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How to Circumvent the Idea Killer

2 points for each of these things you’ve heard before: 

 

  • “It would be over budget” 
  • “We’ve tried that before” 
  • “Upper management won’t buy in” 
  • “It’s not differentiated enough” 
  • “That’s gonna take too long” 
  • “Not enough margin” 
  • “Too similar to competition” 
  • “Not compelling enough” 

 

Got some points on the board? A bit disheartening, isn’t it? It’s really easy for us to get swept up in the “why it won’t work” and to poke holes in ideas before they’ve been given room to grow.  

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Stakeholder Interviews Set the Stage When Embarking on Brand Positioning 

 

We kick off our brand positioning projects with one-on-one stakeholder interviews. Why? Because getting an understanding of how organizational leaders perceive the promise of the brand and the needs of the target audience is critical to success. In addition, these interviews help to paint a picture of what is “blue sky” possible for the brand in the future. And it doesn’t hurt to get that extra touch of buy-in to the project at the onset.  

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Much to My Surprise: 5 Things I’ve Learned in Research 

As I reach my third year as an insights analyst with the Fountainhead team, I can’t help but think back to my last year of undergrad. I knew the basics of market research. I knew that I was interested in people and their motivations. I knew that there was so much I didn’t know. The funny thing about learning on the job is you don’t notice how much you’ve learned until you take a second to reflect and think how little you knew beforeLooking back now, here are five key awakenings I’ve had from my time with Fountainhead. 

 

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Gen Z: The Generation of Anxiety?

In the “Before Times,” October 24 through November 17, 2019, to be exact, Fountainhead fielded quantitative research among 1,221 people ages 16-22. While that’s not the whole of Gen Z (it’s largely defined to go down to people age 7 or 8), we believe that this upper age range was best equipped to share insights about their habits and their world.

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Cultivating Trust in a Time of Worry

Now more than ever, it’s critical that brands are trusted by consumers. Trust is foundational in any relationship, and it is of heightened importance at any time of uncertainty. Trust is both a logical and an emotional proposition. Trust is about transparency, but also predictability. But how is trust conveyed? Or better yet, how is trust earned?

 

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The Importance of C-Suite Storytelling

Once upon a time…

 

When you hear those four words, you tend to think of stories. From lullabies, fairy tales and cartoons to books, movies, videos and social media, we as humans are wired to engage with stories. But when was the last time you used a story to present insights? We usually don’t equate insight presentations with storytelling. However, stories are a powerful way of communicating information.

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The Power of Brand Rituals

Recently, we were conducting ethnographies about restaurants. Interviews were in and around Atlanta. Moe’s Southwest Grill came up in a number of discussions. And each person that mentioned it also shouted, in the same tone of voice, “Welcome to Moe’s!” Moe’s signature greeting. Hence, Moe’s has a brand ritual.

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BLOCKCHAIN — A DISRUPTIVE FORCE?

 

We’re hearing a lot about blockchain these days, including a fair amount of buzz that it’s going to disrupt the market research industry as we know it. While it seems to us that blockchain technology has the potential to bring revolutionary change to our lives in the coming decade — similar to the magnitude of change that smartphones have brought over the past decade — the potential for disruptive impact on the research industry itself is much less clear.

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