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For Tweens and Teens, Imperfect is the New Perfect

One need look no further than a before and after picture of the Kardashian family to understand that beauty can, in fact, be bought. For teens and tweens with their “anyone can be famous” mentality, beauty and notoriety appear to be the ultimate goal. However, we are seeing a lash back from Gen Z and…

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What Americans Were Thinking as the New Year Began

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In a recent study conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs Omnibus Division, “What Americans were thinking as the new year began”, surprisingly, only 1 in 5 expressed concern for the stock market in 2016. Maybe they are well insulated with my investment strategy, or their prognostication skills are worse than the millions who picked the Carolina Panthers to dribble the Denver Bronco’s fribble in Super Bowl 50, or thankfully they have an intelligent head on their shoulders and realize the market rises and falls with regularity.

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To Drive-Thru, or Not Drive-Thru?

To drive-thru, or not drive-thru, that is certainly the question!

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While credit for the first drive-thru business in the US goes to The Grand National Bank in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1930, Sheldon, “Red” Chaney, operator of Red’s Giant Hamburger in Springfield, Missouri, on famous Route 66, is credited with opening the first successful restaurant operated drive-thru in 1947.  Don’t ask me how the drive-thru phenomenon occurred in the Show Me state not once, but twice.  I thought Missourians were skeptics, and would want to see it, touch it, taste it, before driving off into the Midwest sunset.  Guess not.

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Inspiration by Consumer, Insight from Ipsos

Consumers are the lifeblood of innovation. To honor the consumer is to fuel the very soul of innovation in earnest. The Passion of the Consumer How do we think about the consumer? The consumer is you. The consumer is me. The consumer is the business builder, the innovator, and the entrepreneur. The consumer is the daring soul…

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Ironically, Celebrating is our Favorite Holiday Activity

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and since we’ve no place to go, let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! Let me tell you something, if the ghost of Frank Sinatra starts harmonizing the famous song from lyricist Sammy Cahn near area codes (617) (508), or (978), in…

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Finding a Balance: Why & How to Tap Into the Emotional and Rational Sides of your Consumers

In late October, the World Health Organization issued a report indicating that processed meats raise the risk of colon cancer and consuming red meats “probably” raises the risk of cancer as well. Based on my very unscientific review of reactions to the report, I noted a tremendous amount of variability. Many in the scientific and medical professions…

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Living the American Dream

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Hey now brown cow, it’s time to plunk down your dowry, passbook savings, piggybank jar, and money you stashed in the freezer in case Armageddon was just around the corner!  It’s time to own a home, and be a part of the great American Dream.  In this month’s Ipsos US Omnibus Infographic series, Living the American Dream, we explore this topic as well as consumer attitudes and behaviors towards home improvement projects.

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Happy it’s Back to School?

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Why do so many parents look like fans jumping out of their collective seats at an exciting sporting event, the day their kids head back to school?

Maybe it’s the release of the Kraken from its summer nest, or all the free time work-from-home-adults suddenly achieve, or the unabashed excitement parents feel towards the Matterhorn of homework about to be poured down their children’s throats!  Whatever the reason, school is back in session, and bus driver Bob is rumbling, bumbling, and stumbling down every back woods street across America delivering our most precious assets to and from their daily dose of academic enrichment.

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To Grill or Not to Grill

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To grill, or not to grill, that is the question my dear Ophelia? I know, I know wrong Shakespeare character.

In a recent Ipsos Public Affairs survey, Is Outdoor Cooking America’s Favorite Summer Pastime?, we explore America’s passion for grilling, spending time with friends, and enjoying a refreshing summer cocktail. It seems as if quite a bit of us escape the kitchen heat for the backyard grill. Eight in ten (81%) cook outside during the summer months, on average about six times per month, and almost 1 out of every 2 Americans (49%), feel cooking outside is the #1 best thing about preparing meals at home during the summer.

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Can’t Get No Job Satisfaction? Think Again.

85% of Americans are satisfied with their jobs; however most would change something if possible, or at least this is what a recent survey from Ipsos Public Affairs’ Omnibus Division recently uncovered. In the May survey, US Work Place Satisfaction, it seems as if most workers are satisfied with their job, but would like a more appropriate salary (27% with women 34%), and benefits (17% with women at 19%). What would I change? Well probably a more comfortable chair, room with a view, access to more K-Cup coffee machines, and an ability to walk on water.

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