The world is increasingly complex, instrumented and virtual. There’s vast amounts of information about consumers and the factors that influence their behavior that simply didn’t exist in the data warehouse era. Here, we take a closer look at how all this data will affect retail when it comes together with recent technology trends.
On-the-go Kiwi consumers want their meals to be quick and convenient. Over the past year we’ve seen big increases in those who eat on the run (+22%) and buy take-away food to eat at home (+25%). For those with limited time, meal kits and prepared meals are proving to be invaluable.
When testing innovations, it’s risky to ask consumers to compare a new concept against an actual product that they currently purchase. This unbalances the entire evaluation by setting up an unfair comparison.
The market for dairy products is highly saturated, and driving new growth can prove challenging. However, Nielsen research shows that consumers who purchase cheese on a weekly basis have a very distinct profile and appealing to this group of cheese lovers could uncover new growth opportunities.
Backed by improving global consumer confidence, many regions are seeing improved conditions for businesses and the fast-moving consumer goods industry. Here, we’ll look at trends in a few select countries.
In the lead up to Father’s Day this year, partners and children across the country will no doubt be racking their brains to pick the perfect gift for dad. Nielsen research reveals that millennial dads (aged 18-34) are a particularly different breed of dad compared to their older counterparts, with lifestyle and aspirations of this age group having evolved notably over the past few years.
With the advancements in big data, advertisers know more about consumers than ever before. And yet, they’re still challenged with how to drive the greatest return for their marketing budgets. And we all know what happens when executives don’t see the ROI they’re expecting—they cut budgets.
Australian Millennials (aged 18 to 34) are less likely to drink than their elders. As such, Millennials pose a challenge to alcohol marketers because of the range of factors that influence their drinking choices.
Winter and spring 2016 was one of the wettest periods Australia has seen for a number of years. The rainy weather also triggered a rise in allergy and hayfever remedies which increased by 3.3% on last year’s allergy season.
Advertising campaigns that resonate in the minds of consumers are hard to find. Encouragingly, understanding frequency - the number of times consumers see a campaign - has a demonstrated impact on resonance, and can ensure brands maximise their digital spend.
For on-the-go Aussie consumers with limited time between the end of the workday and dinner time, food boxes and prepared meals are invaluable. Delivered directly to households, food box meal kits include portioned ingredients and easy to follow instructions, allowing consumers to skip extensive meal preparation and dive right into creating their meals.
Australians are voracious consumers of broadcast TV and other video, and they have a growing array of options by which to access this content - anywhere, anytime. The first edition of the Australian Video Viewing Report – from Regional TAM, OzTAM and Nielsen – shows video viewing behaviour continues to shift with growing content, device and platform choices.
FMCG success today is now dependent on quality product images, solid SEO and prominent placement on e-tailer websites—far more so than simply having an abundant quantity or variety on the shelf at the local store.
Marketing teams strive to show how their smarts and silver deliver Return on Investment (ROI). Some global brands are looking for efficiencies by centralising marketing teams and exploring the merits of wider Pacific campaigns - so how alike are we to our Aussie neighbours and what are the differences to watch out for?
While unexpected by many, the Amazon-Whole Foods linkage highlights just how profoundly consumer expectations are changing with regard to food and beverage shopping—and will continue to do so moving forward.
Premium purchases are not just made in glamorous, luxury product categories. In the Pacific, it is the grocery sector that has the most premium potential. Consumers are trading-up everyday products in their shopping trolleys; and marketers can capitalise on premiumisation trends and consumers’ willingness to consider a higher price tag in key categories.
Unbeknownst to most consumers, tremendous thought goes into developing even the most commonplace products. As a result, product development in the FMCG industry is anything but fast-moving. But what if algorithms could help streamline the process and the outcomes?
The variety and increasing scale of data, as well as the scope of activity it is meant to inform, demands a solution that goes well beyond a simple enterprise data warehouse. So what might that more robust solution look like?
After a long day spent on a sunny beach, there isn’t a meal quite as perfect as fish and chips. This time-honoured, classic fried feast is synonymous with summertime in Australia. Research from Nielsen’s Consumer & Media View (CMV) survey shows that almost a third (32%) of Australians aged over 14 years old have claimed to have eaten or bought fish and chips in the past six months, with consumption peaking during the warmer months (October to February).
For the sports industry, one challenge stands above all others. How, in a truly multimedia environment, can sponsorships be accurately measured to provide a true picture of value generated for rights holders and brands?
Global sports are thriving, but media consumption is changing before our eyes. And as the media world grapples with these issues, so too must the sports industry. But these challenges aren’t the only obstacles facing the sports realm.
