Do consumers really care about conscious capitalism when it comes to buying decisions? Are they willing to pay more for products and services that come from companies that engage in actions that further some social good? For a growing number of consumers around the world, the answer is yes.
From power tools to bikes, to electronics and even to cars, people around the globe are leveraging the unused capacity of things they already own or services they can provide for a profit. Welcome to the share economy.
Around the globe, more consumers say they’re feeling confident. In the first quarter of 2014, global consumer confidence returned to a pre-recession level with an index score of 96—the highest score since first-quarter 2007. And there are other positive signs: perceptions of local job prospects improved in all regions except Latin America; recessionary sentiment improved in 68 percent of markets; and discretionary spending intentions increased in all regions.
Global consumer confidence increased one index point to 97 in the second quarter of 2014, marking the highest level since first-quarter 2007This forward momentum comes after a stagnant 2013, when confidence was stubbornly stuck at 94 for three out of four quarters.
No one knows whether “singularity” will arrive when computer intelligence overtakes that of humans. Will it happen in advertising, at least?
Earlier this week, I had the honor of participating in a panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival. The topic—“Global trends that will affect us all”—hit on the key issues that will shape our economies and cultures for the next 20 years.
2013 was a period of consolidation in Sri Lanka, marked by ripples from a series of corrective measures in 2012 aimed to chill an overheated economy. The indicators are that the worst could be over. And that's good news for companies and consumers alike.
Year after year, thousands of products across brands and organizations hit the retail shelves. Some succeed, whereas most fail. But every once in a while, comes along a product that changes the rules of the game and witnesses unprecedented success. This miniscule percentage falls within the realm of what we call ‘breakthrough innovation’. Scaling this summit is not easy but there are some fundamentals that can help you achieve this. The 'Breakthrough Innovation Report' is a deep dive into the competitive world of innovation in the fast-moving consumer goods space.
The world’s population is getting older and many consumers say the world isn’t prepared for the shift. According to the World Health Organization, 2 billion people will be at least 60 years old by 2050, which raises questions and concerns for consumers as well as industries.
Global consumer confidence held steady with an index of 94 at the end of 2013, rounding out three consecutive quarters at that confidence level. Discretionary spending declined in all regions, many regions still feel mired in recession, and Asia-Pacific posted the only regional consumer confidence increase in Q4.