It’s rational that shoppers would be willing to pay more for a product that is of a higher demonstrated quality or value, but there is also a more subjective component that factors into many shoppers’ ideas of what premium means.
Christmas is an important time of year for the alcohol industry in the U.K., as off-trade alcohol sales over the 12 weeks of Christmas account for around a sixth of all Christmas fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sales and a third of total annual off-trade alcohol sales.
Whether a gift for themselves or a gift for a friend, Australians are hungry for cookbooks, especially in the final weeks leading up to Christmas. In 2017, a total of $14.8 million of cookbooks went through the tills during the four weeks leading up to Christmas, accounting for close to a quarter of 2017’s total cookbook sales.
The fish and seafood category is well-positioned to be a premium protein offer for Australian consumers. In the 52 weeks ending 8 September 2018, more than nine-in-ten (94%) Aussie households purchased some type of fish or seafood. These households spent an average of $167 split across 16 shopping occasions in the last 12 months.
While the 2018 census data isn’t due for release until 2019, marketers should be prepared to answer two key questions - “are we adjusting to the changing needs of our target market? and how do we acquire new customers that are gaining relevance in NZ?”
One of the biggest is that small start-ups are generating 53% of the growth and cutting into the share of established manufacturers. And so FMCG manufacturers of all sizes are looking to the successful start-ups for inspiration on how to be more agile, but is it that simple?
Households who purchased for the first time accounted for 21.6% of Australian online grocery growth for the year ending 6 October 2018. Compared to the rest of the population, these new online buyers are more likely to spend on health and beauty products and pet supplies online.
To do it right, companies need to invest in truly understanding their consumers and embed sustainability into their brand’s foundation. Authenticity comes through the end-to-end integration of sustainability into your processes and complete transparency with consumers along the way.
Consumer trust is crucial for e-commerce growth. Trust includes many aspects for shoppers to feel comfortable in selecting the crucial “add to basket” button. For example, shoppers need to be sure they are purchasing genuine products, that what they purchased will arrive safely on time and in good condition, and that the payment is secure.
The speed of technological advancement has forced Baby Boomers to update their attitudes as well as their operating systems. Media owners, publishers and the technology industry as a whole can sometimes overlook a key demographic that deserves more attention: Baby Boomers.
As manufacturers and retailers seek to capitalize on the opportunity of e-commerce, they need to understand consumers’ online usage, behaviour and habits, as well as what’s driving e-commerce adoption.
In today’s crowded car market, auto advertisers are hard-pressed to connect with consumers, encourage new sales, and do it all under shrinking budgets. It’s a steep challenge, and one that can only be met with a full understanding of how consumers shop for cars and how they react to automotive advertising.
With only five weeks left until Christmas, shoppers are already considering which books will make for great presents for those keen readers in their lives. If you’re looking to buy a tried and tested title, start by looking at the last 10 years of number one books sold in Australia based on the copies sold that year.
Seasonality has a huge impact on OTC sales performance, and although it varies by category, 60% of sales are subject to this. We, of course, associate summer with hay fever and allergies; however, lots of other categories also enjoy the seasonal uplifts that come with summer.
Coles and Woolworths continue to be the major players in the Australian online grocery space, representing approximately 85% of total online grocery value sales. However, Australians’ interest in Amazon and the expansion of available grocery categories Amazon now has on offer, is set to shake up the online grocery landscape.
Australia is a nation driven by endless wanderlust. In the past year, 5.8 million Aussie travellers flew overseas for leisure. For travel marketers, knowing what travellers want throughout every phase of their journey will provide the best opportunity to connect with them using the right media mix and the most compelling messages.
A new era of sustainability is rising and it’s touching every corner of the world. Consumers in markets big and small are increasingly motivated to be more environmentally conscious and are exercising their power and voice through the products they buy. But why do these shifts feel so urgent?
It’s well known across the media landscape that consumers in the U.S. are connecting with more content across more devices than ever before. But as an industry, we have not tapped into the truly unique opportunities presented by this increased consumption at the same pace as consumers.
A recent Nielsen article found that New Zealand grocery shoppers are some of the most promotionally-driven in the developed world. Almost six in every ten dollars spent on groceries in the supermarket channel are sold on promotion. The estimated retail sales value of discounts applied to products that generate little incremental sales was almost half a billion dollars. For specialist liquor stores, this number is around $160 Million annually.
