Blog: Industry Insights


Spring is Finally Here and the Outdoor Furniture Market is Hot
Spring is Finally Here and the Outdoor Furniture Market is Hot
Here in New England, we had a rough winter. From weeks of sub-zero temperatures in early January to a seemingly endless series of March Nor’easters dumping dozens of inches of snow – it wasn’t fun. Even we skiers had enough. Something happens when spring arrives… good feelings emerge. The clocks get turned ahead and we can magically drive home after work without the use of headlights....
Print – The Next “New” Media
Print – The Next “New” Media
A few weeks ago I was having lunch with a sales leader, about to pitch a national restaurant brand on the importance of a diversified media plan. As we began discussing consumer trends, competitive pressures and recently published articles, the light bulb went off…he said “print is the next NEW media.” Naturally, I paused. That was a lot to take in – it is 2018, I just got done...
What the Travel Industry Can do About Online Booking Abandonment
What the Travel Industry Can do About Online Booking Abandonment
Travel operators understand how difficult it is to acquire new customers through their websites. With a strong economy comes increased competition and the battle to win new traffic gets harder each year. Several years ago, Millward Brown conducted a study for Expedia and found that travel intenders will visit 38 travel sites in the five weeks prior to making a purchase.1 While the average time between...
Valassis Says, 36% of the US Shoppers Have Used a Shopping List App
Valassis Says, 36% of the US Shoppers Have Used a Shopping List App
Valassis, a leader in activating consumers through intelligent media delivery, has released its annual 2K18 Coupon Intelligence Report. Titled “Modern Shoppers and Their Quest for Savings,” the report examines responses of 1,000 US-based consumers to determine how modern, dynamic shoppers research and make purchases, with the help of technology, online and in-store for traditional consumer...
With MaxPoint, Valassis Digital Closes the Loop On Omnichannel Media
With MaxPoint, Valassis Digital Closes the Loop On Omnichannel Media
Ad tech companies floundering in the public markets have increasingly turned to private equity firms to reinvent their businesses away from the glare of Wall Street’s harsh spotlight. Some PE firms buy ad tech to wring out costs before putting them back on the market or selling to another PE house. Others, like Sizmek, which acquired Rocket Fuel in July, buy point solutions...
Studies Underline Consumer Changes
Studies Underline Consumer Changes
Two new reports out this week underline changes to the consumer psyche in the US. As more consumers become comfortable with online shopping, the reports seem to indicate increased comfort in how consumers approach saving and sharing of their personal data. First, from Valassis, data shows that most shoppers (94%) are using coupons, with 60% saying they 'constantly plan' shopping trips… Read more...
With the Rise of Self-Care Apps, Here’s How Marketers Can Respectfully Join the Space
With the Rise of Self-Care Apps, Here’s How Marketers Can Respectfully Join the Space
Valassis Digital’s Pehr Luedtke, Senior Vice President, Marketing and International, discusses the importance of personalized advertising A new era of apps catering to help people with their mental health is here. And boy, do we need it. Social media apps have gotten a bad reputation; even Facebook recently admitted it might be bad for you. But with the continued expansion of our reliance...
A $324 billion opportunity for retailers
A $324 billion opportunity for retailers
Valassis’ Curtis Tingle, Chief Marketing Officer, offers insights for home improvement marketers Consumer spending on remodeling and home improvements is expected to reach $324 billion in 2018. According to a report from Harvard University’s Remodeling Futures Program, home renovations and repairs spanning from mid-2017 to the second quarter of 2018 are expected to reach $324 billion,...
B2B Promotions – A Win-Win Proposition
B2B Promotions – A Win-Win Proposition
As consumers, we all have experienced the fun and excitement that’s associated with opening the box of cereal to see if we’ve received a winning game piece; or we’ve twisted off a bottle cap to see if there’s a winning message revealed. Promotions are a tried and true staple of the marketing industry. It’s a business strategy that has had great success generating consumer...
Coupons in 2017 – a Look Back
Coupons in 2017 – a Look Back
NCH year-end 2017 coupon facts at a glance.
The Importance of the Right Data and Right Process
The Importance of the Right Data and Right Process
Marketers were recently given a C-minus in Marketing Intelligence in a study commissioned by Forrester. So, what’s going on? In all the talk of big data, machine learning and even Artificial Intelligence, what is often missing is having the right data and the right process.  Without the right data, an analysis can be much harder and less effective.  Without the right process, even the...
The Value of an MBA to Millennials
The Value of an MBA to Millennials
An MBA used to set you apart in the workforce but is that still true today? Articles from Forbes1, Business Insider2, and The Economist3 state that an MBA is not worth the time or money, yet there are still plenty of individuals who choose to dedicate their free time toward earning one. With millennials coming into leadership roles in the workforce, it’s important to take into consideration their...
Reach and Engage Today’s Healthcare Consumer
Reach and Engage Today’s Healthcare Consumer
Today’s Dynamic Consumer is always on and constantly changing. New survey results reveal what’s going on in their heads and hearts. Inject your influence. And discover the best form of treatment. About the Study: Valassis Dynamic Healthcare Consumer insight is based on the Valassis Awareness-to-Activation Study, an ongoing study fielded in conjunction with The NPD Group, Inc., a global...
Big Game Provides Opportunity for Small, Local Businesses to Score
Big Game Provides Opportunity for Small, Local Businesses to Score
According to a recent survey done by Valassis, of those planning to host a party for the year’s biggest pro football game, nearly three quarters (73 percent) expect to spend more than $50 on food and supplies, providing a lucrative market for retailers, restaurants and grocers. Overall, an estimated $15.3 billion is expected to be spent on items related to the Big Game including food, beverages...
The Effect of Tax Changes on Consumers’ Wallets
The Effect of Tax Changes on Consumers’ Wallets
How will consumers spend their extra income as a result of tax law changes? The average consumer will receive a pay increase of $94 every two weeks or $204 average per month. We expect restaurants, retail and consumer services clients to benefit. Here’s a quick, example of how the new law could impact you, courtesy of CNBC.com*: *Source: CNBC.com, January 1, 2018, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act “New...