By Kyle Findlay
ESOMAR Big Data World took place in Brooklyn, New York at the end of November 2017. It was a relatively intimate affair as far as ESOMAR events go but it was filled with the right people.
Finally the African Market Research community found its place on the busy agenda of conferences being organised all over the world!
16 and 17 February 2007 are the dates when the African Market Research Association (AMRA) will be officially launched at the AFRICA Forum 2017 to be held in Johannesburg (South Africa).
This first Africa Forum is organized by AMRA and event partners AMISE in Morocco, MSRA in Kenya, NiMRA in Nigeria, SAMRA in Southern Africa, and ESOMAR World Research: it will set the African Agenda for market research (including social research and opinion polling).
It will be a moment of celebration! The programme which has been developed by a group of experts representing the event partners will demonstrate excellence and inspiration throughout the two days of activities.
Four undeniable reasons for joining the Africa Forum
- Be part of History: the Africa Forum will mark the official launch of the African Market Research Association (AMRA). Being there will be of significant importance for marking this historical moment!
- Shape the Future: the launch of AMRA means that you can help shape the agenda for the African Market Research community: a key resource for the industry in Africa and for those who look at Africa as the place to grow their business. The Africa Forum will be the catalyst for the future of the Market Research industry in the continent!
- Build your Africa Network: research agencies, clients, advertisers, service companies coming from across Africa and the world will be there and will be eager to network, make new contacts, meet colleagues and share experiences – This is indeed a unique opportunity to have the very best of the Market Research industry representing the African continent all in one place. How can you resist the temptation of being there!
- Share and Learn: …and finally…the Africa Forum programme will ignite sharing of innovations and contribute to the body of knowledge in Africa.
To celebrate the journey ahead, an impressive line-up of African and international speakers awaits delegates at this once-in-a-lifetime two-day event
Opening speaker Berenike Ullmann is Vice-President, Consumer and Market Knowledge, for Procter and Gamble IMEA (India, Middle East and Africa). She is a champion of consumers and expert in research and African life. She has spent more than 30 years doing consumer understanding work in China, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe. Berenike will be sharing her thoughts about the transformation of consumers and markets and hence of research needs, using examples from Africa, China, the Philippines and other emerging markets, for inspiration.
Swaady Martin is the founder and CEO of the SWAADY GROUP, a woman-owned social enterprise; transforming African agricultural commodities locally to contribute to the reversal of the African commodity trap. The group’s pioneer brands, YSWARA and AKRAFO, are perceived amongst Africa’s leading luxury and premium brands and are present at recognised luxury retailers in 15 countries in Africa, USA, Europe, Middle-East and Asia. Swaady has received recognition and numerous distinctions and awards from big names such as Forbes, Oprah Winfrey and Aljazeera. She is also the author/creator of the “Luxe Ubuntu” concept, an inclusive luxury business model providing economic value and meaningful income to all the members of the supply chain, who participate in the production of luxury products.
Storytelling is one of the most important techniques for presenting research, and storytelling is a strong African tradition that cuts across African cultures, and Africa should be leading the way globally, when it comes to storytelling. Gcina Mhlophe has been writing and performing on stage and screen for over 20 years. She is South Africa’s favourite storyteller, and maintains that storytelling is the information technology of yesteryear. “For as long as there have been people in the world, there have been stories – long before all the great respectable sciences were known to us”. Gcina feels that the well-known traditional tales of Africa have worldwide appeal, as they recur in different versions in many other parts of the world. Gcina’s writings have been translated into German, French, Italian, Swahili and Japanese. She has received awards from BBC Africa, the Edinburgh Festival, Sony, London Open University and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, amongst others.
More than 30 carefully selected presentations will cover topics such as
- African client perspectives
- Digital research
- Technology and research in Africa
- Neuro marketing research
- The future of the insights function
- Research and corporate decision making
- Professional standards
- Opinion polling in Africa
- Socio-economic classification systems
- The challenge of sampling and weighted data in Africa
- Motivating research participation
- The marketing of market research
- Young Africans and the future of Africa
- Intercultural consumer understanding
- Using social networks for research
ESOMAR is proud to be an AFRICA Forum 2017 partner. We look forward to supporting AMRA and ensuring that the Africa Forum will become an established appointment in the calendar of market research professionals in Africa and beyond.
This is your chance to be part of history: visit www.africanmra.org for programme details and to book – space is limited!
ESOMAR is delighted to announce the results of the election for the 2017/2018 ESOMAR Council term. Nominations were invited for the two-year term from January 2017 to December 2018, with ten Council vacancies to be filled: President, Vice President and 8 Council Members.
It’s common knowledge that market research is in a transitionary phase, as the industry tries to secure a place in a crowded market. Here Martina Olbertova looks at the 5 research myths holding research back from using its full potential.
