Articles Posted in Marketing & Innovation


On Concept Writing: From What’s Now to What’s Next – The Evolution of Concept Stimuli

In my last article, I shared some R&D conducted by Ipsos on how consumers consume concepts. The results indicated that consumers typically do not consume traditional concepts in a linear fashion: they almost always start with the image and then the headline, moving to the insight and then price (typically at the bottom of the…

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It Takes a Village: Driving Innovation with Online Communities

They say it takes a village to raise a child, and now that I have a rambunctious one year old of my own, I completely agree. But as a researcher, I could not help but think this is also true of developing an innovation. It takes a helping hand and input from hundreds, if not…

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Stay Plugged In With Your Customers

Let’s face it. The telecommunications marketplace can be tough. There are more companies than ever competing for market share, and consumers are becoming increasingly fickle towards brands. If a positive experience isn’t delivered, there’s a good chance they will move onto another brand.

In exploring the telecommunications landscape, we’ve identified several business realities that manufacturers and marketers must face. Companies that acknowledge and address these realities are more likely to see increased trust, loyalty and satisfaction among consumers.

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I moved so slow, I didn’t know that I was backing up

It’s not that often you see an article about concept testing titled with a lyric from a rock band; even less often a band called “The New Pornographers.” (Note to the Ipsos IT department:  I swear, it’s a band, don’t take away my Internet access, it’s from a great song called Backstairs – sorry I…

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Neuroscience: Three Major Shifts to Keep in Mind

We know that much of consumer buying behavior is driven by emotion. So, the ability to understand emotional response is critical to comprehending what may be the most influential driver of business success. And yet, powerful emotional response  so often resides in the non-conscious parts of our brain. How then, can we as researchers harness…

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Just who are your products fighting?

In my day-to-day work focusing on product development and product testing related issues, it’s always interesting to see that some of the seemingly most basic questions are the ones that are the most difficult. One of the struggles I’ve witnessed most recently is the struggle to identify the “right” competitive benchmark, whether the objective is…

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Dear Diary, I’m leaving you for my Mobile App!

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The diary dilemma… For years, diary studies have been conducted to get a closer look into the consumer experience as well as usage of various products and services, both while in-home and on-the-go. Truth be told, the level of information obtained from diaries is invaluable as it allows for an intimate glimpse into not only…

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On Concept Writing: How Consumers Consume Concepts

We spend a lot of time honing our concepts, making sure that the language is just right before going into a quantitative test. But how many of us have thought about how respondents (i.e., consumers) actually consume concepts? In this article, we’ll take a look at some R&D conducted by Ipsos InnoQuest that leveraged eye…

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Mike Colledge | The Success of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been a huge success, raising awareness of the disease and significantly increasing donations. Social media streams were filled with video challenges for months – you’ve likely taken the challenge yourself or know someone who has! So we asked Canadians about their awareness, attitudes and action toward the challenge. Ipsos Reid’s Canadian Public Affairs President, Mike Colledge, shares insights on one of the most viral philanthropic marketing campaigns to date.

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Researching by Design: How does Research Fit into Design-Thinking Innovation?

Earlier this spring, Newell Rubbermaid announced the opening of a new state-of-the-art Design Center in Michigan, joining an “exclusive club of design-driven companies that recognize design and innovation as a competitive advantage”. Design thinking and design-led innovation philosophies and methods have been gaining significant traction over the last few years , propelled by the likes of IDEO and the…

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