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May 4 2010
Infogroup has reported a 3% decline in net sales to $124.2m for the first quarter of 2010, with net sales in its marketing research group almost flat at $24.4m during the period. However, following cost reduction measures, Group net loss of $9.3m in Q1 2009 was turned into net income of $7.3m this quarter. More

Feb 9 2010
Database giant Infogroup has reported a 13% drop in fourth quarter revenue to $24.7m for its market research arm, with an operating loss of $7.7m owing to a goodwill impairment charge. More

Nov 3 2009
Data giant infoGroup has reported revenue for its MR firms down 16% to $24m in quarter three, with an operating loss of $700k compared with operating income of $1.4m for the prior year period. More

Aug 4 2009
ORC parent and database giant infoGroup has reported an 18% decline in second quarter revenue to $122.2m (from $148.5m in 2008). More

May 5 2009
ORC parent and database giant infoGROUP has reported a 17% drop in first quarter revenue to $127.5m from $153.3m in the prior year period. For the quarter, reported net loss was $9.3m compared with net income of $6.6m in 2008. More

Aug 22 2008
Company founder Vin Gupta is to receive $10m as part of a severance agreement from ORC-owner infoGroup. The company filed its delayed second-quarter earnings report with the SEC yesterday, revealing that soaring costs reduced quarterly net income by almost 32% to $4.3m despite a 17% increase in revenue to $187.2m. More

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Product Perceptions Becomes PPL Insights
Apr 1 2015
In the UK, consumer and sensory research specialist Product Perceptions has changed its name to PPL Insights. More

IRI Names UK Head of Grocery, Health & Beauty
Mar 31 2015
Retail data giant IRI has appointed former Hovis category exec Tim Dummer as UK Head of Grocery and Health & Beauty. More

In-Store Analytics Alliance for Nielsen
Mar 30 2015
Nielsen has announced a strategic alliance with RetailNext, which provides in-store analytics for bricks-and-mortar retailers. Nielsen becomes RetailNext's preferred channel for its service, which uses cameras and mobile tech to track shopper activities. More

LatAm Supply Chain Partnership for Nielsen
Mar 27 2015
Software and services provider NeoGrid has partnered with Nielsen to launch two new products for the Latin American supply chain market. More

Catalina Promotes for Chief Data Officer Role
Mar 25 2015
In the US, point-of-sale data giant Catalina has promoted Dak Liyanearachchi to the role of Chief Data Officer, overseeing its Insights and Analytics division and the use of its database of shopper purchase history for behavioral insight. More

Cello Reports Profit Rise and Names New COO
Mar 19 2015
UK-based health and consumer marketing group Cello has reported a 9.9% rise in 2014 headline operating profit before tax to £81.0m, on revenues up 6.4% to £169.9m. The group has also appointed a new COO. More

Macromill Appoints CTO and CFO
Mar 19 2015
Japanese-based online specialist Macromill has appointed IBM veteran Kuniko Ogawa as Chief Technology Officer and former General Electric exec Teruaki Kido as Chief Financial Officer. More

French Office for Shanghai Brand Consultancy
Mar 18 2015
China-based brand consultancy Labbrand is expanding into Europe with the launch of an office in Paris. More

Instantly Partnerships Add Geolocation Features
Mar 18 2015
Research and technology provider Instantly has announced partnerships with location-based mobile advertising specialist xAd and Vistar Media, which it says will expand its Ad Effectiveness offering. More

Expansive Sorrell 'Bids for dunnhumby'
Mar 16 2015
Reports say WPP has now made a bid for a majority stake in retail data powerhouse dunnhumby, with current owner Tesco apparently keen to retain a minority share. Separately, the media giant's CEO Sir Martin Sorrell is said to be 'in line for a £36m bonus'. More

Kantar and IRI to Develop Retail Measurement Tools
Mar 6 2015
In the US, Kantar Shopcom has teamed up with retail data giant IRI to create a portfolio of solutions for all-outlet, multi-channel media planning, targeting and measurement, based on a traceable view of more than 95% of total US consumer packaged goods spending. More

Strong Growth for BDRC
Mar 6 2015
UK-based BDRC Group has reported a 17.8% increase in turnover to £24.5m for the twelve months ended 30th September 2014, compared with £20.8m the previous year. Gross profits climbed 19.4%. More

MMR Expands to India and South Africa
Mar 3 2015
Oxfordshire-based consumer insight and sensory specialist MMR Research Worldwide (MMR) has opened a new office in Mumbai, India and another in Durban, South Africa. More

Ipsos Plots 'New Way' after 'Unsatisfactory Year'
Feb 26 2015
Ipsos has reported a 2.2% increase in fourth quarter revenue to EUR 500.7m - a rise it describes as a 'timid return to growth' reflecting more favourable foreign exchange trends - and 'slight' organic growth of 0.8%. More

Cardlytics Consolidates Atlanta Offices
Feb 20 2015
Cardlytics - whose technology tracks consumers' buying and rewards individuals according to their purchase behaviour - has moved its corporate headquarters to midtown Atlanta, following a recent $70m round of investment financing. More

RDA Group Continues Strong Growth
Feb 13 2015
US research consultancy RDA Group has announced 2014 revenue of $23.8 million, up 14% year-on-year and up 60% over the last five years. More

Nielsen Reports Flat 4th Quarter
Feb 12 2015
Nielsen has reported Q4 revenue up 1.4% to $1.6 billion. Excluding the impact of the Arbitron and Harris Interactive acquisitions, the increase was just 0.1%. However the firm notes that this was its 34th consecutive quarter of revenue growth. More

Instantly Launches 'Product Watch' Tool
Feb 10 2015
LA-based research technology company Instantly (formerly known as uSamp) has introduced a new crowd-sourced insights tool called Product Watch, which alerts brands about newly launched consumer products and tracks their performance across key metrics nationwide. More

Sainsbury's Veteran Kirstin Knight Joins Worldpanel
Feb 3 2015
In the UK, Sainsbury's veteran Kirstin Knight has joined Kantar Worldpanel, to manage the Grocery Retail division. More

GfK Sales Down in 2014
Jan 30 2015
GfK has reported a 2.9% drop in annual sales to EUR 1.451 billion from EUR 1.495 billion the previous year. Currency effects accounted for a 0.9% reduction: in organic terms, sales were down by 2.1%. More

Mintel Opens Office in Munich
Jan 30 2015
Consumer product and media intelligence provider Mintel has opened an office in Munich, Germany. The new location will be led by Frank Weibelzahl, who has returned to the company after a stint at concept testing and forecasting software specialist Affinova. More

Cordes Leaves Repucom in European Restructure
Jan 23 2015
Sports marketing research group Repucom has commenced a restructure of its business operations in Europe, including the departure by mutual consent of President Europe Marcel Cordes. Meanwhile Alexandre Callay has joined as Global Director Media Research and Content. More

Strong Year for Cello Health
Jan 22 2015
UK-based health and consumer marketing group Cello has reported 'strong trading' in an update for the year to 31st December 2014. The Health division reports double digit revenue growth and a strong business pipeline for 2015, while growth in the Signal consumer division is slower. More

NPD Reorganises European and Asia Pac Leadership
Jan 20 2015
Retail tracking specialist The NPD Group has expanded Michel Maury’s role as Group President for Europe, to include management of its Asia Pacific operations; meanwhile former Ipsos exec Philippe Cabin Saint Marcel joins as General Manager of Commercial Activities for Europe. More

Tesco Confirms dunnhumby Review
Jan 8 2015
Supermarket giant Tesco has confirmed it has appointed investment bank Goldman Sachs to explore options for its data analytics business dunnhumby - language which usually indicates a forthcoming sale. More

HCD Rolls Out Neuroscience Methods in China
Jan 7 2015
US-based marketing and communications specialist HCD Research is introducing its integrated cognitive and applied neuroscience market research services across China. More

Target to Open Analytics and BI 'Center of Excellence'
Dec 23 2014
US retailer Target Corporation is creating a 'center of excellence' to strengthen its data, analytics and business intelligence capabilities. The initiative will be led by Paritosh Desai in the new role of Senior Vice President, Enterprise Data, Analytics and Business Intelligence. More

Scottish Food Innovation Centre Launches
Dec 11 2014
In Edinburgh, Queen Margaret University (QMU) has opened the Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation, which will use a range of nutritional analysis, shelf life testing, consumer focus groups and taste panels to help businesses develop healthier products. More

Tesco Moves Robin Terrell to Head of Customer Role
Dec 4 2014
In the UK, Tesco has promoted Robin Terrell to the position of Head of Customer, replacing Jill Easterbrook who is transferring to head the retailer's Business Transformation programme from 1st January. More

VoxPopMe Expands to Singapore
Dec 3 2014
UK-based mobile video MR specialist VoxPopMe has expanded to Singapore with the appointment of Robert Fry as Managing Director, Asia Pacific. The firm has also launched an app for iPhone, with an Android version available early in 2015. More

Ipsos Co-President Jean-Marc Lech Dies
Dec 2 2014
Ipsos has announced that its Co-President Jean-Marc Lech died this morning in Paris, after suffering from a 'serious health issue' since the summer. More

Singapore Base for MMR
Nov 21 2014
MMR Research Worldwide (MMR) has launched a new Sensory Science Centre in Singapore, with a panel of thirteen sensory assessors led by newly appointed Sensory Director Antonella Scarabelli. More

Kantar Media Names Chief Operating Officer for TGI
Oct 30 2014
In London, Kantar Media has appointed Alex Kuhnel as Chief Operating Officer of its TGI global online / off-line consumer behaviour and media consumption study. More

Founder Returns to Schorr Creative Solutions
Oct 29 2014
Doug Schorr has returned to his full service consumer research and strategic advisory agency Schorr Creative Solutions as Chief Insight Officer, after three years serving as Head of Consumer Research at in-home fitness and weight loss firm Beachbody. More

Nielsen Reports Q3 Revenue Rise, Profit Dip
Oct 23 2014
Nielsen has reported third quarter revenue of $1.57 bn, a 13.3% increase year-on-year but reduced to 2.5% once the effects of acquiring Harris and Arbitron are removed. Similarly, profits fell nearly 30% - to $91m - but adjusted EBITDA was up 19.8% to $477m. More

Ipsos Reports 'Slight Improvement' in Third Quarter
Oct 22 2014
Ipsos has reported third quarter revenue of EUR 412.7m, representing marginal organic growth (0.2%) year-on-year. The decline in reported figures slowed to 1.4%. More

UK Marketing Spend and Confidence Breaking Records
Oct 16 2014
In the UK, marketing budgets were revised up for the eighth consecutive quarter, reflecting continued confidence in the business outlook, according to the Q3 2014 Bellwether report from ad association the IPA. More

GfK MRI and Partner Launch Wellness Segmentation
Oct 13 2014
GfK MRI has teamed up with modeling and analytics provider Santiago Solutions Group to launch a health and wellness-based segmentation and solution, SSG Wellness Spectrum. More

Mega-Deal for Rentrak and WPP
Oct 9 2014
Film and television measurement specialist Rentrak is to acquire the US TV measurement business of WPP's Kantar Media for $98m in Rentrak common stock. WPP will then spend a further $56m to bring its overall share of the US-based firm to 16.7%. The deal gives WPP’s GroupM agencies full access to Rentrak audience data. More

Tesco 'Receives Bid for dunnhumby'
Oct 7 2014
Sky News has reported that venture capital firm TPG has approached Tesco with a c.£2bn bid to buy its data gathering and analysis subsidiary dunnhumby, the firm behind the Clubcard loyalty scheme. More

Simmons Research Loses NCS MRC Accreditation
Sep 19 2014
In the US, the Board of the Media Rating Council has voted to remove accreditation for Simmons Research’s National Consumer Study (NCS), following an independent audit which uncovered ‘declines in service performance metrics’. More

Cello Reports ‘Excellent’ Half Year
Sep 17 2014
Insight and marketing services group Cello has had what it describes as ‘an excellent half year’, with revenue up 9.4% to £78.3m, and a 14.8% rise in gross profits to £39.5m. More

InContext Expands to Europe
Aug 29 2014
Chicago-based 3-D virtual store research specialist InContext Solutions has opened an office in the UK, led by Alki Manias, with the title of Group Vice President Europe, Shopper & Retail Solutions. More

Pricing and BI Platform Feedvisor Raises $6m
Aug 29 2014
Tel Aviv-based algorithmic pricing and business intelligence platform Feedvisor has raised $6m in a Series A round of funding, which it will use to further develop its service. More

3-D Store Research Firm InContext Raises $12m
Aug 27 2014
In Chicago, web based 3-D virtual store research specialist InContext Solutions has received $12m in Series D funding, which it will use to fuel its expansion plans. More

dunnhumbyUSA Readies for Cincinnati HQ Move
Aug 21 2014
Retail analytics giant dunnhumbyUSA says it will make the move to its new corporate headquarters in downtown Cincinnati in the first quarter of 2015. More

Windsor Circle Wins $5.25m for Purchase Data Platform
Aug 21 2014
In the US, customer retention specialist Windsor Circle has raised $5.25m in a Series B round of financing, which it will use to extend its technology, launch into new verticals, and expand both its team and marketing efforts. More

Nielsen Promotes Lewis to Lead Global FMCG Business
Aug 19 2014
Nielsen has promoted John Lewis to the role of Global President, in charge of its worldwide business in the FMCG vertical. Company veteran Karen Fichuk replaces him as President, North America. More

dunnhumby Buys Stake in Modelling Firm
Aug 19 2014
Retail analytics giant dunnhumby has acquired a 50% stake in consumer behaviour modelling firm Sandtable, and will create a joint venture through which to develop new ways of predicting and understanding consumer behaviour. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. More

GfK Reports Sales Decline
Aug 12 2014
GfK has reported a 1.6% organic decline in sales for the first half of 2014, to EUR 697.9m, magnified to 4.2% by currency effects - but says that it is now seeing the positive effects of the ‘strategic realignment’ plan it has been pursuing. More

Sports and Loyalty Launches for Ipsos
Aug 4 2014
Two announcements from Ipsos: the Loyalty division has a new syndicated study providing benchmark data on consumers’ views across 23 sectors in 30 countries; while Canada’s Ipsos Reid will work with the country’s Sporting Goods Association (CSGA) to track trends in equipment, clothing and participation. More

Join the Dots Continues Growth in First Half
Aug 4 2014
Manchester, UK-based research agency Join the Dots has reported revenue growth of 16% in the first half of the year, compared with H1 2013. More

Former P&G Exec Launches Innovation-Focused Firm
Aug 1 2014
In Cold Spring, KY, USA, former Procter and Gamble exec Sarah Faulkner has launched her own consultancy providing insight-driven innovation and brand building services for consumer goods and services companies. More

RetailNext Completes $30m Funding Round
Jul 31 2014
San Jose, CA-based in-store big data analytics specialist RetailNext has completed a $30m round of financing, which it will use to expand operations in Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and other, emerging markets. More

Nielsen Reports Good Quarter after Buys
Jul 29 2014
Nielsen has reported a 15% increase in second quarter 2014 revenue to $1.59bn - excluding acquisitions the figure was still a very respectable 4.4%. Q2 profit fell to $76m from $426m due to fees for re-financing long-term debt, but Adjusted EBITDA was up 16.2% to $460m. More

Nielsen Catalina Plans Expansion in Cincinnati
Jul 28 2014
In the US, shopper insight specialist Nielsen Catalina is planning to hire new sales people, analysts and consultants at its Vine Street headquarters in Cincinnati. More

Nielsen Expands Coverage to Bolivia and Paraguay
Jul 24 2014
Nielsen has expanded its coverage to two new countries, Bolivia and Paraguay, and now has operations in nineteen Latin American states. More

Ipsos Q2 Revenues Drop
Jul 23 2014
Ipsos has reported a 5.9% drop in first half revenue to EUR 756m, with currency effects responsible for most of the fall (5.1%). In organic terms, second quarter decline all but wiped out the modest gains of the first quarter, giving overall H1 organic growth of 0.1%. More

Firefish Flourishing Across The Pond
Jul 21 2014
London-based insight consultancy Firefish has revealed impressive revenue figures for the first year of operation of its US office - $1.9m - and says it will be further expanding its team ‘in the coming months’ to cope with demand. More

Nielsen Opens Office in Qingdao
Jul 15 2014
Nielsen has opened an office in Qingdao, in Eastern China, to support clients based in the coastal cities of eastern Shandong Province. More

PRS Expands to Shanghai and Chicago
Jul 11 2014
Shopper research specialist PRS (Perception Research Services) has opened offices in Shanghai and Chicago. More

Semiotics Expert to Lead Space Doctors in London
Jul 8 2014
Brighton, UK-based global insight consultancy Space Doctors has appointed former Added Value semiotics specialist Cato Hunt to lead its London office. The firm has also announced plans to establish teams in Asia Pacific and the Americas. More

Shandler to Lead Leger USA
Jul 7 2014
Bruce Shandler, a former President and CEO of North America for TNS and CEO of TNS Custom Research, has been named as the new President - CEO of Leger USA, based in Philadelphia. More

Toluna Parent Buys Harris Europe from Nielsen
Jul 2 2014
ITWP, the parent company of online community and survey technology provider Toluna, has acquired Harris Interactive’s European arm from Nielsen. As part of the deal, Nielsen will take a minority share in ITWP. More

MBO for Product Perceptions
Jul 2 2014
UK firm Product Perceptions has been acquired by one of its Directors, Yvonne Taylor. Founders Dominic Buck and Keith Greenhoff will retain a financial interest in the business following the buy-out, but have also set up a new firm called Sensometrica. More

New Sydney Firm Questions Motivational Shibboleths
Jul 2 2014
In Sydney, Australia, ethnography and qual specialist Charlie Cochrane has set up a new research consultancy called Jump the Fence, which he says will ‘challenge the notion’ that consumer psychology determines brand and buying motivation. More

Meyritz to Lead Business Development at SPA
Jun 30 2014
UK-based agency business intelligence firm SPA Future Thinking has appointed Tom Meyritz, formerly of QuestBack, Lightspeed and Ciao, as Commercial Director, responsible for leading business development across all areas of the company. More

P&G Man González-Hurtado Joins IRI
Jun 19 2014
Retail data giant Information Resources Inc. (IRI) has appointed P&G veteran José Carlos González-Hurtado as President of International, responsible for strategy and execution of all services across Europe, Asia Pacific, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. More

Millward Brown Buy Turns Optimor into Vermeer
Jun 17 2014
Millward Brown has acquired global marketing strategy consultancy EffectiveBrands, and will merge it with its Optimor brand strategy division to form a new business called Millward Brown Vermeer. More

Australia’s Crossmark Launches Insight-Based Division
Jun 16 2014
In Australia, marketing and sales services company Crossmark has launched Shopper Republic, a specialist shopper marketing division focused on global insights and ‘deep retailer collaboration’. More

Illuminas Reports Revenue Rise and New Recruits
Jun 12 2014
Employee-owned MR provider Illuminas has reported a 27% revenue rise to £10m for the year ended February 2014. The firm has also appointed Steven Maskell as Senior Vice President in its New York office. More

Brass Insight Becomes Trinity McQueen
Jun 12 2014
UK-based Brass Insight has changed its name to Trinity McQueen, as part of a management buyout by its Joint MDs Anna Cliffe and Robin Horsfield. The rebrand will move it away from its former parent firm, marcoms agency Brass. More

Consumer Data Firm Krux Lands $35m Investment
Jun 12 2014
In the US, consumer data management specialist Krux has raised $35m in Series B funding, which it will use to expand its global sales and support teams, and for research and development initiatives. More

Creston Reports Growth in Insight Arm
Jun 11 2014
Creston’s insight division - which comprises Marketing Sciences and ICM - has reported a 7% increase in annual revenue to £12.9m. The remainder of the Group by contrast saw a slight decline in revenue and profit. More

Apple iOS 8 - Problems In-Store for Location-Trackers?
Jun 10 2014
Apple has hinted that its forthcoming iOS 8 operating system may make it impossible for analytics companies to track iPhone and iPad users in (real-world) retail stores. More

Nielsen Wins in Rio
Jun 9 2014
Nielsen is once again the ‘official market research supplier’ for an Olympic Games, adding Rio 2016 to London 2012 and Beijing 2008. More

MMR Hire Targets US Expansion
Jun 6 2014
Consumer products specialist MMR Research Worldwide has appointed Suzanne Hernandez as US Head of Business, based in New York and overseeing its Stateside strategy development and expansion. More

Datalogix Nabs Further $45m
May 29 2014
US-based online / off-line purchasing data firm Datalogix has closed a $45m round of funding, which it will use to finance the expansion of its suite of audience and measurement products. More

Firms Partner for Child and Parent Product Targeting
May 29 2014
US marketing and communications specialist HCD Research has partnered with kids and families research, brand and product innovation firm PlayCollective, to provide a specialist service for clients targeting flavour and fragrance products at children and parents. More

Funds for Retail Analytics Firm Askuity
May 29 2014
Retail analytics specialist Askuity has closed a $1.8m seed round of funding from a group of investors including investment division dunnhumby Ventures. More

Helion Appoints Leaders for New South African HQ
May 19 2014
Mystery shopping and retail audit specialist Helion Research has opened an African regional HQ in Johannesburg, led by Customer Experience Agency founders Ian Jeffrey and Ronelle Van Rensburg. More

2CV Expands and Relocates in Singapore
May 16 2014
Cello-owned consumer specialist 2CV has relocated to new premises in Singapore, double the size of its previous office. More

Ditto Labs Wins Funds for Photo Analytics
May 16 2014
Ditto Labs, which mines photos on social media sites to help brands understand target audiences, has raised $2.2m in new funding. More

GfK Revenues Down, Profits Up in First Quarter
May 15 2014
GfK has announced results for the first quarter, with an organic decline of 0.7% in sales, reported as EUR 334.9m, a decline of 3.5% due to currency effects. However the Group said it achieved ‘a significant increase in all profit indicators’, and has confirmed its forecast for the year. More

New MR Firm ConsumerDNA Launched
May 13 2014
US researcher Michael Kassab has announced the launch of a new MR firm, ConsumerDNA, following the acquisition of the assets of Savitz Research Solutions, the firm he has led for sixteen of the last 30 years. Savitz’ office in Richardson, Texas will form the headquarters of the new company. More

India’s MarketPulse Rebrands as Kantar Worldpanel
May 13 2014
Kantar has completed its upgrade of the Indian MarketPulse consumer panel, first announced last year, and have rebranded it as Kantar Worldpanel. The panel is operated jointly by the Kantar Worldpanel division and sister agency IMRB International. More

DJS Continues Rapid Growth
May 9 2014
Cheshire, UK-based agency DJS Research has announced its twelfth consecutive year of growth, with revenue up 32% to £2.9m. More

Flamingo Spreads Wings in Brazil
May 7 2014
UK-based consumer and cultural insight agency Flamingo is opening an office in São Paulo, in September, to serve as a hub for research throughout Brazil and the wider Latam region. More

NPD Names Kelley President of Sports & Leisure Trends
May 2 2014
Consumer specialist The NPD Group has promoted Jim Kelley to the role of President of its newly combined Sports and Leisure Trends business. More

Four Senior Hires for Q Research Solutions
May 1 2014
In the US, full service consumer product testing agency Q Research Solutions (QRS) has appointed four new members of staff at its Old Bridge, New Jersey office. Each has two decades or more of research experience. More

Former Hasbro Researcher Launches Kids Brands Insight
Apr 30 2014
In the UK, youth brand and marketing specialist Steve Reece has launched a consumer research agency called Kids Brand Insight, offering qualitative research for the toy, gaming and children’s entertainment sectors. More

Nielsen Reports First Quarter Revenue Rise
Apr 24 2014
Nielsen has reported a 12.9% rise in first quarter 2014 revenues to $1.49 billion, driven by 28% growth in its media research business following the acquisition of Arbitron. More

Slow Organic Growth for Ipsos
Apr 23 2014
Ipsos has reported a 4.5% drop in revenue to EUR 343.3m in the first quarter of 2014, compared with EUR 359.6m a year previously. However organic growth - at constant scope and exchange rates - was 1.5%, in line with the performances recorded in the third and fourth quarters of 2013. More

Creston Predicts Slight Revenue Decline
Apr 23 2014
UK insight and communications group Creston says it is expecting a drop in revenue to £74.8m for the year ended 31st March 2014, compared with £75.2m a year earlier. More

Rentrak and IRI Join Hispanic Media for New Study
Apr 17 2014
Six companies including researcher / analysts IRI and Rentrak have formed a consortium running a cross-industry study to drive thought leadership and best practice in marketing to Hispanics. More

IRI Buys Stake in GuestMetrics
Apr 16 2014
Retail data giant IRI has formed a partnership with point-of-sale (POS) data specialist GuestMetrics, and acquired an undisclosed stake in the company. More

Tesco Rolls Out KSS Retail’s PriceStrat in UK
Apr 14 2014
In the UK, Tesco has rolled out PriceStrat software created by US company KSS Retail, across the organisation, offering buyers and category planners analytical tools to help plan consumer offers and assess their likely impact. More

Beyond Analysis Hires for ‘Quick and Easy’ Push
Apr 10 2014
UK-based behavioural insights firm Beyond Analysis has appointed Sophie Neary as Group Chief Commercial Officer, responsible for taking the business from a consultancy-led to a product-focused enterprise with the launch of its new DIY ‘Quick & Easy’ insight platform. More

MRSS India and Scent Analysis Form Mumbai JV
Apr 9 2014
In Mumbai, full service agency MRSS India and Frankfurt-based Scent Analysis have formed a joint venture called SA#M, which will provide a multi-sensory research platform for projects in all areas of product and concept development. More

