Say Goodbye to Generation Bashing

Say Goodbye to Generation Bashing

The Great Recession was the economic event that shaped the Millennials' prospects just as they were ready to enter the job market. They stayed at home, went back to school, took advantage of the gig economy and eventually trickled into the workforce. At first, there was a lot of interest in catering to these novel consumers and fresh new workers. Brands wanted to sell to them and companies wanted to hire them.Then, when they were just about to embark on their adult life (albeit later than the previous generations), the Millennial bashing began. Their public digital lives and willingness to share their opinion came back to bite them. They were pegged as late-blooming, lazy, entitled spendthrifts who spent most of their time socializing and skirting responsibility.

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Market Research in the Age of the Lean Startup

Market Research in the Age of the Lean Startup

The lean approach to startups, innovation and product development is all the rage - and for good reason. There are many benefits to the lean approach, including quicker time to market, reduced development costs, more innovative products and improved customer relationships. However, companies outside the web/digital space can struggle executing on some of the principles of lean development, and even technology companies need a clear vision and strategy, along with processes for collecting and analyzing feedback, to embrace lean principles. Market research can bridge those gaps!

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Uncovering Invisible Influence In Consumer Behavior

Uncovering Invisible Influence In Consumer Behavior

Ask yourself this question the next time you are deciding what clothes to buy, where to eat, or which television show to watch: How much do other people's behaviors influence your choices? In the book Invisible Influence, author Jonah Berger argues that the decisions we make are influenced a great deal by other people. Not only that, but we are often unaware of this influence, hence its "invisible" nature.

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A Peek Into The Future Of Retail

A Peek Into The Future Of Retail

From forecasting the outright death of retail as we know it to anticipating the "Singularity" (where physical and digital retail worlds merge completely), the future of retail has been heavily debated among experts for several years now. What most speakers and attendees at the Shopper Insights conference ultimately agreed upon is that, despite rapid change, the fundamentals of retail remain the same as ever: consumers continue to look for a balance between value and convenience, while embracing unique and positive experiences - prompting them to explore new channels as they emerge.

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