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Branding and Marketing, Strategy

The Pivot to Passive: Shopping in an Era of Algorithms

J. Walker Smith, Executive Chairman, presents The Pivot to Passive: Shopping in an Era of Algorithms at the 2017 WPP Global Retail Forum

Strategy

The Uber-All Economy of the Future

This article was originally published in The Independent Review. Written by J. Walker Smith, Executive Chairman, Kantar Futures The poster child for the economy of the future is Uber, the… Read More »

Kantar

Kantar Thought-Leadership

As the world’s leading firm for research, data and insights, Kantar is constantly generating leading-edge ideas and “inspiration for an extraordinary world.”

Branding and Marketing, Demographic Trends

Millennial 2020

'Meet the children of millennials - is your business prepared for the storm of centennials?' presented by Henry Tucker at the Millennial 2020 conference.

Strategy

The Third Age of Consumption

The Third Age of Consumption is at hand. Its defining feature is capacity. It is a new E.R.A. in which opportunities will be found in Experiences, Relationships and Algorithms.

Co-branded, Strategy

The Consumer Health Mindset Report 2017

This study explores the health attitudes, motivations, and preferences of consumers across the U.S.—particularly employees and their dependents—as they use their employer sponsored health plans and wellbeing programs and maneuver through the broader health landscape.

Emerging Markets, Strategy

Becoming Future Present

In Asia, being future-ready, means being Future Present. A guide to how businesses in Asia can profit from change by thinking strategically and acting pragmatically – whether looking out 10 months, or 10 years.

Branding and Marketing, Strategy

Finding Common Ground in a Marketplace Moving from Authenticity to Allegiances

"Finding Common Ground in a Marketplace Moving from Authenticity to Allegiances" was presented by J. Walker Smith, Executive Chairman of Kantar Futures, to the League of Women Voters of North Carolina on April 5, 2017.

Strategy

Smaller Worlds

In this FutureView LIVE, Kantar Futures executive chairman J. Walker Smith takes a look at where things stand and where things are headed. In particular, he offers strategic guidance, outlining and exploring the imperatives for success in a marketplace of smaller worlds where the first priority of consumers has flipped from authenticity to allegiances.

Strategy

New Rules of Innovation

The combination of slowing economic growth and high volatility creates a dual challenge for businesses. We need to look for growth in different ways. So we need to think differently about how we approach future innovation.

Branding and Marketing

Millennial Mindset

Millennial Mindset explores what makes Millennials unique and how brands can successfully communicate and engage with them around health and wellbeing topics.

Kantar, Strategy

FragmentNation

The marketplace is splintering—not with a whimper but with a bang. The diversity of tastes, values, ideologies and lifestyles has exploded. Niches are the new scale. Differentiation and innovation are… Read More »

Strategy

Shaping the Future of Travel – The Polarization of Asian Travelers

Shaping the Future of Travel goes beyond standard segmentations to explore polarization in behavior and motivation.

Demographic Trends

Centennials – Unlocking Global Youth Insights

The current global youth generation, called Centennials, is an influential and well-informed cohort. As the oldest of the generation enters young adulthood, marketers and brands need to understand their values and behaviors to understand how Centennials are shaping the world around them.

Strategy

The Fear of No Change: Connecting with Consumers in the Encroaching Era of Stagnation

In this biannual FutureView LIVE Webinar, Executive Chairman J. Walker Smith spotlights what's really going on in the marketplace and the critical new imperatives that the fear of no change brings to brands and business planning.