Fraser Doherty – The Adventures of Jam Boy

email Alistair if you need the password. The SuperJam seed was sown when Fraser was 14 years old and taught to make jam by his Grandma. Fraser started selling his jam at farmers markets and local shops, before borrowing his dad’s suit and eventually pitching his product to Waitrose. A few attempts later and Waitrose …

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Sam Conniff – BeMorePirate

email Alistair if you need the password. Ignoring their pillage and plunder, the golden age of pirates are the innovators we should be learning from. One way we can be more pirate is to pretend to hear ‘go’ when your boss says ‘no’. As Sam so brilliantly did when trying to promote his book without …

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Alternatives to face-to-face research

Alternatives to focus groups, in-depth interviews, in-home testing? Need to conduct face-to-face research? Are your plans for focus-groups, possibly in-depth interviews or in-person in-home testing having to be temporarily suspended? If so, what alternatives are open to you? (Independent quallie? Read this first…) Alternatives to physically being there It’s the same issue faced by businesses, …

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Proof that “consumer closeness” is just lip service?

Around 9 years ago the 2 gents pictured below started a business. It had the mantra of getting companies closer to their consumers. Plus some weird stuff about walking in their shoes… don’t ask. Evangelists for Customer Closeness They had seen the truth that many companies all too often surrounded themselves with what was familiar. …

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Opportunity Identification

Qualitative opportunity identification utilizes consumers to uncover real pain points, needs, and workarounds to drive innovation towards actual gaps in the market, faster. Involving the consumer earlier in the process narrows the scope of innovation and quickly allows client teams to focus on what’s important: solving REAL consumer problems. It’s estimated that of the 30,000 …

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Pre and Post Launch Consumer Reviews

Qualitative pre and post launch consumer reviews deliver consumer-led innovation and sustainable commercial success with an ROI that large quantitative studies just can’t do.  If you keyword search worst product launches in any given year, you will find a plethora of highly entertaining examples of products from around the world that should never have seen …

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“Ain’t no laws when you’re drinking Claws”

It’s been a fascinating few months watching the development of the White Claw phenomenon and its grip on the US. In case you hadn’t heard of it, here’s a quick summary of what you’ve missed: The Hard Seltzer brand, launched in 2016, has become such a cultural phenomenon that this summer has become known as …

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Big Brands vs Smaller Craft Players

For many years the big brands have dominated the shelves in the UK Supermarkets. However, in recent years, there’s been a significant rise in smaller, independent and craft brands across multiple categories, with the food and drinks categories being especially disrupted. Given the scale of the disruption, we decided to explore consumer thoughts and perceptions …

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Opportunity Identification Case Study: CBD Skincare

Within the last year, CBD is popping up everywhere, it’s the hottest trend and the buzziest ingredient. Even with all this buzz, what do we really know about consumers who use it and what is desired from its use? CBD is currently the newest cure all – it will provide relaxation, eliminate pain, bring better …

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Post Launch Review: Hostess Bakery Petites

The idea of including treats and eliminating deprivation is currently a trend in the diets of US adults hoping to achieve a balanced diet. More adults are practicing a ‘treat yourself mentality’ with 46% of adults choosing products that are familiar from childhood.* One area of familiarity is the snack cake, often produced by Hostess. …

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