PULSE

Pulse pulls together the freshest articles, research, and insights on hot topics in the marketing industry. Curated and vetted by an ANA researcher, each issue includes only the most current and credible information available.

Lisa Hurwitz

Innovating in a "Gold Rush" Market with Lisa Hurwitz of Grassroots Cannabis

Lisa Hurwitz, CMO and CIO of Grassroots Cannabis, welcomed us inside the Grassroots “Herbmobile” to share what it’s like growing a brand for the long-term in the midst of the “gold rush” market of legal cannabis.

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The Claw IS the Law: Alcohol Trends Leading up to 2020

This issue of Pulse explores disruptor brands and shifting consumer trends in the alcohol space.

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Michael Bassik

CES 2019: Tech and Trends Marketers Need to Know

Whether or not you made it to the world's largest consumer technology show — CES — this webinar will take you to the heart of the showroom floor to explore the latest technological advances and what they mean for those who lead brands. 

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ISSUES

November 2019

According to drinks market analysts ISWR, global alcohol consumption has declined by 1.6 percent, especially in sectors such as wine and beer. Spirits and other specialty drinks are on the rise, however, and IWSR actually predicts 5 percent growth in the industry over the next three years. The takeaway? Like in so many other industries, disruptors are embracing change and taking over markets that have grown stale with sameness – and they’re doing so at a time when consumers are both seeking and facing constant change. Read on to discover more about these disruptor brands and shifting consumer trends in the alcohol space.

October 2019

The development of plant, seafood, or lab-based meat products – that is, “meatless meat,” – has grown notably over the past few years. Why the sudden change? There isn’t one specific reason behind the shift; rather, there are a number of health, ecological, economical, and emotional explanations for why consumers on both the vegan and meat-eating sides of the aisle are increasingly purchasing meatless foods. This issue of Pulse explores the mystery around meatless meat, examining what exactly it is, where it’s thriving, and its many future possibilities.

September 2019

TikTok is the newest of hot video apps in the tradition of Vine and Snapchat before it. It originated in China before rebranding and making it way to the U.S. and the rest of the world, where it now can comfortably claim more than 500 million users. Most are young people and early adopters, begging the question: should brands already be on TikTok, utilizing it before it becomes saturated like Facebook and Instagram?

August 2019

Cannabis Sativa has been used for generations in both practical and more… notorious ways. The strain that allows the creation of hemp products (textiles, food, fuel, insulation, etc.) has an increased amount of the chemical cannabidiol (CBD), while the psychoactive version has increased tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). All science lessons aside, extracted CBD has been known to provide certain health relief without the effects of THC, but yet has remained barred by the FDA  -- until just recently. It now exists in flux as a saleable product in the U.S., with uses varying from state to state. It is a market exploding with potential; given a marketer’s savviness, it can become a viable product on its own, or as part of a retailer’s arsenal. Read on to discover more about the product, the market, the hurdles, and the strategies that can help marketers navigate the tricky CBD terrain.

July 2019

Big Data revolutionized marketing with the sheer volume of consumer insights that could be gleaned from massive data sets. For years this has aided marketers in their targeting and campaign design. While big data works fantastically on large consumer groups and demographics, it lacks the ability to understand and then target the individual with personalized information more reflective of the actual buyer. Enter small data, which takes the giant store of data collected and makes it easier to analyze, act upon, and uncover consumer trends. The resources here discuss how to successfully use small data, both on its own and in concert with big data.

June 2019

Others motivating consumers to buy products is far from a new concept: from family and friends, celebrities, mascots, ambassadors, and spokespeople, all have contributed to the success of product sales and awareness. With the ubiquity of social media, “influencers” have become the nom du jour for these groups. For years, celebrities and users with millions of followers (macro-influencers) have held court; however, a saturation point has arrived to make way for a new class: micro-influencers, who have a smaller group of followers but a more loyal pre-existing fan base to share. Read on to see how micro-influencers are changing social marketing and how you can use them.

May 2019

There have been a number of innovations in online retailing – free shipping, sponsored auction listings, exclusive membership privileges, bundling, etc. – but because of this, traditional retailers have suffered a hemorrhage of store closings, bankruptcies, and decreased sales (despite increasing omnichannel tactics). Hope remains on the horizon, however, as many retails are now adopting a new tactic – the Buy Online and Pickup In-Store (BOPIS/BOPUS/BOSS/BORIS…) method, AKA Click and Collect. Read on to see how retailers are using it, and how marketers can adopt this innovation.

April 2019

Wearables have come and gone like offbeat inventions in a sci-fi movie, never quite grabbing a firm hold in consumer’s minds. However, with the explosion of Fitbit trackers, the Apple Watch, and voice assistants like Siri, the promise of integrating clothing and accessories is no longer the stuff of fantasy. This month’s Pulse looks at the future of wearable devices.

Issue 3
March 2019

Direct-to-Consumer brands and marketing has existed for years, but as whispers rather than shouts; now they are fully disrupting not only ecommerce markets but also brick- and -mortar as they move into physical realms. What are the best ways to approach marketing a D2C product? As a "legacy" brand, how does one survive amidst the disruption? The pieces here offer some perspectives.

February 2019
Over-the-top (or OTT) media services are those that bypass traditional television to deliver content. OTT leaders include Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and YouTube (amongst other smaller players), and later this year, media giants such as Disney and Viacom. Navigating this unfamiliar terrain can cause marketers to shirk from the field and stick to what they know, possibly missing the opportunity to succeed in what will certainly grow to not replace but exist aside television. Read on to discover the OTT ecosystem, how consumers feel about it, how it can exist effectively aside pre-existing TV ad plans, and more.
The way consumers shop – and retailers sell – are rapidly changing as new technological advancements allow for greater flexibility and reach. In the past, these have taken the form of beacons, QR codes, mobile wallets, etc. Now tech like augmented reality, virtual reality, and hyper-specific targeting are leading the pack, providing an increasingly seamless shopping experience between retailers and consumers.

