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Author:Liz Schwartz

Target analyzes consumer perception on Freshness vs Price

Which would you buy? A package of raspberries that had a sign saying "Arrived today $2.99" or a package of raspberries that said "Arrived last week $2.49"? NPR had a report this week on Marketplace about a test happening at Target to better understand which is more important to consumers...

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The evolving art of food photography

It's no secret that the foods we see on grocery store shelves or in advertisements doesn't look like what you get from a box or in the drive thru. Food photography is an art, and it's evolving from the plastic/perfect world of 70's style to a more modern and yes, more REAL approach. The podcast...

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UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) recently crowdsourced a name for their new boat, with horrible results.

Boaty McBoatface or: How We Should Learn to Stop Crowdsourcing Names

The internet is having a collective giggle over Boaty McBoatface, the crowdsourced name that UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) recently ended up with in their #NameOurShip contest. Here at Pivot we proudly focus on understanding the consumer point of view, but there's a Giant ship-sized difference between getting consumer input and handing over creative and strategic control. Consumer perspectives should...

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Brand color affects how consumers see your brand

Brand colors alter consumer perception

Colors can make your company seem more ethical to consumers. A recent University of Oregan study by marketing professor Aparna Sundar studies how color define's a brand and a consumer's response. Colors, she says, may spark ethical considerations that companies need to consider when building their messaging. Learn more from the University of Oregon or the...

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Coca Cola's infamous white can experiment failed, partly because consumers perceived a formula change due to the new packaging color.

How packaging can make food more flavorful

A fascinating article came out in the New Yorker this week focused on the work of Charles Spence at Oxford University. This professor of experimental psychology has been doing tremendous work with consumer perception and food, using all kinds of sensory variables like sound, color and packaging to study how the human brain naturally perceives...

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Can you identify when your brand is losing focus?

The warning signs that your brand is losing focus

Do you know the 7 warning signs that your brand is losing focus? You’re diversifying to try and bring in revenue. Your products are out of date. Your market share and/or your margins are slipping. You’ve got lots of different messages in the market. You’re always holding promotions or sales. Your investors are holding you...

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Do natural food brands lose trust when purchased by "Big Food"?

Do natural food brands lose trust when purchased by “Big Food”?

How much do consumer perceptions change when a small natural/organic food company is purchased by a conglomerate? As this trend continues across the consumer packaged goods world, NPR talked with many food company founders to understand their point of view. For shoppers who like their food natural, local and organic, though, these deals can be...

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Is it time for me to change my packaging?

When is it time to update your packaging?

“Deciding to change your packaging should never be taken lightly,” says Phil Duncan, P&G’s Global Design Officer. “There are typically numerous consumer and market dynamics that combine to signal the need to change your package. Consumer understanding and trends, a change in brand strategy, or significant shifts in the category or retail channels can all create...

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Tootsie Rolls - An Iconic Package makes an iconic brand

Creating iconic brands through packaging

Just a little food for thought today as we came across an NPR story about iconic brands that stand apart based on their packaging. It's worth a read if only to realize that differentiating your brand through your package is an opportunity for every consumer product company, large or small. Sometimes, packaging is so distinctive, it...

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