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Welcome to InSight!
Welcome to Insight!  Each month, we will report on issues that effect your bottom line and will help you become a more effective trade marketing manager. In each issue, you will learn you how to see your data better. There's a way to get more information from the data at your finger tips.  We will be covering topics such as Trade Promotion Effectiveness, Data Visualization, Consumer Segmentation, and Location Intelligence. We'll even throw in some cool analytic tips and tricks. You are on your way to getting the most from your trade spending. 

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Trade Marketing in an Economic Downturn
In the Fast Moving Consumer Goods/
Consumer Packaged Goods (FMCG/CPG) industry, one of the last bastions of efficiency is the trade promotion budget.
Over the years, trade marketers have been spending more and getting less return on that spending investment. In an economic downturn, every penny counts. You have got to improve the bang for the buck on your marketing spending. The easiest way to get more efficient, is to improve your trade promotion effectiveness. You can drive better ROI on your trade promotions, but it will require a paradigm shift to a consumer centric and fact based process.

In tough economic times, companies that hone their consumer segmentation and targeting skills, will come out of the economic slowdown with an increased consumer base. The trick is to break down who your best consumers are, find out what motivates them to purchase, and measure the key purchase dynamics (penetration, frequency, and buying rate). 
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Trade vs. Shopper Marketing...
What's Driving Your Brand?
The buzz word of the day is Shopper Marketing and today's discussion is whether Shopper Marketing is replacing Trade Marketing.  Do you know how to optimize both disciplines to drive your brand's strength?

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A.G. Lafely's (CEO of Proctor & Gamble) latest philosophy was to move away from trade spending in favor of shopper marketing to improve ROI.  P&G has taken the approach to reduce or do away with trade spending over the past 30 years. Several years ago, P&G made a bold industry announcement that they would suspend or greatly reduce trade spending in favor of a lower FOB price, only to come back with trade spending against their lower delivered price - within the same year.
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Trade Marketing in an Economic Downturn
What's Driving Your Brand?

The Doctor Is In
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Years in the trade marketing trenches have taught Rick to understand the consumer.  He knows who they are and how to reach them.
His is able to target consumer segments and reach them with specific marketing messages.  
Rick utilizes spatial analysis to define opportunities and  trends. He has developed tools to identify sales opportunities and measure spending effectiveness.

The trade marketing "doctor" has  worked across a number of consumer goods industries including Beverages, Tobacco, DIY, Consumer Electronics, Sporting Goods, Snacks and Frozen Foods.

If you are seeking a resource to help drive a more consumer centric and fact based approach to your sales and marketing efforts, please contact him.

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You can't react to what you can't see. "See" your data better!  Rick will provide your company with a free reporting needs assessment.   Let Rick help you sift through your available resources. Start down the path to better trade marketing management and data visualization today.
*If travel to site is required, perspective client agrees to pay all travel related expenses to conduct the needs assessment on-site.
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