Little Caesars may have lost a bet on March Madness, but they still came out as winners. The pizza chain promised free Hot-N-Ready lunch combos if a No. 16 seed beat a No. 1 seed in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. It seemed like a safe gamble—an upset of that caliber hadn’t happened in 135 games—but on March 16, No. 16 University of Maryland-Baltimore County beat No. 1 University of Virginia in the first round. So Little Caesars made good on its word, and promptly announced the “If Crazy Happens” giveaway.
Unless it was your first Valentine’s Day, you pretty much knew what to expect: chocolate, flowers, jewelry, etc. While those romantic gestures certainly add a nice touch, perhaps the best part of Valentine’s Day is having an excuse for a fun night on the town. And that makes it an extremely important night for restaurant brands. To see how casual concepts fared this year, we turned to our market intelligence tool BrandGeek®—the fastest, most accurate source of behavioral data linked to customer feedback in real time.
For even the most well established brands, a new concept breaking into your market can be a challenge. Today’s consumers like to have options and can be easily tempted by the newest, shiniest brand on the block—especially if it saves them money, provides high-quality products, or offers a unique service. Such is the case with Lidl, the German-based grocery giant that began expanding into select U.S. markets in June 2017. With everyone in the grocery industry anxious to see how the new concept fares, we used our market intelligence tool BrandGeek® to see what’s in store and how established brands can prepare.
Another Thanksgiving has come and gone, complete with the familiar traditions of family meals and adrenaline-fueled shopping trips. In keeping with our own tradition of analyzing Black Friday shopping trends, we turned to our market intelligence tool BrandGeek®—the fastest, most accurate source of behavioral data linked to customer feedback in real time. While last year’s data provided perspective on declining visits and shifts in trip motivation, we were eager to get another real-time look at how consumer behavior plays out during this critical period for retailers.
SurveyMini and BrandGeek are two powerful tools. SurveyMini lets you gather critical consumer behavior patterns, including those from non-purchasers, and BrandGeek helps you learn where your brand stacks up against the competition. When you put them together, you get great insights.
For the last few years, many restaurant industry publications have made predictions about the end of casual dining. The rising influence of new regional fast-casual concepts—as well as increasing grab’n’go options from supermarkets and c-stores—don’t do much to dispel the rumors either. It seems almost every week there is another casual dining concept filing for Chapter 11 restructuring. We rarely hear about new or growing casual dining concepts in the US—and most of the growth that does occur happens internationally. Yet SMG is proud to have added many new casual dining partnerships in 2016, and we were curious to learn more about the future of this segment within the restaurant industry.
If you’ve been paying attention to the customer experience (CX) industry over the last several years, you’ve probably noticed a seismic shift in the way brands are prioritizing their CX measurement initiatives. And if you’ve been paying attention to the marketplace, that really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. That’s because today’s customers are more tech-savvy—they’re researching brands online, interacting across new touchpoints, and sharing their experiences on social. Even more importantly, those customers have more brands to choose from than ever before. That confluence of increased competition and a more public consumer voice has led brands to invest more resources in making sure every customer experience is as good as it can be.