conversation about maximising value from customer insight

The state of Behavioural Economics in 2017, your handbook

What is the state of Behavioural Economics (BE) in 2017? Is it past the ‘hype cycle‘ and settling into common usage, or gradually being assigned to the dustbin of once popular ideas? Behavioural Economics is one of those topics that regularly comes up in conversations with clients & about this blog. In fact, I’m reminded it’s one of the topics for which readers asked for more coverage in our latest.. Read More

Ethnographic research is still evolving and relevant for business

This week, following another wonderful wedding (my daughter this time), I’ve been thinking about ethnographic research. A variety of circumstances, including the wedding, have meant I’ve reflected on the continued importance of human interaction and the power of observing people. It’s easy, in our increasingly technology-focused world, to assume the future of any industry lies in increasing automation and use of AI to reduce reliance on humans. But, what separates.. Read More

Longer reflections on subjective reality, comics and research

A number of our previous posts have quickly curated short blogs posts with tips for researchers, this time I’ll share longer reflections. In addition to my own (and guest blogger) opinion pieces, some of our past research-related collection include: Research innovations, new technology and methods Future proofing research plans for 2017 and beyond Risks of tech-led research Innovation that aids Insight Generation But, as promised, this time I’ll share some.. Read More

Curating a Big Picture, why research teams need to learn how

Research teams can be mistakenly viewed as simply research buyers or just project managers, for a number of reasons, including a lack of curating a big picture. I’m sure anyone leading a research or customer insight team can relate to the problems of such misconceptions. But, what do I mean by ‘curating a big picture‘? In many ways, this is an extension of the points I previously made on knowledge.. Read More

Research innovations, embracing new technology and methods

As our focus returns to Customer Research, here is a quick review of research innovations on show across the world. Previous posts have highlighted that although Data Science might get all the press for innovation, in fact many technological & methodological innovations are happening in the world of market & consumer research. Recent months have focussed on technological innovations (like blockchain), data science & data visualisation. As well as balancing.. Read More

Working towards the Virtuous Cycle: latest research on trust & data sharing

Last week, after a very tasty bacon butty, I was sharing on the topics of Trust, Data Sharing & Identity Management, working towards recommending a Virtuous Cycle of improvement. All in the fine surroundings of the Royal Institute. It’s been a pleasure this year to partner with MyCustomer.com, to deliver a number of breakfast briefings. This one was more substantive, as it was also to reveal the findings of my latest.. Read More

Are you reinventing the wheel, every time you undertake analysis?

Once your analysts have a clear business question to answer, do they start new analysis each time, potentially ‘reinventing the wheel‘? After creating or leading data & analytics teams for many years, I began to notice this pattern of behaviour. What we seemed to lack was a consistent knowledge management solution or ‘corporate memory‘ that could easily spot what should be remembered. Funnily enough, as became convinced of the need for ‘holistic customer.. Read More