MaxPoint Brings Hyper-Local Ad Targeting to Europe
Apr 9 2014
US-based hyper-local digital ad targeting specialist MaxPoint has established European headquarters in London, and appointed Jeanette Taylor as UK Country Manager. More

Nielsen Firms Build ‘First’ Single-Source Radio Measure
Mar 31 2014
In the US, shopper insight specialist Nielsen Catalina Solutions (NCS) has teamed up with Nielsen Audio (formerly Arbitron) to launch what the firms describe as the first single-source measurement approach built for the radio industry. More

International Research Boosts Join the Dots Revenue
Mar 20 2014
Manchester-based consumer research agency Join the Dots has announced a 23% increase in annual revenue to £4.9m in 2013, driven by a mix of existing and new clients, and 35% growth in international revenues. More

Flaming Good Year for firefish
Mar 19 2014
UK-based independent agency firefish has announced an annual revenue increase of 18%, to £9.55m in its full financial year 2014. More

Auction to Help Researchers in Need
Mar 17 2014
In the UK, the Market Research Benevolent Organisation (MRBA) is hosting its annual online charity auction, to raise funds for industry personnel who are in need of financial help. More

Indonesian Deal Extends GfK Retail and Media Coverage
Mar 14 2014
GfK has merged its existing retail tracking and media business with full service agency PT Primera Indonesia, in order to offer its Consumer Experiences portfolio to clients across Southeast Asia. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. More

Retail Analyst Reflektion Raises $8m
Mar 14 2014
San Mateo, CA-based online retail analytics firm Reflektion has raised $8m in a Series B round of funding. Money will be used to roll out eCommerce and business intelligence solutions, while supporting existing clients and expanding sales and marketing activities. More

Former Nielsen MD Takes Top IRI France Role
Mar 13 2014
Retail data giant IRI has appointed former Nielsen France MD Olivier Humeau as Managing Director of IRI France, from 31st March. He will replace Philippe Cabin Saint Marcel, who left at the end of last year to become MD of Ipsos Marketing in the country. More

Nielsen Investors Plan Billion Dollar Share Sale
Mar 5 2014
Nielsen has announced that a group of its shareholders is planning to sell 30 million shares of common stock, with a possible value of around $1.4bn. More

Pavone Launches Food and Beverage Insights Agency
Mar 5 2014
In the US, marcoms agency Pavone has spun off its ‘Food Trends’ report into a separate food and beverage industry business called quench, focused on changes in consumer preferences, shopper marketing insights, and developments in technology and media consumption. More

WPP’s DIM Reports 3.6% Revenue Growth
Feb 27 2014
WPP’s Data Investment Management Division (DIM) has reported a 3.6% increase in annual revenue for 2013. More

Ipsos Real-terms Revenue Flat
Feb 27 2014
Ipsos has reported a 4.3% decline in annual revenue to EUR 1.71bn, from EUR 1.79bn in 2012. The company blames the fall on exchange rates, its partial withdrawal from Eurozone countries like Greece and Portugal, and the sale of its Los Angeles-based film testing arm. Organic growth was 0.8%. More

Ipsos and comScore Target Affluent Americans
Feb 26 2014
In the US, Ipsos MediaCT and comScore have introduced a new cross-media planning tool which combines the Ipsos Affluent Survey with comScore Media Metrix data, in order to understand how affluent audiences access media across channels. More

Leger Links to Red C for European Push
Feb 26 2014
Canadian firm Leger Metrics has partnered with Dublin-based Red C Research, in order to extend its reach to Europe. More

Passenger Goes to China with AMD Partnership
Feb 20 2014
US-based online community specialist Passenger has expanded to China through a partnership with Asia Market Development (AMD). More

IRI and Technomic Link Retail and Restaurant Habits
Feb 17 2014
Retail data giant IRI and foodservice industry consultant Technomic have announced a new joint offering, Restaurant to Retail (R2R) Insights, which combines consumers’ retail point-of-sale (POS) data with their habits eating at major chain restaurants. More

Nepa Opens Helsinki Office
Feb 14 2014
Stockholm-based brand tracking specialist Nepa has opened a subsidiary company in Helsinki, and appointed Minna Mehtälä to lead it. More

Steady Organic Growth for Nielsen
Feb 13 2014
Nielsen has reported a 5.5% increase in annual revenue to $5.7 billion. Media measurement arm ‘Watch’, enlarged by the Arbitron buy, saw revenue rise 11.2%, compared with 1.9% growth in the consumer research ‘Buy’ division. More

Ipsos Retail Performance Expands to North America
Feb 12 2014
UK-based footfall counting and analysis specialist Ipsos Retail Performance has opened an office in Toronto, Canada, with the aim of servicing retailers across North America. More

Flat Year for GfK
Jan 31 2014
GfK’s sales have dipped back below the EUR 1.5 billion mark, not helped by a strengthening of the currency: the 2013 figure fell by 1.3%, from EUR 1.514bn in 2012 to EUR 1.495bn in 2013 despite modest organic growth of 0.8%. Adjusted operating income crept up by 1.5% to EUR 190m. More

Fast-Growing Cello to Rebrand Consumer Wing
Jan 22 2014
Insight and marketing group Cello has recorded double-digit 2013 revenue growth in its Health and Consumer divisions, according to a trading update. More

Mintel Expands to Poland with Two Hires
Jan 17 2014
Consumer product and media intelligence provider Mintel has expanded to Poland, appointing former Euromonitor execs Honorata Jarocka and Regina Maiseviciute as Analysts in its Global Food and Drink Analyst team. More

HCD Opens Neuroscience-Based ‘Flavor & Fragrance’ Arm
Jan 15 2014
US marketing and communications specialist HCD Research has opened a Flavor and Fragrance market research division, which will combine neuroscience tools with traditional methods to provide a view of both respondents’ subconscious and cognitive response to stimuli. More

IRI and SPINS Launch SPINSscan Retail Measure
Jan 13 2014
Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) and SPINS LLC have expanded their existing relationship to provide enhanced data and solutions for the natural / organic and specialty products market. More

Creston's Don Elgie to Retire
Jan 10 2014
UK-based insight and communications group Creston Plc has announced the retirement of CEO and founder Don Elgie, with effect from 31st March 2014. Elgie will ‘pursue a career of non-executive roles’, and will be succeeded by current COO and CFO Barrie Brien, who has been with the Group since 2004. More

Senior Changes at Informa
Jan 2 2014
Peter Rigby has retired as London-based business information and events group Informa Plc - whose subsidiaries include research firm Datamonitor - to be replaced by Stephen A. Carter. Group Finance Director Adam Walker has also left the company with effect 31st December. More

Kantar Merges Retail and Shopper Arms
Dec 17 2013
WPP-owned Kantar is to combine the resources of Kantar Retail with its TNS Retailer & Shopper practice, to form a new organisation offering a single source of retail and shopper expertise. More

Keith Bates to Leave Creston
Dec 13 2013
UK-based insight and communications group Creston plc has announced that Keith Bates is to step down from the role of Head of Creston Insight, seeking ‘new challenges’ outside the Group. More

Ipsos and I-Behavior in Affluent Consumers Deal
Dec 9 2013
Ipsos has reached an agreement with WPP-owned behavioural targeting services firm I-Behavior, Inc. to help marketers manage and assess campaigns among affluent US consumers. More

Former OECD Ambassador Joins Nielsen
Dec 6 2013
Former OECD Ambassador Karen Kornbluh has joined Nielsen as Executive Vice President of External Affairs, leading the firm’s government and public affairs services, and overseeing privacy strategy, corporate social responsibility and multicultural market development. More

IRI and INTAGE Share Retail / POS Data
Dec 5 2013
Retail data giant Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) has formed an agreement with Japanese research no.1 INTAGE, giving the former’s clients access to Japanese POS data and the latter use of IRI’s data and services from other markets. More

Two New Board Members for Marketing Sciences
Dec 5 2013
UK-based Marketing Sciences has hired Andy Grout, former European Head of Quantitative Research at The Leading Edge, as a board member; and has also promoted Laura Ablett to its board. The company also reports strong first-half results. More

New China MD for Added Value
Dec 2 2013
WPP brand development and insight consultancy Added Value has appointed Kenneth Lee as Managing Director for China. More

Former MB Ireland Leader Joins Catalyst
Nov 29 2013
Former Millward Brown Ireland CEO Richard Waring has joined customer satisfaction and mystery shopping firm Catalyst Marketing Research as a Partner and Director. More

We are Fifteen
Nov 28 2013
Hard to believe, but on Friday 29th November, DRNO’s publisher MrWeb is celebrating 15 years in business. More

O&M Opens Singapore Consumer Insights/Analytics Hub
Nov 22 2013
WPP-owned marcoms network Ogilvy & Mather (O&M) has opened a ‘Marketing Analytics Centre of Excellence’ in Singapore, which it says will turn Pan-Asian consumer insights into customised, targeted and measurable marketing strategies. More

Firms Team Up to Study Affluent US Households
Nov 19 2013
Three analytics and insight providers - Martini, Acxiom and Ipsos Mendelsohn - have partnered to provide information about the media habits and lifestyles of affluent households in the US. More

GfK Reports Q3 Sales Decline
Nov 15 2013
GfK has reported a 4% drop in sales to EUR 361.4m during the third quarter 2013, from EUR 376.7m in Q3 2012, driven by what the firm describes as the ‘considerable impact’ of negative currency exchange effects. Like-for-like, sales were down by around 1.5%. More

Walkbase Raises Funds for In-Store Analytics
Nov 15 2013
Helsinki-based in-store behaviour analyst Walkbase has raised EUR 3m in a Series A round of funding, which it will use to strengthen its sales, marketing and customer insights teams. More

Cardlytics Opens in New York
Nov 6 2013
Cardlytics - which offers technology to track consumer purchases and reward individuals according to their purchasing behavior - has opened a base in Manhattan and begun building a team there to support its agency clients. More

Rapid Growth for UK’s Join the Dots
Nov 4 2013
Manchester-based consumer research agency Join the Dots has moved to a new head office in the city, reporting £1 million of new client business and 20% growth in 2013. More

Nielsen Q3 Revenues Edge Upwards
Oct 23 2013
Nielsen has reported a 2.7% increase in third quarter revenue to $1.39 billion, the result of a 2.2% rise in the ‘Buy’ consumer research arm to $871m, and a 3.4% rise in the ‘Watch’ media research arm to $516m. More

IRI and SPINS Launch Natural Foods Segments
Oct 23 2013
In the US, retail data giant IRI and health and wellness consumer insights agency SPINS have introduced a segmentation model called SPINS NaturalLink, which focuses on how shoppers think about, purchase and use natural, organic and eco-friendly products. More

Retail Analytics Firm Prism Skylabs Nabs $15m
Oct 23 2013
US retail analytics provider Prism Skylabs has secured a $15m Series B round of funding, which it says it will use to drive continued adoption of its products. More

InfoScout Raises $5m and Launches Shopper Analytics
Oct 22 2013
Mobile-focused retail market research provider InfoScout has raised $5m in a Series A round of funding from dunnhumby Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures and Founder Collective. The company has also launched the public beta of its ‘freemium’ consumer shopping analytics service. More

YouGov MENA Grows Dubai Team
Oct 21 2013
YouGov’s Middle Eastern subsidiary has expanded its team in Dubai with five new staff, including Ali Draycott who joins as Commercial Director MENA. Also joining are quallies Milos Bugarcic and Hend Abdel Sattar, and quant researchers Isaac Thiga and Nidhi Sharma. More

NPD Buys Leisure Trends Sports Research Business
Oct 16 2013
Consumer specialist The NPD Group is to acquire the retail sales tracking and consumer research business of Boulder, Colorado-based sports and recreation researcher Leisure Trends. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. More

Kantar and IMRB Link for Indian Consumer Panel
Oct 9 2013
WPP firms Kantar Worldpanel and IMRB have formed a partnership to run a joint consumer panel service across India, providing insight on purchasing habits across a broad range of products. More

High Street Data Used to Target Online Audiences
Oct 3 2013
Digital ad intelligence specialist Exponential Interactive has teamed up with WPP-owned behavioural targeting services firm I-Behavior, to help advertisers target consumers online based on their high street purchasing habits. More

Retail Analytics Firm Quri Nabs $10m
Oct 3 2013
San Francisco-based retail intelligence specialist Quri has raised $10m in a Series B round of funding, which it plans to use to meet growing demand for its in-store analytics. More

Closer Ties for TiVo and dunnhumbyUSA
Sep 27 2013
DVR and TV viewing data pioneer TiVo Research and Analytics, Inc. (TRA) has extended its two-year relationship with dunnhumbyUSA, signing an exclusive partnership agreement further integrating the firms’ grocery purchasing and television audience data. More

dunnhumby Launches Retail Data VC Fund
Sep 24 2013
Retail analytics giant dunnhumby has launched a seed-stage investment fund, dunnhumby Ventures, focusing on innovations in retail technology. The fund will support those ‘embracing data for innovations along the consumer’s path to purchase’. More

ShopperTrak Brings in New EMEA CEO
Sep 24 2013
US-based in-store analytics firm ShopperTrak Corporation has appointed Bill McCarthy, previously CTO at the company’s Chicago headquarters, as CEO of its EMEA operations. Current EMEA head Todd Starcevich returns to Chicago for the newly created role of head of the global mall division. More

Former First Direct Exec Launches MR Firm
Sep 17 2013
David Jones, a former Head of Communications at First Direct, has launched a new UK-based market research agency called Habit5, which will focus on providing mutual understanding between brands and their customers. More

Former Nielsen Execs Open for Business in China
Sep 17 2013
Former Nielsen colleagues Jeff Stewart and Christophe Cazes have launched a new firm called Asia Market Development (AMD), offering alternative approaches to the larger global firms which they say offer ‘inflexible solutions’ not designed for the Asian market. More

Stratégir Hires Tarran as UK MD
Sep 6 2013
European consumer and luxury goods research specialist Stratégir has appointed Jackie Tarran as Managing Director in its UK office, replacing Dorte Torpe Hansen, who is moving into the role of International Business Development Director. More

Former ICM Exec Launches Fieldwork Agency
Sep 5 2013
Anna Noonan, formerly Qualitative Field Manager at ICM Direct, has launched her own face-to-face field agency called Strawberry Field, named after the London suburb where she lives. More

WPP Firms Team Up for African Panel Launch
Sep 4 2013
In Africa, Kantar has teamed up with fellow WPP agency TNS RMS to form a joint consumer panel, for use in shopper and product research studies. More

SKIM Opens in Brazil and Costa Rica
Aug 23 2013
Netherlands-based agency SKIM has expanded to Latin America with the opening of new offices in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and San José, Costa Rica. More

Buoyant Second Quarter for GfK
Aug 14 2013
GfK has announced organic revenue growth of 1.7% in the first half of 2013, with sales totalling EUR 728.6m, and a ‘particularly profitable’ Q2, with adjusted operating income up 15.7 percent. More

2012 ‘Better Than Expected’ for Top 25 Research Firms
Aug 9 2013
The world’s 25 largest research firms reported a ‘better than expected’ 2012, thanks in large part to syndicated services and global acquisitions, according to industry authority Jack Honomichl. More

IFF Launches Health & Wellbeing Division
Aug 6 2013
London-based full service agency IFF Research has launched a Health & Wellbeing (H&W) division, to provide a range of services from patient satisfaction tracking surveys and health and lifestyle studies, to more niche studies involving hard-to-reach audiences. More

IMRB to Revamp Household Panel
Aug 2 2013
In India, WPP-owned IMRB has expanded its household consumer panel to reflect changes taking place across the country. More

APT and IRI Partner to Probe Retail Cause-and-Effect
Aug 1 2013
Retail data giant Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) has announced a deal with cloud-based predictive analytics software company Applied Predictive Technologies (APT), adding the former’s POS data into the latter’s Test & Learn software suite. More

dunnhumby Plans Relocation to London W6
Jul 31 2013
In the UK, retail data specialist dunnhumby is planning to relocate 1,000 staff from its two Ealing offices to a newly refurbished, 115,000 sq ft building in Hammersmith, in 2016. More

P&K Research Names New CEO and President
Jul 29 2013
Chicago-based full service agency Peryam & Kroll Research (P&K) has promoted Richard Popper to the position of Chief Executive Officer, replacing Beverley Kroll, who will continue in the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors. Eric Maddux meanwhile becomes President. More

IRI Hires Diageo Veteran
Jul 26 2013
Retail data giant Information Resources Inc. (IRI) has hired Diageo veteran Richard Hurst for the newly created role of Practice Leader of its Beer, Wine, Spirits and Tobacco vertical. More

Ipsos Revenue Levels Off in Q2
Jul 25 2013
Following a 2.7% fall in first quarter revenue, Ipsos has reported a 0.4% rise in its second quarter figures. However, negative currency effects meant that total first half 2013 revenues fell by 4% to EUR 803.7m. More

Ipsos Sues Aegis over Synovate Sale
Jul 17 2013
Ipsos has filed a lawsuit in London’s High Court against Aegis, claiming that the marcoms giant failed to disclose tax and fraud probes at Synovate, before it sold the company for £525m ($792m). As a result, Ipsos is seeking up to £65.8m ($100m) in compensation from Aegis. More

Jakarta Office for AIP
Jul 4 2013
Tokyo-based panel operator AIP Corporation has opened an office in Jakarta, Indonesia, and made an unspecified investment in local MR firm Pixel Research to enhance its market knowledge and services in the country. More

UK MR Industry ‘Fragile’ but ‘Improving’
Jun 27 2013
While turnover in the UK market research industry is still ‘fragile’, the sector has reported a slower decline in the past twelve months according to research conducted by the Market Research Society (MRS). A majority of firms expect growth in 2013. More

Flamingo Expands to India
Jun 25 2013
UK-based consumer and cultural insight agency Flamingo is opening a sixth international office next month in Mumbai, adding to bases in London, New York, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. More

Ugam Hires Retail Sector Leaders
Jun 24 2013
Retails analytics firm Ugam Solutions has announced four appointments, aimed at ‘significantly enhancing capabilities to provide clients with smarter and sharper analytical solutions.’ The four are Sudhir Holla, Navin Dhananjaya, Sridhar Sharma and Vinayak Hegde. More

Honomichl Points to 'Weak Downward Trend'
Jun 14 2013
Analysis conducted by industry authority Jack Honomichl points to a ‘weak downward trend’ in the research sector in 2012. A total of $9.5 billion was spent in the US on the sector, which is defined as including marketing, advertising and public opinion research services. More

Ingather Opens Sensory Facility in Denver
Jun 14 2013
Lakewood, CO-based qualitative and sensory testing specialist Ingather Research has opened new facilities in downtown Denver. More

Blueocean Hires VPs and Opens New US Offices
Jun 13 2013
Consumer research and analytics firm Blueocean Market Intelligence has expanded its North American team with the appointment of three industry veterans as Vice Presidents - Client Development, while also opening offices in Chicago, Dallas and Cincinnati. More

InfoReady Launches Marketing Intelligence Practice
Jun 11 2013
Australian consultancy InfoReady has launched a Marketing Intelligence practice, specialising in multi-channel marketing and analytics, and appointed James Forbes to establish and lead it. More

Firefish Names Seok Group Qual Director
Jun 7 2013
UK-based consumer agency Firefish has appointed former Flamingo director Liz Seok as Group Qualitative Director. More

Euclid Hires ShopperTrak Founder Tad Sheppard
Jun 6 2013
US shopper analytics specialist Euclid has appointed ShopperTrak co-founder Tad Shepperd as Senior Vice President, responsible for driving sales and overseeing New York-based teams of sales execs, client services managers and analysts. More

McDonough Joins Asda in Key Marketing Role
Jun 3 2013
Former Molson Coors MD of Brands Chris McDonough has joined Asda as Marketing Director, as the Walmart-owned UK retail giant restructures its marketing department. More

Jeffries Steps Up to Lead Ipsos UU in US
May 23 2013
April Jeffries has been promoted to the role of President of Ipsos UU, Ipsos Marketing’s qualitative research arm in the US. She is based in the firm’s office in Mahwah, NJ. More

Rhall to Replace Campbell as Millward Brown Global CEO
May 23 2013
Millward Brown has appointed Travyn Rhall as Global CEO, succeeding Eileen Campbell who is stepping down in mid-July for personal reasons. More

IRI and SPINS Link to Target Natural/Organic Sector
May 16 2013
Retail and healthcare data giant IRI has partnered with health and wellness consumer insights agency SPINS, to create a new segmentation offer in the natural/organic sector. More

GfK Expects Improvement after Slower First Quarter
May 13 2013
GfK has issued an ad hoc statement on preliminary figures for the first quarter, showing organic sales growth of only 0.6 percent, and adjusted operating income and margin down on Q1 2012. However the global group says order levels are good and it should meet annual forecasts of 3-4 percent sales growth. More

Gordon Weiss Research Gets New Name and Focus
May 13 2013
Minneapolis-based custom qual provider Gordon Weiss Research has rebranded as Sivo Insights with immediate effect. More

Woolworths in ‘dunnhumby Deal’ with Quantium
May 3 2013
In Australia, supermarket giant Woolworths has taken a 50% non-controlling stake in customer data analytics firm Quantium, which in return will gain access to Woolworth’s customer data and provide insights to the retailer’s packaged goods suppliers. More

In-Store Analytics Firm RetailNext Raises $15m
May 1 2013
In the US, RetailNext has completed a $15m Series C round of financing, which it will use to expand its engineering team, deliver new detection and predictive analytics capabilities, and grow its operations in Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. More

Purchasing Data Firm Datalogix Gets $25m
Apr 26 2013
US-based online / off-line purchasing data firm Datalogix has closed a $25m Series B round of funding, and says it will help to accelerate the adoption of its audience and measurement solutions across display, mobile, video, social media and search channels. More

Swipp Raises $2m, Launches Real-Time Insight Tool
Apr 23 2013
In the US, Silicon Valley-based social media intelligence platform Swipp has raised $2m in investment funding, while also launching a product called Swipp Plus to provide real-time customer insight around products, brands and offers. More

Touchstone Hires J&J’s Lacey to Lead Shopper Unit
Apr 17 2013
In the UK, shopper and leisure sector research consultancy Touchstone Partners has appointed former Johnson & Jonson director Sarah Lacey as Head of its Shopper Consultancy division. More

SymphonyIRI Returns to Old Name
Apr 17 2013
In the US, the company known for the last three years as SymphonyIRI is now once again just IRI (Information Resources Inc.). More

Expanded Role for SymphonyIRI’s Grant
Apr 12 2013
Retail and healthcare specialist SymphonyIRI has added the title of Chief Client Strategy Officer to former P&G exec Beverly Grant’s existing role as President of Retail Solutions. More

Future Foundation Expands to New York
Apr 10 2013
UK-based consumer insight and strategic consulting firm The Future Foundation has expanded to the US with the opening of an office in New York, where it has relocated Heather Corker in the role of VP, Consumer Trends, North America. More

New Shopper Marketing Agency for US
Apr 10 2013
Shopper marketing specialists Jim Cusson and Jared Meisel have set up a new agency called Theory House in Charlotte, North Carolina. More

GroupM Consolidates Multicultural Insight Services
Apr 10 2013
WPP's media investment management group GroupM has expanded its line-up of multicultural insights services and brought them together in one until called GroupM Multicultural, led by Hispanic media specialist Gonzalo Del Fa. More

Incite Launches Behaviour Change Practice
Apr 9 2013
UK consumer specialist Incite has launched a dedicated Behaviour Change practice, which will use multiple disciplines - including behavioural economics, neuroscience, health psychology and CRM - to help brands influence the behaviour of consumers. More

GfK Integrates and Renames Blue Moon Division
Apr 3 2013
GfK has fully integrated its custom research division GfK Blue Moon into its global structure, and renamed it GfK Australia, Consumer Experiences. More

‘Strong’ Six Months for YouGov
Mar 25 2013
Online research and polling firm YouGov has reported strong results for the 6 months ending January 31st, the first half of its financial year, with like-for-like revenue growth of 5% and adjusted profit before tax up by 16% to £2.6m. More

Funds for UK Facial Recognition Specialist
Mar 25 2013
London-based Realeyes, which measures facial expressions and quantifies people’s emotional reactions through standard video devices such as webcams and in-store cameras, has completed a $3.2m round of investment. More

GfK Confirms 2012 Sales Growth
Mar 12 2013
GfK has confirmed a 10.2% increase in 2012 sales to EUR 1.5 billion, exceeding its target of 9%. ‘Strong’ organic growth of 3.1% is cited as a key reason for beating the target. More

Ipsos Partners with Mums’ Club Bounty
Mar 4 2013
Ipsos Marketing has announced a strategic partnership with Bounty, the UK’s largest parenting club. The deal gives Ipsos clients access to Bounty’s 37,000 strong Word of Mum Panel, comprising mums-to-be, new mums and those with pre-school age children. More

Ipsos Splutters as Smoke of Integration Clears
Feb 28 2013
Ipsos has reported 2012 revenues of EUR 1.8bn, up from EUR 1.4bn in 2011, but disappointing given the addition of Synovate. Accustomed to rapid growth, the group blamed the stall on politicians, the integration process and competitor poaching of senior staff. Profits however remained solid. More

Aimia Names COO, Reports Flat Year
Feb 28 2013
Aimia, owner of the Nectar loyalty scheme, has promoted David Johnston to the newly created role of Group Chief Operating Officer, with a remit to further develop its global operating model. Separately, the firm has reported a flat year, propped up by strong EMEA performance based around Nectar UK. More

Demar to Lead Ipsos InnoQuest and MarketQuest
Feb 27 2013
Lauren Demar has been promoted to the role of Deputy Chief Executive Officer, with responsibility for two Ipsos Marketing divisions: InnoQuest and MarketQuest. More

NPD Reshuffles Senior Management
Feb 27 2013
Consumer specialist The NPD Group has reorganized its senior management team as part of its strategy to ‘accelerate growth and innovation’. More

