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Savannah House

Savannah House is a Marketing Manager at CMB.

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CMB Moves to Boston's Bustling Financial District

Posted by Savannah House

Thu, Feb 14, 2019

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Last night we celebrated an exciting milestone for CMB. As of this past Monday, our headquarters have officially moved to Boston’s Financial District—just a 10-minute walk from our previous location in the historic Leather District.

CMB welcome reception

We had 34 wonderful years on South Street, but we look forward to this next chapter for CMB. Our new office accommodates our continued growth and evolution—outfitted with collaboration areas, Wellness space, and a private roof deck with sweeping views of downtown Boston.

View of Downtown Boston

And part of this growth means hiring smart and driven individuals. If you’re interested in working with fun, talented, and collaborative teammates, check out our open roles.

Open Roles

This is an exciting time for CMB as we continue to grow and evolve as a company. We’re thrilled about this opportunity and look forward to welcoming you to our new space!

Welcome reception-Two Oliver

Savannah House is the Marketing Manager at CMB who is thoroughly enjoying her new standing desk.

Topics: Chadwick Martin Bailey, CMB Careers, news and announcements

Meeting the Market Researchers of Tomorrow

Posted by Savannah House

Thu, Jan 31, 2019

Sandy and Liz at MSU career fair2

Last week Sandy Tente, CMB’s Head of People and Culture, and Liz White, Director of Advanced Analytics, greeted future market research professionals at the Michigan State University career fair.

This was just one of many career fairs CMB attends all over the country—spanning from the Northeast to the Midwest and down to Georgia—excitedly meeting prospective students interested in a career in market research.

The Associate Researcher role is an exciting opportunity to help some of the world’s most cutting-edge brands—including Netflix, American Express, LinkedIn—tackle their most pressing and complex business challenges. You’ll work side-by-side with project managers, senior consultants, and industry experts—learning how to leverage data analysis to uncover insights that inspire action.

Plus, you’ll experience all the other benefits that come with joining CMB, like ongoing trainings, one-on-one mentoring, Fun Fridays, frequent social events, a culture committed to professional development and growth, volunteer opportunities, and more.

Next, you’ll find CMB at the Providence College and Bentley University career fairs on Wednesday, February 13. Stop by our table for some free swag and to learn more about life at CMB!

Interested in other market research careers? We’re always on the lookout for bright and curious data individuals, so check out our open roles here:

Open Roles

Topics: CMB Careers

3 Search Behavior Trends to Know in 2019

Posted by Savannah House

Fri, Jan 04, 2019

woman using mobile phone-1

Last month, Google published its annual top search trends report—a look into what people were most interested in 2018. From Avicii to Black Panther to polling information, search behavior reflects the events, people, and cultural moments that defined the year.

Beyond a cultural snapshot, search data lets us tap into real insights around what people want, need, and intend to do in their daily lives. And thanks in part to the Amazon Effect, consumers expect to find what they’re looking for faster and easier than ever before. To meet these rising expectations, brands must understand what, how, and when people are searching to better address their needs throughout the journey.

Here are some key search trends brands can leverage to better serve their customers:

Personalized search is on the rise

AI technology has made it easy to be conversational and personal in search. Like asking a friend—or Alexa—for advice, more and more people are using natural language when searching and asking questions. Instead of the traditional utility search (e.g., “best car”), we now ask specific and personally-relevant questions about products and services (e.g., “best car for me”) that feel more human.

In the last two years, mobile searches for “Do I need” and “Should I” have increased by over 65% while “Can I” mobile searches grew by 85%—indicating consumers now trust and expect search technology to answer their most personal and specific questions.

While this hyper-personalization is exciting, the focus must remain on the consumer—not the tech. Because customers are increasingly casual in their search, brands mustn’t lose the human element and use natural language in their product and service messaging. People are busy and won’t waste time on superfluous or overly-technical language.

This trend also suggests people are a lot more comfortable with using technology for a variety of their everyday needs—whether it’s shopping for a new auto insurance policy or locating the nearest open food delivery option. Consumers expect frictionless experiences, so brands need to ensure their digital touchpoints are human and intuitive.

People want things nearby and now

Whether it’s a manicure or a special shampoo brand, people expect something the moment they need it. And not only do they want it right now, it must be nearby.

Google reported a 500% growth in “near me” mobile searches containing a variant of “can I buy” or “to buy” over the last two years. Further, more and more consumers are searching for specific items like “riding boots near me” in addition to general “restaurants near me” queries.

All of this is to say that “near me” search is no longer just about location; it’s about finding a certain thing, in a specific place, at a specific time.

More than ever consumers expect to find exactly what they want when they want. Brands must work to provide the answers consumers are looking for—accurately and quickly—to capture their consideration. You don’t need to be a brick in mortar for this to apply to you. Whatever your business, help your customers and be absolutely explicit about your products and services.

