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As a marketer, are you guilty of casual sexism?

So much has been highlighted in the media about modern parents.  Despite seeing significant changes in traditional family roles, dads’ contributions to household responsibilities are often overlooked. We are excited to say we have completed our own research exploring what it means to be a dad in 21st Century Britain.  Our findings are illuminating! The traditional… Read more »

Knowledge is a powerful thing… If you know it about the right person

Participant quality is the biggest challenge facing the research industry at present, according to Livemind and SketchBook’s 2018 Research on Recruitment report. Effective recruitment is about finding genuine people who meet the brief and can contribute meaningfully to a project; it’s not just about bums on seats. Particularly in the fickle world of FMCG, it… Read more »

Modern Dad: A misrepresented man?

Much has been made in the recent marketing press of the role of mum. Research studies conducted by Unilever and Mumsnet with Saatchi & Saatchi unpick what it means to be a mum today and in doing so, paint a picture of a hugely diverse group of women whose individual needs are not being well… Read more »

Is it time to revisit your ABCs?

The social grading classification system was launched by the National Readership Survey in 1956 and to quote them “has been the research industry’s source of social grade data for over 50 years”.  Quite right.  We are all too familiar with the ‘BC1’ or ‘C2D’ letter sequences on research briefs.  But are we so familiar with… Read more »

Times are changing…

Traditional wisdom says that focus groups happen in the evening – ‘after work’ – when people can freely give their two penn’orth on everything from credit cards and cupcakes to washing machines and food on the move. But is ‘after work’ really the best, or most relevant time to carry out research these days? When… Read more »

It’s time to take plastic off the menu

Sir David Attenborough has always been on my celebrity dinner party list, and I’m thrilled by his return to the BBC for Blue Planet II. I’ve been marvelled both by him, and by the oceans beyond our more familiar shorelines. As magical as the marine life and cinematography is in the new series, within the… Read more »

Millennial Schmillennial… It’s time to move on!

So much has been written about the Millennial generation, yet it seems that they are still very misunderstood.  On the one hand, Millennials are all mobile phone addicts who are selfish, lazy and not willing to work hard.  On the other, they are confident influencers who are entrepreneurial, educated, and open-minded.  So, what gives? I… Read more »

Understanding humans needs a human touch

The market research industry today is unrecognizable from the industry it was a few years ago. In many ways, the art of understanding people has been made easier through technology and there is much talk in the media of brands turning increasingly to automated research to improve efficiency and accuracy of information. If this is… Read more »

Millennials to place CSR at the forefront of business objectives

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a big buzz topic in contemporary business, and with the gross value of ‘matters CSR’ worth £76bn in the UK alone, it’s clearly an important commercial focus. We have seen a rise in people taking an active interest in the ethical practices of the companies they buy from; there’s active… Read more »

Is TV still an effective medium?

With competition from Netflix and a host of new digital video providers, the television industry has undergone seismic changes over the last five years. But one thing has remained constant: TV is still by far the most effective advertising medium.  Traditional TV advertising has been getting a bit of a kicking in the press; with… Read more »