Data is everywhere. As our individual behaviors leave an ever-expanding data footprint, we are faced with the challenge of making sense of all of this data and extrapolating meaningful insights to drive performance.
Optimising your pricing strategy is one way your brand can still grow in a deflationary environment. It is critical to have a deep understanding of which items in your portfolio are best suited to a High-Low pricing strategy and which ones would benefit from Everyday Low Price (EDLP).
Competing in the beverage categories is a tough business. Shelf space is limited; shoppers buy beverages for various needs and motivations; and they are faced with an abundance of choice. Keeping a close eye on consumer needs, as well as on the performance of like-categories, can avert falling behind in the beverage game.
Throughout the 2018 financial year (July 2017-June 2018), 50% of total Australian advertising spend was made up by the top five industries. The travel sector, ranked third, recorded the biggest boost in ad spending - up 21% on the previous financial year.
While they often don’t receive the same level of attention as men’s sports, a new Nielsen Sports research project highlights untapped potential and new commercial opportunities for rights holders, brands and media.
With rising consumer uptake across e-commerce categories, online FMCG growth is accelerating across the globe. In fact, we estimate that online FMCG growth will accelerate four times faster growth than offline sales in the next five years.
The marketing and advertising landscape in Latin America is becoming more fast paced and complex. To grow in this environment, companies must meet consumer demand for convenience and personalization and leverage digital strategies and innovation.
E-commerce is a tremendous growth opportunity for the Australian grocery sector. While currently only representing 3.8% of dollar sales for the grocery channel, online has grown by more than 30% over the past year and is expected to contribute up to 30% of total grocery growth by 2020. The number of online shoppers has also increased to nearly 30% of the population (up from 18% in 2017) as more Australian consumers become accustomed to anywhere, anytime shopping.
A slight drop in consumer sentiment in the second quarter was reflected in a slight pullback in spending in certain markets, as skepticism about the future had some consumers feeling as though their free cash would be better served in savings rather than on discretionary purchases.
Australians are the world’s most price-sensitive grocery shoppers. For manufacturers and retailers, this poses quite the dilemma. If the price is the most powerful component of profitability, how can you best use it as a lever when you are working with shoppers who are always on the lookout for the best bargain in this industry?
As a business concept, agile has migrated well outside of the tech world, touting the benefits and buzz once grounded in the software space to an array of new industries and sectors. In the process, however, the meaning behind the term has frequently been misinterpreted.
Affluence, a calculation based on income, number of children and household size reveals a lot about purchasing power. But how does affluence affect how many vegetables Australians eat? Can Australian shoppers reach their “two and five a day” on any budget?
There’s a new trend in the fast lane on Australian roads. SUVs are experiencing a boom due to an influx of new models over the past 18 months, with even more on the way. As a result, small and medium sized SUVs are the vehicle of choice across the country, having overtaken passenger cars in terms of new car sales.
Marketers often think about how important it is to communicate all of a product’s key benefits to their consumers directly on the pack—using images, colors, logos, words, typography, etc. But very often, this overload of information makes the design extremely complex and difficult to understand.
Last year more than $290 million was spent on advertising the automotive industry in New Zealand, with 77% of this spend going to the promotion of vehicles. That’s approximately $223M being spent to target potential car buyers.
Shortcuts and automation are top of mind as consumer chase ways to overcome everyday obstacles to effortless living. For FMCG companies, the task at hand involves adapting and enhancing their solutions to do more than keep pace—they’ll need to stay ahead of the pace.
Australian manufacturers and retailers are investing an exceptional amount of time and money executing promotions on a regular basis - with the hope that both parties will benefit from a maximum return on their investment. The reality is, however, that this outcome is rarely ever achieved.
The biggest challenge facing the financial industry is having a brand promise that matches the customer’s experience. With over 3.1 million Australians expressing dissatisfaction with their major financial institution over the past 12 months it is critical for Australian financial institutions to examine how to address their disengaged and dissatisfied customers.
Image-conscious Aussies are avid trendsetters who like to stand out from the crowd, try to look stylish at all times and wear designer labels to improve their image. According to the emma CMV survey for the period April 2017 - March 2018, over 3.7 million Australians aged 14+ identify as being image-conscious.
For many large, multinational global brands, other companies don’t become competition until they’re operating at the same scale and in similar markets. As a result, global companies often don’t pay much attention to the small brands that operate well outside of their global peripheral vision.
