I went on a 'Retail Safari' earlier this week. The aim was to update myself on a client's category, but during my day criss-crossing Leeds to visit five different grocery retailers I couldn't help but keep thinking about demographics. At 11am on a weekday morning a third of shoppers in the Lidl store I visited were carrying handbags … Continue reading grocer demographics are getting difficult
Last week Timewise's 2014 Power Part Time List was published. It proves, it says, that "part time working is possible at senior levels, in all types of business". Included in this year's list from my industry (the whole list changes annually) are the Marketing Director at Diageo responsible for Smirnoff, the Senior Director for Marketing and Insights for … Continue reading all hail the Power Part Timers
Every possible media outlet has run some kind of piece recently about how the big supermarkets are dinosaurs and, basically, deserve every bit of ill fortune they might experience. But I've yet to read a piece which compares the speed at which shopping habits are changing (i.e. very quickly) with how much time it takes … Continue reading shoppers are changing faster than the shops are
I don't know what it's like Inside London, but Outside London the Planning scene seems to me to have changed quite dramatically in the last 18 months. After agencies limped through the recession on a minimal headcount they've now staffed up again. And Planning/Strategy is one of the specialisms that is in growth. But in many … Continue reading Planner or Strategist?
There seems to be a movement in the marketing community towards better work-life balance. Whether it’s Chime’s Amelia Torode championing flexible and part-time working for Mums or what seems to be a massive increase in senior staff switching to freelance, it feels like the traditional 10+ hours, 5+ days a week agency model is under … Continue reading on allowing good people to work where and when they work best
While moderating groups to cover off the qual for my own projects I’ve noticed that research attendance has gone up a lot in the last 9 months. I know we’re supposed to be coming out of recession, but attendance at my focus groups is now so enthusiastic that I think I’m going to have to … Continue reading it’s geting easier to recruit – but will they play along?
There's been the odd occasion over the last few years when I've felt like I've been researching something in order to get that box ticked on the client's project plan, rather than to use fresh insight to move things forward. There's simply no point in spending money on research if the answer is staring you … Continue reading do you really need to research this?
I’ve been thinking about Planners Who Do Other Things Now. These fall into several subcategories, there’s Planners Who Now Do Something Totally Different But Use Their Planning Skillset, like the Chief Exec of an NHS Trust and the Life Coach I know. Then there’s Planners Who Don’t Work In Ad Agencies Anymore, but instead work … Continue reading why are so many Planners not doing ad agency Planning anymore?
We get The Sunday Times delivered at home and reading their Style section usually results in me ranting over the breakfast table. Style tends to focus on £100 face creams, the latest exercise crazes, outfits that less than 0.05% of the population can afford and fad diets - the latest being sugar-free, so kale smoothie … Continue reading Style can’t have it both ways
I've been making an extra effort recently to spend more time catching up with fellow Planners and Strategists (of all types) - and I've never come away from a coffee shop, cafe or restaurant without a post-it note full of scribbled ideas and To Dos. Notes of websites to visit, books to read, new business … Continue reading why agencies don’t value the modern meet up enough