Forward Thinking

Baby, You Can Drive My Car

500 350 Neha Ahmed

Most famous for its ultra-conservative laws and culture, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) recently announced a new change that is still hard for the rest of the world to comprehend – the right for women to drive. This nation-wide lifting of the controversial ban will bring a dramatic change to the current status quo…

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Smart Summit 2017: 5 Key Learnings on The Internet Of Things

800 1067 Andrew Christophers

Brand Genetics attended the recent Smart Summit, a showcase of new developments on The Internet Of Things. It is no surprise that IoT remains a vital part of the fourth industrial revolution for innovators and consumers alike. Based on the breadth of the showcase, it’s clear that future opportunities are limitless. But we’ve distilled 5…

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The Future of Art and Design

852 380 Andrew Christophers

Talent is about new thinking, not just old wisdom.  So how refreshing it was to see the inspiring work from Bath Spa’s School of Art Graphic Communication graduates at their recent degree show in Shoreditch. Annie Jones presents a campaign for International Women’s Day 2018, which celebrates women (and men) who have overcome gender bias…

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THE CRAFT LIQUEUR OPPORTUNITY

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OK, so we all know about the craft beer movement.  But what about craft liqueurs?  This is an area where small is beautiful, and local is definitely best. If you are lucky enough to be anywhere near the heavenly and tranquil mountains of Fornalutx in Mallorca, then make a bee-line for Café Med.  There, Brit…

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The Three Things that Make a Great Insight

1080 480 Paul Marsden

What makes a great insight? Well, there a radio show for that.  Tune into Freakonomics Radio (the radio channel for behavioural economists – yes it exists) and you’ll find the three criteria for a great insight. Tell Me Something I Don’t Know is an insight quiz show hosted by Freaknomics author Steve Dubner in which researchers share…

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Paradigm-breaking Innovation

696 348 Andrew Christophers

Many brands are successful by doing just one thing, and doing it well.  Think of Sensodyne for sensitive teeth, KFC for fried chicken, or Marmite – whether you love it or hate it.  But single-mindedness can also limit brand growth.  Are Quavers snacks always confined to be cheese flavoured?  And can Guinness be anything other…

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WHAT’S HOT IN DRINKS? THE 5 KEY TRENDS FROM IMBIBE

500 309 Olivia Galvin

As is traditional, Brand Genetics once again spent the day at Imbibe, the must-see trade show for anyone in the world of alcoholic drinks. After spending time with brands both big and small, all hoping to revolutionise the world of drinks, we have distilled five key trends which are set to define the future of…

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Three Simple Empathy Techniques for Qualitative Research

1080 599 Paul Marsden

Empathy is experiential insight and it’s having a moment. Business leaders, political leaders and entrepreneurs all say we need more empathy – the ability to step into someone else shoes to feel and experience the world from their perspective. We call it shoe-shifting.  But how can qualitative researchers harness empathy to generate insight?  Here are three simple empathy…

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Amazon Buys Whole Foods for $13.7bn: What it Means for FMCG

1080 571 Paul Marsden

If you’re in FMCG, say hello to your new boss.  Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. Today, Amazon didn’t just take over Whole Foods for $13.7bn. The world’s largest online retailer effectively also took over FMCG / CPG (fast moving consumer goods/consumer packaged goods). By buying the premium supermarket chain, the world’s largest online retailer will now set…

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How to innovate successfully – 5 lessons from the man who invented Baileys

790 719 Andrew Christophers

It took just 30 seconds to invent Baileys Irish Cream – and within 45 minutes there was a fully formed prototype liquid.  In response to “The Irish brief” from IDV (now Diageo), Hugh Seymour-Davies’s insight clashed with David Gluckman’s impatience – and the world’s biggest liqueur brand was born.  “What would happen,” mused Hugh, “if…

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