Protein - a compound that builds and repairs muscle tissue - is driving a health food craze sweeping the globe. With demand and interest increasing, the opportunity for manufacturers to boast their products’ protein content and drive growth is large.
Australian households are buying healthier packaged grocery products thanks to greater health education and awareness, along with supplier innovation bringing in a range of better-for-you alternatives. However, this growing demand for healthy products is yet to be fully realised when it comes to fresh produce.
Aligning your organization toward common goals is challenging, especially when the goals change. That’s because it’s common for marketing teams to operate in silos. Most marketing organizations are split between marketing and media, and the split is compounded by multiple layers up and down the org chart.
If you can’t see it, it must not be there, right? In the FMCG market, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. That’s because every category has a certain concentration of brands that aren’t top of mind for many, but they have the ability to shift the overall landscape if conditions are right.
Whether you call it football, soccer, or “the World Game”, there is no denying the FIFA World Cup 2018 has captured Australia’s attention with a strong performance from the Australian team as well as many exciting moments as the world’s best vie for the iconic golden trophy. Twitter and Facebook have exploded with action as fans take to their second screens with 676,500 total interactions so far, despite most matches being broadcast into the early hours of the morning.
With the growth of streaming apps available through the TV glass come new opportunities for advertisers to connect with consumers in the living room. In the past year alone, we've seen an almost 10% increase in the number of people who have access to a connected TV device.
Convenience retailers and Manufacturers have a huge opportunity to tap into the needs of time-poor, health conscious shoppers in New Zealand. To realise this opportunity, we need to know what these shoppers’ motivations are. Are they aspiring to be healthy, or are they truly healthy people?
From a global perspective, prospects for the remainder of the year appear largely positive. In Q1, confidence grew across Western Europe, the economic recovery in Latin America looks promising in a number of markets, dollar sales of FMCG in North America performed well, and growing disposable incomes across Asia-Pacific are having an effect well beyond the immediate region.
For the last decade or so, Millennials have been the generation that every brand has sought to engage as their spending power has grown. With this generation now past teenage years, however, digital advertisers are shifting their focus to the succeeding generation, Generation Z or Gen Z.
There has never been a more dynamic and challenging time to be a marketer. Since the advent of the internet, fueled by available high-speed access and ignited by the proliferation of powerful new devices, marketers have more access to consumers than ever before.
Regardless of whether you call it football or soccer, it’s a sport with massive global appeal and fan interest. In fact, more than 40% of people 16 or older in major population centers around the world consider themselves interested or very interested in following football, more so than any other sport.
A hot summer has sparked a rise in sales for both beer and wine in New Zealand. Over the 16 weeks to 25 February 2018, beer generated almost $379.3 million in sales across supermarkets and liquor stores - an increase of 6.3% ($21.3 million) on last summer.
Online New Zealanders now spend close to half a standard working week (18 hours) getting their digital fix, up from 15 hours in 2015. Accessing the internet from a mobile device is now well and truly commonplace for nearly 8 in 10 (78%) online Kiwis- up from 65% in 2015.
The DMP serves as the nervous system for your organization’s digital ecosystem helping you unify, make sense of and unlock the value of disparate streams of data, uncover and build valuable consumer audiences, and reach those high-value audiences with personalized messaging in real-time across the digital ad ecosystem.
Today, access to information is unprecedented, consumers are empowered to make smarter buying decisions and marketers have amassed immense quantities of data about consumers. Technology has transformed many industries permanently, but perhaps none as much as marketing.
The traditional channels and your traditional consumer will most likely not be where your growth will come from in the next few years. Despite facing the lowest growth environment we have had in decades, the opportunity for growth is there if we think small.
When it comes to sport, it is the willingness to prepare to win that sets apart the most talented athletes and the best teams. And with the Australian sports industry facing an unprecedented level of change and disruption, it has never been so important to prepare for what’s to come in order to stay ahead of the game.
We expect lifestyle, the “little and often” trend, technology and location to be four of the key influencers on shopper’s behaviour in 2018, which, if executed well, will be true foot traffic drivers for c-store retailers.
New Zealand grocery shoppers are the most promotion-driven in the world. Almost six in every ten dollars spent on groceries in 2017 were sold on promotion - well ahead of other developed markets around the globe.
With digital now a critical channel for brands, it’s no surprise that they’re actively looking to better understand and measure returns in the space. They’re also actively looking to social media and sponsorships as a way to amplify their digital returns.
