A maturing market with fewer and larger transactions
By Simon Chadwick, managing partner of Cambiar
Inward investment into the market research and analytics industry rose slightly in 2017 in dollar terms, although this was characterised mainly through fewer, larger transactions. This is the main takeaway from the Cambiar Capital Funding Index in its 7th annual report on capital inflows into the industry.
Switch on growth and the future of consumption
By J. Walker Smith, chief knowledge officer, Brand & Marketing at Kantar Consulting
Live large – Carry little means a future in which, increasingly, ownership is disconnected from consumption. Consumers no longer take it for granted that ownership is part and parcel of consumption. Consumers want to continue to live large with big ambitions and aspirations, but they want to carry little while doing so.
By Robert Heeg
Daniel Franklin, The Economist’s executive editor confirms he operates in a very fast moving world, the impact of which is accelerated further through social media. “That’s not only true because of elections and Donald Trump, but also because of social trends that spread very fast, such as Harvey Weinstein and the sexual harassment wave.”
Franklin thinks the world is still in a period of absorbing the shock of the great recession, nearly ten years ago. That, as well as the pace of technological change and a sense of instability, leads him to believe there is a challenge but also a necessity of trying to peer ahead.