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Covid-19: impact on the IT consulting market and outlook
Sep25

Covid-19: impact on the IT consulting market and outlook

The Covid-19 crisis has had a massive impact on the IT market. Some parts of this sector have benefited (think of everything that revolves around remote working), but others have also suffered enormously. This is the case of IT consultancy. According to a Whoz study published in June 2020, 13% of projects had been abandoned, and 21% had been put “on hold”. Jean-Philippe Couturier, the CEO of Whoz, discusses in this podcast...

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Electric vehicles: market, sales, COVID-19
Jun24

Electric vehicles: market, sales, COVID-19

Automobile manufacturers are moving towards the production of electric vehicles, which are increasingly gaining market share. Against the Chinese and American giants (to name only Tesla), how is the European car industry reacting? In this article, we detail the European market, the restraints on the growth of electric vehicle sales and, above all, the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Summary Key figures and statistics The impact of...

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Second-hand luxury market: statistics and analysis
Mar25

Second-hand luxury market: statistics and analysis

It will have escaped no one’s notice that the second-hand luxury market has exploded in recent years. Buying second-hand luxury clothing or leather goods is no longer taboo. This market is growing by 12% per year and already represents 25 billion Euros. Ambivalent behaviours fuel its growth: on the one hand those of new customers who want to access a brand; on the other hand, those of loyal customers who resell the products they...

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[Podcast] Murfy surfs the domestic appliance repair market
Mar23

[Podcast] Murfy surfs the domestic appliance repair market

206 million major household appliances are present in French households. When a breakdown occurs, the reflex is to change them. Changing this reflex is the mission Guy Pezaku set himself when he launched Murfy, a company that promotes and simplifies repairs. In addition to excellent technical skills, Murfy has also developed a series of marketing tips to ensure its success. In today’s podcast, Guy Pezaku goes into detail about...

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[Podcast] How to augment your sales force using Artificial Intelligence
Feb17

[Podcast] How to augment your sales force using Artificial Intelligence

In this podcast, made on Christmas Eve 2019, I had the pleasure to welcome Adrian Pellegrini, co-founder of BlueDME, a French start-up that advises salespeople using artificial intelligence. The start-up first launched its services in the automotive sector before moving into the insurance field. Adrian Pellegrini had caught my attention when he published an article on LinkedIn about the ” augmented salesperson “. It is...

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[Podcast] From a student project to 25 employees: the story of Havr
Feb10

[Podcast] From a student project to 25 employees: the story of Havr

In this new podcast, I had the pleasure to talk with Simon Laurent, the co-founder of Havr, a company that markets a connected lock (Brightlock) that can be activated by a light beam (nothing like Star Wars, this is LiFi technology). I discovered this company through the Challenges 2019 ranking because it was looking for funds to accelerate its development. The entrepreneurial story is interesting in more ways than one and deserves to...

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[Podcast] How to Disrupt a Market: The Pipplet Example
Feb03

[Podcast] How to Disrupt a Market: The Pipplet Example

Radical innovation, disruption as we say in English, is the absolute Holy Grail for all entrepreneurs. It is the promise (or at least the hope) of a breakthrough entry into the market and the capture of maximum value. The phenomenon of disruptive innovation has been studied by Clayton Christensen (Harvard University), who showed that companies that came up with such products won the day and made the dinosaurs disappear from the...

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INPI data portal: free data for your market research
Dec20

INPI data portal: free data for your market research

Where to find data for your market research? This is a recurring question, and it must be admitted that for competition research, there was not a lot of data available free of charge in France. The launch of the INPI data portal changes this situation. Indeed, a large part of the data on French companies was marketed on a large scale through sites that resold INPI data. The best-known site, Societe.com, for example, has a licence,...

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Study of the digital divide: who are those who do not have access to the Internet
Oct30

Study of the digital divide: who are those who do not have access to the Internet

In today’s post, I want to tell you a true story, that of a request for a market research project that came to us a few weeks ago. This request (from an Indian digital agency acting for a renowned client) is symptomatic of the methodological problems we face every day. Also, there was a real lack of knowledge of the fieldwork. This “anecdote” will also be an opportunity for us to talk about a real social problem, the...

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Study: The evolution of business failures in France
Oct23

Study: The evolution of business failures in France

Nineteen years of French statistics on business start-ups and failures in France: this is what we are suggesting that we analyse together today. In this article, we allow you to examine the evolution of business failures, county by county, from 2000 to 2018. After highlighting the most dynamic counties, it is time to explore the dynamics of business destruction. As usual, we make all our work available to everyone on our Public...

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Which regions of France have the most enterprising approach?
Oct18

Which regions of France have the most enterprising approach?

