Corporate responsibility and sustainability strategies can take many different forms depending on the individual retail sector, but one thing is clear: consumers are using their spending power to influence the change they want to see on environmental issues.
The online grocery sector in Australia has shown strong growth as the level of trust, ease and willingness to purchase increases among online shoppers. When looking at countries that have shown the biggest percentage increase in online shoppers for fresh groceries over the past year, Australia ranked fifth.
At Nielsen, we believe that our panels make our company stand out. We devote a great deal of time and resources to ensuring that our panels produce high-quality data. By combining big data with smaller data sets from carefully chosen and measured households, we believe that we provide a higher quality of insights than anyone else in the marketplace.
A whopping 46% of consumers tell us they are more likely to try new brands than they were five years ago; a clear signal to a trend we should expect to intensify. Yet we see few signs that adjustments have been made to marketing initiatives or innovation pipelines to match these numbers.
You don't have to look far to see rapidly growing or already mature 'disruptors' in retail and manufacturing, but the long tail of market disruption goes way beyond that in today's age of consumer disloyalty.
Fan interest and commercial investments in women’s football, or soccer, are growing leading into the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. According to Nielsen Sports, 40% of the people in countries with a team competing in this year’s tournament are interested in women’s football.
My experience with the orange pack of biscuits is typical of how shoppers interact with product packs. Packs catch the shopper’s attention at the “Zeroth moment of truth”—when the shopper is in front of a screen. They then catch the shopper’s attention in front of the shelf—that’s the “first moment of truth”—where most purchase decisions are made.
AI is enabling companies to better understand how consumers are shopping, why they shop and most importantly, predict what consumers will buy in the future. This is fundamentally shifting how companies explore product development cycles, pricing models and understandings of how to change the minds of fickle consumers.
Esports fans around the world include some of the hardest to reach consumers for brands because of their cord-cutting and ad-blocking tendencies. While esports unites them as a fan base, their digital-first mindset is pervasive in their approach to broader entertainment consumption.
By placing the shopper at the center of decision making, manufacturers can better collaborate with their retailer partners to address the inefficiencies of trade spend—one of the largest costs of doing business.
There are many ways to create a community of beauty consumers that are loyal to retailers and brands. But don’t be overwhelmed: It’s not too late to join the conversation with your beauty consumers—they’re listening, and they’re more than happy to connect directly with you to provide their feedback.
At a macro level, economic conditions around the globe ended 2018 on an upbeat note. Global consumer confidence was at its highest level in 14 years, but 39 of the 64 countries included in the global Consumer Confidence Index reported declines in consumer sentiment.
Fast-moving consumer goods and GDP growth in Q4 2018 was strongest in Asia-Pacific, and consumers in the region feel the best globally about their financial well-being. Comparatively, only 37% of consumers in Europe believe their conditions have improved over the past five years.
Over 3.9 million Australians don’t hold any insurance policies. Within this group, 1.7 million are disengaged with the insurance industry - indicating that they disregard the value of insurance and are even impartial to which company they would choose to insure with, if any.
Consumers today are more disloyal than ever before; the once steadfast consumer retail environment primed to grow brand-loyal hearts has shifted to a more capricious climate, where product infidelity is now the norm.
The Australian grocery sector continues to wade through a prolonged period of low growth. There are still opportunities to turn this around, however, by tapping into growing consumer demand for items on both ends of the price spectrum - value and premium.
In 2018, Australian advertisers spent approximately $1 billion on outdoor advertising, according to Nielsen Ad Intel estimates. When trying to work out the return on investment (ROI) on these dollars, historically it's been difficult to determine whether the right audience saw the ad; and it’s proven a challenge to add more detail to an audience segment that spans beyond age and gender.
With so many DMP vendors fighting to stand out, it’s no surprise that many marketers aren’t able to truly differentiate the competing solutions. And to be fair, from an eagle’s eye view, I don’t know that there is a way to.
The 2019 Formula 1 season commences in Melbourne this weekend, and as always, there is much discussion around the value of one of Australia's major sporting events. Nielsen's SportsLink survey shows the overall popularity of Formula 1 has held strong in recent years despite recent changes to competition and racing formats.