People (and not just insights professionals) are research-obsessed

Today’s research-obsessed consumers use search to make the most of their experiences and optimize their lives. Whether it’s planning a vacation or going out to dinner, gathering information helps get them excited and feel confident about an upcoming experience.

Google reported a 120% increase in mobile searches for "wait times", indicating more and more people want to know what they’re getting themselves into prior to an experience.

This is an opportunity for brands to understand the different moments and mindsets of their customers and become part of their consideration early in the decision-making process. Customers want to feel confident while making planning decisions, so brands should do all they can to empower these decisions.

Make it easy to plan a trip to one of your hotels, for example, by offering pre-built itinerary suggestions. Or if you’re a financial services provider, consider offering a straightforward budget planner if you're targeting new college grads just starting on their financial journeys.

Whatever it is, take advantage of consumers’ desire to research by providing materials/content that will get them excited about choosing your brand.

Search data isn’t a magic bullet, but it’s a critical source of insights for engaging and inspiring today and tomorrow’s consumer. Tell us how you’re leveraging search and what you’re seeing in the comments!

Savannah House is a Marketing Manager at CMB who as a child, received movie times and the weather from SmarterChild, the OG of virtual assistants.

Topics: consumer insights

2018: A Year in Review

Posted by Savannah House

Wed, Dec 26, 2018

2018 blogging recap

It's been a busy and exciting year at CMB! Before we turn the page to 2019, here’s a look at some of our top-performing blog posts from 2018:

“What’s in a Name?”

While the historic $69 billion CVS-Aetna megamerger raises a lot of questions about the future of the healthcare industry, we’re particularly interested in how these two companies will approach the merger from a brand strategy perspective—remain separate brands, merge, or create a new? Either way, aligning on a brand strategy is as important as sorting out financials, operations, logistics, and everything else that comes with the complexities of this kind of deal.

“5 Questions with Qualitative Moderator Eileen Sullivan”

Earlier this year we were fortunate to welcome Eileen Sullivan to our growing Qualitative Practice. In this post, Eileen shares her perspective on the latest and greatest in qualitative research tools and methods, what it takes to be a successful moderator, and the critical role storytelling plays in research. And for any Quallies heading to QRCA in Savannah next month, be sure to keep your eye out for Eileen!

“Emotions Run High with Virtual Assistants”

Even though virtual assistants are evolving to do some pretty amazing things, most people are still only scratching the surface with the basic Q&A function. Asking Siri or Alexa for the weather forecast is a fine experience when they’re cooperating, but it can be extremely frustrating when you don’t get the right answer—like getting the current temperature in Cupertino when you live in Boston. CMB's Chris Neal dives into the emotional dimensions of using virtual assistants—what's driving and deterring widespread adoption.

“Why Standing up for the US Census Still Counts”

In a follow up to her 2017 post, “Why the Market Research Industry Must Stand up for the Census,” CMB’s Athena Rodriguez shares the latest on the state of the US Census 2020 as uncertainty surrounding the current administration's plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 poll is just one of a number of critical issues plaguing the U.S. Census Bureau.

“To Label Me is to Negate Me”

Sometimes you crave an IPA, other times, a lager. It depends on the occasion. Segmenting your audience by motivations behind each occasion can be the key to a much more nuanced approach to winning more overall spend from each customer.

“Celebrating our First Year as Part of the ITA Group Family!”

Time flies when you’re having fun! September 2018 marked the one-year anniversary of joining the ITA Group Family. It's been an incredibly busy and exciting year, and we’re thrilled to work with a company that shares our values—and our commitment to delivering world class solutions to clients.

Thanks for reading along with us this past year. We look forward to sharing more insights, tips, and trends in 2019. Best wishes for a successful New Year!

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CMBers Give Thanks This Holiday Season

Posted by Savannah House

Tue, Nov 20, 2018

Ham, lasagna, chicken broccoli ziti, and cornbread. That was the first helping. Seconds included pulled pork, mashed potatoes, and pineapple stuffing. Yes, pineapple stuffing.

Today we came together for the CMB Thanksgiving Luncheon—an annual holiday meal prepared and served by CMB leadership. It's one of our favorite holiday traditions that celebrates community, creativity, and hard work.

group being served

While the holiday luncheon is a chance to sample colleagues' culinary talents, more importantly, it's an opportunity for us to take a break from the busy season and practice gratitude.

Group eating at Thanksgiving

Thank you to our employees, clients, research partners, and friends who have helped make this an incredibly exciting year at CMB. 

We wish everyone a happy and safe start to the holiday season.

Topics: Chadwick Martin Bailey, community