PULSE

Pulse pulls together the freshest articles, research, and insights on hot topics in the marketing industry. Curated and vetted by an ANA researcher, each issue includes only the most current and credible information available.

ISSUES

According to drinks market analysts ISWR, global alcohol consumption has declined by 1.6 percent, especially in sectors such as wine and beer. Spirits and other specialty drinks are on the rise, however, and IWSR actually predicts 5 percent growth in the industry over the next three years. The takeaway? Like in so many other industries, disruptors are embracing change and taking over markets that have grown stale with sameness – and they’re doing so at a time when consumers are both seeking and facing constant change. Read on to discover more about these disruptor brands and shifting consumer trends in the alcohol space.

The development of plant, seafood, or lab-based meat products – that is, “meatless meat,” – has grown notably over the past few years. Why the sudden change? There isn’t one specific reason behind the shift; rather, there are a number of health, ecological, economical, and emotional explanations for why consumers on both the vegan and meat-eating sides of the aisle are increasingly purchasing meatless foods. This issue of Pulse explores the mystery around meatless meat, examining what exactly it is, where it’s thriving, and its many future possibilities.

TikTok is the newest of hot video apps in the tradition of Vine and Snapchat before it. It originated in China before rebranding and making it way to the U.S. and the rest of the world, where it now can comfortably claim more than 500 million users. Most are young people and early adopters, begging the question: should brands already be on TikTok, utilizing it before it becomes saturated like Facebook and Instagram?

Cannabis Sativa has been used for generations in both practical and more… notorious ways. The strain that allows the creation of hemp products (textiles, food, fuel, insulation, etc.) has an increased amount of the chemical cannabidiol (CBD), while the psychoactive version has increased tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). All science lessons aside, extracted CBD has been known to provide certain health relief without the effects of THC, but yet has remained barred by the FDA  -- until just recently. It now exists in flux as a saleable product in the U.S., with uses varying from state to state. It is a market exploding with potential; given a marketer’s savviness, it can become a viable product on its own, or as part of a retailer’s arsenal. Read on to discover more about the product, the market, the hurdles, and the strategies that can help marketers navigate the tricky CBD terrain.

Issue 7

July 2019

Big Data revolutionized marketing with the sheer volume of consumer insights that could be gleaned from massive data sets. For years this has aided marketers in their targeting and campaign design. While big data works fantastically on large consumer groups and demographics, it lacks the ability to understand and then target the individual with personalized information more reflective of the actual buyer. Enter small data, which takes the giant store of data collected and makes it easier to analyze, act upon, and uncover consumer trends. The resources here discuss how to successfully use small data, both on its own and in concert with big data.

Others motivating consumers to buy products is far from a new concept: from family and friends, celebrities, mascots, ambassadors, and spokespeople, all have contributed to the success of product sales and awareness. With the ubiquity of social media, “influencers” have become the nom du jour for these groups. For years, celebrities and users with millions of followers (macro-influencers) have held court; however, a saturation point has arrived to make way for a new class: micro-influencers, who have a smaller group of followers but a more loyal pre-existing fan base to share. Read on to see how micro-influencers are changing social marketing and how you can use them.

There have been a number of innovations in online retailing – free shipping, sponsored auction listings, exclusive membership privileges, bundling, etc. – but because of this, traditional retailers have suffered a hemorrhage of store closings, bankruptcies, and decreased sales (despite increasing omnichannel tactics). Hope remains on the horizon, however, as many retails are now adopting a new tactic – the Buy Online and Pickup In-Store (BOPIS/BOPUS/BOSS/BORIS…) method, AKA Click and Collect. Read on to see how retailers are using it, and how marketers can adopt this innovation.

Wearables have come and gone like offbeat inventions in a sci-fi movie, never quite grabbing a firm hold in consumer’s minds. However, with the explosion of Fitbit trackers, the Apple Watch, and voice assistants like Siri, the promise of integrating clothing and accessories is no longer the stuff of fantasy. This month’s Pulse looks at the future of wearable devices.

Issue 3

March 2019

Direct-to-Consumer brands and marketing has existed for years, but as whispers rather than shouts; now they are fully disrupting not only ecommerce markets but also brick- and -mortar as they move into physical realms. What are the best ways to approach marketing a D2C product? As a "legacy" brand, how does one survive amidst the disruption?

Over-the-top (or OTT) media services are those that bypass traditional television to deliver content. Ott leaders include Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and YouTube (amongst other smaller players), and later this year, media giants such as Disney and Viacom. Navigating this unfamiliar terrain can cause marketers to shirk from the field and stick to what they know, possibly missing the opportunity to succeed in what will certainly grow to not replace but exist aside television. Read on to discover the OTT ecosystem, how consumers feel about it, how it can exist effectively aside pre-existing TV ad plans, and more.

The way consumers shop – and retailers sell – are rapidly changing as new technological advancements allow for greater flexibility and reach. In the past, these have taken the form of beacons, QR codes, mobile wallets, etc. Now tech like augmented reality, virtual reality, and hyper-specific targeting are leading the pack, providing an increasingly seamless shopping experience between retailers and consumers.

Pulse serves as an extension of the ANA’s Ask the Expert Service. ANA members are invited to submit marketing questions to our team of researchers who will respond with curated reports outlining research, data, and expert perspectives.

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