Strategy Analytics Opens Consumer Insights Wing
Feb 22 2013
US provider Strategy Analytics, which focuses on clients in the technology sector, has opened a new Consumer Insights Practice (CIP) led by Motorola Mobility’s former Head of Consumer Insights Joy Ganvik. More

Euclid Raises $17.3m for Shopper Analytics Tools
Feb 21 2013
Shopper analytics specialist Euclid has closed a $17.3m round of financing, which it will use to further service its growing customer base. More

Vision One Opens Liverpool Office
Feb 20 2013
Central London-based qual/quant agency Vision One has opened an office in Liverpool from which it will service clients in northern England and Scotland. More

Feature: Salary Trends in UK MR 2001-12
Feb 15 2013
Here are the best set of mean salary stats for the UK MR industry you’re ever likely to see. Best as in good, solid bases and careful compilation; and the average rise is not bad either. But there’s one shocker, and it doesn’t take a great analyst to spot it. MrWeb's Nick Thomas continues our celebrations for job no. 100,000. More

Yahoo! Maktoob Research to Cease External Work
Feb 15 2013
In Dubai, Yahoo! has confirmed that from 1 April, its online research business Yahoo! Maktoob Research will no longer offer external support to clients, but instead focus on providing research services to the group’s own advertising clients. More

Millward Brown Unveils Brand Success Framework
Feb 13 2013
Millward Brown has developed a model which it claims ‘cracks the code’ for how brands drive financial growth for their organisations. More

Nielsen Reports Flat 2012 Revenue
Feb 12 2013
Nielsen has reported a 1% rise in revenue to $5.6 billion for the full year 2012, compared with the 8% increase it posted the previous year. Revenue in the firm’s Buy retail measurement division was flat while the Watch media analytics arm saw a 3% increase. More

Jobs Feature: UK MR’s Recruitment Rollercoaster
Feb 12 2013
Market research was once said to be ‘recession-proof’, but we don’t hear that quite so often these days. Are we in a ‘double-dip’? And in our new, more cautious mode, who are we recruiting and how many of them? Nick Thomas looks at the stats for 2005-12 as we celebrate our 100,000th job ad this week. More

MasterCard Buys Stake in Analytics Firm
Feb 8 2013
MasterCard’s insights arm MasterCard Advisors has acquired a stake in decision science and data analytics firm Mu Sigma, and will work to combine its anonymous purchase behavior data with Mu Sigma’s advanced analytics. More

GfK Names CEE-META and APAC Regional Leaders
Feb 6 2013
GfK has named four senior leaders for its operations in the CEE-META (Central and Eastern Europe Middle East, Turkey and Africa) and APAC (Asia and the Pacific) regions. More

Closer Links for Videology and Shopcom
Feb 6 2013
US-based online video ad targeting specialist Videology has extended its partnership with Kantar Shopcom, which helps clients link consumer purchases with campaign exposure. More

Lure of Luxury Pulls Shullman from Retirement
Feb 5 2013
Bob Shullman, the former President of affluent consumer measurement business Ipsos Mendelsohn, has set up his own consultancy called the Shullman Research Center, which offers a ‘Luxury and Affluence Monthly Pulse’ of future purchasing intentions of the US marketplace. More

InsightsNow Hires Industry Veteran Mark Turim as COO
Feb 1 2013
US-based product innovation specialist InsightsNow has appointed former NPD Group LatAm President Mark Turim as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer. More

GfK Revenue Climbs to EUR 1.5bn
Jan 30 2013
Preliminary results indicate that GfK’s full-year revenue rose 10.2% in 2012, to approximately EUR 1.5bn, with organic growth of 3.1%. More

Purple Becomes Kelton’s UK Partner
Jan 30 2013
London-based Purple Market Research has announced a partnership with US consumer insights specialist Kelton, as part of the latter’s Global Group alliance of international partner firms. More

Heineken to Restructure UK Marketing and Insight Team
Jan 22 2013
Heineken UK is restructuring its London/Edinburgh-based marketing team to reflect what it describes as the increasing importance of ‘innovation, media, and digital communications’. DRNO sources say that up to 60 posts will be affected by the changes, including some in the Insights team. More

SymphonyIRI Promotes Chaudhari for US Lead Role
Jan 22 2013
Consumer, retail and healthcare specialist SymphonyIRI has promoted Piyush Chaudhari to the newly created role of President of the Americas, with a focus on driving performance and growth for domestic and select global clients. More

Millward Brown Clients Back Facial Coding
Jan 16 2013
Millward Brown has announced a major expansion of its Link and Facial Coding technology, and says two of its biggest clients, Unilever and The Coca-Cola Company, will use the technique for all their ad testing in 2013. More

Crack Team Starts Neuroscience Firm
Jan 11 2013
Consumer insights specialists Cristina de Balanzó, Siemon Scamell-Katz and Rafal Ohme have set up a new London-based neuroscience consultancy called The Walnut Group. More

Miami Launch for Mystery Shopping and Survey Firm
Jan 11 2013
Miami-based sales performance agency The Retail Outsource Companies has launched a new sister company called ‘The Consumer Insight’ (TCI), which will offer a range of mystery shopping, customer surveys, compliance audits and competitive intelligence services. More

Collard Promoted in Morrisons Restructure
Jan 7 2013
UK supermarket chain Morrisons has promoted Marketing and Operations Director Nick Collard to the new role of Group Marketing and Customer Director. He will join the management board in June. More

Middle Eastern Partner for INTAGE
Jan 2 2013
Japanese researcher INTAGE Inc. and Cairo-based ConField MENA have announced a non-exclusive alliance agreement to provide customized research services in their respective regions. More

MRS Honours Leaders and Innovators
Dec 11 2012
GfK NOP, ABA and Research Bods scooped three of the major categories at this year’s MRS Awards ceremony held in London last night, while mobile crowdsourcing innovator Nathan Eagle received the inaugural MRS President’s Medal. More

Pernod Ricard Debuts Employee Innovation Platform
Dec 10 2012
Global wine and spirit brand Pernod Ricard has launched an internal social network called Chatter, through which employees will be encouraged to generate and share new ideas for the business. More

Firefish Grows Quant Team
Nov 29 2012
London-based consumer agency Firefish has expanded its quant team with four new appointments, including Paul Harvey as a Director, plus Jen Culby, Tom Birch and Louise Dinesen. More

US Firm to Keep an ‘i on Women’
Nov 28 2012
Chicago-based Insights in Marketing (IIM) has launched a new division called ‘i on Women’, dedicated to understanding female consumers. More

Seven Hires for MMR
Nov 27 2012
UK-based agency MMR Research Worldwide, which focuses on the food, drink, personal and household care sectors, has announced seven new appointments including Client Services Director Janine Gamon and ADs Dan Hibbs, Tim Button and Tom Pile. More

John Lewis Appoints Insight Leader
Nov 26 2012
UK store group The John Lewis Partnership has announced that current Lloyds Banking Group Customer Value chief Paul de Laat will move to the retailer in January to become its first Customer Insight Director. More

Consumer Profile Closes
Nov 26 2012
In the UK, former AQR Chair Peter Lovett has announced the closure of Consumer Profile Ltd, the Oxfordshire based full-service agency he founded in 1986. He will remain in the industry via a new consultancy, Bespoke Qualitative Research. More

Currencies and Acquisitions Boost GfK Figures
Nov 14 2012
GfK has reported ‘a significant sales increase’ of 9.8% to EUR 1,096.8m in the first nine months of 2012, with much of the rise however due to currency effects and acquisitions. Q3 revenue was up 11.3% to EUR 376.7m. EBITDA fell 18.5% to EUR 50.6m. More

Puerto Rican Debut for Scarborough
Nov 14 2012
Local market specialist Scarborough Research has formally announced its entry into Puerto Rico with a new insights service combining extensive attitudinal data and consumer behavior-based measures. More

Alex Owens to Join Sainsbury’s as Head of Insight
Nov 9 2012
In the UK, Lloyds Banking Group Head of Retail Strategy Alex Owens is leaving to take up the role of Head of Insight at supermarket chain Sainsbury’s. He starts the new job in January. More

Synov-eaten: Now Ipsos Returns Focus to Growth
Oct 24 2012
Ipsos has reported 9-month revenues of just under EUR 1.28bn, up 45.1% on a constant currency basis since gobbling up Synovate a year ago. The firm says now that the integration is complete, it will ‘resume its focus on growth’ and on meeting its service quality and profitability targets. More

NPD Reshuffles European Management Team
Oct 24 2012
Consumer and retail specialist The NPD Group has restructured its European management team in response to what it describes as the ‘changing needs’ of clients and retail partners. As part of the reshuffle, David Pritchard has been named General Manager of Commercial Activity. More

Good Third Quarter for Nielsen
Oct 22 2012
Nielsen has announced third quarter revenue up 5% year-on-year, on a constant currency basis, to $1.423bn, with its Buy (4%) and Watch (5%) segments both contributing. Adjusted EBITDA rose 7% on the same basis to $424m. More

Brazil Office for Kantar Retail
Oct 22 2012
Kantar Retail is to open its first South American office, in Brazil, where it will team up with WPP sister company TNS to use the latter’s primary shopper research capabilities. Former Mars and LVMH executive Eric Debarnot will head up the new office as MD. More

dunnhumbyUSA Expands in Chicago
Oct 16 2012
Retail data specialist dunnhumbyUSA is to extend its presence in Chicago by taking the entire twenty-second floor of the city’s Merchandise Mart, where it has plans to add 30 or more new members of staff in the next eighteen months. More

Telefónica Opens ‘Dynamic Insights’ Practice
Oct 10 2012
Broadband and telecoms giant Telefónica has partnered with GfK to open a big data business unit called Telefónica Dynamic Insights, which will sell anonymised and aggregated mobile network data to companies and public sector organisations worldwide. More

2CV Promotes Bagnall for UK MD Role
Oct 5 2012
UK-based agency 2CV has promoted Mark Bagnall to Managing Director of its UK office, following Doug Edmonds’ relocation to San Francisco, where he now serves as Group CEO. More

Hofmeyr Refines TNS ConversionModel
Oct 4 2012
A year after returning to TNS Jan Hofmeyr has refined his ConversionModel, to help clients identify how people feel about their brand and determine how external barriers like price and availability affect consumer spending. More

Tesco Offers Consumers Access to Own Data
Oct 2 2012
UK-based supermarket giant Tesco is planning a new Clubcard scheme which will provide consumers with products and games offering ‘simple, useful, and fun’ personalised access to their own shopping data. More

St Ives Invests in Incite and Pragma
Oct 2 2012
In the UK, marketing services and print group St. Ives Plc has invested around £1m in additional staff to support future growth plans at its recently acquired market research agency Incite and consumer consultancy Pragma; and says it has plans to finance these businesses further. More

Exponential Adds MasterCard Off-Line Spending Data
Sep 28 2012
Ad intelligence provider Exponential Interactive has partnered with MasterCard’s analytics arm to incorporate retail-level consumer spending behavior data into its online audience targeting services. More

Catalina Ramps Up and Relocates Boston Team
Sep 27 2012
Point-of-sale data giant Catalina is planning to triple the size of its Boston,US-based team and relocate it to a 75,000 square foot office in the city’s ‘Innovation District’ in November. More

GfK Restructures for Growth in AsiaPac
Sep 21 2012
GfK has appointed seven leaders in China, Korea, Malaysia and Japan, as part of a strategy to expand its global research solutions across the Asia Pacific region. More

BrainJuicer Opens Practice in India
Sep 10 2012
Online specialist BrainJuicer has opened a ‘client-facing’ practice in India, where it has appointed Pooja Haldea as Managing Director – India, based in New Delhi, and Sarah Cowell-Thomas as Head of Juice Generation – India, based in Mumbai. More

MESH Planning Heads Stateside to New York
Sep 7 2012
London-based communications research agency MESH Planning has expanded to the US with the opening of an office in Manhattan, New York, led by Experience Director Nathan Evans. More

rdsi Promotes Ten in UK
Aug 20 2012
Consumer research agency rdsi has promoted ten members of staff, including Research Directors Emma O’Connell and Tim Gowing (pictured) who join the Senior Management team. More

ABN Expands to Hong Kong and Re-Brands
Aug 16 2012
Asian agency ABN Research has opened an office in Hong Kong, from which it plans to expand beyond the FMCG and white good sectors to supporting service industries such as finance and telecoms. The firm has also been re-named as ‘ABN Impact’. More

Consumer Agency Envirosell Opens in Istanbul
Aug 16 2012
New York-based consumer behavior research and consulting firm Envirosell has opened an office in Istanbul, Turkey, led by recently appointed telecoms specialists Melik Karabiyikoglu and Burc Tutanc. More

XM Asia Pacific Opens Consumer Experience Lab
Aug 16 2012
Digital agency XM Asia Pacific has opened a Consumer Experience Lab in Singapore. The facility will use Tobii eye-tracking technology, heuristic techniques and usability metrics to examine how Asian consumers absorb the information they see in digital ads and traditional media. More

GfK Growth Slows in ‘Challenging’ Environment
Aug 14 2012
GfK has reported a 9.1% increase in sales to EUR 720.1m for the first half of 2012, most of which comes from currency effects and acquisitions. Organic growth of just 1.7% results from a healthy 4.2% rise in the Consumer Choices business combined with flat performance from Consumer Experiences. More

Former MarketQuest Leaders Join Peryam & Kroll
Aug 14 2012
In the US, former MarketQuest CEO Mary Beth Lake and Chief Research Officer Paul Holtzman have joined Chicago-based full service marketing and sensory research firm Peryam & Kroll Research (P&K) as Senior Vice Presidents. More

Rentrak and iTVX Link for Product Placement Measure
Aug 8 2012
Multi-screen measurement specialist Rentrak has partnered with product placement analysis firm iTVX, to help brands and programmers understand the impact on audiences when a TV show uses a brand in a story line. More

New Agency Opens in South Africa
Aug 3 2012
In South Africa two former employees of RI and GlobalEDGE Marketing Consultants, Andrew Johnson and Catherine Read-Fletcher, have set up a new agency, Beyond Insights. More

Intalytics Partners to Boost Retail and Restaurant Business
Aug 3 2012
US-based predictive analytics and consulting services firm Intalytics has announced an exclusive partnership with forecasting and analytics expert Jim Stone, principal consultant of Chain Store Advisors. More

Scarborough Partners with GfK MRI
Jul 26 2012
Nielsen/Arbitron joint venture Scarborough Research has hooked up with GfK MRI to offer a service exploring the links between the attitudes of American consumers and their shopping and media consumption patterns. More

Ipsos Reports First Half Revenues
Jul 25 2012
Ipsos has reported a 53.4% increase in first half revenues to EUR 837.0m, reflecting the integration of Synovate into its financial statements. More

Currency Effect Spoils Solid Q2 for Nielsen
Jul 25 2012
Nielsen has reported a 1% fall in second quarter revenue to $1.39 billion as a result of weak foreign currency exchange rates - but on a constant currency basis, revenue was up 4%. More

Italian Office for Shopper Specialist PRS
Jul 24 2012
Shopper research specialist PRS (Perception Research Services) has opened a new office in Rome, Italy, led by Account Manager Roberto Fois and Project Director Gianluca Sacchet. More

RapidBlue Gets EU Consumer Profiling Patent
Jul 16 2012
Finnish shopper and visitor analytics specialist RapidBlue Solutions has been granted an EU-wide patent for profiling consumers based on their historical and current movements, gathered anonymously using radio frequency technologies. More

Georgetown Uni Sets Up Consumer MR Institute
Jul 13 2012
In the US, Georgetown University has established a new Institute for Consumer Research, centred around technology-focused consumers and how to market to them. More

Food Insights Rebrands as Research Between the Lines
Jul 13 2012
US-based agency Food Insights has been re-named 'Research Between the Lines' (RBTL), reflecting a shift in the company towards more integrated qual/quant methodologies. More

Cello Creates New 'Health' and 'Consumer' Divisions
Jul 11 2012
Research group Cello has revealed that it has spent £600k in the last year on consolidating operations and reducing headcount in its Research and Consulting division; and is now splitting its business into two new divisions. More

Affinity Raises $14.5m for Innovation and Growth
Jun 29 2012
New York-based Affinity Solutions - which analyzes consumer spending data to help clients with their targeted marketing initiatives - has completed a $14.5m round of funding, which it will use to finance product and technology innovation, and business development. More

Nielsen Promotes Bernhardt to German MD Role
Jun 21 2012
Nielsen has promoted Mathias Bernhardt to Managing Director in Germany, responsible for developing the firm's Buy consumer purchase behavior segment. More

Honomichl: Top 50 Firms See 5.1% US Growth in 2011
Jun 18 2012
The fifty largest research firms reported a 5.1% increase in US-based aggregated revenues to $9.2 billion in 2011, according to the 39th annual report by industry authority Jack Honomichl. More

Kantar and Nielsen Link for Media Analysis in Ireland
Jun 18 2012
Kantar Media TGI and Nielsen have teamed up to launch a new media analysis tool in Ireland, combining Nielsen's TV data with the TGI survey of consumers' brand and product use, attitudes and media habits. More

Leapfrog Closes Windsor HQ, Moves in with RS
Jun 15 2012
In the UK, consumer specialist Leapfrog Research has closed its Windsor-based headquarters and moved into sister agency RS Consulting's offices in London. Parent company Cello says the move follows an agreement between the two agencies to form an 'alliance'. More

UK's Beyond Analysis Expands to US
Jun 14 2012
UK-based behavioral insights firm Beyond Analysis has opened an office in the US, led by Hunter Albright, who has been appointed CEO for North America and Global Head of Consulting. More

Partners Link Voter and Consumer Data
Jun 12 2012
In the US, Scarborough Research is adding nationwide voter data from political data provider TargetSmart Communications to its own consumer database, to enable agencies, politicians and lobbyists to examine consumer behavior relevant to specific election issues. More

Former Hansa GM Joins Kadence India
Jun 8 2012
Research consultancy Kadence India has appointed former Hansa Research General Manager Maninder Khurana as Vice President - Consumer Insights. More

SymphonyIRI Names New CEO
Jun 6 2012
Retail analysis giant SymphonyIRI Group has appointed former Aon COO Andrew Appel as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding John Freeland who plans to retire later in the year. More

smartDIGITAL Lands $2.7m for Interactive Kiosks
Jun 1 2012
US-based kiosk firm smartDIGITAL has raised $2.7m in Series A funding, which it plans to use to expand its presence in Chicago with the launch of a new product line. The company makes interactive display units that store and analyse consumer behavioral data. More

HCD in Biometrics Partnership
May 30 2012
In the US, the Missouri School of Journalism has partnered with HCD Research to conduct studies combining biometric and eye tracking measures to further understanding of consumer choices. More

Rentrak and MasterCard in Data Deal
May 23 2012
Multi-screen measurement firm Rentrak Corporation has agreed a deal with MasterCard, combining the former's TV Essentials viewing data from US homes with the latter's consumer trends insights derived from billions of payment transactions. More

EyeTrackShop Raises $3m to Speed Global Expansion
May 16 2012
Swedish firm EyeTrackShop has closed a $3m funding round, which it will use to accelerate its international expansion plans. More

Good Q1 Growth for GfK
May 15 2012
GfK has reported an 11.3% increase in sales to EUR 345.1m for the first three months of 2012, with organic growth of 4.9%. Adjusted operating income rose 10.2% to EUR 33.5m. The firm says its new 'Own the Future' corporate strategy has contributed to the healthy figures. More

Repucom and IBOPE Launch LatAm Sports Research Arm
May 15 2012
US-based sports broadcast measurement specialist Repucom has hooked up with Grupo IBOPE and Kantar Media joint venture IBOPE Media, to launch a sports research business in Latin America, excluding Brazil. More

Roy Morgan Partners with Trade Assoc for Retail Insight
May 10 2012
In Australia, Roy Morgan Research has announced a partnership with local trade body the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) with an eye to using their complementary experience to provide clients with insight on the retail process. More

Launch of NielsenLAB in Singapore
May 8 2012
In Singapore, Nielsen has launched an Asian 'innovation hub' incorporating divisions for neuroscience (NeuroLAB), virtual, mobile and eye-tracking technologies (ShopperLAB) and market measurement and consumer information (MSciLAB). More

Rudling Promoted to MD at Marketing Sciences
May 4 2012
UK-based qual and quant agency Marketing Sciences has promoted Jane Rudling to the position of Managing Director, replacing Keith Bates who takes on the role of Executive Chairman. More

Northland Sets Up Sensory Insights Division
May 3 2012
In the US, full service food testing company Northland Laboratories has launched a sensory insights division, to offer sensory research services to manufacturers, developers and marketers of food and beverage products. More

Synovate Integration Slows Ipsos Growth
Apr 26 2012
Ipsos has reported a 46% increase in first quarter revenues to EUR 379.9m, reflecting the addition of Synovate's business. However, it admits the need to integrate the two businesses has slowed expansion: volume of sales was down slightly on Q1 2011, and organic growth of just 2% is expected this year. More

Nielsen First Quarter Revenues Creep Up
Apr 25 2012
Nielsen has reported a 3% rise in revenue to $1.3 billion for the first quarter ended March 31. Growth was fairly even in its Buy consumer purchase behavior segment (up 2.7% to $800m)and its Watch media research division (up 2.6% to $480m). More

BuzzBack Partners for Eyetracking Innovations
Apr 25 2012
Web-based consumer researcher BuzzBack has partnered with Swedish eye tracking solutions firm MRC international, to offer new ways for marketers to evaluate their packaging and communications. More

Ibrahim Appointed CEO of TNS-Aftab
Apr 20 2012
Quratulain Ibrahim has been promoted from COO to Chief Executive Officer of full service agency TNS-Aftab, the global agency's affiliate company in Pakistan and Afghanistan. More

Nielsen to Offer Purchase Data to Academics
Apr 12 2012
Nielsen has partnered with The University of Chicago Booth School of Business to offer a historical perspective on consumer purchases to all US-based academic researchers. More

New Hotspex Tool Maps Emotional Drivers
Apr 12 2012
In Canada, research firm Hotspex has partnered with strategy specialist LEVEL5 to design BrandMap, an online tool that quantifies and links the emotional and rational drivers of brand usage. More

NPD Group Hires Leahy as Canada President
Mar 29 2012
Consumer specialist The NPD Group has appointed Mike Leahy President in Canada, overseeing all aspects of its technology, home, fashion, food and custom market research business in the country. More

New Mums Partnership for Cint
Mar 21 2012
Online sampling and panel exchange firm Cint has announced a new partnership with UK online parenting community Netmums Ltd, giving its clients access to an 'unrivalled' number of individuals in the 'Mothers of Babies' category in the UK. More

Phyllis Macfarlane to Take MRS Chair
Mar 14 2012
In the UK, the Market Research Society (MRS) has announced that former GfK NOP Head Phyllis Macfarlane will become its new Chairman in April, following the completion of Vanella Jackson's two-year term. More

Research Firms Healthy Despite Mixed Year for PDM
Mar 14 2012
UK firm Progressive Digital Media (PDM) has reported 'disappointing' 2011 results in its B2C division, revenues falling to £6.2m from £8.5m and contribution from £2.3m to £1.4m. However, the group said research agencies The iD Factor and ICD Research, which sit within the division, stood up well. More

MarketTools and Top Box Link for Forecasting
Mar 13 2012
In the US, research software and services firm MarketTools has partnered with new product forecasting specialist Top Box Associates, to provide a 'one-stop approach' to forecasting for new product launches, line extensions and re-launched products. More

B2B International Readies for 'deep see' Launch
Feb 15 2012
Manchester, UK-based B2B International is gearing up for the April launch of a new consumer-focused agency called 'deep see', which aims to 'get to the bottom of what customers really think'. More

Obituary: Bertram Russick (Sr)
Feb 13 2012
Bertram ('Bert') Russick, the former owner of Minneapolis-based polling specialist Mid-Continent Surveys, died on Thursday January 26th at the age of 90. More

NPD Drops Ireland Option for Expanded HQ Site
Feb 13 2012
In the US, consumer research company the NPD Group has decided to stay in its current headquarters in Port Washington, NY and expand the premises rather than move to a bigger alternative location. The company will also site its expanded data center at its headquarters and create ten new jobs. More

'Buy' Division Leads 6% Nielsen Growth in 2011
Feb 6 2012
Nielsen has reported good growth and profit with full year 2011 revenues up 8% (6% at constant currencies) to $5.53bn and adjusted EBITDA up 10% (8%) to $1.546 bn. More

NPD Seals Walmart Agreement, Expands Analytics Team
Feb 6 2012
In the US, NPD Group has announced an agreement with Walmart to process its point of sale data. The firm has also appointed four new analysts, plus Raj Misra as Director of Marketing. More

ShopperTrak Promotes for European CEO Role
Feb 6 2012
Retail and mall foot-traffic counting specialist ShopperTrak Corporation has boosted its planned expansion in Europe with the appointment of a European CEO. Former company COO Todd Starcevich moves from the Chicago headquarters. More

Firms Roll Out Shopper Traffic Mapping Solution
Feb 3 2012
In the US, retail performance consultancy Claris Solutions has joined forces with data analytics start-up Euclid Elements, to offer a solution that uses mobile sensors to map shopper traffic patterns in retail spaces. More

Dipsticks Opens Travel and FMCG Divisions
Feb 2 2012
North of England-based Dipsticks Research has opened two new divisions - travel and tourism specialist 'explore research', and bespoke consumer solutions unit 'fmcg insights'; and appointed Katie Bryan-Brown and John Vincent to lead them. More

Good Growth for GfK in 2011
Jan 31 2012
GfK has announced revenue up 6.2% to EUR 1.374 billion in 2011, in preliminary figures released today. Almost all (5.8%) was organic growth. Operating income grew relatively little due to specific items including write-downs and recruitment of a new CEO. More

