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marketing researchWe found a great piece in the the Harvard Business Review by the ever-brilliant John Quelch, and knew that it was worthy of reprint here on Synergyblog.

Dr. Quelch outlines seven steps for CMOs to take during the recession to mitigate the reduction in consumer spending.

It’s a great article, and as marketing research practitioners, we at Synergy Marketing Strategy & Research, Inc. are pleased to see an increase in spending with some of our clients.

We believe companies who listen well to consumers, employees, and stakeholders, execute often on fulfilling their brand promise, and continue to produce excellent goods and services without compromise of quality and value will exceed during this recession.  Enjoy. Thrive. Trust and be Trusted!

Recession-challenged consumers are buying less, looking for deals, or switching to different brands, product categories, or stores. Some are even changing long-held attitudes toward consumption. To many folks, filling the home with more stuff or keeping up with the Joneses is no longer appealing.

As a result, the degree of uncertainty in business and consumer markets has soared. Yet, to conserve cash, most firms are reducing spending on the market research that would help manage that uncertainty. In the U.S., spending on market research has dipped for four consecutive quarters, and chief marketing officers don’t expect the situation to turn around soon. Most big consumer marketers are seeking to shave 10 to 20% off of research budgets.

In flush times, a rising tide of consumption can compensate for less than optimal branding, positioning, pricing, or segmentation. That is certainly not the case now. At the same time that marketers must pare down research expenditures, they face added pressure to secure high-quality data and insights. (more…)

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