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  • Are c-stores delivering a better customer experience than QSRs?

    Katie Cofer | Dec 12, 2018
    Grabbing a quick bite to eat used to mean pulling up to your favorite fast food restaurant for a burger and fries. But with the rise of food and beverage purchases from convenience stores (c-stores) over the past few years, this assumption is no longer.
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  • Black Friday 2018: Less traffic, higher spend

    Derrick Cline | Dec 4, 2018
    While more and more people are opting to do their Black Friday shopping from the comforts of their couch, there are still many who brave the crowds and shop in stores over the holiday weekend.
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  • Who is the c-store customer + what are they buying?

    Katie Cofer | Nov 6, 2018
    The look, taste, and reputation of convenience stores (c-stores) aren’t what they were 10 years ago—and they’re not going to be the same 10 years from now. For the past decade, c-stores have been improving and innovating their food and beverage offerings...
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  • It’s not just about petro anymore—c-stores bring more to the table

    Derrick Cline | Oct 9, 2018
    Gas stations of the past had a bit of a stigma. They were a pit stop—a place to fuel up, buy a lottery ticket, and use the restroom (if you dared). If you were hungry, options were pretty limited to prepackaged items like beef jerky or a bag of chips—so if you wanted something more substantial, it usually required another stop at the closest fast food joint.
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  • One year later: What impact did the Amazon acquisition have on the Whole Foods customer?

    Jim Sellers | Aug 30, 2018
    It’s been more than a year since Amazon made a big splash in the grocery world by purchasing Whole Foods, an acquisition that came as a surprise to many in the industry. Critics have voiced pros and cons of the merger, listing price cuts and delivery options as the bigger perks for Amazon Prime members.
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  • Whole Foods customers: Only half impressed with Amazon Prime Day

    Derrick Cline | Jul 26, 2018
    It’s been more than a year since Amazon acquired Whole Foods—a merger that promised to change the brand of the American specialty supermarket chain. Along with daily discounts exclusive to Amazon Prime members, more and more stores are offering pick-up lockers (AMZN.O) and free delivery for Prime customers. One of the more notable changes was last week’s first-ever Whole Foods Prime Week promotion.
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  • After a year in the U.S., how did Lidl fare with grocery consumers?

    Peter Berger | Jun 12, 2018
    The German-based grocery giant Lidl broke into the U.S. market a year ago, enduring its share of both accomplishments and challenges. While most locations opened with high sales volumes, only some stores were able to demonstrate continued success. Due to this inconsistency, Lidl temporarily halted expansion and is likely facing a few questions:
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  • When CX meets Rx: How flu season impacts retailers + consumer behaviour

    Paul Tiedt | Apr 26, 2018
    From lining up to get shots to shunning anyone who so much as coughs, people go to great lengths to avoid the perils of flu season. While we’re all aware of how we might be personally affected, we thought it would be worthwhile to gauge the impact on retailers by seeing how consumer behaviours shift during these hazardous months. With the worst flu season in 8 years mostly in the rearview mirror, we used our market intelligence tool BrandGeek® to analyze behavioural data and customer experience feedback across retail segments that sell prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) medications.
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  • Little Caesars’ “If Crazy Happens” giveaway was a slam dunk with customers

    Derrick Cline | Apr 6, 2018
    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.
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  • V-Day 2018: How casual dining concepts fared in courting customers

    Paul Tiedt | Feb 23, 2018
    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.
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  • Lidl’s U.S. expansion | A case study in changing market dynamics

    Peter Berger | Jan 25, 2018
    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.
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  • Is your growth strategy batting 1.000?

    Lou Bellaire | May 5, 2017
    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.
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  • Brands have more access to better customer and competitive data using patented SurveyMini® technology

    Shad Foos | Feb 22, 2017
    SMG received its second and third technology patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The patents cover advancements to SMG’s location-based mobile research app SurveyMini.
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  • Declining trends for casual dining? It’s not the end

    Peter Berger | Nov 18, 2016
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  • Is your brand keeping pace with consumer trends?

    Paul Tiedt | Jul 22, 2016
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