LINK Gets Emotional
Jan 30 2012
Millward Brown has partnered with emotional measurement company Affectiva to offer clients deeper insight into the emotional impact of their TV advertising. Affectiva's facial expression analysis technology Affdex will be integrated with MB's LINK copy testing and optimization solution. More

Psyma Promotes Wachter to CEO Role
Jan 25 2012
In Germany, Bernd Wachter has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer of qual specialist The Psyma Group, succeeding Fargel Matthias who is retiring after ten years in the role. More

SymphonyIRI Partners for Multi-Channel Shopper View
Jan 25 2012
Retail analysis giant SymphonyIRI has partnered with UK independent grocery comparison web site mySupermarket, to provide what the firms describe as 'the first' multi-channel view of shoppers' behaviour in the UK - both online and in-store. More

Heineken Exec to Refresh Sainsbury's Marketing
Jan 23 2012
UK supermarket Sainsbury's has finally filled the vacant role of Marketing Director, appointing Heineken's UK Marketing Director and former Innovation Director Sarah Warby. More

Former JRA Exec Launches Fresh Research
Jan 16 2012
In the UK, former JRA Research Associate Director Stuart Green has launched a new consultancy, fresh research. The company will specialize in integrated qual-quant projects. More

Shopper Sciences Co-Founder Joins HookLogic
Jan 13 2012
In the US, e-commerce media solutions firm HookLogic has appointed Jeff Griffin, the co-founder of Interpublic's Shopper Sciences arm, as President of Retail. More

China's Research Essentials Joins The Behavioural Architects
Jan 12 2012
UK-based insight and research consultancy The Behavioural Architects (TBA) has expanded into China by merging with Shanghai-based agency Research Essentials, which will now be known as The Behavioural Architects, China. More

KSS Retail CEO to Head dunnhumby Tech
Jan 12 2012
In the US, dunnhumby - the data firm behind the Tesco Clubcard loyalty scheme - has appointed Yael Cosset as Global Chief Information Officer (CIO), alongside his existing role as CEO of the company's price modeling and customer insight firm KSS Retail. More

MMR Opens in Singapore and Shanghai
Jan 11 2012
Consumer and sensory specialist MMR Research is expanding into Asia, with the opening of an office in Singapore, where it has appointed former TNS sector CEO Clive Little to lead the operation; and a Sensory Science Centre in Shanghai. More

Virtual Store Specialist Gets $1.5m in Funding
Jan 9 2012
In Chicago, web based 3-D virtual store research specialist InContext Solutions has received $1.5m in venture capital investment from a consortium co-led by newly launched Hyde Park Venture Partners (HPVP) and Hyde Park Angels, and including graphics and computing company AMD. More

Holden Pearmain Hires Former TNS MD Gavoyannis
Jan 4 2012
UK agency Holden Pearmain has appointed former TNS MD Dr Tacis Gavoyannis as head of its Consumer Division. Also joining the firm are FMCG specialist David Beech, methodologist Svetlana Gogolina and qual researcher Wei Wei Yang. More

Strictly Texas for New MR Firm
Jan 4 2012
In the US, research veterans Sanjay Vrudhula, Lyle Durbin and Tod Higginbotham have set up a new firm, Reconnaissance Market Research (ReconMR), targeting Texas-based companies with $1 billion or more in revenue. More

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Dec 23 2011
The team at MrWeb would like to wish all our readers and friends around the world a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. More

Shopcom and InsightExpress Team Up
Dec 19 2011
In the US, data and analytics company InsightExpress has followed up last week's deal with SymphonyIRI by announcing a partnership with Kantar Shopcom, further expanding its Ignite CPG product. More

InsightExpress and SymphonyIRI Debut Online/Off-line Tool
Dec 16 2011
In the US, InsightExpress has partnered with SymphonyIRI to launch a tool which combines digital ad measurement capabilities with off-line consumer data, helping to link online ad exposure and in-store buying behavior. More

Nielsen JV and Specific Form Shopper Data Partnership
Dec 14 2011
In the US, digital specialist Specific Media has partnered with ad performance specialist Nielsen Catalina Solutions to launch 'Shopper Access', a service which combines off-line purchase behavior with online ad data to provide insights into how advertising influences consumer purchases. More

Dialego Launches Social Media Research Arm
Dec 7 2011
German market research agency Dialego has launched a new social media division, and appointed Unilever research veteran Annette Stucken to lead it. More

Name Change for US Insight Firm
Dec 5 2011
New York-based Insight Research Group has changed its name to Insight Strategy Group, reflecting its 'evolution and expanding scope of services'. More

SE Asian Appointments Round Out Ipsos Restructure
Dec 1 2011
Following its acquisition of Synovate, Ipsos has promoted Grant Bertoli to the position of CEO for South East Asia (SEA), and confirmed the appointment of Synovate's Singapore MD Miranda Cheung as MD of Ipsos in Singapore and SEA. Senior European and US roles have also been finalised. More

Hartmann Steps into Wübbenhorst's Shoes at GfK
Dec 1 2011
IBM veteran Matthias Hartmann has officially taken up the post of Chief Executive Officer of GfK, replacing Professor Dr. Klaus L. Wübbenhorst who has stepped down. More

$1.5m Feeds Growth of Restaurant Specialist
Nov 30 2011
US-based Objective Logistics - whose software analyses all the data produced during a restaurant's daily trading - has raised $1.5m for further development and commercialisation of its MUSE product. More

Ten Hires Fuel FreshMinds' UK Expansion
Nov 28 2011
In the UK, full service consultancy FreshMinds Research has expanded in London with ten new staff appointments. More

Synovate Partners for Shopper Monitor
Nov 23 2011
Synovate Retail Performance (SRP) has partnered with Norwegian shopper tracking specialist Track & Trace, to provide retailers and brand owners with a behavioural solution for monitoring customer experience and satisfaction. More

Italian Sports Specialist Restructures
Nov 23 2011
In Italy, sports research specialist Immagine & Sport has re-organised, with Nevio Devidè assuming the role of CEO, replacing Marco Nazzari who becomes Managing Director. More

CAB Debuts African-American Insight Service
Nov 22 2011
In New York, trade organization the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau (CAB) has partnered with BigInsight parent firm Prosper Business Development, to launch a new resource to provide advertisers and publishers with insights on African-American consumers. More

Turim to Lead NPD's LatAm-bitions
Nov 21 2011
Retail research firm The NPD Group has moved Mark Turim, previously President and General Manager for its Asia Pacific business, to the same role in Latin America as part of a drive to expand its business in the latter region. More

Social Media Researcher Feedback Expands to London
Nov 17 2011
US social media research firm Feedback has launched in the UK, with the opening of an office in Islington, London, led by co-founders President and CEO Jeff Thompson and Executive Vice President Dean Browell. More

Visa Europe Buys Stake in Beyond Analysis
Nov 15 2011
In the UK, Visa Europe has taken a minority stake in customer insight group Beyond Analysis, with the aim of strengthening its data analytics capabilities. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. More

GfK Growth Continues in Q3
Nov 14 2011
GfK has reported a good performance for the third quarter and first nine months of 2011. Q3 organic sales growth was 5.2% and the adjusted margin was up slightly on Q3 the previous year to 15.7%. Sales in the first 9 months of the year totalled EUR 999m - up 7.1% (7.0% organic). More

UK Sensory Specialists Partner
Nov 14 2011
Sensory and consumer specialist product perceptions has announced a partnership with qual brand developer Deep Blue Research, promising clients richer concept insights and FMCG brand development. More

Real World Tracking Launch for Google Veterans
Nov 4 2011
In the US, a team including Google Analytics co-founder Scott Crosby has launched a new analytics platform called Euclid Elements, with a $5.8m Series A round of financing. More

Ipsos China Restructures for Synovate Integration
Nov 4 2011
Following its recent acquisition of Synovate and in line with plans to withdraw the Synovate brand in January, Ipsos has restructured its team in China. Five 'Combined Country Managers' will ready the businesses for integration while ensuring they run separately until the end of the year. More

A Lab in a Cab: Hall & Partners Debuts Taxi Service
Nov 3 2011
Brand and communications research specialist Hall & Partners has opened a mobile market research lab in the back of a London taxi cab. More

SymphonyIRI and Legolas Link Online Ads to Sales
Nov 3 2011
In the US, retail analysis giant SymphonyIRI has partnered with online ad marketplace Legolas Media to enable marketers to buy online ads based on user-level in-store purchase behavior, and then use actual product sales data for ongoing ROI measurement. More

Ipsos Makes the Most of 2011
Oct 26 2011
Ipsos - now the world's third largest market research company - has reported organic growth of 6.0% for the first nine months of the year, with revenue rising to EUR 845.8m. Growth slowed slightly in the third quarter and the firm is hunkering down for tough economic times ahead. More

Waitrose Debuts Loyalty Card
Oct 25 2011
UK supermarket Waitrose is to introduce a loyalty card, almost two decades after rival Tesco. The up-market grocer will send cards to members of its myWaitrose online club, which has been gathering insights for around two years; and will also offer them in stores. More

Ipsos Launches WAR to Track Consumer Spending
Oct 20 2011
In New York, Ipsos Loyalty Research has introduced the 'Wallet Allocation Rule' (WAR); a new research model to help businesses track their share of consumer spending. More

SRP and Firs Link for China Retail Shopper Research
Oct 19 2011
Synovate Retail Performance (SRP) has partnered with face recognition specialist Firs Technology in Greater China, to provide retailers and brand owners in the region with access to technology and data reporting for stores. More

Engage Reports Sales Up 13%
Oct 18 2011
In the UK, consumer insight specialist Engage Research has reported a 13% increase in sales for the year ended 31 March 2011, with turnover up to £2.7m. More

Maritz Moves to New UK Office
Oct 17 2011
Maritz Research has moved into its new offices in High Wycombe, UK, making room as it continues rapid European growth. More

NRI Buys Stake in India's Market Xcel
Oct 3 2011
Japanese consulting services specialist Nomura Research Institute (NRI) has acquired a 25.1% stake in New Delhi-based Market Xcel Data Matrix, through which it plans to expand its research and consulting business activities to India. More

Market Force Raises $15m to Continue Buying Spree
Sep 26 2011
US-based customer intelligence firm Market Force Information has raised $15m, which it plans to use to grow both organically and through acquisitions. This follows last week's acquisition of UK-based mystery shopping specialist Retail Eyes. More

Six US Shopper Specialists Team Up
Sep 21 2011
In the US, six shopper research specialists have formed an alliance to offer marketers an integrated resource for shopper insights. The new organization will be called Mindtap Insight Network. More

UK Medical Specialist to Cast Net Wider
Sep 20 2011
Gloucestershire-based medical data collection specialist Gillian Kenny Associates (GKA) has branched into consumer and b2b research with the launch of a new company, Angelfish. More

Global MR Industry Returns to Growth
Sep 13 2011
The market research industry has returned to growth following two 'very challenging years', according to ESOMAR's Global Market Research 2011 report. Global turnover rose to US $31.2 billion in 2010, representing a total year-on-year growth of 5.2%, or 2.8% allowing for inflation. More

Povolny Promotion Kicks Off TLE Key Client Scheme
Sep 12 2011
Australian-based agency The Leading Edge has moved Andrew Povolny, formerly MD of its Sydney-based Digital Edge division, to New York in the role of Managing Partner. He will also serve as the firm's first 'Global Client Partner' for a key client, in this case KFC-owner Yum! Restaurants. More

Ipsos to Issue Shares to Part-Fund Synovate Buy
Sep 8 2011
Ipsos is planning to issue around EUR 200m worth of new shares, to part-fund its acquisition of Synovate. More

SPAR Group Expands into Mexico
Sep 6 2011
US-based merchandising and marketing services company SPAR Group, Inc. is to launch a Mexican subsidiary, SPAR Todopromo. More

Holston to Lead Analytics at SymphonyIRI
Aug 31 2011
In the US, CPG, retail and healthcare specialist SymphonyIRI has promoted Rob Holston as Executive Vice President, leading its Analytics practice in North America. More

Co-op Creates New Insight and Planning Role
Aug 30 2011
The UK's largest mutual retailer, the Co-operative Group, has appointed former MasterCard Advisors chief Neil Carden to the new role of Director of Insight and Planning. More

PRS Partners in Latin America
Aug 30 2011
US-based packaging research and eye-tracking specialist Perception Research Services International (PRS) has announced a strategic partnership with Latin American firm Provokers, which has offices in Buenos Aires, São Paulo and Mexico City. More

Synovate Revenue Up 8.4% to £269.7m
Aug 25 2011
Synovate has reported an 8.4% rise in revenue to £269.7m for the first half of the year, ahead of its forthcoming sale to Ipsos for an agreed £525m. Organic gross revenue growth was 6.6% and operating profit rose 14.9% to £5.4m despite a ten percent rise in headcount. More

River Nets £1m Increase in Sales
Aug 18 2011
In the UK, international specialist River Research has reported a £1m increase in sales to c.£2.5m for the last 12 months. The firm says it is also considering expanding overseas, with the US being the most likely location. More

Global Agencies Bounce Back - Honomichl
Aug 16 2011
The world's 25 largest research firms had revenues of $18.8 billion in 2010, up 4.9% on the previous 'dismal' year - a 'very healthy turnaround' according to industry authority Jack Honomichl. However, 'real' revenues were not quite back to their 2008 levels, and some companies continued to shrink. More

GfK Continues Strong Growth
Aug 15 2011
GfK has reported sales of EUR 660.1m in sales for the first half of 2011, reflecting 8.0% organic growth year-on-year. Adjusted operating income rose 16.8% (organic 18.0%) to EUR 83.9m. The Group has also announced the acquisition of a 25% stake in US firm MBI. More

MediaCom Opens Sports Sponsorship Division
Aug 12 2011
WPP agency MediaCom Worldwide has launched a new division focused on global sports sponsorship, MediaCom Sport, and appointed former IMG Consulting exec Marcus John to lead it. More

In-Store Specialist BVI Networks Raises $8m
Aug 11 2011
In the US, in-store monitoring specialist BVI Networks has closed an $8m funding round, which it will use to support further development of its analytics technology. More

Dipsticks Co-founders Step Back
Aug 3 2011
The co-founders of North of England-based Dipsticks Research, John and Fiona Raglan, have announced they are stepping back from the day-to-day management of the business, which will now be run by their former Operations Director Ivor Knox. More

NPD Promotes Bush to Lead AsiaPac Expansion
Aug 2 2011
Consumer and retail tracking provider The NPD Group has promoted Tim Bush to the post of Group President for the Asia Pacific region, working out of its offices in Hong Kong. More

Zpryme Opens China Insights Practice
Jul 27 2011
US-based agency Zpryme Research & Consulting has opened a China Insights Practice, a market research division focused on the Chinese consumer and business market. More

Ipsos Agrees to Buy Synovate for £525m
Jul 27 2011
Ipsos has agreed to acquire Synovate for £525m (EUR 595m), creating the world's third largest market research company. The deal is to be funded with cash, new debt financing, and a rights offering to Ipsos shareholders. More

SymphonyIRI to Build Shopper Insights Tool for Wal-Mart
Jul 26 2011
Retail market intelligence provider SymphonyIRI Group is to work with Wal-Mart to introduce an online shopper insights and collaborative planning platform called 'Customer Advantage'. More

Nielsen and Wal-Mart Back Together Again
Jul 22 2011
Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has agreed to resume sharing consumer data from its Walmart and Sam's Club stores with Nielsen, after a ten-year break. More

Synovate's Mystery Suitor is Cinema Owner
Jul 11 2011
In the UK, it has been revealed that Doughty Hanson - which owns the Vue cinema chain - is the mystery company interested in buying Aegis' market research arm Synovate. More

William Grant & Sons Hires for Global Innovation Drive
Jul 8 2011
Whisky producer William Grant & Sons has appointed Damien Heary as Global Planning and Innovation Director in its Dublin office, with responsibility for generating and applying consumer insights to drive brand marketing activity for the firm's entire portfolio. More

Cello Cuts Headcount after Retail Client Losses
Jul 7 2011
UK insight and marketing group Cello has reported that its research and consulting division has continued to 'show good like-for-like revenue growth' despite the loss of two significant retail research contracts, but has meanwhile made a number of staff redundancies. More

MMR Research Worldwide to Open in London
Jul 5 2011
Oxfordshire-based consumer insight and sensory specialist MMR Research Worldwide is planning to open a new office in London in September. More

GfK Chooses Two-Pronged Approach
Jun 30 2011
GfK is to restructure its business following a major review, and from next January will operate through two new divisions, 'Consumer Choices' and 'Customer Experiences', under the new tagline: 'Own the Future'. More

Nielsen Unveils New Product Innovation Approach
Jun 22 2011
Nielsen has launched a new approach to helping companies with their product innovation strategies, which it claims will increase the likelihood of new products succeeding to 75%. More

Nielsen and MyWebGrocer Develop Shopping Metric
Jun 20 2011
In the US, Nielsen has formed an alliance with grocery media network and software firm MyWebGrocer, to develop what it says is the 'First Comprehensive View of US Online Supermarket Purchases.' More

MediaVest Opens 'Human Experience' Practice
Jun 14 2011
Publicis-owned agency MediaVest has opened a 'Human Experience' practice in New York, through which it will aim to explore the drivers of human behavior to create 'greater consumer experiences' for clients' brands. More

Leslie Wood Takes Top Research Spot at Nielsen Catalina
Jun 9 2011
US joint venture company Nielsen Catalina Solutions has appointed advertising analytics veteran Leslie Wood for the newly created position of Chief Research Officer, based near New York and reporting to CEO Mike Nazzaro. More

EmSense and Fifth Dimension Link for Shopper Analysis
Jun 8 2011
Neuromarketing firm EmSense has partnered with store-based shopper research specialist Fifth Dimension, to measure shoppers' emotional and cognitive engagement when making buying decisions. More

Nestlé Extends Learning and Insight Centre
Jun 1 2011
In the UK, foods giant Nestlé has opened a £1m extension to its Insight and Learning Centre in York, featuring an Imax cinema, replica living room and working kitchen, full size convenience store, and digital media area. More

Firefish Opens Kids and Families Arm
Jun 1 2011
London-based qual agency Firefish has launched a specialist children and families research consultancy, 'The Pineapple Lounge'. The service will be led by Emma Worrollo, who specialises in kids, teens and mother-and-baby research. More

Former GfK and IRI Execs Set Up New Agency
May 31 2011
In Germany, Heiko Leipold and Peter Mahn have set up a new agency called mafowerk, based in Nuremberg, which will offer on-demand market research services, trend studies and consumer behavioural analysis. Both men have worked for GfK and for Information Resources (IRI). More

Research Guides M&S Rethink
May 27 2011
UK retail stalwart Marks & Spencer is reportedly working on a radical redesign of stores based on analysis of its customer base in each locality, including affluence and demographics. More

New Leaders for Spring
May 25 2011
UK-based consumer understanding specialist Spring Research has hired John Griffiths as Creative Director and Catalina Cernica as Managing Director. More

GfK Enjoys 8% Organic Growth in First Quarter
May 16 2011
GfK has reported a strong first quarter in its 2011 financial year, with consolidated sales up 10.4% to EUR 310.2 million and organic growth of 8.0%. More

NPD Group Opens Ops Centre in Ireland
May 16 2011
Consumer and retail tracking provider The NPD Group has opened a new facility in Athlone, Ireland, for development as a Global IT/Operations Centre. Over the next three years, the firm plans to add another 80 employees to the twenty already based there. More

FreshMinds Hires Nine on Back of 20% Growth
May 11 2011
In the UK, full service agency FreshMinds has made nine new appointments on the back of what it describes as 'record results' with turnover growing by more than 20% in the past six months. More

Former SensoMetrics Researcher Forms New Agency
May 6 2011
Mark Stevens, formerly Research Director at Australian agency SensoMetrics, has set up his own sensory research agency, Sensory Insights, based in New South Wales. More

Domino's Joins Dots with Behavioural Economics
May 6 2011
In the UK, take-away brand Domino's Pizza is the first to use Arena Media's newly launched 'Architect' tool, which uses the principles of behavioural economics to identify the social, cognitive and emotional factors behind individual purchasing decisions. More

Scarborough and Geoscape in Hispanic Link
Apr 26 2011
In the US, Scarborough Research has partnered with multicultural consumer intelligence provider Geoscape to offer in-depth information about Hispanic consumers' buying power, brand loyalty and media preferences. More

UK Spice Firm Opens Sensory Lab
Apr 20 2011
In the UK, herb and spice firm McCormick has invested £1.5m in a new Technical Innovation Centre (TIC), which will feature a sensory lab for product evaluation. More

Rubinson and InsightsNow Partner for NPD Innovation
Apr 14 2011
In the US, former ARF leader Joel Rubinson has partnered with product development specialist InsightsNow to develop research tools to help consumer packaged goods (CPG) clients with product innovation. More

Leapfrog Hires MD to Lead Expansion
Apr 6 2011
In the UK, Leapfrog Research & Planning has hired former GlaxoSmithKline marketer Tim Brooks for the new role of Managing Director, with responsibility for helping drive the firm through a period of anticipated growth and expansion. More

Shopper Marketing Firm Hires for New Dubai Office
Apr 1 2011
Shopper marketing consultancy DCActiv has launched a new division in Dubai and named Hugo Mills, previously Diageo's GTME General Manager for the Gulf, as MD of its Global Travel Retail division (DCActiv GTR). More

GfK Income and Margins Pass Previous Best
Mar 31 2011
For the financial year 2010, GfK has reported an 11.1% rise in income to a record EUR 1.29 billion. Adjusted operating income climbed from EUR 147.2m to EUR 185.0m with operating margin also at a historical high, 14.3%. More

TNS Hires Head of Retail & Shopper Sector
Mar 29 2011
TNS has appointed Ivan Browne as Head of its Retail & Shopper Sector, based in London. He leaves GfK NOP, where he served as Business Development Director for the consumer products and retail division. More

Bolloré to Sell Stake in Aegis?
Mar 25 2011
French financier Vincent Bolloré has indicated that he may be willing to sell his 26.5% stake in Synovate's parent firm Aegis, according to a report in the UK's Guardian newspaper. More

MMR Creates Innovation Director Role
Mar 25 2011
In the UK, consumer insight and sensory specialist MMR Research Worldwide has promoted Mark Sismey to the newly created role of Innovation Director, tasked with identifying, evaluating and delivering the latest technology and data collection tools. More

Shopper Insight Brand Launches in Australia
Mar 8 2011
US-based Omnicom has integrated its Whybin TBWA Tequila ad agency into its shopper marketing agency brand Integer, which it has launched in Australia with branches in both Sydney and Melbourne. More

Government Can't Have Clubcard Data, Says Tesco
Mar 8 2011
Supermarket giant Tesco has refused to pass on its Clubcard data to the UK Government, which is requesting companies hand over their customer data as part of a plan to help compile the national census. More

Experian Simmons and Latinum Link
Mar 4 2011
In the US, consumer research specialist Experian Simmons has partnered with the Latinum Network to tap its understanding of Hispanic consumers. More

Bouvard Joins TRA
Feb 28 2011
In the US, media measurement and analytics firm TRA has hired former Arbitron sales leader Pierre Bouvard as SVP of Media Sales. The company has also appointed Kelly Mead and Susan Cuccinello as Vice Presidents. More

Eric Marder Associates to Close after Half a Century
Feb 18 2011
Manhattan-based quant market research specialist Eric Marder Associates (EMA) is to close after more than 50 years in business. Founder Eric Marder, who is now in his 80s, has decided it's time to 'pursue other interests'. More

Former dunnhumby Exec Launches Emnos Stateside
Feb 17 2011
German-based customer insight firm Emnos has opened a new office in Chicago, led by Adam Holyk who was previously Vice President Client Solutions at dunnhumbyUSA. More

Wal-Mart Names Global Consumer Insights Chief
Feb 15 2011
US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores has promoted Cindy Davis to the position of Executive Vice President of Global Consumer Insights, leading a newly created team which will analyze broad consumer trends and provide insight into customer needs. More

Partnerships, Hires and Launches for Market Probe
Feb 11 2011
Market Probe has announced a major push into key developing countries with the launch of strategic partnerships around the globe; a new office in Hong Kong; senior hires for brand equity and customer research; and development of a new customer advocacy model. More

GfK Goes Shopping with Tobii
Feb 10 2011
GfK CEE (Central and Eastern Europe) has expanded its use of shopper specific technology by investing in Tobii Technology's entire range of eye tracking tools to perform projection, on-screen and real world studies in lab and shopping environments. More

SymphonyIRI and Synovate Team for Hispanic Shopper View
Feb 8 2011
In the US, retail specialist SymphonyIRI has partnered with Synovate to create HispanicLink - a report that provides a view of Hispanic shoppers and their current $950 billion spending power. More

Irish Sports Division for Kantar
Feb 7 2011
Kantar Media has launched an Irish sponsorship division, complementing existing offerings in the UK, France, Spain and China. More

MMR Hires Nine for UK and US Roles
Feb 3 2011
Consumer insight and sensory specialist MMR Research Worldwide has appointed nine new recruits for its UK and US operations, since the start of the year. More

Added Value Names MD for France
Feb 3 2011
In France, WPP's brand development and marketing insight consultancy Added Value has appointed Thomas Fratacci Managing Director, as CEO Jonathan Hall leaves to become Executive Vice President, Managing Director of Cheskin Added Value (USA). More

McDonald's Promotes for Consumer Focus Role
Jan 28 2011
In the US, fast food giant McDonald's has promoted Kevin Newell to the new position of Executive Vice President - Global Chief Brand Officer, responsible for marketing, consumer insights, menu innovation and restaurant design. More

