New Research Uncovers Voters Who May Not Be Participating In Polls — And May Determine Election

From Forbes on August 22, 2016:

Newly released research by Drs. Martin Block and Don Schultz of the Medill School of Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University has uncovered a significant group of potential voters who represent 30% of the population and may have not been analyzed before. As a result, this group may play a significant role in determining the upcoming presidential election. Continue reading…

How Digital and New Competitors are Impacting Grocery

Guest post by Ron Lunde, Senior Marketing, Advertising Executive & Market Strategy Consultant

Choices = Disruption
What must companies do today to generate billions of dollars in revenue, create thousands of jobs, reward investors and sustain the environment —Survive? They have to think about it. They have to make new choices. They have to think outside the box, they have to think in new boxes. They must reframe both their personal and corporate mental & business models. They have to be able to Innovate and Re-Innovate.

  • Cell phones weren’t introduced by AT& T
  • Online mapping was not introduced by Rand McNally
  • Overnight package delivery wasn’t introduced by the U.S. Postal Service
  • Diet and caffeine-free soft drinks weren’t introduced by Coke

There is a significant lost opportunity and cost inflicted on companies if their management teams are mired in the status quo, teams that don’t or can’t tackle the hard work of Innovation and Re-Innovation.  Continue reading

Wal-Mart’s Dot Com Dilemma Won’t Be Solved By Jet.com

From Forbes on August 12, 2016:

The recent record-setting acquisition of e-commerce start-up Jet.com has certainly given Wal-Mart Stores its fair share of headlines lately. The deal, which is still subject to regulatory approval, has been heralded as Wal-Mart’s strike back at rival Amazon.com and a jolt to the discounter’s standing in the digital retail arena, vis-à-vis Jet.com’s innovative Smart Cart technology as well as it’s potentially lucrative base of younger (read: Millennial) and more affluent shoppers. However, recent analysis of consumer data collected by Prosper Insights & Analytics suggests that Walmart.com is struggling with deeper, core customer issues that the Jet.com buyout isn’t likely to fix. Continue reading

Prosper Insights & Analytics’ Future-Oriented Consumer Insights Now Available to Prevedere’s Customers

Columbus, Ohio —8/1/2016 — Prosper Insights & Analytics™, a leading provider of business intelligence solutions, and Prevedere, a leader in business performance forecasting, announced today that they have formed an alliance to provide ‘a la carte’ access to Prosper’s unique and forward-looking U.S. and China consumer data as a premium offering within Prevedere’s solution. A decade of Prosper’s emotional and mindset data plus future purchase intentions will complement Prevedere’s robust dataset that includes external factors such as global economic, environmental, and consumer behavior leading indicators. This partnership will allow clients to easily integrate these influences into their existing predictive models for more accurate forecasts.  Continue reading

Brexit Sends Tremors Through Consumer Psyche

From Forbes on July 28, 2016:

Brexit anxiety, stock market volatility and acts of violence are reflected in this month’s consumer sentiment readings. Deborah Weinswig, Managing Director of Fung Global Retail & Technology, weighs in on how it may affect consumer spending and the back to school shopping season. Continue reading…

Chinese Consumers More Online Oriented, Confident In Economy Than American Counterparts

From Forbes on July 14, 2016:

According to Fung Global Retail & Technology’s recently released report titled The State of Consumers in the US and China, there are some stark differences between US and Chinese consumers, including in terms of consumer sentiment and online shopping behavior. It is important for marketers to understand consumer spending behavior in the world’s two largest economies, as any movement could tip an already fragile global market.

Deborah Weinswig, Managing Director of Fung Global Retail & Technology, said that key findings from the report include: Continue reading…

Solving The Ad Waste Issue: A Possibility Or A Dream?

From Forbes on July 12, 2016:

The conference agenda contained a session that jumped off the page and whacked me on the side of the head. It promoted a 6 Step Program for guaranteed marketing improvement and elimination of ad waste. It went on to say something about how today’s markets are different from the past and constantly shifting. The old marketing methods are no longer applicable for today’s marketplace and won’t provide the requisite skills for developing sustainable revenues and profits. But leave your expert resume outside as only those willing to be challenged to change in an interactive environment need to attend.

I had never seen a session that didn’t want you to attend before, nor one that challenged my attitude to change, so I penciled this one in. Continue reading…

Has Wal-Mart’s Revamped ShippingPass Subscription Ignited Shopper Interest?

From Forbes on June 28, 2016:

Nearly a year after its test launch, Wal-Mart Stores recently revamped its ShippingPass delivery subscription program, rolling back the price of a yearly membership by $1 – to $49/year – and speeding up the delivery time frame from three days to two. At the time of these changes, mid-May, the program appeared to be invitation-only, allowing interested shoppers to sign up for a wait list for membership. As of late June, while ShippingPass is still termed a “pilot” program, Walmart – per its website – has opened up subscriptions to “everyone, no invitation required.”  With Walmart now offering comparable shipping speed at half the price of Amazon’s popular Prime membership, has consumer interest ignited for ShippingPass? Continue reading