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Who Is Today’s Asia Pacific Consumer?

5 Oct

The Asia Pacific regions of the world account for about 60 percent of the global population (compared to less than 5 percent for the United States). However, Asia Pacific countries differ greatly in their population size, demographics, economic emphasis, and more.

First, click the image to see a larger, interactive map of the world from Population Reference Bureau. Then, take a look at the recent video about Asia Pacific consumers from Nielsen.


PRB World Population



Universum’s 2015 Top Employer Rankings: Part 2 — Global Students

30 Sep

Universum is the global leader in employer branding. Annually, it conducts student surveys to determine their ideal employers. In Part 1 of our two posts on these surveys, U.S. undergraduate and MBA business student surveys were highlighted. In Part 2, global/foreign students will be highlighted.

The 2015 Universum World’s Most Attractive Employers– Business results are based on the responses of thousands of undergraduate and graduate students around the world.


First, take a look at the top 25 desirable employers as rated by business students around the world. Click the image to read more.

Universum 2015 -2


Now, click the links to access Universum’s listing of the most ideal employers for business students in many countries around the world. These rankings are not separated by undergraduate/graduate.

Lego: Innovation and Sustainability Can Co-Exist

18 Sep

Lego is the maker of the popular wood and plastic building blocks and toys, and the inspiration behind last year’s highly successful Lego movie. LEGO “is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in Enfield, USA, London, UK, Shanghai, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO® brick, it is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials.”

Take a look at the video below to see how LEGO is creatively combining both innovation and sustainability.


A Nielsen Video on the Asia Pacific Consumer

17 Sep

Here’s an easy way to learn more about consumers in the most populous regions of the world: “Who is the Asia Pacific Consumer?”, a video from Nielsen Research.



Food Brands Capitalizing on Instagram

15 Sep

Since its founding a few years ago (October 2010), Instagram has become extremely popular. According to the social medium’s own Web site:

“Instagram is a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your mobile phone, then choose a filter to transform the image into a memory to keep around forever. We’re building Instagram to allow you to experience moments in your friends’ lives through pictures as they happen. We imagine a world more connected through photos.”

How popular is Instagram today? According to Craig Smith, writing for DMR, Instagram:

  • has more than 300 million active monthly users, about 80 million in the United States.
  • is used by roughly the same number of males and females.
  • skews toward younger people, with 90 percent of users younger than age 35.
  • is utilized by 30 percent of social media users in the United States.

As a result of Instagram’s popularity, more and more marketers are including Instagram in their promotion strategy. For example, Lindsay Kolowich — writing for HubSpot — notes the following:

“There’s a reason food is such a popular subject for Instagram posts. Who doesn’t like scrolling through pictures of neatly arranged acai bowls, pastel-colored dollops of ice cream, and sandwiches bursting at the seams with sprouts and peppered tomatoes? Let’s be honest: We all love a good food picture. The emphasis is on ‘good,’ though.”

“If you’re in the business of selling food products — or drink products, for that matter — then it’s incredibly important to know how to take appetizing pictures. Today’s consumers expect you to use visual platforms such as Instagram and Facebook to promote your products, offer recipe ideas, announce events and promotions, and show off the human side of your community and culture. (Check out this list of photo editing apps for help.)”

“What does a great food brand Instagram account look like? To give you a little inspiration, we’ve found 15 food and drink brands that are getting noticed on Instagram. Check them out see how to use the visual platform to and gain fans, followers, and loyal customers.”

Here are Kolowich’s top 5 food brands on Instagram. Click the image below for the full list of 15 food brands.

  1. Bien Cuit — “The phrase ‘bien cuit’ is one French chefs often use to describe the darkest, crunchiest loaves of bread. It’s also the inspiration behind the name of this New York City-based bread company, which takes consistently clean, symmetrical photos that combine dark, rich colors with off-white or block-colored backgrounds. Its images are always sharp so you can practically hear the bread cracking in half.”
  2. FOMU — “FOMU markets itself as an ‘alternative ice cream’ company, so it’s no surprise they use their Instagram account to post pictures of their non-traditional flavors, such as mulled cider, cardamom pistachio, and maple bourbon walnut.”
  3. Forequarter — “Forequarter is a restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin, known for its unique and ever-changing menu. They keep their customer base up-to-date on the most delicious new offerings by taking teaser photos of them, which are always colorful and meticulously organized.”
  4. Oreo — “This well-loved brand uses its Instagram account to get creative with the classic cookie. They tend to use bold, block colors like bright blues, pinks, and yellows to form a contrast with its black and white cookies. Scroll through the Instagram feed, and you’ll notice they post a handful of photos on a single theme for a short time.”
  5. Pabst Blue Ribbon — “For only posting about one product — a can of beer — Pabst Blue Ribbon sure knows how to get creative. Its Instagram feed is chock full of crowd-pleasing photos in keeping with the brand’s cool, artistic vibe. For example, the drawing of a Capri Sun filled with PBR is a great example of nostalgia marketing to the coveted millennial audience.”

Global Social Media Ad Spending Is Booming

14 Sep

As reported by eMarketer:

“Advertisers in the U.S. and Canada place a premium on social media and will ramp up paid spending on social networks 31.0% this year to pass $10 billion for the first time. Social network advertising in Asia-Pacific will total $7.40 billion, with Western Europe the third-largest region at $4.74 billion. The drop-off in spending to the other three major world regions is steep, with Latin America reaching only $680 million in 2015, while Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East and Africa lag further behind.”


Click the chart to read more.



Global Brand Simplicity

11 Sep

What makes a good global brand? Can you think of five features? What are they? Answer that question in a comment for this post.

According to Siegel+Gale, a global branding company, simplicity is one of the key drivers of brand excellence. Click here to download the full 2014 Global Brand Simplicity Index report.

Each year, the firm publishes various Brand Simplicity Indexes. Here are links to its 2014 regional and country ratings, the most recent available:


To learn more about the Global Simplicity Index, take a look at this video.



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