Kiosk Picks Your Food from Your Face
Jan 27 2011
Manufacturing giant Kraft Foods has partnered with chip maker Intel to develop a self-service kiosk housing digital signage, which scans shoppers' faces and then (wait for it...) recommends what they should cook for dinner. More

Kantar Partners to Study Indian Trends
Jan 25 2011
Kantar-owned global trend research consultancy The Futures Company (TFC) has partnered with sister firm TNS to serve multinational and local clients in India. More

Synovate Opens Swiss Office
Jan 25 2011
Synovate has opened an office in Geneva, Switzerland to house a team of twelve. They include existing sales and account management staff based in the city, as well as staff who have relocated from the firm's offices in France and the Netherlands. More

M&S Insight Boss Joins Shoppercentric
Jan 24 2011
Retail behaviour research specialist Shoppercentric has appointed former Marks & Spencer Head of Customer Insight Susie Spencer as a Director. More

Luxury Market Specialists Team Up
Jan 24 2011
Database marketing solutions firm MBS, a subsidiary of GSI Commerce, is partnering with luxury market research and consulting group the Luxury Institute to help clients with enterprise-wide cultural CRM initiatives in the sector. More

Branding Specialists Launch New UK Agency
Jan 18 2011
In the UK, branding specialists Simon Coker and Nick Burrows have launched Brand Spirit - a new agency which will connect internal and external brand building, while profiling customers' attitudes, motivations and behaviours. More

Hershey's to Sponsor Consumer Testing Lab
Jan 13 2011
US confectionery giant Hershey's is joining forces with the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology to develop a sensory science and consumer research program including a consumer taste test laboratory. More

Ipsos MORI Hires UK Retail & Shopper Head
Jan 13 2011
Ipsos MORI has appointed Lindsay Cowan, formerly TNS Research International's Global Director of Shopper Insight, as Head of UK Retail and Shopper. More

US Partners Study Online/Off-line Brand Link
Jan 12 2011
In the US comScore, dunnhumbyUSA and Accenture have partnered to study the link between consumers' usage of brand web sites and their in-store brand buying behavior. More

Sports Specialist Sells Equipment Usage Division
Jan 11 2011
In the UK, sponsorship research specialist IFM Sports Marketing Surveys has sold its sports goods business to one of its directors - John Bushell - and the firm's original founder Stephen Proctor. Terms were not disclosed. More

Former TNS Colleagues Branch Out
Jan 11 2011
In the UK, former TNS Healthcare colleagues Steve Lowery and Philippa Hammerton have launched Red Leaf Research - a full service MR consultancy with specialist expertise in the healthcare and consumer sectors. More

Simpson Carpenter Opens Healthcare Wing
Jan 11 2011
UK consultancy Simpson Carpenter has launched a new healthcare and pharmaceutical research division, headed by Anna Sawka who joins from Aequus Research. Further appointments are planned for early 2011. More

Macromill Start-Up to Offer Commodity Purchase Data
Jan 6 2011
In Japan, online research firm Macromill has partnered with ad and marketing services agencies Hakuhodo and Tokyu to form a new subsidiary which will collect and sell data on consumer commodity buying in Tokyo. More

KN Grows Youth and Hispanic Sample
Jan 6 2011
Consumer specialist Knowledge Networks (KN) is to more than double the number of young adults (ages 18 to 24) on its online KnowledgePanel, and increase its representation of Hispanics by more than 40% during the year. More

Partners Open Shopper Insights Center
Jan 5 2011
In the US, Synovate has partnered with Duke University to create the 'Duke/Synovate Shopper Insights Center for Leadership and Innovation', which will focus on advancing research into shopper insights and marketing. More

New Leaders for Geomentum
Dec 20 2010
In the US, media strategy and measurement agency Geomentum has appointed former Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG) leader Sean Finnegan as CEO, and Tony Bombacino as President/Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). More

NPD Group Hires Deputato for Analytics Push
Dec 14 2010
In the US, the NPD Group has launched a suite of advanced analytics products which tap into its proprietary item-level tracking information. It has also hired former SymphonyIRI exec John Deputato for the newly created role of Senior Vice President for Advanced Analytics. More

STW Firms Merge for Shopper Activation Services
Dec 8 2010
In Australia, shopper activation agencies Evocatif and iCRE8 have joined forces to expand parent firm STW Group's retail capabilities. More

Coca-Cola Pools Data for BI Warehouse
Dec 2 2010
In the US, Coca-Cola has created an integrated business intelligence data warehouse, to provide its marketing, sales and supply chain execs with immediate access to point-of-sale (POS) and scanner data. More

Scarborough Hires Nielsen's Drouillard as CEO
Dec 2 2010
In the US, Nielsen/Arbitron joint venture Scarborough Research has hired Nielsen veteran Tom Drouillard as President and CEO, succeeding Gregg Lindner who has moved to Arbitron as Chief Research Officer. More

Kantar Ups UK Worldpanel Size by 20%
Nov 26 2010
Kantar has increased the size of its Worldpanel in the UK by 20%, to include data from 30,000 households by the end of 2011. The firm has also announced other enhancements to the overall Worldpanel service. More

Partners Debut Convenience Store Consumer Panel
Nov 23 2010
In the US, Management Science Associates (MSA) and Paradigm Sample have launched the Convenience Consumer Insights Panel (cci Panel), which gathers consumer information from convenience store (C-store) shoppers. More

GfK Enjoying Strong Year
Nov 15 2010
GfK has announced third quarter organic sales growth of 9.2%, up from an already strong 8.0% in the second quarter and 5.3% in the first quarter; and adjusted operating income up 27% to EUR 48.5m. More

Experian and Alterian Partner to Integrate Customer Data
Nov 10 2010
Customer engagement technology specialist Alterian has announced a multi-year partnership with Experian Marketing Services to provide clients with a solution integrating data from multiple channels into a centralized database. More

Leapfrog Reports Senior Promotions and 11% Growth
Nov 9 2010
In Windsor, UK, Leapfrog Research & Planning has announced 11% revenue growth over the past year, and says it aims for another ten percent over the next 12 months by extending its research programmes in the UK, the US and across Europe and Asia Pacific. More

GfK Sales Increase 10.8%
Nov 3 2010
Ahead of its official financial report which will be published on 15th November, GfK has announced a 10.8% revenue increase to EUR 931m for the first nine months of 2010 (prior year: EUR 840.2m), of which 7.4% is attributable to organic sales growth. More

dunnhumby Founders to Step Aside
Oct 28 2010
In the UK, dunnhumby founders Edwina Dunn and Clive Humby are to step down as Chairman and CEO and take on non-exec roles, as company veteran Simon Hay takes on leadership of the firm next March. More

New MD to Replace Synovate Retail Performance Founders
Oct 20 2010
In the UK, Peter Luff has been appointed as Managing Director of Synovate Retail Performance (formerly SPSL), whose founders Paul Tombs and Dominic McGuiness will be leaving at the end of the year to 'pursue their entrepreneurial careers'. More

Engage Research Doubles Turnover
Oct 15 2010
In the UK, consumer insight and market research specialist Engage Research has doubled its sales for the year ending 31 March 2010, with turnover up from £1.2m in 2008 to £2.5m in 2009. More

Research Panel Asia Opens US Office
Oct 7 2010
Research Panel Asia (RPA) has opened its first office in the US in Los Angeles, to support clients based in North America. More

Future Thinking Opens in Paris
Oct 6 2010
Newly merged agencies SPA and Future Thinking have expanded in Europe with the appointment of Adeline Baret to head a new Paris office. More

JRA Promotes for Joint Managing Partner Roles
Oct 5 2010
In the UK, full service agency JRA Research has appointed Andy Grout and Matt Coggan as Joint Managing Partners, joining Terry Wagstaff and Paul Summers on the Board. More

MR Helps Tesco Growth in Asia
Sep 24 2010
UK-based supermarket Tesco is Thailand's biggest grocery chain and is now one of four companies bidding for the Thai assets of Carrefour, after the French giant took the tough decision to pull out of a number of Asian markets. In part, Tesco's success is a victory for market research. More

Indian Debut for Iconoculture
Sep 23 2010
Minneapolis, USA-based consumer research and consultancy firm Iconoculture has launched an Indian advisory service. More

Hall & Partners Opens NY Shopper Insights Practice
Sep 14 2010
In New York, global brand and communications research agency Hall & Partners has launched a Shopper Insights and Shopper Engager division, headed by industry specialist Vanessa Hartnoll. More

Harris Launches Body Mass Index Panel
Sep 14 2010
Harris Interactive has introduced the Body Mass Index (BMI) Speciality Panel, to provide clients with information about underweight, normal weight, overweight, and obese US adults. More

Nunwood Hires Shopper Insight Leader from Asda
Sep 10 2010
UK-based consultancy Nunwood has hired former Asda consumer specialist Craig Ryder as Global Head of Shopper Insight, Analytics and Activation. More

Manthan Systems Expands to Aus and NZ
Sep 10 2010
Retail analytics solutions provider Manthan Systems has opened a new office in Melbourne, which will support demand for the firm's ARC Retail Business Intelligence products in Australia and New Zealand. More

McDonald's Creates Global Brand Role
Aug 24 2010
Fast food giant McDonald's has promoted UK President and CEO Steve Easterbrook to the newly-created position of Executive Vice President and Global Chief Brand Officer, responsible for marketing, menu innovation, consumer insights and other global brand assets. More

Kantar Fills Senior Strategy Roles
Aug 24 2010
WPP's insight division Kantar has appointed panel specialist Renee Smith as Chief Research Officer in the US, and has moved Tim Kelsall to the role of SVP, Client Strategy, Innovation and Delivery at its brand research division Millward Brown, in the UK. More

Asia Next for MyProductAdvisor
Aug 23 2010
Market Insight Corporation - which captures real-time shopper preferences through its consumer web site MyProductAdvisor.com - has formed an Asian-based company, Market Insight (Asia) Limited, through which it plans to extend its services in the region. More

Communispace Posts 29% Increase in H1 Revenue
Aug 19 2010
Communispace - which creates online customer insight communities - has reported a 29% increase in revenue for the first half of 2010, with sales up to $22.5m from $17.4m in the prior year period. The company has also added several new tools to its product portfolio. More

Dunnhumby Founders Net £17m Dividend
Aug 17 2010
UK-based Dunnhumby - the data firm behind the Tesco Clubcard loyalty scheme - has paid a £17.5m dividend to Edwina Dunn and Clive Humby, the husband and wife team who founded the business back in 1989. More

GfK Raises Forecast after 9.4% Sales Rise
Aug 16 2010
GfK has raised its 2010 sales and income expectations following a 12.3% rise in second quarter sales to EUR 328.7m, and a 9.4% rise in first half sales to EUR 609.6m. The firm now expects a 6% rise in sales for the year, which is double its original projection. More

GfK NOP Names Retail Director
Aug 6 2010
Caroline Osborne has been appointed Director of GfK NOP Consumer Products & Retail, with a particular remit to enhance the company's shopper insight, customer satisfaction, segmentation and U&A offers. More

Impact Hits the Ground Running
Aug 4 2010
Two former employees of UK agency Holden Pearmain have launched their own company, Impact Research. Darryl Swift and Michael Brainch will focus initially on clients in the utilities, retail and FMCG sectors. More

TORA Rebrands as Future Thinking, Hires for US Launch
Aug 3 2010
UK-based firm The Oxford Research Agency (TORA) has changed its name to Future Thinking and opened its first office in the US under the leadership of George Ciardi, who becomes US President and Global Head of Volumetric Forecasting. More

Ipsos Bounces Back
Jul 28 2010
Global research group Ipsos has reported a very strong performance for the first six months of 2010, with revenue up 18.1% to EUR 528.8m (organic growth 7.7%) and adjusted net profit up 33.7% to EUR 32.0m. More

Growth and Senior Promotion for InsightsNow
Jul 28 2010
Oregon, US-based CPG research firm InsightsNow, Inc. has promoted Jason McKerr to the role of Vice President of Information Services. Earlier this month, the firm announced revenue growth of 54% in 2009. More

Steady Results for Informa and Datamonitor
Jul 27 2010
Events and publishing group Informa, the parent of Datamonitor, has released results for the first half of 2010, including pre-tax profit more than doubled despite a slight drop in revenue. In the PCI division, which includes Datamonitor, revenues fell 3.8% to £178.5m but margins held up. More

Growth for Cello's Research Arm
Jul 22 2010
In the UK, Cello's Research and Consulting division has returned like-for-like income growth for the first half of the year, driven by 'continued robustness' in client activity levels, most notably in pharma and health-related sectors, as well as international work. More

GfK Promotes for Panel Leadership Post
Jul 20 2010
GfK has promoted Julia Beaver to the position of Head of GfK NOP Research Panels, which specialises in continuous or longitudinal consumer panels. Most recently, Beaver was Deputy MD at GfK Financial. More

Data Collection Specialist Opens in India
Jul 16 2010
In India, a team of entrepreneurs have launched High Beam Global - a market research data collection and marketing consulting firm specialising in the healthcare, FMCG and technology sectors. More

Former Vovici CEO Opens Mobile Measurement Agency
Jul 15 2010
In the US, Vovici's former Chairman and CEO Dean Wiltse has set up a mobile measurement agency called Thumbspeak, to enable businesses to reach mobile audiences and gain insights from hard-to-reach consumers. More

Engine Starts Consumer Research Arm
Jul 15 2010
London-based marcoms agency Engine has launched a new insight and research unit to provide clients with an analysis of why and how consumers make choices. More

GfK's 'Future Buy' Uncovers 'XTreme Shoppers'
Jul 14 2010
GfK Consumer has rolled out its first 'Future Buy' annual study of US shopping behaviors based on a mix of research methodologies, through which it has identified a new breed of consumer known as 'XTreme Shoppers'. More

GfK Becomes First Outsider to Open in Saudi Arabia
Jul 8 2010
GfK has become the first foreign market research company to be granted a license to open a subsidiary in Saudi Arabia. The firm has also opened a branch in Kenya, acquired the outstanding shares of GfK Mode in India and GfK Kynetec in the UK, and increased its stake in Shopping Brasil. More

NeuroFocus Tracks Perception of Luxury
Jul 7 2010
US-based neuromarketing agency NeuroFocus has developed the Luxury Perceptual Framework (LPF), to detect consumers' perception of what constitutes 'luxury' in terms of clients' brands, products, packaging, in-store marketing, advertising and customer service. More

Mediabrands Launches Insight-Led Shopper Practice
Jun 28 2010
Mediabrands, part of marketing services giant Interpublic Group, is launching a specialist shopper marketing agency, ShelfLife, to be headed by John Ross, currently President of the IPG Emerging Media Lab. More

World Cup Feature: It's a Knockout
Jun 25 2010
Just as you thought the World Cup was 'so last week' here we go again with (among other things) call centre productivity; social media match predictions; and the disturbing prospect of Diego Maradona running round Buenos Aires naked. More

TRA Links with Media Trust to Expand Analytics Offer
Jun 23 2010
In New York, media measurement firm TRA has signed an agreement to license technology from marketing ROI specialist Media Trust, in order to enhance its Media TRAnalytics system, which matches household TV consumption and purchase data. More

TORA Relocates, Hires and Promotes
Jun 23 2010
UK FMCG and customer experience researcher The Oxford Research Agency (TORA) has moved to larger premises in the city, while appointing former Ipsos MORI AD Emma Baret and promoting three of its team to the UK Board. More

Trendata Founder Louis Pappalardo Dies
Jun 11 2010
In the US, Louis Pappalardo - the founder and President of consumer market research agency Trendata - has died at the age of 78, following a battle with cancer. More

Russian Researcher Drops Retail Audit Service
Jun 9 2010
In Russia, FMCG research specialist Business Analytica is discontinuing its retail audit subscription-based service, which has provided consumer marketers and business analysts with data for more than 15 years. The firm is refocusing on more economical alternatives. More

Millward Brown Names Wragg as European CEO
Jun 8 2010
Millward Brown has moved Tim Wragg into the new position of CEO - Europe, following last year's integration of its UK and Ireland business with mainland European operations, and the formation of a pan-European Board. More

IAB Europe and Google Launch Research Tool
Jun 3 2010
Industry association IAB Europe has partnered with Google to launch a new tool which provides agencies and advertisers with consumer information across 27 countries and 36 product categories. More

P&G and Tobii Link for Product Innovation
Jun 2 2010
Consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble (P&G) has partnered with eye tracking technology firm Tobii Technology to collaborate on product innovations and conduct package and shelf testing on a global basis. More

Intel Invests in TRA
May 26 2010
US-based media measurement firm TRA has received a $10m injection of funds from Intel Capital, the global investment wing of the giant chip maker. The series-C round also includes $8.2m from other companies including existing investors Arbitron and WPP. More

Mediamark Rebrands as GfK MRI
May 18 2010
In the US, GfK subsidiary Mediamark Research & Intelligence (MRI) has re-branded as GfK MRI, in a move which it says reinforces its connection with its parent company. More

New UK Agency Launched
May 14 2010
UK researchers James Lovett and Mark Pugh have launched Immerse, an agency promising a 'refreshing & rejuvenated approach to the traditional client-agency relationship'. More

GfK Reports Return to Growth
May 12 2010
GfK claims to be back on track with an increase in both Q1 sales and income. During the first quarter of 2010, the global group reported a 6.1% sales increase to EUR 280.9m from Q1 2009, up 5.2% in organic terms. Income rose 71.2% to EUR 25.3m during the period. More

Burger King Appoints Global CMO
May 6 2010
In the US, Burger King Corporation has appointed former Coca-Cola marketer Natalia Franco as Global Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for overseeing consumer insights, product innovation and the development and communication of the brand's global marketing and ad strategies. More

Consumers Find Their Perfect Match
Apr 22 2010
Individuals' exposure to media matching their unconscious 'visual desires' triggers something akin to love at first sight and stirs a 'buying instinct' within them, according to results published by specialist consultancy Visual Targeting. More

Iconoculture Founders Leave to Launch New Agency
Apr 14 2010
The founders of US-based market research agency Iconoculture have left to launch a new firm which will study consumer trends in those countries that make up the G-20. More

Oxford Research Agency Looks Overseas
Apr 12 2010
The Oxford Research Agency (TORA) has revealed plans to expand beyond its UK home with new offices in North America and mainland Europe in the summer; and has shuffled its senior management to ready itself for the move. More

TNS and RMS Form African Alliance
Mar 25 2010
TNS and Research and Marketing Services (RMS) have formed an agreement to provide customized research in West Africa. More

The Leading Edge Revamps Sydney Team
Mar 25 2010
Australian insights consultancy The Leading Edge has restructured its Sydney-based business with the return of overseas executives, internal promotions and the appointment of a new senior specialist. More

New Name Reflects Broader Focus for IRI
Mar 24 2010
Information Resources, Inc. is changing its name to SymphonyIRI Group, Inc. The company says the move reflects its expansion into new types of solution including predictive, automated analytics; technology platforms; and strategic consulting services. More

RPA Builds Korean Panel
Mar 24 2010
Research Panel Asia's newly established Korean subsidiary is up and running, with the official launch of its 'Panel Now' service site. More

Aegis Raises Funds to Buy in China and US
Mar 19 2010
Aegis, Synovate's parent company, is raising funds through the issue of a convertible bond for c.£190m, which it plans to use to make acquisitions in the US and China. More

rdsi Moves Leeds Office, Promotes Two
Mar 19 2010
London-based consumer research agency rdsi has moved its Leeds office to larger premises, and promoted Jenni Welling and John Horgan to SRE positions. More

German Brand Researchers Launch Mark Metrics
Mar 18 2010
In Germany, Thomas Andresen and Ulrich Hertfelder have launched Mark Metrics, a consultancy which will analyse how successful brands differ from unsuccessful brands. More

African Firms in Joint Venture
Mar 11 2010
Kenya-based marketing firm Scangroup Limited and South Africa's Smollan Group have launched a joint venture to serve the East Africa region of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. More

River Rises in Soho
Mar 8 2010
River Research has expanded to new custom-designed premises in Soho, London, following its launch in Autumn 2008 and subsequent increase in headcount to 10 staff. More

Howdo Hits the Ground Running
Mar 8 2010
In London, Howdo Research, a new consultancy established in the autumn by former NOP and JRA exec Simon Cheshire, is reporting a buoyant start to business. More

Kids' Product Researcher Launched
Mar 4 2010
In the US, marketer Penny Redlin has launched Insights Discovered, a consulting company focusing exclusively on the children's products market. More

Omnicom Opens Specialist Retail Agency
Mar 2 2010
In New York, marketing services firm Omnicom Group has launched a new agency to offer strategy, activation and metrics services to retail marketers at a local level. More

Nielsen Revenues Flat in 2009
Feb 26 2010
The Nielsen Company has announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2009. Revenue was almost exactly level with the previous year ($4,806m) but up 4% if currency fluctuations are excluded. More

GfK Reports Tough Year, Better 4th Quarter
Feb 25 2010
GfK has reported a 4.6% decline in 2009 sales to EUR 1,164m, taking into account acquisitions and currency effects. However, for the fourth quarter, the group recorded sales of EUR 324m, compared with EUR 282m in Q3. More

TNS Cements Pakistan Partnership
Feb 17 2010
TNS has formalised its partnership with qual and quant agency Aftab Associates, to offer services in Pakistan and Afghanistan under the brand name of TNS-Aftab. More

Asian Agency Launches in Bangkok
Feb 12 2010
Two former global agency execs have founded abn Research, a consultancy focused on market research among Asian consumers and based in Bangkok, Thailand. More

Metrics Marketing Opens Usability Testing Lab
Feb 11 2010
Analytics firm Metrics Marketing has opened a ‘one-of-a-kind’ 2,100 square-foot research lab in Ohio, providing observers with a variety of hidden camera angles, real-time audiovisual monitoring and camera views on projected and flat-screen displays. More

Harris Awarded Cinema Evaluation Contract
Feb 3 2010
In the UK, Harris Interactive has been awarded the Film Audience Measurement and Evaluation (FAME) and Film Monitor research contracts by the Cinema Advertising Association (CAA). The contracts were previous managed by TNS and BMRB. More

New Shanghai Offices for Illuminas China
Feb 1 2010
Global agency Illuminas has moved its China office across the Huangpu river to the new Lujiazui financial sector in Pudong, Shanghai's central business district. More

Kantar Rebrands TNS Worldpanel
Jan 28 2010
In its second rebrand of the week, Kantar has re-named the TNS Worldpanel network as Kantar Worldpanel. Earlier in the week the group rebranded its media assets. More

Launch of KDA Insights
Jan 20 2010
In London, Krish Kara, Bob Dance and Carol Ashby have joined forces to open KDA Insights; a new consumer research agency. More

GfK Integrates dmrkynetec
Jan 19 2010
UK-headquartered dmrkynetec - which specialises in market research for the crop protection, biotech and animal health industries - will now operate as GfK Kynetec, following its acquisition by GfK Group. More

IRI Pursues Single Source for Modeling Data
Jan 14 2010
Retail market intelligence giant Information Resources Inc (IRI) is integrating its existing modeling services into the model and simulation tool capabilities provided by its Hendry (IRI) Market Structure division, to provide marketers with a single source for all modeling data. More

Food Innovation Agency Launched in London
Jan 13 2010
In London, a new innovation agency has been opened by Calum Watson, Marco-Pierre White's former Executive Head Chef and Director of Operations; and marcoms specialist Greg Wixted. The Food Nursery will provide NPD and new ideas research to the food industry. More

CDMS to Refocus on Transactional Data
Dec 14 2009
UK customer insight and database management firm CDMS is rebranding under the name of Transactis, the transactional data provider it bought just under a year ago; and restructuring as it merges with the acquired firm. More

Mediamark Adds Green Attitudes Segmentation
Dec 14 2009
Sustainability specialist Natural Marketing Institute (NMI) and GfK subsidiary Mediamark Research & Intelligence (MRI) have announced the integration of the former's LOHAS consumer segmentation model with the latter's Survey of the American Consumer database. More

IRI Launches Digital Media Tools
Dec 3 2009
Retail market intelligence giant IRI (Information Resources, Inc.) has enhanced its Consumer and Shopper Insights platforms with a series of new digital media solutions. Partners including [x+1] and Dynamic Logic have already announced new offers based on the technology. More

Manthan Systems Secures $15M Investment
Nov 19 2009
In India, Bangalore-based Manthan Systems, which develops business intelligence and analytics for the retail and consumer packaged goods industries, has raised $15m in Series B funding. More

Nielsen Reports 1% Drop in Revenue during 'Steady' Quarter
Nov 12 2009
Nielsen's group revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2009 were down 1% to $1.25bn from the same period last year. CFO Brian West described the quarter as having been 'steady'. More

TGI Network Boosted by TNS Studies
Nov 4 2009
Kantar Media has expanded its Global Target Group Index (TGI) Network of syndicated single-source marketing and media studies, following parent WPP's acquisition of TNS. More

Buyology Shifts Focus to 'Self-Segmentation'
Nov 4 2009
New York-based neuroscience firm Buyology has shifted its approach to help marketers tap into consumer's non-conscious decision making process. More

Harris and 'Ideas To Go' Partner for Concept Feedback
Oct 28 2009
Harris Interactive has partnered with innovation consultancy Ideas To Go (ITG) to enable clients to explore, create concepts for, and test new products. More

Product Review Site to Build Panel
Oct 26 2009
In the UK, Review Centre, which provides independent product and service reviews, is to create a consumer research panel which will provide marketers and researchers with access to the opinions of its four million monthly users. More

Partners to Offer Asian Consumer Research
Oct 22 2009
Japanese online panel supplier Research Panel has partnered with Korean agency Trend Monitor to provide a multi-Asian country consumer research service. More

