players on
the e-commerce scene, they cemented their early adapter consumers to them.
They’ve grown a multimedia offer around their core competency, and now Amazon
knows not only what we read, but what we search for, what we buy, what we
watch, what we listen to. I’m an Amazon Prime customer, and I take advantage of
all of the bells and whistles that come along with it. So they know what
content I’m engaging with, and whether I’m connecting to the content from my
PC, smartphone, tablet or Alexa. And they can leverage this vast supply of
shopper and behavioral data to sell hyper-targeted advertising to brands who
can then speak directly to me.
When you look at it like that, it’s really not much
different than how we’ve worked in the panel world. Historically, we have facilitated
the conversations brands have with consumers, and have evolved by taking
advantage of emerging technologies to help amplify those conversations. And,
like Amazon, we grew our business by embracing early on that panelists
(consumers) are people, too. 
(Believe it or not, it’s not as obvious to
everyone as that sounds!) Today’s consumers want to have meaningful
interactions, but they also want to have them when and where is convenient to
them. So we meet them on their devices of choice; we always design surveys
mobile-first (in fact, Lightspeed has an
entire team dedicated to this
) and we use
data appends
 to reach the right consumer with the right questions. We
invite survey respondents to answer open-ends with video
responses
 ‘ an engaging experience for them resulting in more
meaningful data for brands to act on. We’re able to blur the line between quant
and qual, intercepting surveys with invites to participate in deeper, on-point
conversations. And brands can leverage all of this to create hyper-targeted
advertising that speaks directly to their consumers. Which ties back to that
Amazon example I shared above.
As Kantar pointed out at their FragmentNation
event
, the marketplace is splintering — not with a whimper but with a
bang. So while the ad world should fear the Amazon in the room, it should also
embrace it. It’s an eye-opening reminder that consumers are advertising’s most
valuable assets in a marketplace that is more diverse and fragmented than ever.

Here Comes Gen Z: 10 Keys to Understanding Them

According to Open Mind Strategy
research, these are the top things to know about the new kids on the block Gen
Z:
1. Huge
Gen Zs make up more than
a third of the world’s population and comprise nearly a quarter of the US
population ‘ bigger than both Millennials and Baby Boomers ‘ and still being
born.
2. The most diverse
generation ever
Gen Z will be the last
majority-White generation born in the United States. Already the white majority
is holding on by a thread, only 51% of Gen Z born into non-Hispanic White
families.
This generation’s
diversity also extends to their sexuality and gender identity. More than
one-third of Gen Zs self-identify as bisexual to some degree; more than half
know someone who uses gender-neutral pronouns.
3. They idolize
Influencers, not Celebrities
Most dedicate more time
to YouTube than any other social site and their view of celebrities isn’t limited
to movie stars and musicians, note the billions of views racked up by YouTube
stars RayWilliamJohnson and PewDiePie. They want to emulate self-made
Influencers who are just like them.
4. A plan to get paid
While Gen Zs are
certainly passion-driven, if they know their passions won’t lead to financial
stability, they have a plan for something that will. In everything from
entrepreneurship to sports, kids and teens are finding places to excel early
and focus their efforts in hopes of a payoff.
5. Having safe fun
Gen Zs are still
teenagers! They want to have a good time, but they don’t want to negatively
impact the successful future they are working to build. The teen pregnancy and
birth rate are at historic lows, as is the usage of cigarettes and heroin among
high-schoolers.
6. Caring about ‘cool’
Gen Z is snarky and very
image aware. With the ever-growing influence of social media, there is a
palpable return of ‘cool kids’ and ‘losers’ among Gen Z. They will quickly take
down a post that doesn’t receive enough likes for fear of someone seeing its
lack of attention.
7. Don’t share
everything online
Gen Z takes a crafted
and curated approach to posts. They are more aware of who they are sharing
their lives with and how it affects their identity, which is why platforms like
Snapchat are so appealing. They saw the devastating effects party pics had on
their sibling’s scholarship or job offer.
8. No Mo ‘Beta Boys’
Gen Z boys want to be
taken more seriously. To them, girls are certainly equal, but not better.
Gen Z boys want in on the partnership by taking themselves a bit more seriously
in school, work and relationships, but also embracing their sensitive side.
9. Mostly cynical
Gen Zs have realistic
expectations and are skeptical that the world will work in their favor. More
than eight in 10 Gen Zs were born after September 11. Growing up, conflicts
over issues like the economy, gun violence and climate change, have been
common. As a result, these teens have developed a valid claim to cynicism.
10. Still KIDS!
This generation is just
beginning to come of age, and as uptight as they may seem, they’re still kids
who haven’t quite figured it all out yet. They’re working hard and taking
themselves seriously, but they are still silly, young, fun and undeclared.
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