Measuring an ad’s ability to communicate trust is a tricky business: perceptions of trust can be non-conscious, formed almost immediately and biased by subtle factors. Given these nuances, explicit research methods aren’t sufficient.
Innovations in the U.S. liquor market are creating new avenues for growth; and there are a number of key trends that New Zealand can learn from to boost local liquor sales. Danny Brager, Senior Vice President of Nielsen’s Beverage and Alcohol Practice presents the latest Beer, Wine, Cider and Spirits trends.
You’ve heard it a million times – you need to eat more vegetables, particularly your greens. In Australia, this adage appears to be ringing true. Nielsen Homescan data showed that volume sales for Asian vegetables jumped by 22% versus the previous year, while dollar sales jumped by 17%.
Over the past year, growth in the pharmacy channel has moderated substantially - to just below 1%. However, strong performance in other, smaller pockets of the store - including infant formula and cosmetics - signals positive future growth prospects in pharmacy.
As retailers ramp up their health and wellness offerings, and the lines between channels blurs, it’s interesting to think about the role that drug stores will play in an increasingly crowded, wellness-oriented marketplace.
Australians are willing to take to the seas with more than half (55%) considering going on a cruise. Strong growth in advertising spend from cruise operators is driving consumer enthusiasm, but questions have been raised as to whether Sydney’s infrastructure can support demand. If tour operators pull Australian ports from their routes, the current trend in advertising growth could face a sudden change in course.
Aussie consumers are still bananas for bananas. It is the nation’s most popular fruit. Nine-in-10 Australian households purchased bananas in the year ending 24 February 2017 and total volume sales grew by 7.5% during this period.
Today, 393,000 Kiwis aged over 15 wear a device on their wrist that can do more than tell the time. A status symbol, motivational fitness piece and functional gadget all in one, these smart devices are attached to their owners 24/7, providing new ways for brands to connect with consumers.
How many things can you say for certain that you're paying attention to, or even seeing, at any given moment? Our brains just aren’t good at recalling the kinds of details marketers need to evaluate their efforts in a complex world. That’s where the right neuroscience tools can help.
In an age where consumers say they are increasingly health aware, New Zealanders still regularly indulge in fast food. Research from Nielsen’s Consumer and Media Insights (CMI) survey reveals that in the past month, as many as 80% of New Zealanders ate fast food. Fish and Chips continues to be our fast favourite, with 1.7 million Kiwis eating it in the last month - an increase of 11% over two years.
Australians are big fans of the humble, yet versatile, cauliflower. In 2016, dollar sales for cauliflower increased by 12% on the previous year - and while this was partly driven by higher prices - consumption also continued to grow at a steady pace, with volume sales up by 2% on 2015.
China, with its huge population and increasing affluence, is a very lucrative market for companies and brands in the Pacific. The Demand Institute, projects that consumers in China will spend $56 trillion over the next decade, with a largely young, affluent, connected consumer base with disposable incomes leading the charge.
Over the next decade, the New Zealand population will undergo some profound shifts. Larger households, ethnic diversity, ageing consumers, increased device usage and growing concern about the environment, will all need to be factored into future marketing and advertising planning for companies and brands. And this is especially true for energy retailers.
As we head into the winter months, Australians aren’t slowing down on purchasing their favourite frozen dessert, ice cream. The category has experienced diverse product innovation and creativity, with a broader range of products now available to consumers.
This summer’s record-breaking heatwave stretched Australia’s energy supplies to unprecedented levels; intensifying consumers’ concerns about rising energy prices. In an attempt to reduce climbing power bills as many as 10% of Australians (or 1.4 million) aged over 18 plan to switch electricity retailers in the next two months.
Companies striving for “leaner, bigger, better” innovations require realistic marketing inputs and an accurate forecast to identify their most promising initiatives. Proving that “consumers love it” without a realistic volumetric assessment simply isn’t enough.
Dubbed the social media generation, the ‘me’ generation and even the lazy generation, Millennials (aged 18-34yrs) have been given a bad wrap. This generation, however, is growing up; and while they haven’t quite established themselves, their purchasing power is increasing at an exponential rate.
With global sponsorship spend forecast to reach over $62 billion in 2017 and global media rights spend expected to hit $45 billion, the top-line metrics remain positive. This report detail what we regard as the 10 major commercial trends in sports.
Two-thirds (63%) of Australia’s digital advertising inventory across all devices is now bought through programmatic or ad network services, according to 2016 data from Pathmatics and Nielsen. The data is collected from digital creatives and ad technology tags found in 2,000 websites visited by Australians across desktop, mobile and tablet browsers.
