For several years now, we’ve been advocating a shift from Consumer Insights to Human Insights. That means going beyond an analysis of the consumer part of people – that part that shops, buys and consumes – and listening to the whole human being. But this can come across as sounding a little, well, soft – […]
Everywhere you turn these days you hear people talking about Consumer Experience or CX. For a few, it is relegated to the digital or “User Experience” people have with a brand’s digital properties. For many more, it means more broadly tracking and improving the consumer journey through various “touchpoints” with brands. For some others, it […]
Jim White presents “Brands & Narrative Identity: A New Way to Think About Brand Strategy” at the 2017 IIeX Global Insights Conference.
I used to have a boss in the market research business who would ask, “How do you get interesting insights?” To which he’d provide the answer “Ask interesting questions!” One way to guarantee interesting questions in market research is to stop pursuing Consumer Insights and start pursuing Human Insights. In recent blog posts, we’ve argued […]
By Jim White I hear a lot of marketers these days say their companies are “consumer-centric.” I used to think this was a good thing. But I’ve changed my mind. Being consumer-centric is good. But it’s not good enough. To be a truly transformative brand — one that enjoys true loyalty, passionate advocacy and a premium […]
By Jim Chastain Let’s stop talking to consumers. I have and I don’t really plan to talk with them anymore. They haven’t done anything to make me upset. They haven’t purposely misled me. I just find them to be limiting and not representative of how they really make buying decisions. Sure they offer opinions. Yes […]
Jim Chastain and Jim White, Founding Partners at RealityCheck Consulting, on the advantages of understanding the human behind your consumer and how marketers can benefit.
Making bold predictions for the New Year is always tricky but our team of insight strategists at RealityCheck is always up for a challenge. It’s hard to make insight predictions in a vacuum. There are too many implications in the air after the US election and the drama of the transition period before Trump’s inauguration. […]
“Learning about the human being behind his or her consumer urges must be based upon respect for his or her individuality, cultural aspects, lifestyles, beliefs and passions.” This quote is from an article that I wrote 14 years ago when I left my career as a psychoanalist and started my journey into marketing research. At […]
Ser humano é ser múltiplo, muitas vezes volátil e, continuamente, em aperfeiçoamento. Ser humano é ser social, é ser político, é ser religioso, é ser ateu, é ser produtor, criador, é ser cidadão, é ser consumidor… Ser humano é uma condição e não um estado. Há séculos o ser humano vem sendo estudado em toda […]