Marketing, customer satisfaction and loyalty
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Ghost kitchens : the next disruption in the restaurant industry?
Jan08

Ghost kitchens : the next disruption in the restaurant industry?

I recently reflected on Deliveroo’s and Uber’s ghost kitchens which have appeared in various cities (read here and there) of the US and in London (read this article in the Guardian). Those ghost kitchen make perfect economic sense : margins are thin in the restaurant industry, driven by high employees-related costs, rent, expensive equipment and variability in demand. Setting up a restaurant is a bet with a 5 to 20-year...

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Market research : authentication on media website, a growing trend
Nov08

Market research : authentication on media website, a growing trend

As announced in an earlier article of this blog, I organized a 2-day conference on Single-Sign-On at RTBF (read more here). From a market research perspective this conference allowed participants to clearly understand that SSO was a growing trend among public service broadcasters. We had the please to listen to 9 amazing speakers from very different organizations and horizons : Tim Rowell (Piano.io), Ben Sekhon (Gigya, leader on the...

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How Delhaize Urban Farm fits into their marketing strategy
Oct30

How Delhaize Urban Farm fits into their marketing strategy

Supermarkets Delhaize are known for a marketing strategy based on differentiation : premium products and a broader assortiment are part of Delhaize DNA. Delhaize has also invested for several years in its branding and has started positioning itself as a respectful brand. The opening of its urban farm on top of Delhaize Boondael (Brussels) roof is a cornerstone of this strategy. I had the pleasure to be invited by Delhaize to visit the...

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My blog is worth 221000€ and this is how I got there
Oct23

My blog is worth 221000€ and this is how I got there

Next to the guest blogging offers I receive every single day, I also receive offers from agencies which want me to pay them for writing on my behalf. Such a company (called Ridigio) got in touch with me a few months ago to propose its services. I had an interesting discussion with their salesrep and realized how much my blog was worth : some 221,000€. How I got to this total is simple : their most basic offer starts at 85€ per...

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Digital innovation: does your market segment care ?
Sep05

Digital innovation: does your market segment care ?

Tech-savvy entrepreneurs love to imagine solutions to digitalize our world and change consumers’ usages. Adoption is usually the problem that occurs. It’s therefore essential to ask you this question beforehand: “do your target customers care enough to change their habits” ? To illustrate the problem, let me tell you a story. The story of my 80-year old mother-in-law. My mother-in-law writes phone numbers on the back of her cell phone...

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Mobile Me : your car has no secrets for Mercedes
Apr11

Mobile Me : your car has no secrets for Mercedes

Nowadays cars can be connected with your smartphone ; not only to make calls but also to control your car at distance. The Mercedes Me application enables the owner to monitor basic and more advanced functionalities of the vehicle through his smartphone. The presence of a SIM card transmitting the information to the smartphone is the enabler of this enhanced connectivity ; but it may also enable Mercedes to become a data provider....

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Service quality : the next retail challenge after Big Data
Apr08

Service quality : the next retail challenge after Big Data

Algorithms have become instrumental in retailers’ strategies to increase loyalty among customers. We don’t know of any major retailer not having a Big Data team working on a.o. predicting churn, couponning, increasing loyalty, new segmentation, … Yet, what we also notice is that all retailers more or less all use the same tools, the same techniques for the same goals. It’s all about Spark, Hadoop, real-time...

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Chewing gum market in crisis
Apr04

Chewing gum market in crisis

The chewing gum market is in crisis. Revenues generated from chewing gum sales have been decreasing steadily since 2008. The slowdown even reached 3% in 2015. As a consequence Mars-Wrigley (Freedent, Skittles, …) and Mondelez (Stimorol, Malabar, Hollywood) have started a market share war.   Why is the chewing gum market in crisis ? The reason is simple : demand is plunging. What is less obvious to understand is why the...

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Customers are the last hurdle to remove for a smoother supply-chain
Mar31

Customers are the last hurdle to remove for a smoother supply-chain

The Nespresso Prodigio case shows that companies are trying to remove the last uncertainty factor to maximize loyalty. This factor is the customer himself. It’s not a bad idea indeed. Rather than building complex algorithms to predict customers’ behaviors, why not just remove the human factor from the equation ? If the proposed added value is sufficient it may well work. Prodigio’s value proposition : enough to automate customer’s...

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Nespresso : the secret behind the new Prodigio connected machine
Mar29

Nespresso : the secret behind the new Prodigio connected machine

Nespresso just launched a new connected machine called “Prodigio”. This machine allegedly allows you to prepare a coffee with your smartphone and make sure you never run out of Nespresso capsules. This machine will however allow much more than that … but the customer will probably never get to know it. Let’s have a look behind the scene and discover the secrets of the Prodigio strategy. Churn : the one metric Nespresso is concerned...

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