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Why consumer research is like fashion, and the role of your staples

research is like fashion

I didn’t realise consumer research is like fashion, but a webinar helped me see it & value “old staples“. Given topical concerns, about gender balances in work, it was interesting to experience a female bias. Joining a useful webinar, hosted by Quirks and with speakers from 2020 Research, I began to feel out-of-place. Our hosts were women (I’d say younger, but most people are beginning to feel younger to me).. Read More

Are you ready for Behavioural Research? Ask yourself these questions.

behavioural research

This month, we will return to the topic of research, starting with behavioural research. As we discussed, when sharing posts on Behavioural Economics, behavioural biases cast doubt on self report. If people aren’t aware of their behavioural biases, can you trust survey results or focus groups? The answer is more nuanced, due to other advances in research design. But, such concerns have caused some to refocus research effort on behavioural.. Read More

5 tips, to spot the AI jobs you should avoid, in 2018

As we focus more on Data Science this month, let’s consider AI jobs. There has been much media debate on whether or not the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) will take away jobs or create new ones. Pessimists & optimists have battled it out, all the way from the uniformed to the late great Prof Stephen Hawking. So, to shed some light, on the topic of AI jobs, and considerations.. Read More

Alan Turing Institute annual lecture – Better Living through Trusted Data

When Harry Powell shared, that he was planning to attend this year’s Alan Turing Institute annual lecture, I naturally asked him to blog for us. Harry is a very experienced Data Science leader, having created & led Data Science teams at several businesses, including Barclays. So, I was interested to learn more about his interest in a lecture from Prof. Sandy Pentland of MIT. As someone with a background in.. Read More

Technology trends to consider in your insight planning for 2018

Regular readers of this blog will know that we don’t usually focus on technology trends. One of the insights this blog is sharing is the importance of the human elements of customer insight & analytics. Leadership skills, softer skills, CPD and human context all matter hugely, to customer insight generating value for organisations. However, at this time of year, with so much material being shared on technology trends & futurology,.. Read More

InsurTech: bucking the trend of cautious insurers with AI innovation

How close are you to the AI innovation happening within the InsurTech sector? To promote debate, and deeper thinking amongst Customer Insight Leaders, this post balances our last one. Apparently contrary to that review (shared by SMA), in this post we look at lots of insurance innovation. The reason for the difference is a focus on the InsurTech sector. But, there are notable examples beyond InsurTech too, including recent use.. Read More

Are insurers playing it too safe with data and analytics?

As we focus on business applications, let’s broaden our scope to review how data and analytics strategies are being implemented. Insurance is a conservative industry. It has certainly lagged other sectors, in terms of digitization and customer experience. But, insurance businesses have enthusiastically embraced data and analytics capabilities. As I talk to my insurance clients, most are actively engaged in building/improving this capability. Talking about this with our old friend.. Read More