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Tribute to Karl Lagerfeld, an outstanding artist and a marketing genius
Feb25

Tribute to Karl Lagerfeld, an outstanding artist and a marketing genius

Karl Lagerfeld is no longer with us. A fashion genius, he was also an extraordinary multi-talented and accomplished artist whose many facets were reflected in his artistic practices. The first paradox for this man who did not claim to be an artist for Chanel and who reiterated that the preservation of the “artistic” director in his role depended on the number of bags sold. A way of reminding us that it is above all...

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Interactive showcases: the innovative tool that retailers have always dreamed of?
Feb20

Interactive showcases: the innovative tool that retailers have always dreamed of?

The creation of attractive storefronts is an integral part of the marketing plan in the retail sector. In the digital age, retailers are moving towards interactive displays. Storefronts that adapt to their environment and create interaction with this environment while keeping essential functions such as displaying the brand’s new products, promoting ongoing discounts, and much more. In this article, we will review the status of...

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Online questionnaires in market research: beware of convenience samples
Feb15

Online questionnaires in market research: beware of convenience samples

We have recently devoted an article to the mistakes that should not be made when carrying out online market research (what is commonly called an online “survey”). One of these errors was the use of a convenience sample. In today’s article, we return to this term and explore the subject further to enable you to achieve more reliable results when conducting your market research.   Convenience sample Rented panel...

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Customer satisfaction : Bpost Bank makes basic marketing mistakes
Feb13

Customer satisfaction : Bpost Bank makes basic marketing mistakes

Admittedly, interest rates are at their lowest. Certainly, the savings of Belgians have never been so high. Indeed, the banking sector is under pressure. And yes, bpost is not doing well. But is it really enough to explain that Bpost Bank, the Belgian postal bank 50% owned by Bpost and 50% owned by BNP Paribas, is making such gross marketing errors by unilaterally and in the shadows deciding to make its customers pay their cash...

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Facebook’s hidden strategy to increase your addiction
Jan18

Facebook’s hidden strategy to increase your addiction

As part of my good resolutions for 2019 I decided to further reduce my use of social networks which take my precious time away. Banning Facebook during the month of January was my first step to achieve my objectives. To resist the temptation I logged out from all my devices to make it more difficult to access Facebook. In 2018 I also drastically reduced the number of notifications to avoid those temptations. It seems however that...

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10 mistakes to avoid in your online survey
Jan16

10 mistakes to avoid in your online survey

An online survey is an essential part of any proper market research. While it has become much easier thanks to the Internet to carry out a quantitative survey than it was 20 years ago (the blessed time of paper questionnaires!), the fact remains that preparing a good questionnaire cannot be improvised. This is not an exercise that can be done on a corner of the table. In today’s article, we have compiled a list of 10 mistakes...

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What are the differences between B2B market research and B2C market research
Jan14

What are the differences between B2B market research and B2C market research

We have just devoted two very detailed articles to B2C market research (see here) and B2B market research (see here). Aware that all the information will probably be confusing to assimilate all at once, we have prepared a concise overview table that presents the methodological differences between these two types of market research. Read also: Read our white paper on market research This table shows two kinds of information: You will,...

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How to conduct B2B market research?
Jan11

How to conduct B2B market research?

B2B market research (one of our specialities) has some notable features when compared to B2C market research (see the full article we have devoted to B2C here). As the targets are not the same (B2B companies, B2C end consumers), adaptations (strategy, marketing, and so on) must be made to take these differences into account. In this section, we invite you to explore these differences with you, which will then lead us to propose market...

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How to do market research in a B2C setting?
Jan09

How to do market research in a B2C setting?

The purpose of this article is to present the ins and outs of B2C market research with a particular focus on the methods used and the difficulties expected. While in our online market research guide, we have discussed all the techniques and tools available to carry out ideal market research, today we will modestly try to focus on a series of the minimum steps to be undertaken by would-be entrepreneurs, startups and more generally all...