There are fewer opportunities to convert a shopper to a sale while in-store. Retailers and manufacturers need to think very deeply about how to best influence each shopping experience to maximise the potential of a sale.
While online has been growing as a channel in several developed markets in recent years, it’s broadening in scope, and is fast becoming a popular shopping destination for consumers around the world, particularly those looking to purchase premium products, as these platforms are able to attract shoppers and generate sales by providing exclusive product ranges and compelling deals.
Digital adoption is sweeping the globe. The uptake of mobile devices and increasing access to the internet have huge ramifications for businesses in all industries. Retailers can’t afford to ignore this new reality.
Globally, 58%of global consumers feel they are better off financially than they were five years ago, but there is also a sizeable proportion of consumers who feel that they are only in survival mode, with sentiment differing considerably by region and country.
In this webinar, we explore the regions where consumers have experienced the biggest improvement in their financial situations since 2016. We also discuss consumers’ changing spending behavior on fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) categories over the past five years.
With focus on minimising the link of traditional advertising and excessive drinking, alcohol brands are increasingly considering indirect and responsible ways of engaging sporting fans. Sports partnerships with governing bodies, teams, events and stadia serve as an opportunity to establish and extend alcohol brand reach and meaningful consumer connection opportunities.
As we analyze key takeaways from Nielsen’s past two years of sponsorship valuation data and research around fan behavior and preferences, it’s evident that esports stakeholders have a lot to look forward to in the coming months.
There are many problems and challenges ahead of us. We also have many possibilities and options to wade through as we navigate the right way forward. It’s up to us to leverage the opportunities by adopting better strategies for using data and technology.
Some companies take the world's long-term sustainability to heart and build their entire brands around it. But even if your company isn’t ready to dive into the deep end of sustainability, it’s important to take steps in the right direction.
As companies look to break into new markets, they must understand that each market demands its own approach. In burgeoning sustainability markets, however, natural and organic are paving the way for more detailed and specific claims.
Australians will soon have the ability to own their financial data, and have personal financial information easily accessible and transferable to other financial institutions, with open banking coming into effect on 1 July 2019. This may lead to more consumers switching banking providers and will allow for more competition and choice in the marketplace, and more control for the consumer.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
It’s undisputed that internet accessibility, mobile technology and digital innovations are redefining consumers every interaction and will continue to enable and disrupt many aspects of consumers’ lifestyle well into the future.
Looking for a better lifestyle, consumers are searching for options that are healthier for them and for their homes. The good news is that companies can be benevolent and bankable if they understand the intricacies of these forces and react accordingly.
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.
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.
The rate of change in women’s sports is one of the most exciting trends in the sports industry right now. For rights holders, brands and the media, this represents a chance to develop a new commercial proposition and engage fans in a different way.
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.
This report looks at the changing FMCG e-commerce landscape in eight markets (Colombia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates), influenced by 10 key drivers, along with deep insights for each of these markets.
Generally speaking, global conditions for the FMCG industry remained positive in second-quarter 2018. Some regions showed significant growth promise, while others showed a slight pullback from gains earlier in the year. With many markets experiencing notable increases in GDP growth, conditions were favorable for manufacturers and retailers.
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.
Australian commercial radio listeners are also big technology enthusiasts. Nielsen Consumer & Media View (CMV) and Commercial Radio Australia research reveals that 30% of commercial radio listeners identify as Tech Lovers - a group that prides itself in trying, adopting and embracing new technology. And a further 26% - while not quite as hard core - are still considered to be Tech Savvy.
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?
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.
Convenience isn’t just about store formats, products or packaging. And it means more than the latest technologies or new engagement strategies. Rather, it’s about every encounter, interaction and action that can help fulfill consumers’ growing demand for efficiency.
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.
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.
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.
From a global perspective, conditions and prospects for the remainder of the year appear largely positive. In Q1, confidence grew across Western Europe, economic recovery in Latin America looks promising in key markets, FMCG sales in North America performed well, and growing disposable incomes across Asia-Pacific are having an effect beyond the immediate region.
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.
The global reach of football, or soccer, is unequalled among sports in terms of value to media and sponsors. With the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 upon us, Nielsen offers a snapshot of the vast collection of data and insights surrounding the world’s most popular sport.
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.
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?
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.
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.