What the older generation really wants from marketers

Stereotypical views of older people are preventing marketers from communicating effectively with them. Jenny Hearne, head of thinkers’ thoughts at behavioural research agency Watch Me Think, uncovers their views and aspirations through an in-depth qualitative study.

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Survey fatigue and the Millennial prerogative

Content farms on ring roads and bypasses churn out heaps of junk for what, even recently, were reasonable media companies. So a legion of DIY pollsters bombard everyone – not just these poor millennials – with pointless, relentlessly devaluing and utterly ignorable polls.

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Unilever and Kraft Heinz

The exciting stuff often starts with Unilever. Look at IIex this week and see how many of the presentations start with someone talking with Unilever. It hasn’t happened by accident – they’ve developed a system that enables that.

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The genesis of “research-horsesht”

This is a very large petard. And a lot of people are making some elementary handling errors (let’s be charitable).

The objective, of course, is easy copy and easy clicks. For this industry, it’s terribly tabloid, and likely to prove pernicious.

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Who’s to blame?

The consumer’s lack of desire to find out the real stories generally means that they can be taken for a massive ride.

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Mind the Gap vs What GAAAAaaaaaaa!?

Some manufacturers are treating the major trends that are disrupting their industry as the elephant in the room. How to spot the cracks and avoid the gaps.

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