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Harry’s Acquisition Reaffirms It: Brand-Building’s In A Generational Shift

Ryan Skinner May 20, 2019
Like fading celebrities, brand owners fear one thing most of all: irrelevance. “I think my mom/dad/grandma/grandpa uses them.” The horror. Edgewell Personal Care’s most recent annual report is all about that horror. In so many words, it acknowledges that its primary men’s grooming brands — Schick and Wilkinson Sword razors, among others — are grandpa […]
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Incumbent Brands Need A DTC Strategic Plan

Ryan Skinner March 27, 2019
Direct-to-consumer brands (DTC) are making a splash — for example, Glossier and Rent the Runway just reached unicorn status (a valuation of $1 billion or more) last week. What does this mean for incumbent brands? We’ll be unpacking the DTC trend and its repercussions next week at Forrester’s Consumer Marketing 2019 Forum in New York […]
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Goliath’s Challenge: DTC Startups Get Personal

Anjali Lai March 7, 2019
In this battle between direct-to-consumer (DTC) startups — cast as the proverbial David — and their large, established brand opponents, victory is not about size or stature; it’s about skillful weaponry. In fact, if one looks at DTC startups’ long-term growth numbers, a scorecard tally suggests that today’s Goliaths will continue to dominate consumer retail […]
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Q&A: Branded Manufacturers Digital Commerce Strategies

Michelle Beeson March 29, 2018
Direct-to-consumer (D2C) commerce is not a new concept for branded manufacturers, but there is certainly renewed interest and more options to choose from. With consumers ever more digitally connected, branded manufacturers are enticed by direct digital commerce benefits, like better sales margins, increased product control, and richer customer relationships. A new Q&A report explores questions […]
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CXEurope 2017: Introducing the Values Based Customer

Henry Peyret October 18, 2017
More than 5 years ago Forrester introduced the Age of Customer as a new 15 to 20 years era which saw the increasing customer empowerment in front of brands and companies. For companies, the first step in this era turned into improving the customer experience and the customer journey through an omnichannel strategy,  identifying the […]
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The Allure of Small

Ryan Skinner September 14, 2017
I’ve always been drawn to small. I suspect it’s because I started out small. Not in the “all-babies-start-out-small-duh-forrester-analyst” way, but in the “this-kid-is-undersized-for-his-age-what’s-wrong-with-him” way. A late growth spurt made all that go away, but it left me with a lingering fondness for smallness. Small can be good. But is small, good, in marketing? The activist […]
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Trust, Not Buzz, Builds A Strong 21st Century Brand

Forrester July 15, 2013
When I first moved to the US from the UK, grocery shopping at the West Lafayette, Indiana supermarket took forever. What took so long? No, it was not the slow pace of a small Indiana town. It was that I didn’t know any of the brands. So every selection from pasta sauce to laundry detergent […]
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Join Us July 27th In San Francisco For An iPad App Strategy Workshop!

J.P. Gownder July 12, 2011
More than 90,000 iPad-only apps are available today. Forrester clients in a wide range of industries — media, software, retail, travel, consumer packaged goods, financial services, pharmaceuticals, utilities, and more — are scrambling to determine how to develop their own iPad app strategies (or browser-based iPad strategies). Clients are asking us to help them address […]
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