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Here are the 4 reasons why innovations in the food sector fail
Dec19

Here are the 4 reasons why innovations in the food sector fail

One of the conclusions from my SIAL 2016 report was that many innovations were launched without having the consumer in mind and without market research. Those innovative products were doomed to fail and 80% weren’t actually theree anymore 12 months after they had been launched. For most of them no market research had been carried out. I’ve carried out dozens of interviews at SIAL 2018 to confirm this hypothesis....

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Media Fast Forward: conference on news and algorithms
Dec17

Media Fast Forward: conference on news and algorithms

Participating at conferences has the positive aspect that you force your capacity to be astonished, you confront new subjects and meet new people. The “Media Fast Forward” event organised on 14 December 2018 by the VRT (the Belgian Dutch-speaking public radio and television) is a striking melting pot of the best in innovation and research in the media sector. In addition to the many conferences that were organised in...

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This Delhaize supermarket has been turned into an Urban Art temple
Nov30

This Delhaize supermarket has been turned into an Urban Art temple

What can be done with an abandoned supermarket? A temple of urban art? In any case, this is what Alexandra Lambert and Fred Atax of the Strokar association, who initiated the artistic project around a former supermarket in Brussels, asked each other. And the very least we can say is that this has been a success. Follow us today on a tour of this unique project and read this article right to the end to find out the latest on the legal...

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Market research at SIAL Paris 2018 : examples of co-branding in the food sector
Nov23

Market research at SIAL Paris 2018 : examples of co-branding in the food sector

In addition to the new products we detected at the SIAL 2018 food show, we also identified some original collaborations between different brands. This is called co-branding. In this article, we briefly present 3 interesting examples that make a standard product a collector’s item, or even a luxury item. Olive oils are particularly suitable for this kind of exercise as we can see with the example of Galateo & Friends. Galateo...

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Practical guide for visiting SIAL Paris food fair: 12 Do’s and Don’ts
Nov02

Practical guide for visiting SIAL Paris food fair: 12 Do’s and Don’ts

SIAL is a the world’s largest food and drink professional fair. It attracts more than 7000 exhibitors from over 100 countries every 2 years in Paris. It takes place at the “Parc des Expositions”, outside of Paris and next to the Roissy Charles de Gaule airport. Making the best of your visit to a fair like this requires careful preparation. Follow our advice (we’ve been attending SIAL for 10 years) to optimize...

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Market research: the use of mobile diaries in TV audience measurement
Oct17

Market research: the use of mobile diaries in TV audience measurement

In today’s article will discuss the use of mobile diaries as a market research method. Mobile diaries are largely unknown; yet a recent research paper sheds light on the potential of this tool to complement existing quantitative market research techniques. More specifically the research focused on audience measurement in the broadcasting world. Read also: Read our white paper on market research The authors claim that :...

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GDPR: is it still possible to externalize a customer satisfaction survey?
Oct08

GDPR: is it still possible to externalize a customer satisfaction survey?

Customer satisfaction surveys are one of our specialties. After market research this satisfaction surveys are the 2nd most asked projects at IntoTheMinds. In the last few months a new type of question has emerged among our customers: with GDPR in place, can customer satisfaction surveys still be externalized? We try to answer this question in today’s article and suggest also practical solutions that are GDPR-compliant. What kind...

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Market research: how and why Cognac exports reached all-time high
Oct05

Market research: how and why Cognac exports reached all-time high

The market for Cognac is booming. Never before have so many Cognac bottles been produced and exported. The 200-million-bottle milestone was reached for the first time this year. In today’s article we’d like to deliver you some market research insights that we compiled from different sources, including a quite unusual one: a study by French customs. The latter proves that market research can (and should) be done using...

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Retail: arrange products attractively to make customers buy more
Sep28

Retail: arrange products attractively to make customers buy more

In an earlier article we started dealing with examples of attractive visual displays in the retail industry. We argued that product arrangement influences information processing by customers and in return purchase decisions. Ensuring that products are displayed next to each other in an homogeneous way makes information processing easier for the customer. During our retail tour in Berlin we spotted a few of this well-designed products...