EasyInsites and Bounty Build Young Family Panel
Oct 15 2009
In the UK, research agency EasyInsites is to partner with online parenting club Bounty to build a young family panel with which to conduct bi-monthly research. More

Lonergan Research Opens in Oz
Oct 8 2009
In Australia, former Galaxy Research Director Chris Lonergan has launched his own full service market research agency, which he says will 'marry old school rigour' with new technology and a thorough understanding of business issues. More

Launched Today: MR Trends, Technologies and Techniques
Oct 6 2009
The biggest new MrWeb section in nine years opens today with launch articles from five research luminaries. 'MRT' is an online home for custom panel builders, mobile researchers, data miners, neuromarketers and many others at the leading edge of what we broadly define as 'MR'. More

Asda Panellists to Help Define Product Strategy
Oct 1 2009
UK retail giant Asda plans to 'empower' consumers by enabling them to get involved in every aspect of the business - from product development to the look and feel of packaging. More

Leapfrog Restructures for Growth
Oct 1 2009
UK agency Leapfrog Research & Planning has restructured to create three distinct business areas and reorganised its senior management team to oversee the changes, which are designed to optimize growth and client service. More

Change at the Top for dunnhumbyUSA
Sep 29 2009
Retail research and brand specialist dunnhumbyUSA has announced senior changes as it continues its rapid growth. Stuart Aitken joins as COO and will assume management of dunnhumbyUSA from CEO Simon Hay; and Gary Cofer has joined as Global EVP / Manufacturer Practice Leader. More

Synovate Hires to Extend Retail Service
Sep 28 2009
Synovate has expanded its Retail Performance shopper counting and analytics business across Europe, the Americas and Asia; and appointed a 'Business Development champion' for each of these three regions. More

Ci Research Forms Retail Team
Sep 4 2009
UK agency Ci Research has formed a new retail division, which it says will provide clients with access to team members' client-side and agency-side retail market research expertise. More

Business School Sets Up Consumer Behavior Group
Sep 4 2009
A New York business school has set up a research group to develop algorithms and techniques which will classify, predict and more accurately describe the purchasing behaviour of consumers. More

NMI Expands Healthy Lifestyle Model
Sep 4 2009
US health, wellness and sustainability researcher the Natural Marketing Institute (NMI) is to expand its LOHAS consumer segmentation model to provide clients with eight years of trended data. More

Firms Link for Retail Analytics Solution
Sep 3 2009
Business intelligence (BI) provider QuantiSense has partnered with analytics specialist Netezza to deliver intelligence and analytics applications developed exclusively for the retail industry. More

Synovate Steps up Cost Cutting after H1 Loss
Aug 28 2009
Synovate parent Aegis has reported an 86% drop in first half pre-tax profits to £6.6m despite growing revenues by 4.8%. The research agency itself made an underlying operating loss of £3.2m in the first half, compared with a £7.9m profit a year earlier. More

Nielsen and IRI to Pool Panelists
Aug 26 2009
In the US, Nielsen and retail analytics agency Information Resources Inc (IRI) have formed a new firm which will recruit, maintain and process data from a common set of households to support the Nielsen Homescan and IRI Consumer Network panels. More

TNS Magasin Combines Biosensory Techniques
Aug 26 2009
Shopper behaviour consultancy TNS Magasin has combined EEG (electroencephalography) and eye tracking technologies to capture shoppers' emotional and cognitive responses at what it describes as 'an unprecedented level of detail'. More

Nielsen Invests in On-Trade Insight Specialist
Aug 11 2009
In the UK, Nielsen has taken a stake in CGA Strategy - which offers market intelligence for retailers in pubs and bars, and for drinks brand owners - while CGA has taken over Nielsen's sales tracking activities in the sector. Terms were not disclosed. More

Agricultural Data Firms Partner
Aug 11 2009
German agricultural MR specialist Kleffmann Group has partnered with XS Inc - a firm which produces North American ag retailer point-of-sale data - to develop a new suite of market research and intelligence services. More

MMRSS Expands to Indonesia
Jul 23 2009
Full service firm Majestic Market Research Support Services (MMRSS) has expanded with the opening of an office in Jakarta, Indonesia. More

Partners Apply Brains to Packaging Research
Jul 21 2009
In the US, consumer specialist Perception Research Services International (PRS) and neuroscience firm EmSense have partnered to offer bio-sensory measures within quant packaging research studies. More

GfK Takes Majority Share in Nielsen JV
Jul 2 2009
GfK Retail and Technology has upped its stake in its Indian joint venture (JV) with Nielsen from 40.0% to 50.1%. Previously known as ORG-GfK Marketing Services, the JV will now be re-branded as GfKNielsen India and will be included in the consolidated accounts of the GfK Group. More

TORA Opens New Qual Agency
Jun 30 2009
In the UK, The Oxford Research Agency (TORA) has launched a qual operation called Mimosa, which it says will address clients' needs for joined-up qual/quant thinking in the FMCG, retail and shopper insight, customer satisfaction and OTC sectors. More

Australian Agency Launched
Jun 15 2009
In Sydney, research veterans Alex Sweeney and Alasdair Johnston have formed Clarity Strategic Research, a new agency offering qual and quant research services to the financial, B2B, telecoms, retail, FMCG and media sectors. More

Nielsen Re-aligns Consumer Research Group
Jun 5 2009
Nielsen has re-organised its consumer research group into a global practice, and appointed practice expert teams across its five geographic regions. More

Nielsen Buys GfK Swiss Panels
May 18 2009
The Nielsen Company has agreed to acquire GfK's FMCG Retail Measurement and Consumer Panel business in Switzerland. Nielsen will take over assets related to two continuous FMCG panels: GfK's Retail Store Panel and GfK's Household Consumer Panel. More

GfK to Cut Salaries and Jobs
May 15 2009
For the first three months of the year, GfK's sales slipped 1.3% from €268.1m in Q1 2008 to €264.7m. In order to absorb further 'crisis-related losses' the firm has announced measures to reduce personnel costs including short-time work, hiring freezes, salary cuts and redundancies. More

Pert Buys Pulsar Research and Market Directions
May 13 2009
Pert Survey Research has announced the acquisition of two companies, customer experience and public policy consultancy Pulsar Research and brand and strategy consulting firm Market Directions; and the changing of its corporate name to the Pert Group. More

Panel Taps Hispanic Moms
Apr 30 2009
US firm TodobebT, which runs a portal and social networking site for Spanish-speaking parents, is to offer access to proprietary research conducted through its panel of Hispanic Moms. More

GfK Posts 5.5% Organic Growth
Mar 31 2009
GfK has reported an increase in income of €58.4m to €1,220.4m for the year 2008, reflecting organic growth of 5.5%. More

GfK in Shopping Partnership with Hartman
Mar 30 2009
GfK Custom Research North America is partnering with The Hartman Group to launch a new study, Future Buy: The New Shopper Value Paradigm, which aims to find opportunities for companies looking to connect with shoppers in a changing retail marketplace. More

Canadian Partners Round Out Retail Offer
Mar 24 2009
In Canada, Ipsos Reid has announced a deal with Tell Us About Us Inc. (TUAU) to better serve clients in the retail, restaurant, service and hospitality sectors. The deal adds TUAU's data collection and reporting engine the OnlineKMC™ to Ipsos' consulting expertise. More

Aegis To Shed 780 Jobs, Denies Merger Rumours
Mar 19 2009
British marcoms group Aegis - which owns market research firm Synovate - has announced plans to cut around 780 jobs across its global operations as part of a cost-saving plan to beat the downturn. Meanwhile CEO John Napier denied reports he has held merger talks with competitor Havas. More

Vision Critical Community Panels for Synovate
Mar 17 2009
Synovate has announced an agreement with Canadian software provider Vision Critical, to power its online community panels around the globe. More

2CV Revs Up for Expansion with New US Office
Mar 9 2009
UK-based agency 2CV, part of Cello Group, has announced the opening of an office in San Francisco. The office is its first in North America and the beginning of an international expansion plan. More

Experian and Buxton in Analytics Deal
Mar 6 2009
Information services giant Experian has announced a strategic alliance with Buxton, providers of site location and customer analytics. More

Efficiency Initiative to Sustain GfK's Organic Growth
Feb 26 2009
According to preliminary figures, GfK has achieved organic revenue growth of 5.5% to €1,220m for the financial year 2008. The firm has also implemented a new efficiency programme which it says should save €30m between now and 2012. More

Sample U Offers Product Tests On Campus
Feb 26 2009
In California, Alliant International University has opened an on-campus laboratory to conduct product testing for new research service Sample U. Consumers are invited to sample products and groceries in exchange for their feedback, and leave the laboratory with a bag of free goods. More

RI Merged into TNS
Feb 23 2009
The Kantar Group is streamlining its businesses after buying TNS. The TNS Custom business will merge with Research International and will be generally known as TNS. A new social research force for the UK is established in TNS-BMRB, while Kantar has four new vertical sector operating units: Media, Health, Retail and Worldpanel. More

US Research Missed Key Factor, Says Tesco
Feb 23 2009
Tesco's pre-launch market research for its US 'Fresh & Easy' stores missed vital clues about purchasing decisions Stateside, its boss has told UK paper The Sunday Times. More

There *Is* Accounting for Taste, Research Firm Claims
Feb 17 2009
Dutch market research agency DervalResearch has claimed it has found a link between the perception of taste and an individual's job and hobbies, which it is calling the Hormonal Fingerprint. More

Ipsos Posts Good Growth, Seeks More This Year
Feb 13 2009
Ipsos has reported full-year organic growth of 7.8% with revenues up 5.6% to €979.3m from 2007. The group says that in 2009 it intends to deliver further growth, while maintaining margins - at the very least - at their 2008 level. More

New Planning and Insight Chief for Coke UK
Feb 13 2009
In the UK, Coca Cola has hired Bhawani Singh Shekhawat for its newly created role of Director - Strategy, Planning and Insights. More

Global Roll-Out for Nielsen Store Planning Tool
Feb 5 2009
Nielsen is about to roll out its store layout and category space management solution my.spaceman, across more than 100 markets. More

Nielsen Opens BASES Unit in Delhi
Feb 4 2009
Nielsen has opened a BASES office in Delhi, its second Indian location, from which it will provide new product research and forecasting services to the consumer packaged goods sector. More

Explain Expands into New Call Centre
Feb 3 2009
In the UK, Newcastle-based Explain Market Research is to open a specialist call centre in Jesmond to provide space for additional staff at its headquarters. More

Partnership for Vovici and CGA
Feb 2 2009
Survey software firm Vovici has partnered with UK customer experience consultancy CGA to offer clients customer experience measurement. More

BuzzBack Reports Rapid Growth
Jan 29 2009
Web-based consumer researcher BuzzBack has reported a 35% increase in sales in 2008, with growth in profits following expansion of the business. More

Ipsos to Utilise Tobii Eye Tracking Solutions
Jan 27 2009
Swedish eye tracking firm Tobii Technology has signed a global agreement with Ipsos Marketing for its Eye Tracking hardware and software to be integrated into Ipsos’ Pack Evaluation packaged testing system and other Ipsos solutions. More

Nielsen Shutters P.R.I.S.M. Initiative
Jan 26 2009
In the US, Nielsen has announced the indefinite suspension of its P.R.I.S.M. initiative, which it set up with the In-Store Marketing Institute in 2006. P.R.I.S.M. aimed to establish a common industry metric to measure audiences and gauge the effectiveness of in-store marketing. More

SPA Restructures and Appoints COO
Jan 26 2009
In London, full-service research agency SPA has restructured its business into three divisions, each with its own Managing Director. It has also promoted Jo Lockett from Marketing Director to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer to oversee non-research functions. More

Nestlé Opens Shopping Experience Centre
Jan 22 2009
In the UK, confectionery giant Nestlé has opened an Insight and Learning Centre, to help its retail clients understand how the layout of shelves in their stores can be tailored to shoppers’ needs. More

Consumer ‘Tsar’ Slams Youth Research Techniques
Jan 22 2009
In the UK Ed Mayo, the CEO of government watchdog Consumer Focus, has co-authored a book which criticizes firms that use young children to conduct market research into their products. Mayo describes the system as ‘insidious and downright creepy’. More

Loyalty Man Leaves Tesco for Sainsbury’s
Jan 21 2009
Andrew Mann is to join UK supermarket chain Sainbury's next month from rival Tesco, to take up the post of Director of Customer Insight and Loyalty. The move comes as Sainsbury’s restructures its London head office as part of a cost-saving exercise. More

IBM Rolls Out Retail Analytics
Jan 15 2009
Computer giant IBM has unveiled a portfolio of solutions designed to help retailers analyze data and apply it to business processes. More

Must be the Weather: Firms Link Retail Behaviour
Jan 13 2009
US firms Planalytics and Revionics have partnered to incorporate the former’s weather intelligence into the latter’s price optimization solution, to help clients adjust pricing decisions to match localized consumer buying behavior. More

‘Natural Progression’ for Sustainability Specialist
Jan 12 2009
Health and sustainability specialist Natural Marketing Institute (NMI) has announced the expansion of its services to Canada, and the appointment of Jorge Santos as Vice President of Strategic Consulting, based in Ontario. More

Wal-mart Opts Out of Nielsen’s P.R.I.S.M.
Dec 23 2008
Retail behemoth Wal-mart has pulled out of the P.R.I.S.M. initiative, which was set up by Nielsen and the In-Store Marketing Institute in 2006 to establish a global metric for evaluating the in-store environment. More

Egyptian Buy, Middle Eastern JV for GfK
Dec 18 2008
GfK has acquired a 74% majority stake in Egyptian consumer research company Market Insight; and has formed a joint venture with the Median Group under the name of GfK Custom Research Middle East Holding, in which GfK holds a 51% share. More

Harte-Hanks CEO Steps Down
Dec 16 2008
Dean Blythe, President and CEO of US-based direct marketing giant Harte-Hanks, is to leave the firm to ‘pursue other professional opportunities’. He will be replaced by company veteran and current Chairman of the Board, Larry Franklin. More

I-Behavior and CMS Join to Extend Analytics Offer
Dec 11 2008
In the US, behavioral targeting and analytic services firm I-Behavior has partnered with database development specialist CMS Direct to integrate the latter’s ‘Prefer Network’ co-operative database into its consumer purchase data products. More

‘Netsumer’ Panel Unveiled in India
Dec 10 2008
Web site usability researcher JuxtConsult has created an online panel of more than 115,000 consumers in India, which the firm says are representative of 86% of the country’s total urban population of 337 million people. More

Retailer Battles to Keep Data Private
Dec 5 2008
Two US-based retail chains are in dispute over a subpoena which would require one to hand over to its much larger competitor business information including two years' worth of weekly store sales figures. More

Expert Input for Affluent Survey
Dec 4 2008
In the US, Ipsos Mendelsohn has formed an advisory council – made up of representatives from ad agencies, publications, cable TV networks and digital media worlds – to expand the scope and size of its annual Affluent Survey. More

‘Visual Ethnography’ Agency Launched in Hungary
Dec 2 2008
Former Synovate Hungary Researcher Brúnó Bitter has set up a market research and brand consultancy called Next Wave Research, which uses a technique he dubs ‘visual ethnography’ to view consumers’ actual in-store behaviour. More

UK Group Adds Five Execs
Nov 28 2008
UK-based Munro Global has expanded teams at two of its subsidiaries, FDS International and acefieldwork, with five appointments in the last few weeks. More

Canadian Group Imports UK Shopper Insight Success
Nov 27 2008
Groupe Aeroplan, owner of the Nectar loyalty scheme, is to launch its UK-based customer-driven insight and communication business in North America, with offices based in Toronto and Chicago. More

Mixed Fortunes for Creston Insight Division
Nov 27 2008
Marketing services group Creston has announced good interim results for the six months to September 2008, with revenue up 5% to £41.3m. The Insight Division saw revenues fall from £9.0m a year ago to £8.5m with smaller MR firms suffering, although its margins remain good. More

Research and Media Pioneer Harry Henry Dies
Nov 25 2008
UK research pioneer Harry Henry, the last survivor of the 23 founders of the Market Research Society (MRS), has died aged 92 after a stroke. More

IRI Gets UK Nestlé Exclusive
Nov 24 2008
CPG, retail and healthcare information provider Information Resources Inc (IRI) has announced a three-year-plus contract, starting on 1st January 2009, as the sole supplier of retail data to Nestlé in the UK. More

Ipsos MORI Launches Shopper Test Solution
Nov 24 2008
Ipsos MORI has launched a new shopper research solution, Checkout, which promises to increase the chances of success at launch by optimising manufacturers’ in-store strategy in the competitive environment. More

SPA Diversifies with New Appointment
Nov 14 2008
London-based agency SPA is diversifying into the B2B, public and transport/travel sectors with the appointment of Janet Wright as Research Director, responsible for developing new revenue streams and building up a specialist team. More

Organic Option Proves Healthy for GfK
Nov 11 2008
Thwarted in its TNS marriage plans, GfK appears to be enjoying the single life. Revenue for the first nine months of the year rose to €883.8m, representing organic growth of 7.2% (up from 5.5% the previous year); and adjusted operating income up 1.7% to €104.3m. The firm described the results as ‘satisfactory’ in the current economic climate. More

TNS Compete Launches Online Behavior Practice
Nov 11 2008
In the US, web analytics unit TNS Compete, now part of Kantar, has launched a Retail and Consumer Products practice to provide retailers with insights into shoppers’ online activities across rival sites, portals, search engines and aggregators. More

TRA Panel Taking Shape
Nov 10 2008
Ground-breaking US-based media ROI measurement firm TRA has announced a database of 370,000 US homes, and the signing up of Discovery Communications as a client. More

Arbitron Signs Mall Survey Deal
Nov 10 2008
Mall media specialist EYE has signed an agreement with Arbitron Custom Research to measure the effectiveness of mall-based advertisements and the psychographics of its shoppers. More

Expansion for DunnhumbyUSA
Oct 23 2008
Consumer insight firm DunnhumbyUSA has outgrown its existing Cincinnati headquarters and is moving to a 150,000 square-foot space that can accommodate more than 500 employees. More

Wired for Shopping
Oct 23 2008
UK-based Nunwood has developed Bioshopping, a new way of combining traditional shopper research with biometric technology to probe the emotions behind what engages/disengages consumers and what prompts them to buy. More

Mintel and IRI Add to Product Development Offer
Oct 23 2008
Mintel and Information Resources Inc (IRI) have enhanced their joint product development support solution, GNPD IRIS, with additional trend analysis. More

Buckingham Hires Strengthen Senior Team
Oct 15 2008
In the UK, quant specialist Buckingham Research has appointed Tim Sheard as Research Director and Justin Porter and Craig Strudley as Associate Directors. All three have previously worked at GfK NOP. More

JRA President Steps Down
Oct 14 2008
Frances Grubb, President of marketing and sensory research firm J. Reckner Associates (JRA), will be stepping down from her role next January after sixteen years in the role. She will be replaced by SVP Steve Aukers who joined the firm last October from TNS. More

New UK Agency Hits Ground Running
Oct 6 2008
In the UK, Buckingham Research Associates founder Maggie Drye has launched a new company, Insitas. Former Buckingham execs Sandra Halstead and Duncan Fergusson join the start-up team, along with Acritas CEO Lisa Hart who becomes a Non-Executive Director. More

Adding FootFall to FootPath
Sep 24 2008
Experian is to combine its FootFall system – which counts the numbers of people visiting retailers and shopping centres – with Path Intelligence’s shopper behaviour technology, to understand the movement of shoppers as they flow through retail centres. More

Starting Line for MrWeb’s MR-a-thon
Sep 17 2008
204 weeks separate the Beijing Olympics and the start of the next games in London – precisely one week for each country that took part in the events in China. MrWeb will be following a trail across the world for the next four years, each week profiling one country and its research industry, linking also to news, jobs and suppliers. More

Analytics Firm Gets $5.5m Cash Boost
Sep 16 2008
In the US, Proclivity Systems – which develops consumer shopping and purchasing behavior analytics – has raised $5.5m in Series B financing, led by Fung Capital USA Fund, with co-investment from WPP Digital and Pilot Group, as well as investors from the firm’s Series A funding. More

New Techniques, New Look for MMR
Sep 12 2008
MMR Research Worldwide has announced a new suite of research methods for clients in the food, drink and CPG sectors; and has rebranded, and relaunched its web site. More

TNS Measures ASDA Consumers’ Confidence
Sep 9 2008
UK supermarket giant ASDA has launched a new quarterly consumer confidence survey, with a panel of 10,000 of its shoppers who will provide feedback on topics such as personal finance, job security, the economy, and safety from crime. More

Stratégir Launches in UK and Appoints MD
Sep 8 2008
European market research company Stratégir has opened a new office in Covent Garden, London and appointed Dorte Torpe Hansen as UK MD. More

Reading Uni and MMR Open Sensory Science Centre
Sep 8 2008
In the UK, The University of Reading and MMR Research Worldwide have opened a Sensory Science Centre, which will provide sensory evaluation data for MMR’s food, drink and healthcare clients, as well as for the University’s research and teaching programmes. More

IRI Appoints Global Analytics Leader
Sep 2 2008
Consumer specialist Information Resources Inc (IRI) has appointed Hans Jessen as Executive Vice President and Managing Director of European Services and Global Analytics Delivery. More

New Agency to Give Reality Check
Sep 2 2008
In the UK, marketing services firm Indicia has launched an econometric modelling company, MarketingReality, to provide a ‘fusion of customer behaviour analysis’ across all marketing channels. More

GfK Reports ‘Dynamic Growth’ in Q2
Aug 28 2008
Following yesterday’s news that it had shelved plans to acquire UK rival TNS, GfK has bounced back by announcing its highest rate of sales growth since the firm’s IPO in 1999. Organic sales were up 11.4% for the quarter, and 8.4% for the first six months of the year. More

Synovate Prepares to Tighten Belt
Aug 28 2008
UK marcoms group Aegis has posted overall organic revenue growth of 8.2% for the first half of 2008. Research arm Synovate reports healthy revenue and profit rises but has reduced expectations for 2008 organic market growth to 4.1% from 5.1%, in the light of tough trading conditions. More

Claritas Data for Independent Retailers
Aug 20 2008
In the US, population segmentation specialist Nielsen Claritas has partnered with retail buying consortium Nationwide Marketing Group, to analyze customer data from select Nationwide member retailers. More

New Partnership Relaunches TGI South Africa
Aug 15 2008
Global marketing and advertising database TGI (Target Group Index) has been relaunched in South Africa, via a new company, TGI SA [Pty] Ltd, whose majority shareholder is Ask Afrika. More

Recruiter Adds Insight Dvision
Aug 13 2008
UK-based global recruitment group Prime People plc has launched a research, insight and analysis division, Prime Insight, and has appointed Alice Glover, co-founder of recruiters NicholsonGlover Consulting, to head it up. More

RIUSA Strengthens Team
Aug 12 2008
In the US, Research International (RI) has appointed Tom Buehrer as SVP/General Manager West Coast, Lisa Kassem as VP, and Jake Steadman as Research Executive. More

Nielsen and Nugg.ad to Merge Consumer Data
Aug 8 2008
In Europe, predictive targeting technology firm Nugg.ad is to combine Nielsen Homescan panel data with survey data it gathers from visitors to its partner web sites, to help advertisers target consumers through online marketing campaigns. More

Nielsen Adds Personality Profiling to Homescan
Jul 29 2008
In the US, Nielsen has partnered with Mindset Media – a firm that creates consumer profiles of web users – to add personality profile mapping to its Homescan consumer purchase panel of 125,000 US households. More

TNS Promotes Czarnowski to UK Custom MD
Jul 29 2008
TNS has promoted Andrew Czarnowski to the post of MD of its UK and Ireland Custom business; tasked with driving growth in one the firm’s largest units and exploiting capabilities in shopper, brand and communications research. More

Boots Remade to Fit Customers
Jul 28 2008
UK retailer Boots is the latest big name to restructure in the interests of becoming more customer-focused. The changes, announced last week, include the appointment of Directors of Loyalty, CRM, Customer Communications and In-store Marketing, all reporting to Marketing Director Elizabeth Fagan. More

Maritz Hires Leader for New Euro Retail Unit
Jul 21 2008
Maritz Research has appointed Graham Devereux as Division Vice President of its newly created Retail Research Europe unit, responsible for strategy and business development and based in Marlow, Bucks, UK. More

Tomei Leaves TNS for IRI
Jul 17 2008
Just over a year since joining TNS as Global Head of Access Panels, Robert Tomei has left to become President, Consumer & Shopper Insights at consumer analytics firm Information Resources Inc (IRI). More

McCallum Layton Forms Sensory Testing Unit
Jul 15 2008
UK research and marketing insight consultancy McCallum Layton has expanded its services to include sensory testing, through a bespoke Sensory Testing Unit and panel in Leeds. More

MSTS Integrated with Marketing Sciences
Jul 9 2008
In the UK, sensory panel company MSTS is being integrated with product development specialists Marketing Sciences. Both are part of the Insight Division of UK marketing services group Creston. More

Bunnyfoot Spins Off Eye-Tracking Unit
Jul 8 2008
Rob Stevens, co-founder of UK-based behavioural research consultancy Bunnyfoot, has moved the firm’s established eye-tracking expertise into a new, separate consultancy, which will test consumers’ behavioural response to offline media including TV, print and outdoor, as well as packaging. More

New Office for DunnhumbyUSA
Jul 7 2008
Consumer intelligence specialist DunnhumbyUSA has opened a third office, adding Chicago to sites in Cincinatti and Atlanta. More

Women on Women: Omnicom Sets Up G23
Jul 3 2008
Advertising, marketing and comms agency Omnicom has formed a consultancy, led by a dozen female execs, to help clients make connections with women – whether as consumers, customers, employees or other stakeholders. More

