More & More & More, Packaging Impacts Buying, Indulgence Outpaces Healthy.

#3 Consumers Are Snacking More & More & More
IRI data shows that there has been a 3% increase in the number of consumers snacking more than five times per day. Currently, 14% of people snack five or more times a day in addition to their regular mealtimes. IRI predicts this will continue to rise in 2017.

Building, Maintaining & Leveraging
Memory Structures

The human brain is complex. So, too, are memories which utilize all of your senses to link and retain information: how things look, sound, feel, taste and smell are all part of it. Current research indicates each element is stored in different areas of the brain. The more sensory details and memories consumers associate with your brand over time, the more likely it is your product will be considered for purchase over a competitor’s and end up in the shopping cart.

If you read between the lines of Kantar Worldpanel’s most recent Brand Footprint report, which tracks the “150 most chosen consumer brands,” you can connect the dots on some new ways to grow your brand you may not have considered before.

Brands can market to their consumers in two major ways: TARGETED MARKETING, which is selling to a specific segment of buyers, and MASS MARKETING, which is selling to all buyers. So which of the two ways is most effective? In most marketing textbooks, TARGETED MARKETING has long been (and still is) touted as the smart, modern way to market. Spoiler Alert: This is a marketing myth. MASS MARKETING is more effective. –Source: Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science

Anyone who has worked in marketing for even a few weeks knows the following 3 “written in stone” dictums:

We all love a good cliché. Especially in marketing. And, if we repeat it enough, it becomes gospel. For instance, the 80/20 rule (the Pareto Principle). Have you ever said something like; “80% of my brand sales are coming from 20% of my consumers, so we need to focus on the loyalist”? Or “we need a better customer loyalty program”? Or better yet, “I want to focus more marketing dollars on my brand advocates, ambassadors, loyalists, yada, yada, yada”?

For years now, the holy grail of marketing has been to forge a love bond with your consumers. As marketers, we’ve been taught that creating a deep and lasting personal “relationship” with this core audience is the key to brand success. According to the Pareto Principle, 80% of our profits will come from just 20% of our customers. It’s the basis for targeting our “loyal” followers with the bulk of our marketing efforts and budgets.

It’s surprising how much focus too many marketers still place on the nebulous metric of “engagement.” Yes, social media engagement is an important measure of consumer response. It’s an indicator that your brand is making some sort of connection with people. And yes, some people actually do seem to “care” enough to like, comment, share, or click on a link. But if you’ve been obsessing on the relatively newfangled measuring of people who have taken an action on your Facebook post, tweet, or pin, you likely have been discounting the value of two, far more important (and albeit “old school”) metrics— Reach & Frequency.

It’s everywhere. On the streets, in our office, and in every retail and food store I’ve visited the past 2 weeks. Pokémon took over my life back when I was a kid and is doing so again now with the revolutionary virtual reality game, Pokémon Go.

The pathway to purchase for moms buying snacks can be an emotional, trying journey. The struggle is real. Moms are on the frontlines, fighting the fight, battling against what her family wants vs what she feels is best or “better” for them, what will make her life easier vs what they will enjoy, and so on.

It can be a real quest.

Let’s look at this journey in stages, it will help better identify the needs of mom along the pathway to purchase, therefore assisting marketers on appropriate messaging, tone, and of course, tactics.

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