In our last post, we presented you with a map representing the French counties where the most (and least) companies are created. This analysis, as impressive as it may be, needed to be further developed to take into account the disparities that exist in terms of population density. A region with a tiny population will necessarily create fewer companies than a large city (let alone a capital). It was, therefore, necessary to take into...

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Data Mining: where in France are the most companies created?
Oct16

Data Mining: where in France are the most companies created?

Where in France are the most companies created? This question is essential to understand the dynamics at work in the various French counties. Using INSEE data, we would like to offer you a simple answer. However, as is often the case, the data are full of surprises and getting a good (and attractive) result has required some effort on our part. If you are interested in business intelligence and in particular the use of Tableau, you...

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Ferrari, Lamborghini, … who are the firms which buy luxury cars in France?
Oct07

Ferrari, Lamborghini, … who are the firms which buy luxury cars in France?

Did you know that in France, companies (and not necessarily large ones) buy Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Aston Martin cars? Would you like to know more about these companies that are doing so well? Follow us in a little data mining exercise. Introduction Between 2014 and 2019, several hundred super- and hypercars have been registered by French companies: just over 200 Ferraris, a hundred Lamborghinis, Bentleys and...

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Firms’ creations in France: an interactive visualization
Oct02

Firms’ creations in France: an interactive visualization

The National Institute of Statistics (see our article on the search for statistical data for your market research) make quality data available to all, but it is still necessary to be able to use them efficiently. They are often in their original form and are therefore not easily accessible to newbies. For example, INSEE (the French national statistics institute) produces excellent data on the creation of businesses in France, but it...

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Market Research: how much does it cost?
Jun04

Market Research: how much does it cost?

Here is a question we are always asked: “How much does market research cost?“. And our answer is always the same: “The cost of any market research is the same as the price of a car. It can be a small city car or a Rolls-Royce, a second-hand car or a new one. It is up to you to decide”. That answer is not very satisfactory, is it? It is obvious that this is a tailor-made exercise and that the customer’s...

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French economy ministry uses data to predict bankruptcy and help firms
May17

French economy ministry uses data to predict bankruptcy and help firms

Anticipating the failure of businesses is a challenge both for entrepreneurs and for the State itself. Did you know that a bankruptcy, beyond the financial and emotional cost it represents for the entrepreneur, also represents a burden for the State? Bankruptcy is indeed a judicial process that often requires complex procedures involving multiple parties (court, trustees, creditors,…). Avoiding bankruptcies, helping companies to...

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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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Correcteo transforms a niche market into a business opportunity
Feb22

Correcteo transforms a niche market into a business opportunity

The exercise of preparing a final thesis can be a complex task for a student. It is with a view to supporting them that Quentin Demey created Correcteo, a platform that allows students to receive the support they need to develop their thesis. At the time of Correcteo’s international opening, we interviewed its founder to find out more about the future of this promising organisation. Summary Correcteo in a Nutshell Origin of the...

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CoCasse vegetable tablets: a surprizing food innovation
Feb11

CoCasse vegetable tablets: a surprizing food innovation

It was during our active monitoring of the marketing campaign at SIAL 2018 that we discovered CoCasse, one of the candidates for the SIAL Innovation Awards, which presented a product never before seen: a vegetable concentrate in the form of a tablet. The resemblance to a chocolate bar was so striking that visitors fell for it, some thinking that the squares of vegetable concentrate could be eaten. Back in today’s article on a...

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Marketing research : purchase drivers of luxury iconic products
Feb04

Marketing research : purchase drivers of luxury iconic products

An interesting piece of marketing research was presented on the last day of the International Marketing Trends conference that took place in Venice from 17 to 19 January 2019. The research was carried out by a team of 4 researchers from INSEEC business school (see reference at the end of this article) and was entitled “Timeless luxury: what drives the purchase of iconic products“. You’ll find the powerpoint slides of...

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Tediber, the success story of a Digital Native Vertical Brand (DNVB)
Jan28

Tediber, the success story of a Digital Native Vertical Brand (DNVB)

Tediber, founded by Julien Sylvain, is a company whose particularity is to sell on the Internet an object whose marketing was until now the exclusive preserve of “permanent” shops: the mattress. A native digital actor, Tediber has just opened a brick-and-mortar store in the Marais district of Paris (13 rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie), a turning point in his strategy as an online “pure player” that...

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How to conduct market research in B2B?
Jan11

How to conduct market research in B2B?