A publisher’s website frames the conversation between brands and consumers. This context is powerful and can have a meaningful impact on a brand’s campaign performance. A study conducted by Nielsen revealed that the context of the carsales website, positively shifted brand metrics for automotive brands, to increase active recommendation by 50%.
Unconstrained by physical walls, e-commerce retailers offer a huge inventory of products in endless aisles. Unfortunately, our physical world product coding processes can’t scale to e-commerce: they’re too costly and too slow.
Unique audiences visiting the Netflix website or app via a desktop/laptop, smartphone or tablet have increased by 48% when comparing Digital December 2016 ratings data to December the prior year. A majority of this year-on-year growth was driven by increased access via smartphone (+82%).
Whether it is driven by lactose intolerance, allergies, veganism, the paleo diet, or just general health and wellbeing, it appears New Zealanders are exploring emerging alternatives to traditional white milk.
December 2016 will be remembered as one of the hottest festive periods on recent record in Australia. However, grocery sales during this peak period remained cool, with just 1% growth in dollars spent during the four-week period ending 31 December 2016 compared with the same period in 2015 - well below the annual growth rate for total grocery.
Consumers are faced with a dizzying array of retailers vying for their attention, and a retail loyalty program can be a determining factor for where they decide to shop. In fact, 56% of Australians and 57% of New Zealanders say that they’ll buy from a retailer with a loyalty program over one without.
The premium sector is growing globally, and as it turns out, it isn’t ritzy categories like diamonds and champagne that are topping the charts. Rather, global consumers are most often willing to trade up for everyday consumables.
In the coming decades, machine learning will transform work as we know it. And unlike previous revolutions, which primarily affected blue-collar workers, the smart machine revolution has white-collar workers in its sights.
Around the world, consumers are looking for a taste of the good life. And it’s not just those who are wealthy. Sales of products in the “premium” tier are growing at a rapid pace. In fact, the growth of the premium sector in many markets is outpacing total growth for many fast-moving consumer goods categories.
Consumers are faced with a dizzying array of retailers vying for their attention, and a retail loyalty program can be a determining factor for where they decide to shop. In fact, 72% of global respondents agree that, all other factors equal, they’ll buy from a retailer with a loyalty program over one without.
In recent years, Australian retailers have increased their efforts in maximising the opportunities particular events and holidays can bring. In pharmacy, however, much of the channel seasonality appears to be driven by factors such as weather.
Most new product launches are “small” or “sustaining” innovations, which include the many, many brand extensions that large companies launch year after year. These launches are absolutely essential for growing existing brands and defending shelf space.
The avocado industry has unlocked eye-popping growth in a mature category—without breakthrough innovation. Instead, avocados have grown their share of our wallets (and stomachs!) simply through significant and sustained investment in marketing and promotion.
When it comes to staying healthy, consumers are all too aware of how the foods we eat can affect our overall health. Almost a quarter (24%) of Australian consumers follow a diet that limits the consumption of sugar, while 44% say they avoid sugar as an ingredient.
Retail players have long believed that large-format stores will eventually take over the landscape, but today’s reality disproves the “bigger is always better” myth. Although large stores still account for 51% of global sales, smaller channels are growing sales up to eight times as fast their larger counterparts.
Most of the customer data companies gather about innovation is structured to show correlations rather than causations. Yet after decades of watching great companies do poorly at innovation, we’ve come to the conclusion that the focus on correlation is taking firms in the wrong direction.
What causes a consumer to pull a product into their lives? Simply put, we bring a product into our lives because it meets a need or desire. That’s the crux of Jobs Theory: doing a job that needs to be done.
Grabbing a bite to eat outside of the house is a weekly occurrence for almost half of global respondents, but are we stopping to savor our entrees or eating grub on the go? As it turns out, we’re doing quite a bit of both.
We’ve become so accustomed to our fast-paced lifestyles that it’s even crept its way into how we consume food. This is especially the case when you look at breakfast. So what does the future of the most important meal of the day look like?
While today’s consumers certainly scrutinize the foods that fill their pantries, they aren’t just eating at home. In fact, eating out isn’t just for special occasions; it’s a way of life for nearly half of global respondents.
Brands armed with new products have always rushed to be first to market, as first movers often establish a stronghold that can be difficult for later entrants to break into. But being “first mover” at the expense of being “best mover” can often lead brands to competitive disadvantage.
The ins-and-outs of what a healthy diet looks like may vary somewhat around the world, but simplicity resonates globally. While there is some variation across regions, the story stays the same: Artificial is out, many of us avoid food with long lists of ingredients and consumers are intent on removing the bad and adding the good.