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Customer experience: this Aesop product is a disaster
Sep19

Customer experience: this Aesop product is a disaster

Aesop is a great brand. I respect it a lot and often cite it in example as far as customer experience, branding and retail strategy are concerned (not mentioning their great store designs). Read also: One Day One Idea : Aesop’s technique to get customers in the store But for once I’m disappointed. Very disappointed. I was having lunch in an upscale restaurant in France during my holiday and was shocked to discover one particular...

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Customer experience: is Soho House Berlin the future of concept stores?
Sep17

Customer experience: is Soho House Berlin the future of concept stores?

Soho House is known as a group of private members’ clubs around the world. Of English origins the concept has spread into continental Europe too. Berlin has its Soho Club too and the non-private parts are worth a visit, especially the concept store on the ground floor which is in our opinion a model of what the future of retail will look like. Before we report on our visit there, let’s have a brief introduction on the Soho...

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Renault opens 100% electric vehicles store in Berlin
Sep14

Renault opens 100% electric vehicles store in Berlin

Car manufacturers are betting on alternative energies to sustain their growth. As on our market research revealed, the market for electrical cars is growing at different paces in Europe with Germany being one of the top markets in 2016. Logically manufacturers are trying to communicate more on the advantages of these vehicles and Renault, as market leader for electrical vehicles with a market share of 23.7% in Europe in 2017, opened a...

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Retail innovation: New Era opens new store in Berlin, Germany
Sep07

Retail innovation: New Era opens new store in Berlin, Germany

Opened on 12th July at the corner of Rochstrasse und Münzstrasse in Berlin Mitte’s iconic shopping district, New Era’s newest store is worth a visit if you like innovative retail concepts and are looking to fuel your inspiration. Originally a tightly-knit family business based in Buffalo (NY) New Era is now an international brand that has based its growth on sports heritage. Some New Era stores (like the one in Tokyo,...

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Retail trends: the genesis of a remarkable store in Berlin
Sep05

Retail trends: the genesis of a remarkable store in Berlin

Where to go when you want to detect the latest trends in the retail industry? Berlin is certainly one top-destination, especially the area around the Rosa-Luxemburg-strasse. We already spent quite a lot of time here in the past, reporting on remarkable stores like Type and Hype, Twinkind (which went bankrupt), the second store of Paper and Tea, or Zeit für Brot. In one of the streets of this small area a new store is in the making. We...

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GDPR : I’ve sent 20 requests on 26 May 2018. Here’s what I’ve learned.
Sep03

GDPR : I’ve sent 20 requests on 26 May 2018. Here’s what I’ve learned.

On 26 May 2018 I sent two dozens of requests to various companies to access my data and asked questions on algorithmic treatments, third-party data, … More than 2 months after this first mailshot it’s time to draw the first conclusions. I must say I’m positively surprized by the quality of the answers I got from most companies. Yet it appeared obvious that some companies don’t want to answer your questions and...

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Market research : the evolution of the craft beer industry
Aug29

Market research : the evolution of the craft beer industry

The beer market in booming; perhaps not in quantity but at least in variety. Market research shows indeed uprising trends in all European countries. In today’s article we deliver some intertesting facts and figures for the UK and italian craft beer markets. The UK craft beer market Beer and Brits : that’s a true love story, isn’t it. Visiting pubs after work is a real british tradition and the cement of business...

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Beneteau applied simple market research method to calcule market share
Aug20

Beneteau applied simple market research method to calcule market share

French radio and TV station BFM has a very interesting program that I like to listen to. It’s called BFM strategy and his basically a TV and radio course on business strategy that is given by Xavier Fontanet, former Président of Essilor and visiting professor at HEC business school. Read also: Read our white paper on market research In one of the latest episodes, Fontanet, who was also the COO of French sail and motor boat...

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Should customer satisfaction always be a priority?
Aug16

Should customer satisfaction always be a priority?

Should customer satisfaction always be a priority? Not when satisfying customers has a negative impact on your profitability. That’s what an Amazon’s customer, Nir Nissim, recently discovered when he was banned from the e-commerce platform because he had made too many returns. His escalation to Jeff Bezos eventually allowed him to be brought back in the big family of Amazon customers. Yet, this kind of experience is likely...