Now in place, the minimum pricing of alcohol regulation in Scotland means that a single unit of alcohol cannot be sold for less than 50p. And as a result, the stronger the drink, the more expensive it will be. So what effect might that have on consumption?
Over the past 12 months, fresh salad sales have soared compared with the previous year, up 10.6% in dollar sales in Australia. Examples of fresh salad include serving size lettuce bags and premade salad mixes.
When it comes to growth, it’s hard to ignore what we’re seeing in emerging markets. In fact, they’re currently generating two-to four-times the FMCG growth of developed markets. But just because the big picture boasts big opportunity doesn’t mean capitalizing on the right opportunities is easy.
We love our carrots, with 94% of Australian households purchasing this staple every year. While most shoppers purchase standard carrots, some are also purchasing specialty carrots, giving consumers more reasons to buy the category and creating new pockets of growth.
This month, all eyes will be on the U.K. market as a sugar tax on drinks goes into effect there, encouraging consumers through price to reduce their sugar consumption. No doubt the Australian Federal Government will be watching, as they consider a ‘sugar tax’ here in Australia.
2017 was a good year for global consumers, with consumer confidence ending the year at a near-record level. Notably, 51 markets finished the year with higher confidence than they did in 2016, and the gains were bigger than 2 points in 46 markets.
Fresh research has revealed interesting insights into how Australians shop and eat celery. Shoppers enjoy the versatility of this vegetable: eaten in salads, as part of a recipe, and often munched on in its natural state – raw.
Australians love to munch on an apple, and we spend a sizeable amount every year to keep the doctor away! New research shows, however, that while we love our apples, we aren’t as loyal to our favourite variety as you’d think. Nielsen has published new data on the apple category that reveals how Aussie consumers shop across the category.
Competition to light up Kiwi homes is high, with new energy companies bringing their offerings to the table. Across New Zealand there are more than 30, together spending over $33 million dollars on advertising in 2017.
One consumer product category that shows promise is snack foods. A rare global growth story, snacks are satisfying consumer cravings around the world—in fact, the snacking business grew US$3.4 billion globally in 2017.
Sport really is Australia’s favourite past time and with the introduction of more channels, platforms, leagues and codes, our hours spent watching sport in Australia has gone up by 8% since 2014. With more eyeballs on TVs and screens, and fan bases growing, the opportunities to reach and resonate with the captive Australian sports fan are massive.
New regulations restricting the sale of codeine to a prescription only medication has left retailers and manufacturers with a keen interest in the future trends in analgesics. In 2017 codeine was worth $170 million dollars, making up 20% of the analgesics industry. Understanding where this value may move to is key for the pharmaceutical industry in the coming year and beyond.
More than any other consumer industry, beauty and personal care are driven by trends. New trending ingredients, formulations, colors and brands come around every season. Walk into your average retail store and you’ll see this reflected on shelves.
There’s a new retail revolution underway, and it’s going to affect the global food industry in ways the market hasn’t seen before. The revolution comes at the hand of store-branded products, which continue to gain share across all major geographies.
The continued growth of the grocery e-commerce channel is undeniable with 403K new households adopting online shopping. Australians are overcoming online barriers of physical inspection and doubts about quality and accuracy. In the past 12 months there was a 22.9% increase in new grocery online shoppers, as well as a small increases in spend per trip. In fact, the average household purchased online on 6.7 occasions over the last 12 months, and with the average online transaction of $107.85, up from $104.65 last year.
While sales of fast-moving consumer goods in some traditionally successful markets like the U.S. saw signs of softness in early 2017, opportunities for growth are still readily available if you know where to look.
Consumers today have access to a wider array of products than ever before thanks to globalisation and connectivity. So when it comes to country of origin, just how much does being a 'local' or 'global' brand influence the purchasing behaviour of consumers in Australia and New Zealand?
Five years ago, mainstream alcohol segments drove the majority of the alcohol sales growth in New Zealand. More recently, niche products have emerged, and Kiwis are increasingly opting for more premium and unique beverage offerings.
As a result of more digital entertainment options, Australians are consuming more content and changing how they consume it. Knowing the Australian entertainment consumer provides new opportunities for Australian brands to engage and connect with them on a more personal and emotional level.
Compared with the everyday consumer products we buy frequently, like paper towels and boxed cereal, durables have a much longer shelf life. Items like electric razors, coffee makers and irons fall into this category, and they play key roles in the everyday lives of consumers—yet in much different ways than fast-moving consumer goods do.