New CMO for Safeway
Jul 1 2008
Supermarket chain Safeway has appointed Diane Dietz as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, overseeing the marketing, merchandising, manufacturing and distribution functions. More

Partners Establish Insight Center
Jun 30 2008
Nationwide Insurance has partnered with the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University (OSU) to create The Nationwide Center for Advanced Customer Insights, dedicated to researching and evaluating consumer behavior in the United States. More

WPP Asks TNS for More Info, as Both Report Growth
Jun 25 2008
Both TNS and WPP have reported healthy revenue growth in the first five months of 2008 - the former doing particularly well in the UK, balancing a slight decline in the US. Meanwhile Martin Sorrell has again asked TNS for more financial information. More

TiVo and TRA to Integrate Media and Purchase Info
Jun 25 2008
Digital video recorder (DVR) pioneer TiVo has partnered with media marketing research firm TRA to develop an ad research system that gauges how consumers makes household purchasing decisions based on ad exposure. More

Green Agreement for IRI and TNS
Jun 18 2008
In the US, Information Resources Inc. (IRI) will be integrating TNS’ Shades of Green methodology into its Consumer Network Household panel, to delve deeper into consumer attitudes and behavior towards environmental issues and motivation to purchase green products. More

BrainJuicer Expands to Switzerland and Australia
Jun 16 2008
Online research agency BrainJuicer has opened an office in Switzerland, while also announcing plans to acquire Melbourne-based market research firm The Slater Marketing Group. More

IRI Ramps Up Consumer Panel
Jun 10 2008
Consumer analytics firm Information Resources Inc (IRI) has added a number of new solutions to its Consumer Network household panel to enable clients to gather reactions from hard-to-reach respondents. More

Merger Latest – TNS Opens Books; ‘May Sweeten Deal’
Jun 9 2008
TNS has agreed to open its books and give WPP the same information it gave to GfK as part of their recent merger agreement. Meanwhile, reports suggest that the GfK-TNS merger may face an EU competition probe; and may be ‘sweetened’ by a cash bonus for TNS shareholders. More

Loyalty Firm to Sell Analytics Expertise
Jun 6 2008
Air Miles operator Alliance Data Loyalty Services has formally launched a consumer analytics supplier, Precima, developed from what was previously its in-house analytics function. More

Sector-based C-Sat Measure Launched in UK
Jun 5 2008
Customer satisfaction specialist CFI Group has this week launched what it describes as the first UK National Customer Satisfaction Index (NCSI-UK) for banks, supermarkets and mortgage lenders. More

GfK and TNS Announce Merger Terms
Jun 3 2008
GfK and TNS have agreed the terms for their ‘merger of equals’ to create GfK-TNS plc. Aside from ‘significant opportunities’ for revenue growth, the firms say the move will bring annual pre-tax benefits through cost reduction of at least Euros 97m (£76m) by the end of the third full year following completion. More

IRI and Nielsen Tie Up Major Deals
Jun 3 2008
Nielsen and rival consumer analytics firm Information Resources Inc (IRI) have both announced major contracts with consumer giants. IRI says it has ousted Nielsen from a UK contract they formerly shared, with P&G; Nielsen says it has signed a global contract with the Coca-Cola Company. More

New MD for Synovate Hungary
May 27 2008
Synovate has announced the appointment of Zoltan Bodo as Managing Director in Hungary, replacing the recently promoted George Christodoulides. More

Tech Partnership for Agencies
May 23 2008
Experian and digital specialist MultiMedia Intelligence have announced a partnership, combining the former’s in-depth data on psychographics, consumer behavior, lifestyles and attitudes with the latter’s market sizing and forecasting models and databases. More

Surveillance System Tracks Shopper Movement
May 19 2008
In the UK, another first for Portsmouth. Foot traffic monitoring firm Path Intelligence, based in the city, is testing patent-pending surveillance technology that continuously tracks mobile phone signals to understand the movement of shoppers as they flow through retail centres or public amenities. More

Ipsos Growth ‘Better Than Anticipated’
May 15 2008
Ipsos first quarter revenues rose 6.2% to €217.3m from Q1 2007. Despite slow going in North America, global organic growth reached 9.6%, which the firm said exceeded its full-year targets. More

GfK Achieves ‘Sound’ First Quarter Figures
May 15 2008
GfK has described its Q1 results as ‘sound’, with organic growth in sales up 5.1% to €268.1m and consolidated total income rising almost 21% to €12.5m. More

Sales Veteran Joins Bullish TRA
May 7 2008
Groundbreaking New York-based media research firm TRA (True ROI Accountability for Media) has appointed James O’Hara as EVP of Sales. More

Media Partnership to Track Consumer Intent
May 2 2008
In the US, media communications agency Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG) has partnered with online research agencies GMI and InsightExpress to conduct a tracking study which aims to uncover how ad messages influence consumer intentions to buy. More

FT Research Leader Joins ‘Ambitious’ Mintel
Apr 30 2008
UK consumer and media specialist Mintel has appointed Robert Santiago as Director of Thought Leadership. He was previously Head of the Financial Times Research Centre. More

MRP Launches New Qualbus Service
Apr 30 2008
UK full-service agency Market Research Partners (MRP) has launched a monthly qualitative omnibus. The new Qualbus format allows clients to buy 30-minute sections on any of the firm’s four different monthly focus groups. More

TNS and GfK in Merger Talks
Apr 29 2008
Top five global MR firms TNS and GfK are in discussions about a possible ‘merger of equals’, which would create the world’s second-largest market and information group. More

MediaVest Signs First for TRA’s New Service
Apr 24 2008
MediaVest has become the first media agency to sign up for MR firm TRA’s recently launched service, which matches viewing data from digital set-top-boxes with offline shopping behaviour data provided by loyalty cards scanned at grocery checkout counters. More

International Expansion for Tesco/dunnhumby Partnership
Apr 14 2008
UK-based retail giant Tesco is working with partner firm dunnhumby to extend its consumer insight and analysis system to match its international footprint, minus the US. The Asian and East European roll-out includes tailored versions of its pioneering Clubcard loyalty programme. More

New International Leader for IRI
Apr 14 2008
Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) has appointed Nigel Howlett as President of IRI International. Previously Executive Vice President (global) and a Board Director at OgilvyOne Worldwide, he replaces and reports to Mark Parise who becomes President of IRI’s global Market Information Group. More

Curtis Joins New Owners at TORA
Apr 11 2008
Fast-growing UK provider The Oxford Research Agency (TORA) has been bought by two of its directors, Andrew Tharme and Chris Sinclair, with the aid of venture capital. Former TRBi CEO Laurence Curtis also joins, as Chairman, with immediate effect. More

Nielsen and Univision Fuse Media and Purchase Data
Apr 11 2008
In the US, Spanish-language media giant Univision Communications Inc. has announced further collaboration with Nielsen, aimed at providing improved measurement and insight covering the Hispanic consumer segment. More

IRI and Europanel Partner to Offer Global Coverage
Apr 8 2008
Consumer packaged goods specialist Information Resources Inc (IRI) has partnered with the GfK/TNS-owned Europanel Association to offer what the firms describe as ‘the widest-reaching, single-panel research service in the world’. More

MRI Launches Local Versions of Consumer Data
Apr 8 2008
In the US, Mediamark Research & Intelligence (MRI) has launched Market-by-Market, a service providing local market versions of its studies on the media usage, lifestyle and product purchasing behavior of US consumers. More

Synovate Launches Brand Problem Tracker
Apr 7 2008
Synovate has launched a new service called Market Barriers, which measures the obstacles that brands face – such as distribution, pricing and product configuration – and reports back on the impact that these have on customer choice and market share. More

Goliath Gets Big Investment
Apr 1 2008
In the US, marketing intelligence firm GOLIATH Solutions has closed a $27m investment deal. The funds will be used to roll out the firm’s real-time proprietary tool which analyzes consumer reaction to store displays, signs and merchandising. More

Nielsen Reduces Loss, Grows Revenue 7%
Mar 31 2008
The Nielsen Company has announced results for the year ended December 31, 2007. The research giant narrowed its loss from $368m in 2006 (pro forma) to $282m, and grew reported revenue to $4,707m, a rise of 13% from its pro forma figure for 2006, or 7% adjusting for currencies and deferred revenue. More

GfK Confirms Growth, Ups Dividend
Mar 31 2008
GfK has confirmed a record year of trading in 2007 with organic sales up 5.8% to EUR1,162m. Adjusted operating income rose 4.7% to EUR157.6m and margin crept up to 13.6%. The firm has also announced plans to change its legal form to an SE, or Societas Europaea. More

German Qual Omnibus Launched
Mar 28 2008
In Germany, Colibri Research will be launching a new qualitative omnibus study in June, enabling clients to ask questions in a focus group setting. More

Hawaiian Research Partnership
Mar 27 2008
Data collection firm Interviewing Service of America (ISA) has partnered with research and consulting agency SMS in Hawaii, to offer customer and employee satisfaction measurement to the islands’ business community. More

Scarborough Looks at Local Expansion
Mar 27 2008
In the US, Arbitron and Nielsen joint venture Scarborough Research says it is considering the possibilities of expanding into additional ‘mid-tier’ local markets. More

Wine Research Veteran Launches Consultancy
Mar 12 2008
In the US, wine industry market analyst Barbara Insel has launched a new consultancy, Stonebridge Research, to provide data, analysis and advisory services to the wine industry. More

Partners Launch Well-Being Tracker
Mar 7 2008
In the US, Gallup and healthcare support provider Healthways have forged a 25-year agreement to measure and track the well-being of communities and companies, as well as the effectiveness of programs implemented to improve health, well-being and productivity. More

IRI Hires IBM Veteran to Lead Global Retail Arm
Mar 6 2008
US-based consumer info specialist Information Resources Inc (IRI) has appointed Thomas Peterson as President of Global Retail. More

IRI and NPD Launch US Beauty Tracking Product
Mar 5 2008
Information Resources Inc (IRI) and The NPD Group have joined forces to launch the Beauty Cross Channel Monitor, claimed as the US beauty industry’s first and only cross-channel retail tracking product. More

TNS Buys Compete, Reports Good Year
Mar 3 2008
TNS has announced an agreement to acquire online behaviour measurement company Compete, Inc. for US$75m in cash, doubling if targets are met over two years. The company also reported full year results for 2007, with revenue of UK£1,067.7m, representing underlying growth of 5.4%. More

GfK Posts ‘Best Quarter Ever’
Feb 28 2008
In the final quarter of 2007 GfK achieved organic growth of 6.5% and a margin of 16.8% – a figure the firm says is the most successful in its history. Based on preliminary data, the group also reported an organic sales increase of 5.8% to Euros 1,162m for the full year. More

Sustainability Partnership for NMI and Nielsen
Feb 27 2008
In the US, health, wellness and sustainability researcher Natural Marketing Institute (NMI) has teamed up with Nielsen to provide consumer packaged goods manufacturers and retailers with a better understanding of its consumer segmentation model LOHAS (Lifestyles Of Health And Sustainability). More

Sundown for Project Apollo
Feb 25 2008
Arbitron and Nielsen have ditched development of ‘Project Apollo’, their much-vaunted scheme to give a better understanding of the link between consumer exposure to advertising through multiple media and shopping / purchasing behaviour. More

New Partnership to Look Inside Chinese Mind
Feb 13 2008
UK MR psychology specialist CRAMQIQ has partnered with Chinese research agency DiagAid to undertake in-depth consumer and B2B research in the Chinese market. More

Media Researcher Claims ROI Grail
Feb 11 2008
US firm TRA, Inc. has today unveiled a system for measuring and reporting ‘True ROI Accountability’ for advertising spend. The firm plans to match ads actually received with products actually bought for a massive 1,000,000 plus US households. More

TNS to launch 24-Hour Turnaround Omnibus
Jan 31 2008
In London, TNS is ready to launch what it claims is the UK’s first one-day turnaround Omnibus, aiming to provide clients with an ‘instant snapshot of consumer opinion and behaviour’. More

FSA Appoints Consumer Engagement Committee
Jan 29 2008
In the UK, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has appointed Philip Cullum as Chair of its new Advisory Committee on Consumer Engagement, alongside eight new committee members from a wide range of backgrounds. More

TNS Merges Chinese Panels
Jan 21 2008
TNS has merged its own continuous research service in China with that of its joint venture CTR Market Research, under the Worldpanel brand. Jason Yu is appointed to lead the newly merged unit as General Manager, TNS Worldpanel China. More

Marketing Execs Key to Starbucks Turnaround Plans
Jan 14 2008
Coffee giant Starbucks is hoping to steer out of troubled waters with the help of newly promoted Senior VP Marketing Terry Davenport and Senior VP, Global Strategy Michelle Gass. Former Marketing Exec Harry Roberts also returns to the firm as Senior VP/Chief Creative Officer. More

NMI Grows with Seven Hires
Dec 12 2007
US-based health, wellness and sustainability researcher the Natural Marketing Institute (NMI) has hired Patti Marshman-Goldblatt as SVP, and Diane Ray as VP Strategic Consulting. Kurt Wagner, Dave Montgomery, La-Vie Borde-Perry, Gail Sayer and Deb Morang have also joined, as Project Directors. More

iD Factor Launches Specialist Panels
Nov 20 2007
As Toluna announces its agreement with Incisive, UK-based rival The iD Factor has announced the availability of 22 specialist panels covering ‘a comprehensive range of niche markets’, based on pre-profiling of 145,000 UK consumer members of its Home of Research panel. More

JRA Builds Senior Team
Nov 19 2007
In the US, J. Reckner Associates, Inc. (JRA) has added two Senior Vice Presidents, Cindy Ward and Steven M. Aukers, to lead the development of its global sensory and market research practices. Former Kraft researcher Beth Logan also joins, as an Account Director. More

Strong Q3 Growth, Senior Hire for GfK
Nov 14 2007
GfK has announced organic sales growth of 6.7%., and a sales increase of 5.5% to €833.9m for the first nine months of the year. Meanwhile Dr Derek Allen is joining the group in the US as EVP of the GfK Research Center for Excellence. More

Clubcard Data gives dunnhumby Sample of 13 Million
Oct 16 2007
UK consultancy dunnhumby is to use the ultimate consumer panel – data from the Loyalty Clubcards of 13 million households visiting its key client, Tesco – to offer evaluation of the impact of marketing activity on shopper behaviour. More

Hitwise Tool to Include Consumer Segmentation System
Oct 16 2007
Online competitive intelligence provider Hitwise has launched an updated version of its Hitwise Lifestyle online tool, containing a new approach which provides marketers with attitudinal and behavioural customer segmentation data on more than 30,000 web sites. More

Apollo Pilot Extended
Oct 11 2007
Arbitron and Nielsen are to extend the pilot period for their joint venture Project Apollo into the first quarter of 2008, to allow more time to demonstrate its benefits and to develop data delivery procedures. It was previously scheduled to complete this year. More

Radio Foursome Join Project Apollo
Oct 9 2007
Arbitron / Nielsen joint venture Project Apollo has reached agreement with four major US radio industry firms, to add audience data for commercials broadcast on their network and syndicated programs to its offer. More

New Leader for IRI as Klein Joins Parent Firm
Sep 28 2007
Retail info giant IRI has appointed John Freeland, an Accenture veteran most recently President-Worldwide Operations for salesforce.com, as its new President and CEO. He succeeds Scott W. Klein, in the roles since January 2004, who moves up to IRI’s parent, Symphony Technology Group. More

First In-Store Data from Nielsen’s P.R.I.S.M.
Sep 28 2007
Nielsen and its partners have announced ‘substantial progress’ in their P.R.I.S.M. project, which aims to establish a global metric for evaluating the in-store environment. Initial results shed light on the relationship between traffic and purchases, and the level of in-store communuications with shoppers. More

Swedes Win $2m for Virtual Store Development
Sep 18 2007
Swedish company Simstore International AB has received $2m in venture capital to develop SIMSTORE360®, an Internet based tool for the analysis of consumer decision-making at the point of purchase, using virtual store environments. More

ESOMAR Congress 2 – Evolving Researchers, Emancipated Women
Sep 17 2007
Papers at today’s ESOMAR Congress looked at 60 years of the development of research within electronics manfacturer Philips; and at the successful repositioning of the sagging SlimFast brand. More

Partners to Develop Sponsorship Tool
Sep 14 2007
In the US, financial trading intelligence firm Alphacution has teamed up with sports marketing firm rEvolution. The pair have adapted Alphacution’s financial sector marketing intelligence platform into a solution for optimising marketing and sponsorship spend. More

Nielsen Gets French Supermarket Data Deal
Sep 7 2007
Nielsen’s FMCG analytics unit Decisions Made Easy (DME) has partnered with France’s first online supermarket Telemarket. The retailer’s consumer profile data will be used to help suppliers gain an insight into the online supermarket sector. More

NPD and Fusion to Produce Perishables Industry Insights
Sep 7 2007
New York-based consumer research firm The NPD Group has linked up with LA consultancy Fusion Marketing to offer consumer information and marketing insights into the food and drink perishables industry. More

TNS Results Show Strategy ‘Working’
Sep 3 2007
TNS has today released unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2007. The firm says underlying revenue growth of 5.9% and operating profit up 8.9% to £45.4m show the successful implementation of a strategy commenced last year. More

Clear Seas Charts New Waters
Sep 3 2007
Clear Seas Research, the MR company within family owned US b-to-b group BNP Media, is expanding into the food, beverage and packaging sectors, as well as the gaming market. The move follows BMP’s acquisition of part of publisher and conference organiser Ascend Media. More

New Research Centre and Hires for Sport Marketing Institute
Aug 30 2007
In Canada, the Institute for Sport Marketing (ISM) has announced the on-campus launch of its new research centre at Laurentian University, and appointed Xiaoyan Xing as Associate Director of International Research and Ann Pegoraro as Associate Director. More

Annual Consumer Survey for Papua New Guinea
Aug 24 2007
Papua New Guinea (PNG) is to get its 'first' annual syndicated research study, courtesy of Starfish Research (Asia-Pacific). More

MrWeb Partners with MRA
Aug 23 2007
MrWeb has announced a partnership with the US-based association MRA (Marketing Research Association). The deal aims to give MRA members access to daily updates of global news and job vacancies while promoting MRA’s services and programs to readers of Daily Research News. More

Growth for Nielsen, Rapid Growth for Ipsos
Aug 16 2007
Ipsos and Nielsen have reported results for the first half of the year. Ipsos increased revenue by 8.7% over the year earlier period to €443.1m, while Nielsen’s grew from $2,019m to $2,241m. More

Sensory Research Centre Opens in Singapore
Aug 16 2007
German fragrance and flavourings manufacturer Symrise has opened a Sensory and Consumer Science Centre in Singapore, which includes rooms for focus groups, panel-training rooms and individual sensory-test booths. More

Modest Gains for GfK
Aug 14 2007
GfK has reported first half results which are ‘moderate compared with the highly successful prior year’. Business in two divisions, Custom Research and HealthCare, fell short of expectations, although others forged ahead giving respectable overall organic growth of 4.9%. More

IRI Gets In Step with Wal-Mart
Aug 14 2007
Retail analysis specialist Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) has announced an extension to its relationship with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., creating a range of consumer panel services based on the consumer giant’s customer segments. More

Checkout Survey System for Co-op
Aug 14 2007
UK convenience store chain Co-op Group is to conduct customer satisfaction surveys at the point of sale using its EPOS system. More

GB Sports Panel ‘First of Many’ for Lightspeed
Aug 9 2007
Lightspeed Research has announced the launch of a new GB Sports Panel. The panel pre-identifies consumers on the basis of sports watched and participated in. More

Harte-Hanks Leader to Retire
Aug 3 2007
Texas-based direct marketing giant Harte-Hanks, which targets promotions based on information gathered at the point of sale, has promoted Dean Blythe to President, replacing CEO Richard Hochhauser who is retiring after 32 years with the company. More

Franchise Intelligence Specialist Launched
Jul 27 2007
Dallas-based Spectrum Solutions has announced the launch of a new company, ZeeProbe, providing market intelligence for franchise, food and retail establishments. More

Dunkin’ Insight Head Leaves for New IHG Brand Team
Jul 20 2007
Dunkin’ Brands’ head of Insight Regina Lewis has left to join IHG, the group which owns hotel brands including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn, as part of its newly formed worldwide brand management leadership team. More

GfK Launches Face-To-Face Hispanic Research Programme
Jul 12 2007
GfK Consumer has launched a new regular survey of 'unacculturated' Hispanic Americans, whom it defines as ‘not yet assimilated completely to their adopted country’. Around two fifths of the 42 million Hispanics living in the US are said to meet the definition. More

TNS Points to Recovery for US Custom
Jul 9 2007
TNS has issued a trading update, ahead of reporting interim results on 3 September. The group says its previously troubled US custom business has returned to growth and expects underlying organic revenue growth of over 5% for the first six months of 2007. More

Research Leads New ASDA Labelling Strategy
Jul 9 2007
ASDA, the UK supermarket owned by US giant Wal-Mart, has announced the launch of a new food nutrition labelling system after extensive customer research. The approach combines the features of the alternative ‘traffic light’ and GDA systems used by its rivals. More

New Package Links Marketers to Mothers
Jul 2 2007
In the USA, MarketTools, Inc. has announced the availability of a research solution for marketers targeting mothers, the ‘Moms Insight Network’. The system combines input from the online conversations of millions of ‘moms’, an online community and a quarterly survey of 500 respondents. More

Tesco’s US Roll Out Follows Two Years of Research
Jun 26 2007
Following a two-year research programme which has seen Tesco’s US CEO Tim Mason and his team invest thousands of hours investigating the needs of the American consumer, the supermarket giant will be launching its Fresh & Easy stores in the US by the autumn. More

Zouzou to Lead Nielsen’s European In-Store March
Jun 26 2007
Denmark-based Anis Panduro Zouzou has been appointed Nielsen’s European In-Store Manager, charged with leading the roll-out of its In-Store initiative across Europe. More

Nunwood Videos to Probe the Shopper’s Subconscious
Jun 26 2007
UK-based agency Nunwood has added in-store video observation to its shopper insight offer, with the aim of more effectively evaluating subconscious behaviour traits. More

Nielsen Fills Blind Spot with Fridge Magnet Scanner
Jun 21 2007
Nielsen has introduced Homescan® Total ShopperView, billed as ‘the industry’s largest panel created to capture feedback on non-bar-coded items’. The service covers 15 categories of perishables such as bakery items, meat, vegetables and coffee. More

Target Pulls Plug on Psyche Survey
Jun 13 2007
US retailer Target has pulled an e-mail survey which made some respondents feel ‘uncomfortable’. The questionnaire, which was designed by New York firm Mindset Media and distributed to Target customers on Friday by Nielsen, was canceled by Saturday morning. More

Nielsen Names Barns to Succeed Tomei
Jun 5 2007
Following the recent departure of Robert Tomei, Mitch Barns has been named Global President of Nielsen’s consumer segmentation tools, Homescan, Spectra and Loyalty. The move continues the firm’s reorganisation of its Consumer Product Leadership team. More

Synovate Rebrands Division as New Tools Launch
Jun 1 2007
Synovate has introduced a suite of market potential models and simulators known as MVP – Market Value Potential; and has renamed its specialist Product Design & Development division ‘MarketQuest’. More

NMR Leads Nielsen Revenue Rise
May 31 2007
The Nielsen Company has reported revenues for the first quarter of 2007 up 5% over the same period last year, helped by a strong performance (up 7%) from its Media Research division. More

Research Now Launches NZ Panel
May 29 2007
Online agency Research Now has launched a proprietary research panel to gather consumer opinion in New Zealand. More

MASMI Opens in Poland
May 23 2007
London-based FMCG specialist, MASMI, has opened a full service MR firm in Warsaw, Poland, and appointed Tomasz Jakubowski, formerly of Synovate, to lead the team. More

Wal-Mart to Hand Over Sales Data to Nielsen
May 23 2007
Wal-Mart has partially lifted its six-year ban on providing sales data to MR firms, to support Nielsen’s effort to create an industry standard for in-store marketing measurement. More

More Territory for Texans
May 21 2007
Fort Worth-based customer analytics specialist Buxton is following a doubling of its headcount in 2006 by moving to new offices which have room to double it again, with a further 100+ new research and technical staff. More

Major Brand Management Launch for Nielsen
May 17 2007
The Nielsen Group has launched Brand3 – ‘Brand Cubed’ – linking retail market measurement data, household panel information and customised survey results to provide clients with a holistic perspective of a firm or product’s brand equity. More

Ipsos Q1 Organic Growth Hits Double Figures
May 15 2007
Ipsos has announced a strong first quarter with revenues up 8.9% to Euros 204.7m. Organic growth was 10.3%, the highest for a first quarter since Ipsos’ IPO in 1999. More

Good First Quarter for GfK
May 15 2007
The GfK Group has announced healthy first quarter results with sales up 5.2% to Euros 261.3m, with organic growth of 6.8%. Margin was up from 8.5% a year previously to 9.5%, and adjusted operating income rose by 17.3% to Euros 24.8m. More

Roll Out for NielsenConnect
May 14 2007
Nielsen has launched the first suite of products under its much-heralded NielsenConnect banner, integrating information from dozens of its collection, analysis and reporting services. More

Nielsen and Experian Launch Joint CRM Solution
May 14 2007
Nielsen and Experian Marketing Services have announced a new CRM solution to help consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies understand consumer purchasing behaviour and measure response to campaigns. More

Safeway Marketing Chief Quits
May 11 2007
Brian Cornell, Exec VP and Chief Marketing Officer of Safeway is leaving to look for a top role elsewhere. During his three year tenure, Cornell revamped market research and insight functions at the $40.5bn grocery chain. More