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How FP Journe created a niche market without market research
Aug08

How FP Journe created a niche market without market research

Is there any better market research than receiving customer requests for a product that doesn’t exist yet ? I’ve explained in other articles that an alternative way to do market research is to test the traction for an idea directly on the market (provided of course that it remains affordable). I recently stumbled upon an interesting example in the luxury watch sector. François-Paul Journe is an independent watchmaker who...

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IntoTheMinds offers market research services in France
Aug06

IntoTheMinds offers market research services in France

We are happy to announce that we opened in July our office in Paris to be closer to our French customers. Located in the 9th district of Paris (13-15 rue de Taitbout), a stone’s throw from the Opera house, offers facilities to welcome clients, conduct focus groups as well as face-to-face interviews. Our Paris base camp also offers us an opportunity to take a closer and more continuous look at the vibrant retail scene. As you...

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Market research : cashless payments are taking up in Germany
Jul23

Market research : cashless payments are taking up in Germany

The Bank of Germany has published its 4th market research on the use of cash and cashless money instruments. It shows some interesting results we’d like to share with you (the report is available here but only in German). Today’s article complete the European perspective on payment methods we gave in this article. From the latter you may remember that the situation in Germany as far as payments is concerned is pretty...

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Market research: be careful when choosing the location of your store
Jul18

Market research: be careful when choosing the location of your store

A customer recently asked us to help him decide between several locations for his next store. This exercise is like doing a little market research and it’s actually crucial to the success of your business. The wrong location can lead to the death of your business. You’d better spend a little time on your market research, wouldn’t you? Here are a few tips we’d like to give you. If you want to deepen your...

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How to do market research? Phase 7: the transition to the business plan
Jun15

How to do market research? Phase 7: the transition to the business plan

How to make the transition from your market research to your business plan? This is the last of the 7 steps of our market research methodology. Today we will discuss why market research needs to be seen as an input to your business and financial plans.  Read phase 7 of our market research methodology Before we give you an overview of this last step, let us remind you that you can read the previous posts that accompanied the...

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How to do market research? Phase 6: quantitative techniques
Jun13

How to do market research? Phase 6: quantitative techniques

How to do market research? The answers to this complex questions can be found in our online guide. After discussing qualitative techniques in our previous episode, we will deal today with the quantitative market research phase (which is the sixth phase of our 7-phase market research methodology). You can find the previous episodes here : Introduction, Phases 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Read step 5 of our market research methodology What is...

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How to do market research? Phase 5: qualitative techniques
Jun11

How to do market research? Phase 5: qualitative techniques

How to do market research? Discover today the fifth phase of our 7-step market research methodology. This episode is dedicated to qualitative market research methods. In our previous episodes (read them here: episodes 1, 2, 3, 4) we dealt with the preliminary phases of market research : putting the idea on paper and fixing its flaws with Design Thinking improving the business idea with a prototype choosing the right market research...

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How to do market research? Phase 4: PESTEL and competition analysis
Jun08

How to do market research? Phase 4: PESTEL and competition analysis

How to do market research? This is the question we’re helping you to answer with the publication of our online step-by-step guide to market research. Each of the 7 phases of our market research methodology is accompanied by a post on this blog. Today we’ll be dealing with Phase 4: the PESTEL analysis and the competition analysis. READ PHASE 4 OF OUR MARKET RESEARCH METHODOLOGY If you missed the latest episodes you can find...

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How to do market research? Phase 3: choosing the right market research methods
Jun06

How to do market research? Phase 3: choosing the right market research methods

How to do market research? In our online guide to market research we divided our methodology into 7 phases. After having dealt with phases 1 and 2 in previous articles, the time has come to chose the right market research methods, which is the aim of phase 3. If you believe that market research = online survey, you better make sure you read today’s article because you may be surprised. ACCESS PHASE 3 OF OUR ONLINE MARKET...

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