Category ‘switches’ during the Covid crisis: which are most satisfying?

“Which categories are more likely to ‘snap back’ to normal post-Covid?” is a question we posed last week, in a post looking at the impact of the Covid crisis on consumer [...]

Will Covid-19 change everything or nothing for brands?

Predicting the long term implications of Covid-19 for brands is the hottest topic in marketing today. Most predict radical and permanent changes. “The emergence of a new behavioural group is [...]

Pepsico Future Brands: innovation quality@speed

There were some interesting inside tips on creating quality innovation@speed in a recent interview with Karen Scott, head of PepsiCo Europe’s Future Brands division (1). Speeding up innovation is [...]

Big brands need to ‘think young’ to fight the insurgents

Post by Prasad Narasimhan, Managing Partner based in Bangalore, India and Head of Brand Experience. Big brands are trying to fight back against a rapidly growing tribe of insurgent brands [...]

Using rapid insight to ignite innovation

A recent FT article highlighted how big consumer goods companies are harnessing rapid, digitally-enabled insight to reignite growth, following years of sluggish sales (1). Revenues at the top 30 [...]

Bournvita: the challenge of balancing freshness AND consistency

Post by Prasad Narsimhan, Managing Partner Asia based in Bangalore. A new campaign by Bournvita, Indian kids’ favourite malted drink, shows the challenge of balancing freshness and consistency to [...]

Adidas re-focus on marketing EFFECTIVENESS, not efficiency

The global media director of Adidas, Simon Peel, shared some important insights on how the global sports brand is shifting its focus from marketing efficiency to marketing effectiveness in a [...]

‘Rocketing’ for faster and cheaper ‘innovation: brandgym research part 2

This post looks at how marketers can respond to the ‘innovation squeeze’ introduced in last week’s blog: the dual demands of lower costs AND rapid innovation to drive topline [...]

Innovate faster & cheaper to beat ‘the innovation squeeze’: brandgym research part 1

Our 12th annual research project focuses on the hot topic of innovation. In this first of two posts we look at the relationship between innovation and cost cutting: have big brands focused less [...]

Inside an insurgent: the Gran Luchito story

Post by Jon Goldstone, Managing Partner (Global) based in London According to 88% of marketing directors in our research (posted here) smaller, ’insurgent’ brands pose a serious threat to big [...]

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