A guide for young professionals
Market Research is a field I found myself being fascinated by after working in an advertising agency in London almost 5 years ago. Ever since, I’ve been wondering what is the main ingredient that makes it so interesting and alluring to me. And I have now found the answer; it’s a unique combination of art and science applied in the business world; that is the core beauty of the discipline, and one which I have followed for many years during my academic and professional career. Coming from a scientific and business background, I was always fascinated by solving problems, investigating situations and thinking one step ahead. Being a research oriented person with multiple interests, I found myself applying all these various skills and knowledge in the best way. Everything I have learnt throughout my academic career is now coming together reinforcing my understanding from a holistic point of view and adding value from a wider perspective.
Ever since I started exploring Market Research and the potential career paths in the industry I have discovered so many astonishing specialties that one would never think of. There are so many paths that a young professional can follow, from consultancy to behavioural economics – most people are completely unaware of the depth. Although conducting market research involves the use of several fields, including statistics and psychology, its methods are taught only in limited academic courses, (mostly in marketing degrees), resulting in a lack of awareness among graduates that could potentially choose it as a career.
Market research has low awareness not only among graduates but also in the general non-marketing world. I have personally experienced, several times, needing to explain the purpose and the benefits of market research. The general public knows that it exists but don’t recognise the benefits research presents outside of the polls for elections.
Because the use and the career paths in market research are unclear, this is a good opportunity, to highlight the possible career paths that a young professional can follow as a market researcher.
I am going to start with the conventional career path that most successful market researchers have had for the last 30 or so years and then I am going to explore the modern and alternative paths from other disciplines.
The standard path is: You start as a graduate in a big market research agency and once you are qualified and experienced enough, you “jump” to the client side. At the beginning you choose whether you are a “qual” or “quant” person and you stick with it throughout your career. Although it is very easy to go back and forth from agency to client’s side, it’s very difficult to change the label of “qual” to “quant”, or vice versa. This is a restricted definition of what a researcher looks like.
However, nowadays things are not that straightforward. We live in a revolutionary era where multiple disciplines influence and benefit from each other. The future, that is more diverse, has now has arrived with many exciting opportunities for the young professionals. There are hundreds of job titles out there that one can have as a market researcher, complicating the situation even more. I am now going to attempt to classify them in a few categories, with the aid of the discipline they are affiliated with.
So first, we have the marketing sub-specialties with professions such as marketing scientist, marketing, advertising or strategic planner and marketer. Marketing has shifted from a supporting system to a core driving force to a company’s success.
Secondly, we have “Big Data” that has given rise to many specialties with great potentials. Among them, experts in data visualization and infographics, market research graphic designers, data processors and miners, data integration experts and data scientists are the professions that are expected to thrive in the upcoming decade.
Thirdly, we have the involvement of science in marketing. Scientific progress has given rise to new professions whose work integrates scientific findings into business. Exciting professions in this area are neuroscientists and biometricians who use neuroscience tools and biometrics to measure the impact of stimuli on physiological human reaction.
It is remarkable that even conventional professions are now evolving. Fieldwork managers are now responsible for both online and offline places, administrators deal with several aspects of market research, from delivery to client services. Account directors and project managers are not excluded but they interact with each other, transmitting knowledge to each other, not in a competitive way of old but they work together, they collaborate and complement each other.
Next, it is remarkable that new unrelated areas are appearing in the area. Some of the most upcoming professions are related to press, such as journalists, writers and storytellers, to economics, such as behavioral economist and to psychology/sociology such as ethnographer, anthropologist and sociologist.
The sixth area is the area of management professions, that pop-up in market research with great success. Among them the most successful ones are network facilitators, negotiators and stakeholder managers, business developers and management consultants.
Lastly, the technology area continues to thrive with new professions related to market research, such as technologists, web and social media analysts, listening experts and search optimisation experts.
Having this classification as a guide, I attempted to aid any young professional who is considering starting a career in market research and to show that there is not one way to success. Rules that govern market research have now changed: thanks to other disciplines, the coin has more than two sides. With this in mind, I recommend that market research providers should try to attract young people that are intuitively research orientated and not necessary with a business marketing background. These young people are more creative and innovative – what research needs in the future!
Helene Protopapas is IE Business School graduate student in Market Research & Consumer Behaviour.
As Research World looks toward the future, we ask our regular contributors at RWC where they see the future of MR. Preriit Souda, Kristin Luck, Anna Peters, Colin Strong, Kyle Nel, and Simon Wood tell us how big data, recruitment and mobile will change the industry, or destroy it.
By Anneke Quinn-de Jong
For those of you who attended my presentation ‘The Mutation of Research’ at ESOMAR Congress 2017, here is the unfolded draft piece of paper that was meant to morph into my final ‘killer slide’…