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Friday, 28 November 2014

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Friday turns black in the UK


As more UK retailers have embraced the US concept of Black Friday, today is set to be the biggest yet with Mintel predicting sales growth of between 80 - 100%.

Price isn't factor for majority of European grocery shoppers


Despite the popularity of discount grocers such as Lidl and Aldi, shoppers buying FMCG in Europe are largely influenced by factors other than price according to Kantar Media’s TGI Europa study of shoppers in Britain, Germany, France and Spain.

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Twitter defends data collection


Twitter has clarified its data collection strategy following reports that it is tailoring content according to mobile app data.

Three quarters of millionaires use social media


Money is no deterrent to social media activity with 75% of UK millionaires using at least one social media platform according to research from Ledbury UK Millionaire Omnibus.


Deep dive into drinking occasions


With brewers facing competition from inside – and outside – the category, insight is critical for maintaining relevance as Mick Doran, head of strategic insights at Heineken UK explains. By Lucy Fisher

Back in the day


From innovations such as QR code surveys and gamification to Skype calls reducing the need for international travel, much in the research landscape has changed over the past 10 years as Chime Insight & Engagement’s Crispin Beale explains.

The ads of Christmas past, present and yet to come


Christmas ads are dominating the media channels as social media commentary becomes as important as TV views. Research from Harris Interactive looks at consumer expectations of the season’s campaigns.

Money talks


Customer trust is vital in the financial services industry, says Phil Brooks of Harris Interactive. But is research in this area offering enough insight for organisations to meet their needs?


The dangers of DIY research


The advent of social media has led to a proliferation of poorly-executed DIY research, says Cherry Taylor of Dynamic Markets. She believes it’s time for market researchers to take a stand.

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Panning for gold in big data


The next must-have for the market research industry is text analytics according to Confirmit’s Wale Omiyale.

From the blogs

I have seen the future of market research, and it works


It’s time to ditch the battle of methodologies and embrace tech combining the powers of big data and qualitative says Focus Vision’s Steve August

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The spiral of silence in polling


Pollsters have to contend with all aspects of human behaviour when trying to deliver accurate voting predictions says ICM Research’s Martin Boon.

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