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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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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WeMaintain : this startup disrupts the market of elevator maintenance
Dec05

WeMaintain : this startup disrupts the market of elevator maintenance

BFM Académie, the first contest for new business creators on radio and television, is now in its 13th edition and this year, it is Jade Francine, creator of WeMaintain, an elevator maintenance company, who is the winner. Its slogan is “using digital technology to enhance the value of technical professions”. We had the pleasure of interviewing her and learning more about this somewhat revolutionary concept within this...

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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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Market research at SIAL Paris 2018. Trend #5: Sensational Food
Nov16

Market research at SIAL Paris 2018. Trend #5: Sensational Food

Pleasure is undoubtedly one of the values that guide innovation in the food industry. It comes in different forms, and we would like to treat today “sensational” products, those that provide intense pleasure. In today’s article, we illustrate this area of innovation with 3 examples. All of them offer a recipe enhanced by the addition of a powerful ingredient: ginger for Molino Spadoni and Ponti, truffles for Calugi...

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Market research at SIAL Paris 2018. Trend #4: Clean Food
Nov14

Market research at SIAL Paris 2018. Trend #4: Clean Food

The trend in the food market that we have called “clean food” includes various directions ranging from healthy snacking (see on this subject Eat Real products), vegetable alternatives such as those proposed by Pedon, the expansion of organic food that manufacturers can now no longer ignore. The innovations presented at SIAL generally follow several trends (the examples mentioned above bear witness to this since we have...

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Market research at SIAL Paris 2018. Trend #3: Veggie alternatives
Nov12

Market research at SIAL Paris 2018. Trend #3: Veggie alternatives

Consumers who are vegan enthusiasts represent only 1% of the population and vegetarians only 2%. These are niche markets on which some companies are still trying to focus. A much larger niche is the flexitarians, that part of the population (estimated at 40%) that reduces its meat consumption in favour of vegetable alternatives without completely abandoning the meat diet. Read also SIAL Paris 2018: What are the trends in the food...

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Market research at SIAL Paris 2018. Trend #2: Easy Snacking
Nov09

Market research at SIAL Paris 2018. Trend #2: Easy Snacking

Pleasure remains one of the significant areas of innovation in the field of food and the SIAL Paris 2018 world food exhibition allowed us to identify some exciting products that are following this trend. To understand all the market trends, don’t hesitate to consult our other articles (superfoods, clean foods, vegetarian alternatives, sensational foods) as well as all our tips for visiting SIAL effectively and an overview of the...

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Market research at SIAL Paris 2018. Trend #1: Super Food
Nov07

Market research at SIAL Paris 2018. Trend #1: Super Food

Our market research on the food market conducted at SIAL Paris 2018 has enabled us to identify some key trends that we will share with you in a series of articles on this blog. If you would like more information about the new products we have discovered and tested, please do not hesitate to contact us. The first article in this series concerns superfoods, a trend that has already been well established for many years but which seems to...

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SIAL Paris 2018: What are the trends in the food market?
Nov05

SIAL Paris 2018: What are the trends in the food market?

SIAL Paris, the leading trade fair for innovation in the food sector, takes place every 2 years in the Exhibition Centre, Villepinte, in the north of Paris. It is generally said that 3000 new products are presented during the 5 days of the show. These 3000 new products are estimated to represent 10% of the annual global innovation (estimated at 30,000 products). You can therefore easily see that SIAL is a playground and is ideal for...

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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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Le Testeur, a store to conduct market research in real conditions
Oct26

Le Testeur, a store to conduct market research in real conditions

As part of our marketing and retail monitoring, we have recently interviewed Sabrina Le Bourgeois, Director of communications at SEMAEST, a mixed economy company based in Paris, to learn more about the Le Testeur boutique located at 14 rue du Château d’Eau in the 10th arrondissement, an innovative way to conduct market research in real conditions while minimising the risks involved. Here is what we have learned about this...

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SIAL, the world’s largest food innovation fair, opens its door in Paris
Oct22

SIAL, the world’s largest food innovation fair, opens its door in Paris

Like every 2 years, time has come to spend a few days in Paris to research the latest trends in the food and drink industry. There is no better place to do it than to visit the SIAL, the worldwide largest food and drinks fair that takes place every 2 years. Facts and figures about SIAL More than 7000 exhibitors from 109 countries will be present which ensures for a comprehensive view of the market. Read also Analysing market trends...

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Trocotel : how solving customer dissatisfaction leads to new business
Oct19

Trocotel : how solving customer dissatisfaction leads to new business

The Trocotel website is an interactive platform created by Etienne Merlo and Jérôme Rouvront, both former employees of the Accor group. We went to interview Etienne Merlo to better understand the motivating factors behind the creation of this website. The idea of Trocotel comes from first-hand experience. These two employees were confronted each day with the dissatisfaction of many customers who had booked at an Accor hotel, but who,...

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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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