As researchers, we have a wide range of people to please, from internal stakeholders, to external clients, to our consumers. We have budgets to be mindful of, investments to defend and respondents to satisfy (so they continue providing us valuable information!).
The Consumer Insights industry is one that is evolving at an exponential pace. Change of this magnitude is giving us reason to modernize our survey designs, evaluate how we’re sampling and sourcing respondents and pushing us be creative with connecting data sources that maximize research funds and extend the value of the insights we uncover.
As with every New Year, 2019 comes with new resolutions and predictions.
At Lightspeed, we've cemented our commitment to quality data and modern survey design; this year we aim to create holistic approaches that cater to the needs for simplicity, speed and scale. Below, Caroline Frankum, Global Chief Executive Officer at Lightspeed, shares insight on what you can expect from Lightspeed in the months to come and predictions for the industry in 2019.
The role of marketers in today’s global, complex organizations is changing. Adapting to technology platforms, expanding client needs and diversified user preferences can pull marketers to alter, modify and adjust directions with regular occurrence. From relationship marketing to automation, marketers need to look beyond the usual brand channels to reach their audiences effectively.
Today, 22% of the world’s total population uses Facebook and LinkedIn boasts more than 450 million user profiles, but moreover, almost 80% of time spent on social media platforms happens on mobile. Marketers need to be able and willing to track the changing behaviours and demographics to optimise opportunities with their audiences. As we start a new year, I, as a marketer working in market research, took a look at some of the marketing trends that will likely influence the requirements of our industry over the next 12 months.
There is a lot going on in the world of market research. I have many clients who depend on us as their partner in fieldwork; we act as their hands and feet when ensuring that their fieldwork is executed with a desired quality standard, in budget and on time. In this rapidly changing environment we need to excel in all deliverables, and we depend on our people, technology and (sampling) sources to do so. The best package for clients is the preferred partner to work with in the market that has the ability to hit all the marks well. This means that with our client’s high frequency of projects, we need to excel on a daily basis. We are only as good as the delivery of our last (few) job(s).
Most of us know that the mobile phone industry is on a pretty serious surge of personal use. In fact, think of one person you know that does not have a mobile phone. Coming up short? This is precisely the reason why all marketing researchers should have a strong focus on mobile.
Recently, at one of her concerts, Adele called out a fan for having their phone in front of their face for the entire show. She told the fan to be 'in the moment' and enjoy the concert. While I haven’t been lucky enough to score a ticket to an Adele concert, I recently attended the 2016 Market Research in the Mobile World North America conference. You may wonder what the connection between these two things is…however, there is one.
Video is here.
The trends indicate that video is going to push the data traffic usage over the next big peak. First text was all the rage, then came the time of pictures and everyone was taking a ‘selfie’ and now we are moving into the next age of content – the video age. With the increased abilities of smartphones, tablets and webcam, video content is exploding around the internet.
“We’re in a crisis situation, there’s not enough talent coming through the pipeline, and organizations will experience difficulties…the truth is, data is a very creative science; being in IT does not make you better at data. Some knowledge of marketing is very important to understand customer data but a lot of marketers are not very numerate - it’s a big challenge for the future,” commented by Edwina Dunn, CEO of Starcount and founder and former CEO of Dunnhumby, in a recent interview with the Market Research Society.