Nielsen Rolls Out In-Store Measurement
May 8 2007
In the US, the Nielsen Company and the In-Store Marketing Institute have begun the expansion of their in-store measurement service, known as P.R.I.S.M. (Pioneering Research for an In-Store Metric), to encompass all forms of merchandising activity. More

Northern Expansion for Strategic Vision
May 4 2007
Consultancy firm Strategic Vision has added a Canadian unit to its existing teams in the USA and Russia. StrategicVision Canada will be led by new hire Margo Jay, whose association with the firm began more than 15 years ago as a client. More

New Division to Probe ‘Modern Mom Market’
May 3 2007
US-based online tips and advice publisher Modern Mom has formed an Insights & Action division to delve into the key drivers of the ‘mom market’. Its products have been developed with the help of MR consultancy, Noesis. More

IRI Expands BehaviorScan® Ad Testing Capabilities
Apr 30 2007
Consumer, shopper and retail market intelligence agency IRI has opened its new BehaviorScan media testing studio in Colorado, USA, where retailers and manufacturers will be able to test the impact of their TV ad strategies. More

Ubiquitous Google is Top Brand
Apr 23 2007
A week of headlines for Google. On Friday the search giant announced first quarter revenue up 63% to $3.66bn, and rocketed to the top of Millward Brown’s BRANDZ™ index with a worth dwarfing current figures - $66.4bn. Google also made headline deals and gained search share against rivals Yahoo! and Microsoft. More

South African Charity Buys into MR Firm
Apr 20 2007
South African firm WDB Investment Holdings, the finance arm of the WDB Charitable Trust, has acquired a 25.1% stake in MR intelligence firm Kaufman Levin Associates (KLA). More

Unilever to Move More UK Research Online
Apr 18 2007
Consumer products giant Unilever plans to increase the use of the Internet as an MR tool in the UK, following the success of its web-based research programmes in the States. More

OTX Prepares to go OTT
Apr 5 2007
Hi-tech researcher OTX (Online Testing eXchange) has added five senior executives, apparently the prelude to a major offensive. The hires include Bruce Grey Tedesco as Chief Research Officer and four others at VP level or above. More

NPD Snaps Up TNS Food Trackers in UK and Spain
Apr 5 2007
Retail and consumer information firm, NPD Group, has bought TNS’s foodservice tracking businesses in the UK and Spain, and integrated them into its CREST® food purchase information service. More

Research Firm Plays Key Role in New Obesity Measure
Mar 27 2007
Birmingham, UK-based Select Research has launched the initial phase of a study which it hopes will lead to the creation of a new computer-based system for measuring obesity. The system is designed to improve on Body Mass Index (BMI) which doctors have used since 1830. More

New Nielsen Solution Builds On Wal-Mart Relationship
Mar 15 2007
The Nielsen Company has announced a new category management solution for suppliers of Wal-Mart, for whom it is the sole provider of consumer panel services. The new package combines Nielsen’s Spectra consumer segmentation and targeting with its Decisions Made Easy sales tracking software. More

ValueAct to Buy Catalina and Take it Private
Mar 9 2007
Major shareholder ValueAct Capital is on course to take consumer behavior and direct marketing firm Catalina Marketing Corporation private, in an all-cash transaction valued at $1.7 billion. More

No.1 Spot for Insight-Driven Dunkin’
Mar 7 2007
US chain Dunkin’ Donuts has deposed coffee giant Starbucks in customer loyalty ratings for the first time. NYC-based Brand Keys Inc. said Dunkin’, whose insight head Regina Lewis featured last year in MRWho, had given its brands ‘the right values and the right sense of community’. More

Hiccups for TNS’ Billion Pound Baby
Mar 5 2007
TNS has released full year results for 2006, showing revenue almost flat at £1,004.2m (up 0.5% from £999m in 2005). However the firm, whose US custom business has been restructuring since reporting problems a year ago, said results in other divisions were good. More

Solid Growth for GfK
Mar 1 2007
Healthy preliminary figures indicate that GfK Group’s 2006 organic growth of 5.4% was again ahead of the estimated industry average of 4-5%. Declining sales in Japan meant overall Asia Pacific growth was nil, but the firm’s operations in Central and Eastern Europe continue to boom. More

comScore and IRI Launch Panel and Media Tools
Feb 27 2007
Retail analysis giant Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) has partnered with comScore Networks to create an Internet tracking panel, along with support solutions to provide Internet media buying and planning tools for CPG clients. More

Kraft Joins Move to Consumer Focus
Feb 21 2007
In the US, Kraft Foods Inc. will invest $300-400 million on ‘marketing, research and development’ this year in a plan to turn around a series of disappointing results. The consumer giant aims to make its product categories ‘more relevant to consumers’. More

TNS Buy Leads to Shopper Insights Launch
Feb 19 2007
TNS has acquired US shopping behaviour specialist Sorensen Associates for an undisclosed sum, and created a global practice, TNS Retail and Shopper Insights. More

Nutraceuticals Specialist Schutt Opens for Business
Feb 16 2007
In the USA, Ellen Schutt, a former editor of Nutraceuticals World magazine has launched an independent consulting firm whose offer will include trends analysis and MR. Schutt Solutions LLC will focus on the nutraceuticals and functional foods industries. More

Wal-Mart CMO Steps Up with Customer Experience Remit
Jan 25 2007
Just as Gap’s MR champion leaves the helm, even-bigger retailer Wal-Mart has promoted a senior research advocate. CMO John Fleming, a leading light in the firm’s strategy of tailoring stores to different customer segments, becomes Chief Merchant in charge of apparel, entertainment, grocery and home. More

New Role Reflects Waitrose Customer Focus
Jan 24 2007
UK retailer Waitrose has created a new position of Customer Development Director, putting customer requirements at the heart of its ambitious development plans. Board member Tony Solomons, currently Supply Chain Director, steps into the role from next week. More

VNU Changes Name to ‘The Nielsen Company’
Jan 18 2007
VNU today continued its radical overhaul following its return to the private sector, by changing its name to ‘The Nielsen Company’. The firm says the move ‘emphasizes its best-known brand name and underscores its commitment to create an integrated, streamlined global organization’. More

Kaye Joins OTX To Head New Qual Division
Jan 11 2007
Consumer research and consulting firm, OTX (Online Testing eXchange), has hired Dave Kaye from Flamingo International, to head its newly launched qualitative arm in Europe and Asia. More

Nielsen Extends Retail Partnership
Jan 2 2007
ACNielsen has signed a new five-year agreement expanding its partnership with Dollar General, which operates more than 8,000 dollar stores. ACN will provide Account Level Services for the US retailer, including a Census level trade area which will be available to the vendor community. More

Up To 4,000 Jobs to Go in VNU ‘Transformation’
Dec 18 2006
VNU has begun what it calls a ‘major corporate transformation’ including the phasing out of its existing group structure and the cutting of up to 4,000 jobs in 2007. NMR CEO Susan Whiting is promoted to a new group-wide EVP role while Frank Martell and Steve Schmidt will leave the company. More

VNU Follows Consumer... In-Store
Dec 6 2006
VNU and partner the In-Store Marketing Institute are to launch a global service measuring customers’ in-store influences and purchasing decisions. The service will be offered by Nielsen In-Store, a new unit within the recently announced NielsenConnect, which aims to ‘follow the consumer’. More

TNS Continues to Strengthen North American Team
Dec 6 2006
TNS has appointed two Executive Vice Presidents for its North America Custom Research leadership under Kimberly Till. Michael O'Keeffe joins to lead Operations and MCP, and Larry Levin to head up U.S. Consumer Goods & Services. More

Iowa Farmers Share Data, Get Shares
Dec 1 2006
Farmers in Iowa have helped establish a new online market research company, AgSpeak. The launch was led by a group of agri-business professionals aiming to improve information flow to agricultural suppliers, while ‘fairly compensating’ farmers for the information they share. More

Convenient Arrangement for Nielsen
Nov 29 2006
In the US, ACNielsen has announced a long-term alliance with NACS (the National Association of Convenience Stores), designed to provide comprehensive analysis of sales data for the convenience and petroleum market. More

Alliance to Send Disabled Mystery Shoppers
Sep 22 2006
GfK Mystery Shopping and disability consulting firm Butler New Media this week announced a joint venture giving GfK clients access to Butler’s ABILITY Mystery Shopping Panel. The result is claimed to be ‘America’s first national panel for individuals with disabilities’. More

Scarborough Next to Get Thumbs Up from Busy MRC
Sep 8 2006
US shopping, media and lifestyle analyst Scarborough Research has announced the full accreditation of its core syndicated services by the MRC (Media Rating Council). These include its 75 Top-Tier Local Market Studies and its Multi-Market Study, beginning with the 2006 product year. More

US Decline Pegs Back TNS
Sep 4 2006
TNS has announced its unaudited interim results for the six months to 30 June. Unspectacular overall revenue growth of 4.5% (underlying growth 3.0%) reflects a decline in US custom business, while the rest of the group achieved organic revenue growth of almost 6%. More

Organic Growth Boosts Bigger GfK
Aug 14 2006
GfK’s first half sales rose 54.6% to Euros 534.4m and adjusted operating income was up 76.3% to Euros 63.8m. Organic sales growth was a healthy 6.2%, ahead of the industry as a whole. The company has also extended the contract of its CEO Professor Dr. Klaus L. Wübbenhorst to 2012, ahead of schedule. More

BMRB Surveys European Elite
Aug 10 2006
BMRB has launched TGI Europa Elite, a survey identifying upmarket European consumers, using a sample of 40,000 adults across France, Germany, Great Britain and Spain. Separately, the firm has also announced a new version of its Compose channel planning tool. More

Gongos Changes Name and Location
Aug 9 2006
Michigan-based custom MR firm Gongos Research has moved into a custom-built office in Auburn Hills, reflecting rapid growth this year. At the same time, it has changed its name from Gongos and Associates, Inc. More

Wal-Mart and Nielsen Tie Knot
Aug 4 2006
Wal-Mart, the world’s biggest retailer, has signed an agreement designating ACNielsen as its sole provider of consumer panel services, with the aim of tailoring its offer at an individual store level. ACNielsen already provides Wal-Mart with Spectra segmentation and targeting applications and insight. More

Shanker Leaves IRI for Growing OTX
Jul 24 2006
US provider OTX (Online Testing eXchange) has appointed David Shanker, previously of IRI, as its new COO and promoted Bruce Friend to President of Media and Entertainment Insights. The company is growing rapidly, rising to 22nd in the Honomichl Top 50 in just 6 years of operation. More

New UK Launch Seeks to Cut Through Retail Data Jungle
Jul 6 2006
KPMG has this week joined forces with research group SPSL to launch the ‘Retail Think Tank’ (RTT) aimed at establishing ‘the true health and status’ of the UK’s retail sector. More

Natural Alliance for Nielsen
Jun 23 2006
ACNielsen US has announced an expanded relationship with natural products sales data firm SPINS Inc. The two will share expertise, collaborate and optimize existing SPINS solutions, and jointly develop new products and services for clients in the health & wellness and natural & organic products industries. More

New Retail Ad System for UK
Jun 22 2006
Outdoor advertising group JCDecaux has launched what it describes as the first ever coverage and frequency system for retail media, developed in conjunction with TNS Worldpanel. More

Wal-Mart Strategy Follows Research
Jun 6 2006
MR is at the heart of the transformation of Wal-Mart, the world’s biggest retailer, according to a speech by President and CEO Lee Scott at a shareholders’ meeting last Friday. The ‘Wal-Mart Out Front’ initiative rests on five ‘pillars’ of which the first is an MR-based broadening of its customer appeal. More

Synovate Exclusive: Little Big Man
May 18 2006
Synovate is planning further acquisitions, with Internet panel companies and analytics & modelling specialists among the possible targets. Global CEO Adrian Chedore talks exclusively to DRNO about buying companies, keeping people, and how a fast-growing top ten agency can stay 'small'. More

Text Your Sandwich to TNS
Apr 25 2006
TNS has released market size figures for British consumption of sandwiches, based on innovative methodology. Panellists text the bar codes of their purchases to the company, allowing it to track their snacking in real-time. More

Feature: Insight To Go – Research at Dunkin’ Brands
Mar 14 2006
Surprise - researchers at the drinks ‘n’ donuts giant are not obsessed with coffee wars and dietary health. They set their own agenda, and it's creative to say the least. Paying loyal customers not to use your stores? Regina Lewis, Ph.D, VP of the Consumer and Brand Insights Group, talks in the latest MRWho. More

VNU Recommends Sale
Mar 8 2006
VNU, parent of ACNielsen and Nielsen Media Research, has announced that it has agreed to a public offer from a private-equity consortium including AlpInvest Partners, valuing the company's equity at approximately EUR 7.5 bn in cash, or EUR 28.75 per common share. The option of breaking the company up has been rejected. More

Good Overall Growth for TNS Despite UK and US Results
Mar 6 2006
TNS has announced results for the year ended 31 December 2005. Revenue is up 5.7% (adjusted 4.1%) to £999.0m and adjusted operating profit up 9.5% to £112.6m. Strong growth across syndicated services and in custom business in continental Europe and emerging markets contrasted with ‘challenging conditions’ in the US and UK. More

IRI and comScore Partner for More Targeted Testing
Mar 1 2006
Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) and comScore Networks have announced they will work together to offer clients improved product and advertising testing. The offer will combine IRI’s BehaviorScan(R) in-market testing solution and comScore's advanced MR and targeting capabilities. More

GfK Results Confirm 6.5% Organic Growth
Feb 28 2006
GfK’s preliminary results, published today, confirm the company’s upbeat forecast from a week ago and reveal what the group calls ‘a year of extraordinary success’. Total sales of 935.4m euros, up 39%, include 198.0m euros for NOP World companies and 737.4m euros for the rest of the group. Organic growth was 6.5%. More

Global Moves for GfK
Feb 23 2006
The GfK Group has a majority share in a new joint venture in Israel, and has announced several other recent moves to expand its global presence. They include an increased stake in Swiss agency Research Matters, the establishment of a branch for its HealthCare division in Thailand and the integration of New York’s Audits and Surveys. More

Simmons’ Key Survey Wins MRC Accreditation
Feb 22 2006
US agency Simmons Research, part of Experian, has announced the accreditation of its flagship survey, the National Consumer Study (NCS), by the Media Rating Council (MRC). More

BMRA Members Vote It Away
Feb 21 2006
The membership of the British Market Research Association (BMRA) has voted in favour of proposals to integrate its services into the Market Research Society (MRS), with effect from April 2006. The BMRA will cease to exist as of April Fools’ Day. More

NRG Research Expands to Alberta
Feb 6 2006
Canadian NRG Research Group has opened two new offices in Alberta, to be led by Derek Blair, formerly of Ipsos North America. Other new members of staff include food and drink specialist Greg Turner and consultant Rod Love, an expert on politics and the media. More

TNS Survey Chooses Products of the Year
Jan 26 2006
The UK’s Product of the Year awards ceremony took place last night. The 26 winners - who include Häagen-Dazs Cream Crisp, Gillette M3Power Razor, Flash Car Wash and Elastoplast’s silver healing plasters - were chosen following a TNS survey of 12,500 consumers throughout the UK. More

TNS Extends Worldpanel Branding
Jan 10 2006
TNS is renaming its various continuous consumer panels in Asia Pacific and the Middle East ‘Worldpanel’, in line with the panels used in 50 countries worldwide. The rebranding is designed to provide clearer and more co-ordinated services to international clients. More

IRI Assesses Impact of Economic Trends
Jan 9 2006
A new study from US agency Information Resources, Inc (IRI) recommends that retailers should look at the state of the economy as a whole to help them forecast trends and plan new product developments in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) and healthcare markets. More

Homescan Expansion Completed
Dec 7 2005
ACNielsen U.S. has this week announced the completion of the major program to expand its Homescan(R) consumer panel. In two years, the panel’s size has more than doubled to 125,000 households providing insights and information for the CPG industry. More

GfK Results Show Progress of NOP Integration
Nov 15 2005
The GfK Group has announced results for the third quarter of 2005. The integration of NOP World is said to be proceeding according to plan, and the group has already achieved 95.6% of its order volume forecast for 2005. Sales for the first 9 months are up 28.8% vs Q1-3 2004 to EUR 627.5m. More

MetrixLab Turnover Up By 71%
Nov 2 2005
European online research agency MetrixLab added another 1 million Euros to its turnover in the third quarter of this year, representing a 71% increase compared with the same period last year. The company’s net profits grew by 44% over the same period. More

New Agency Launched by Former Quaestor Staff
Aug 31 2005
Ian Rowlands and Damien Flannagan, former employees of the UK’s Quaestor Research, have launched a new consumer agency, Gusto Research, based in Leeds. Gusto will provide qual and online quant surveys, and aims to help clients drive their action plans by offering free post-debrief workshops. More

Moscow Mystery Member
Jul 21 2005
Russian company Nextep Promotion is the latest addition to the International Mystery Shopping Alliance (IMSA). Nextep’s field force includes more than 1,000 mystery shoppers covering the whole of Russia, as well as the Ukraine and Kazakhstan. More

RFID Grows But Cost Is an Obstacle
Jul 21 2005
The cost of radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology remains a stumbling block in the consumer goods market, according to AMR Research. Only 8% of companies surveyed are currently using the new technology but another 23% are piloting it and 12% have plans to implement it this year. More

MR Giants to Merge
Jul 11 2005
The MR landscape is to undergo a seismic shift as VNU, the world’s biggest research provider, buys IMS Health, the next biggest in the US, in a transaction valued at 5.8 billion Euros ($7.0 billion). VNU’s CEO is confident that the deal will quickly lead to major cost savings and new revenues. More

‘Disappointing’ Growth for TNS in UK and US
Jul 8 2005
TNS today announced ‘weaker than anticipated’ growth in UK and US custom research. It expects overall revenue growth for this year to be line with the market at about 4% - a more cautious prediction than earlier in the year, when the company said it hoped to outpace rivals. More

News Editor for DRNO
May 24 2005
Daily Research News has appointed a full-time News Editor, who will start in June. Tessa Russell joins from Which? magazine where she has worked for the last eight years, most recently as an Assistant Editor leading the food and health team. More

UK Retail Digest
May 20 2005
An influx of news in the UK retail sector. NOPWorld has today announced the winning of a contract for mystery shopping for Kwik Save supermarkets, and ESA has this week retained its mystery shopping contract for Tesco Ireland. Meanwhile MINTEL reports Britain’s tea-drinking on the wane and IGD says convenience store takings are set to grow. More

UK MR Growth / Agency Rankings for 2004
Apr 26 2005
The BMRA has published its league table of UK research agencies for 2004. Whilst we remain cautious given problems in previous years with interpretation, there are some notable highlights. Total turnover for the sector was just under £1.3bn (up 5.4%), with international business in particular recovering strongly. More

ESA Continues Growth
Apr 25 2005
UK retail and trade research specialist ESA has announced turnover growth of 8% in its 25th anniversary year, 2004. Although well below the 35% achieved in 2003, when it was the fastest growing large research agency in the UK, the 2004 figure is still well above the industry average. More

Colombian Connection for Harris Interactive
Apr 20 2005
Harris Interactive® has added another member to its Global Network. Market Team is an independent MR and retail audit firm based in Bogota, Colombia. The company was established in 1994 and conducts research in Ecuador, Central America and the Caribbean region as well as in its home country. More

GfK Results Impress
Apr 12 2005
GfK has announced ‘a year of extraordinary success’ with sales up 12.8% to EUR 671.7m and a margin of 13.6%, putting the Group ‘top of the market research sector in terms of profitability’. EBIT including income from participations increased by 31.2% to EUR 91.1m and the dividend by around 43% to EUR 0.30. More

Greenfield Buys CIAO
Apr 7 2005
Greenfield Online has announced the completed acquisition of fellow online survey specialist Ciao AG for cash plus shares to a total value of c.$150 million. The move creates a major new global force in Internet panel research. More

Nielsen Extends Monitor-Plus Outdoor Coverage
Apr 7 2005
Nielsen Monitor-Plus has announced an enhancement to its outdoor advertising measurement service, increasing the number of co-operating outdoor companies and bringing the total number of US markets measured to over 150. More

RI Directors Form New Agency
Apr 5 2005
Three UK-based Directors of Research International are leaving to found a new agency, Engage Research. Deborah Sleep, Marie Sutton and Lyndsay Peck all held senior roles in what was the Consumer Division until the restructuring of Dec 2004. All three have a focus on consumer & market strategy and innovation research. More

Natural and Organic Foods Tracker Extended
Mar 29 2005
ACNielsen US and SPINS have expanded their SPINSscan Conventional tracking service, which gives detailed coverage of sales of natural and organic products across grocery, drug, and mass merchandise retail outlets. More

TNS Reveals Worldpanel Plans
Mar 10 2005
TNS has today announced extensive development plans for its global consumer panel service Worldpanel, including the expansion of its UK FMCG consumer tracker, Superpanel, from 15,000 to 25,000 households. More

Nielsen to Expand European Panel
Mar 10 2005
ACNielsen will expand its European panel coverage from approximately 45,000 to just under 70,000 households by the end of 2006, the company announced this week. The expansion includes the key markets of the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Portugal. More

Strong Growth at Synovate
Mar 9 2005
Aegis Group plc has announced strong preliminary results for 2004, acknowledging a good contribution from its market research arm, Synovate, which almost doubled revenues in the EMEA region and added 24.4% to turnover worldwide. Organic growth at 8.3% is well above the estimated industry average of 4.25%. More

TNS Reports First Full Results Post-NFO
Mar 7 2005
TNS has announced its results for the year ended 31 December 2004, the first full year since the acquisition of NFO WorldGroup, Inc. (NFO) in July 2003. Revenue increased 17.4% to £945.3m and underlying revenue up 4.1%. Operating profit is up 28% to £102.0m while operating margin increased 0.9% to 10.8%. More

‘Transformed’ IRI Wins Major Clients
Feb 25 2005
Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) has announced an ‘outstanding year’ and given details of its ‘ongoing transformation and aggressive plans’. The company says it signed over $110m worth of global new CPG and retailer research business over the past five quarters, along with more than $650m in renewals over the last two years. More

NPD Appoints Group President
Feb 10 2005
The NPD Group has appointed Randy Smith as Group President with responsibility for leading several NPD divisions: NPD Foodworld, NPD Automotive, NPD Canada and the firm’s interests in Latin America. The Group says it is preparing for further expansion in the US and abroad. More

IRI InfoScan to Include Morrisons / Safeway Data
Jan 7 2005
The UK business of Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) has announced a strategic partnership with William Morrisons, whose EpoS data will be incorporated into IRI’s leading-edge continuous UK retail scanning service, InfoScan®. Morrisons have now completed the review of MR strategy which followed the acquisition of Safeway. More

New Image, New Approach for MMR
Dec 14 2004
Consumer researcher mmr has relaunched, with a new positioning, a new web site and a new interactive approach. The new positioning will use the phrase ‘making more of research’ to emphasize mmr's research capability, creativity and approachability. More

MegaPanel – First Stage Away
Nov 2 2004
ACNielsen has completed the first phase of its US Homescan MegaPanel initiative, expanding the panel by thirty thousand households to a total of 91,500 and launching the ‘Shopper Trends’ segmentation service and other new features. Nearly fifty companies have signed up as MegaPanel clients and the first results are due next month. More

MMR Launches Online Specialist
Oct 28 2004
UK-based agency The MMR Group has announced the formation of a new company specialising in Internet research. Qubiq-Online aims to combine the research expertise of the Group, including proprietary techniques such as its Liking Segmentation® tool, with online expertise to provide ‘Real research online’. More

New Structure, New Faces at GfK Martin Hamblin
Oct 14 2004
GfK Martin Hamblin has restructured of its research divisions and made a number of senior appointments. Sue Wheeler and Reza Chady join the Board, and become General Managers respectively of the B2B and Technology Departments, within the newly formed Custom Research Division. More

Millward Brown’s Australian Team ‘Complete’
Feb 11 2004
After 18 months of restructuring and talent search in Australia, Millward Brown’s Asia Pacific CEO Andreas Sperling has announced the completion of its new line-up, highlighting four recent senior appointments. According to Sperling, the restructure answers clients’ requests for a ‘mould-breaking’ agency. More

ACNielsen US Extends Store Tracking Service
Oct 22 2003
ACNielsen US has announced plans to greatly extend the coverage of its Convenience Track retail measurement service, boosting the sample used for sales projections to over 2,500 convenience stores across the US and in 30 local markets. More

Millward Brown To Roll Out Category Forecasting Model
Oct 2 2003
Millward Brown has signed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with French market modelling agency Interstat to use its SAPIENS® market mix model, which offers sales volume forecasting across both packaged goods and BtoB product categories. More

TNS Reports Solid First Half, Rapid Progress with NFO Integration
Sep 10 2003
Taylor Nelson Sofres plc (TNS) have announced positive interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2003, with steady growth in the market for syndicated and continuous tracking services, but continued pressure in media intelligence and ad hoc customised research. More

Millward Brown Appoints Greek Licensee
Sep 10 2003
Millward Brown has appointed research agency MRB Hellas as its licensee in Greece. Established in 1969, MRB Hellas works across a broad range of clients including packaged goods, leisure, IT, telecoms, media, and government bodies, both Greek and European. More

Focus on MR Sectors
Aug 20 2003
MrWeb has today launched the first four of its new 'Sector Focus' pages. Each page brings together the site's news, desk research links (UK-based) and listings of suppliers for researchers working in a particular vertical sector. More

UK MR Job Market Wobbles Back Towards Good Health
Jul 17 2003
UK market research salaries have remained fairly flat in the past 12 months, according to the first statistics from MrWeb vacancies for Jan to June ‘03. Full details will be in this month's MRWho. The number of jobs posted (and specifying salaries) has risen by 27% in the last 6 months. More

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