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How to achieve better marketing and market research with Big Data
Nov27

How to achieve better marketing and market research with Big Data

Technological progress today allows us to enjoy excellent living conditions. Control of space, control of reproduction, control of information are challenges that we have already accomplished. However, time control remains out of reach. Many human obsessions revolve around the power of this resource, offered to us at birth in a desperately finite quantity: time. Staying young, living old, perpetuating your memory, predicting the...

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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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market research in France: and what if you use ODIL?
Sep23

market research in France: and what if you use ODIL?

If you are an entrepreneur, this article should be of interest to you. Today, we are offering you the opportunity to discover a tool that will allow you to carry out free market research in France. If ODIL (the name of the tool) will not allow you to carry out the entirety of your market research, it will nevertheless let you get started and will provide you with the first essential data to understand the characteristics of the...

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Will Big Data have the skin of market research?
Sep16

Will Big Data have the skin of market research?

In an article in 2015 (which I hadn’t translated in English at that time), I was asking myself about the future of the market research sector. Big Data, I foresaw, could well be the death of market research institutes as we know them today. And it has to be said that the future has proven me right. On the one hand, traditional institutes are attacked by technological start-ups that are totally outside the scope of market...

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Qualitative and quantitative market research: differences and use cases
Sep06

Qualitative and quantitative market research: differences and use cases

What are the advantages, the disadvantages and the differences between qualitative and quantitative market research? In which cases should you chose one over the other? These questions, often overlooked, are nevertheless essential to the objective study of your market. Too many entrepreneurs (and even well-established companies) neglect (or are unaware of) qualitative techniques, leading to the predominant use of quantitative...

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Where can I find the statistical data for my market research?
Sep02

Where can I find the statistical data for my market research?

Where can I find data and in particular the statistics for market research? This is a question that many people ask themselves when they begin their research, especially when the budget is tight, and they are looking to conduct market research for free. Because having a method is not enough, it is also necessary to have data to use. However, at the beginning of the market research (desk research), it is essential to have reliable data...

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How to do market research for free?
Aug05

How to do market research for free?

To do market research for free, don’t limit yourself to an online survey. Combine different market research techniques in this sequence: Carry out desk research to get a first view of the market dynamics. Use free resources, such as professional reports and scientific publications. Complete the PESTEL analysis. Use the information from the desk research and complete it with official statistics, also free of charge. Carry out...

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Market research : how to study your market when going abroad?
Jun21

Market research : how to study your market when going abroad?

I was pleased to be invited by Hub.Brussels on 14 June 2019 to give a workshop on how to do a market research for export. The workshop was part of the export week 2019 that was jointly organized by BECI and Hub.Brussels. 3 essential techniques to carry a market research when going abroad Based on the B2C guide to market research and B2B guide to market research we published earlier this year, I presented the 3 essential steps of a...

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Market research: How to carry out desk research
Jun19

Market research: How to carry out desk research

You are managing or creating a company, and you are asking yourself questions about the strategy to adopt to approach the market as effectively as possible. Market research is the ideal way to answer your questions. But where do you start? Perhaps you are asking yourself one of the following questions: “Which offer should I put on the market to satisfy my customers? What is the best distribution channel through which to reach...

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How to use market research to get prepared for export
May13

How to use market research to get prepared for export

While market research is obviously essential before the creation of a company, it is not the only time when the different techniques that make it up can be applied. Entering a foreign market (for example, an export market) is another case where market research is crucial. Not only is this a new market for you and your company, but it is likely that this export adventure will be further complicated by the lack of knowledge about the...

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Customer satisfaction: can it be measured based on facial emotions?
May06

Customer satisfaction: can it be measured based on facial emotions?

During a recent programme on a French television channel (BFMTV), Paul Hermelin, the big boss of Cap Gemini, described the fantastic current technologies that were impacting his group and mentioned a project that surprised me. With the help of Cap Gemini, a cruise-ship operator has allegedly set up a facial recognition system to measure the emotions of its customers on board the ship(s), to be able to determine their customers’...

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The secrets of conducting market research or how to ensure the success of your (future) business: Part 1
May01

The secrets of conducting market research or how to ensure the success of your (future) business: Part 1

This article on market research is brought to you by the market research agency IntoTheMinds. It is the first of a series of 3 devoted to conducting market research (you will find the 2nd article here, and the 3rd here). We also remind you that in 2018 we wrote a comprehensive guide to conducting market research. You will learn, step by step, how to progress in understanding your market. This guide will give you the essential keys...

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Qualitative research: open-ended and closed-ended questions
Apr12

Qualitative research: open-ended and closed-ended questions

From a very young age, we have been taught what open-ended, and closed-ended questions are. How are these terms applied to qualitative research methods, and in particular to interviews? Kathryn J. Roulston reveals her definitions of an open-ended and closed-ended question in qualitative interviews in the SAGE Encyclopedia on Qualitative Research Methods. If you want to better understand how qualitative methods fir within a market...

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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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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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Mixed research methods for the analysis of recommendation algorithms
Dec03

Mixed research methods for the analysis of recommendation algorithms

The first day of the RecSys 2018 conference was dedicated to tutorials. One of them was assigned to mixed methods for evaluating user satisfaction. It was organised by a team of Spotify researchers (Jean Garcia-Gathright, Christine Hosey, Brian St. Thomas, Ben Carterette) and Fernando Diaz of Microsoft Research (Canada). The tutorials covered aspects of qualitative research, quantitative research and analysing data; a combination of...

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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: 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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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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Customer experience : finally a scientific scale to measure it
Aug22

Customer experience : finally a scientific scale to measure it

How to measure customer experience? This question has led many researchers on the path to developing scales to quantify something that is highly subjective by nature. Read also: Yet most customer experience scales were until now limited to one particular domain or one particular moment of the customer experience (to get an overview of those moments please read our article on the subject). At the EMAC 2018 conference one research...

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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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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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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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Data Innovation Summit 2018 : ethics and data sovereignty
Jul16

Data Innovation Summit 2018 : ethics and data sovereignty

It has now become a tradition for me to give some time back to the data science community in the form of a keynote at the yearly Data Innovation Summit organized by Philippe Van Impe. Let’s first allow me to thank Philippe and the team of Digityser for their amazing work for Belgium’s data science community. I was very proud to organize the first meetup at newly opened Digityser (on ethic and artificial intelligence) and...

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This artist uses market research techniques for a stunning visual result
Jun22

This artist uses market research techniques for a stunning visual result

While on business trip in Glasgow a few weeks ago (for the EMAC marketing conference), I visited the Glasgow Museum of Modern Art and discovered the Mitch Miller’s work. Mitch Miller is a Glasgow-based artist who has invented the concept of dialectograms, which he describes as follows : Take a dash of cartography, a pinch of architecture and a fair bit of ethnography and you have the dialectogram, graphic art that depicts place...

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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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How to do market research? Phase 2 : improve your idea
Jun04

How to do market research? Phase 2 : improve your idea

How to do market research ? Here comes the second phase of our 7-step methodology that we’ve spent 6 months developing. A white paper is available on our website (click here to access the introduction) that will explain you the whole market research methodology. So today we discuss Phase 2 which focuses on improving your initial idea. In Phase 1 we discussed how to get informal feedback and gather additional insights through...

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