'Research' Category

Car and Truck Makers Need to Emphasize Their Vehicles Are Digitally Safe

Posted by Neal Leavitt on September 29th, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Watch any NFL game on Sunday, Monday, Thursday, and you’ll see a bevy of commercials espousing that a given car or truck model is sleek, rough, tough, cool, fuel efficient, family-friendly, sporty, ad nauseum. Adjectives like these are music to a car/truck marketer’s ears.
What you don’t see or hear very often is that hackers continue to pose a threat to all sorts of vehicle models – and even smart charging stations for electronic vehicles (EV) may be vulnerable to hacking. Granted, there haven’t been any major security breakdowns and security professionals say that auto manufacturers are making inroads in improving software security. In fact, Andrew Brown, chief technologist for Delphi Automotive said recently that “quite honestly, the vehicles, systems and components today are quite robust and resistant to cyber-security threats. But that doesn’t mean it’s 100%.”
Added Ed Adams, a security expert:
“There’s an awful lot of code throughout the entire supply chain, not just with the auto manufacturers, but with the infotainment systems and applications like Sirius and Harmon. The fact of life is that software is flawed.”
Cheryl Dancey Balough and Richard C. Balough, co-founders of Chicago-based Balough Law Offices, LLC, said today’s cars have dozens of electrical control... Read more

Reasons For the Necessities of Retail Audits

Posted by Morgan Sims on September 22nd, 2014 at 7:13 am

What's the point of a retail audit, you might wonder? Well, for a start, retail audits can help you to find out what's going on behind the scenes in your stores. As a manager or CEO, the chances are you don't know everything that's happening at ground level. There may be flaws in the way things are done that's slowing down the whole process and impacting your sales. There may be ways you could ensure things are done more efficiently in order to maximise sales. You'll never know what these things are if you don't carry out retail audits. Hiring a company that specialises in field sales, retail audits and other solutions such as mystery shopping can really help you to make the most of your business, increasing sales and boosting profits. There are other reasons to carry out retail audits too – here are just five.
#1. Monitor behind-the-scenes management procedures
As anyone who has ever seen the show 'Undercover Boss' will know, heads of departments and CEOs don't always know what is going on in their own stores. That's not to say they don't care, just that they're so busy they can't possibly keep up with absolutely everything that's going... Read more

Report: Tourism DMOs – A Social Media Analysis

Posted by Doug Schumacher on September 4th, 2014 at 10:11 am

Performance benchmarking and content analysis of 9 destination marketing organizations across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest. DMOs included: Alaska Travel News, Explore Georgia, Go Hawaii, I Love New York, Texas Tourism, Visit California, Visit Colorado and Visit Florida.

Up Up and Away: Commercial Drone Market Ready for Take Off

Posted by Neal Leavitt on August 30th, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Drone proponents prefer using the term Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or UAS for Unmanned Aerial System (latter term includes the entirety of the flying vehicle and the ground-base communications connection connecting the two). Whatever your preferred verbiage is, drones are poised to become a huge global business and the aerial devices are going to have a significant impact across a wide variety of industries.
Historically, the military has been the biggest user/purchaser of drones; The Wall Street Journal estimated that the U.S. military spent about $3 billion on drone programs in 2012. And many aerospace companies continue to develop highly sophisticated machines that are lightweight and easy to assemble/launch.
Columbus, MS-based Stark Aerospace, for instance, recently rolled out ArrowLite™, a small UAS system that supports the U.S. Army Hunter MQ-5B UAS. It weighs less than 7 lbs. and can be assembled and hand-launched in less than 90 seconds.
Looking beyond the military, commercial drones will soon take on much larger roles for businesses and even for individual consumers. BI Intelligence, a research service from Business Insider, estimates that 12% of an estimated $98 billion in cumulative global spending on aerial drones over the next decade will be for commercial purposes. ... Read more

Report: CPG Snack Foods – Social Media Analysis

Posted by Doug Schumacher on August 25th, 2014 at 11:43 am

Snack Foods have some of the largest social media communities of any product or service category. Our sample of 8 brands -- Butterfinger, Oreo, Reese’s, Skittles, Snickers, Starburst, Twix and Wonka -- has an average Facebook fan count of over 14 million.
The category is a fun, simple product with a lot of room for creative messaging -- perfect for an analysis of how brands like these communicate with and engage their customer base.
Our analysis outlines which networks are generating the biggest impact in the category, and takes a deep dive into the best performing tactics and campaigns these brands are using to engage their audience.
Report highlights

Facebook is the dominant network, with 99% of the total community among these brands
Surprisingly few brands are on Instagram, given the young, casual nature of the product category
The only brand on Instagram, Oreo, generates more engagement there than with their 37 million Facebook fans.
Two brands greatly increased their impact on Facebook through post promotion: Snickers and Wonka
Campaign analysis shows Twitter to be generating little engagement relative to Facebook, while Oreo campaigns implementing Instagram are seeing a significant number of engagements on that network.
Wonka’s RANDOMS product launch campaign used post promotion on Facebook to increase engagement... Read more