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The term “shopper insights” refers to marketing research focused upon the in-store and near-store behavior and experiences of consumers. In particular,
it is an in-depth study of the influences and factors within the retail environment that shape consumer perceptions and buying behaviors.
While “shopper insights” is very popular right now and is receiving much publicity in the media and at conferences, it is not a new idea or new
concept. Shopping research goes back at least 75 years or more. The rapid growth of self-serve retailing in the U.S. after World War II led to extensive research
on store design, the shopping experience, store layouts, shelf organization, packaging, point-of-purchase signage, and other in-store influences. We prefer
the term “shopping research” over “shopper insights” because “research” is a more inclusive and more precise term.
Shopping research encompasses the following types of studies and projects (the terms “retailer” and “store” are defined very broadly
to include any type of shopping environment, such as a bank, a dentist’s office, a supermarket, a real estate office, etc.):
- 3D animation. Retail environments and the simulation of a shopping experience.
- In-store cameras and/or mobile cameras. Attached to shoppers to record details of the shopping experience.
- Ethnography. In-store observation of the shopping experience.
- Shop-alongs. Walking through a store with consumers, observing their behaviors and asking questions as the shopping trip unfolds.
- Retail sales analyses and data mining. What are the hidden linkages among various categories and products? How do sales of
one item affect sales of other items?
- Shopper motivations. What underlying motives are driving different patterns of consumer shopping behavior? How do these motives
vary across different types of retail outlets?
- Shopper segmentation. Different people shop in very different ways. What are the major shopper segments?
How can these segments be exploited?
- Store optimization. How can the design and layout of the store be optimized to achieve various objectives?
- Category management. How can a particular category be assembled, organized, and displayed to maximize sales? Or maximize profits?
- Retail employee research. What role do the store's employees play? How can employees' attitudes and motivations be optimized?
- In-store signage and media. What are the most effective ways to communicate ads and information in the store?
Shopping research does not, and cannot, exist in a vacuum. It is just one piece of a larger puzzle, the overall marketing of a brand and all of the research
related to that brand. That is, shopping research must be understood and interpreted within the context of all of the factors and forces affecting a brand, including
product, pricing, positioning, advertising, packaging, and promotion.
Shopping research, in our opinion, almost always includes a healthy dose of qualitative explorations (depth interviews, focus groups, shop-alongs, and ethnography).
The qualitative insights help identify the most important variables and issues, and help us understand how to design quantitative studies and experiments to
optimize the shopping experience.
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