In addition to representing their countries and competing for medals, para-sports athletes participating in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games this month will be challenging stereotypes, increasing inclusion and breaking down social barriers—something these competitors have been doing since the first Paralympic Games in Rome, Italy in 1960.
Nielsen Sports' latest report examines not only the rising interest in para-sports and the Paralympics, its growing status as a media product and how the Games already works for partners, but also notes the opportunity it provides to change attitudes – and, critically, what that might mean for current and future para-sports sponsors.
As a consumer group, Millennials are just starting to flex their spending power, which will grow significantly in the coming years. While they’re years from fully establishing themselves, they’re already having a marked impact on the global consumer landscape.
Nearly two-thirds of global respondents say they follow a diet that limits or prohibits consumption of some foods or ingredients. Taking a closer look, a majority of global respondents say that when it comes to ingredient trends, a back-to-basics mind-set, focused on simple ingredients and fewer artificial or processed foods, is a priority.
Growing a brand isn’t easy, especially for those in in crowded categories. But even the most established categories change over time, and even categories that appear stable may be one critical innovation away from awarding one brand a significant long-term advantage.
Consumers around the world are increasingly focused on clean eating and the benefits of eating more healthfully, with 70% of global respondents saying they actively make dietary choices to help prevent health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension.
Commercial radio reaches three-quarters of Australians who intend on buying a car in the next year, making it the perfect vehicle to communicate with these consumers over the course of their decision-making journey.
In modern retail, the use of promotions has slowly escalated to become a now-standard practice that has resulted in a shared reliance among retailers and manufacturers, but decent returns are increasingly hard to generate. So knowing which categories are more or less sensitive to pricing changes is essential for driving growth.
A core element in increasing share of wallet is understanding and responding to local consumer needs. It makes sense then, that differentiation from your competition could be an important way to build a competitive advantage. So what are consumers looking for?
Marketers often think of “earned” media as asymmetric marketing opportunities—they’re cheap and fast, which make them quite easy for smaller brands to exploit. But the power of earned media as an asymmetric strategy is more appearance than reality.
When asked to pick the attributes they seek when purchasing all-purpose cleaners, 40% around the world say they want environmentally friendly benefits and nearly as many (36%) say they don’t want harsh chemicals.
Whether you think a gluten free diet benefits everyone or it is just the latest fad, there's no denying it's big business. Last year New Zealand shoppers spent over $50 million on gluten free products.
When it comes to choosing specific products, do consumers prefer global brands or local ones? The answer depends primarily on the category, and there is a surprising amount of agreement across regions.
As multinational companies continue to expand into new markets, often providing access to a greater range of products for local consumers, are local companies getting lost in the shuffle? Not necessarily so. In fact, many local companies are thriving.
Many consumers appear to have strong preferences about the origin of the products they buy, but how important is this attribute really when they consider a purchase? How does it stack up against other selection factors?
Typically, small teams build concepts, get qualitative or quantitative feedback, refine concepts, collect another round of feedback, and so on, until they arrive at a “winning” concept. This technique works well, but it suffers from one major drawback: It often produces ideas that are good enough but not the best.
Benjamin Franklin said the only things certain in life are death and taxes. Perhaps we should add dirt to the list. So who’s doing the cleaning, what solutions do they use and how often are they freshening up their homes and clothes?
Sports thrill and influence audiences everywhere. But how do brands and publishers engage fans with the increasing number of sports available and at least four screens to ‘watch the game’ across? Here are the rules for marketers engaging with New Zealand fans.
Not long ago, “watching TV” meant sitting in front of the screen in your living room, waiting for a favorite program to come on at a set time. Today, VOD programming options put the viewer in control of what they watch, when they watch and how they watch.
VOD programming allows consumers to watch what they watch, when they watch and how they watch. And today, nearly two-thirds of global respondents (65%) in a Nielsen online survey in 61 countries say they watch some form of VOD programming, which includes long- and short-form content.
CPG companies are looking for growth. But high growth in developing markets is no longer making up for slow growth in developed markets. In such an environment, it’s tempting to consider raising prices. But should you?
While connected commerce is still largely a domestic affair, cross-border ecommerce is a growing phenomenon. Shoppers are increasingly looking outside their country’s borders, as more than half of online respondents in the study who made an online purchase in the past six months say they bought from an overseas retailer.
With a wide array of pastimes available, respondents in a recent Nielsen global survey were asked to select their top three spare-time activities. While certain activities skew younger than older and vice versa, if you think technology-driven younger people don’t read anymore, think again.