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The latest news and events - mixed with our views on everything that matters right now in marketing, data, research and technology.

Author: Braden MacDonald

Discussions and debates at ESOMAR’s UK summer event Posted on August 16, 2022 by Braden MacDonald

We at Mustard Towers were delighted that ESOMAR recently returned to action in the UK with its first in-person event in over three years. As a (somewhat) new recruit in the MRX and insights industry, I quickly realised that ESOMAR has an excellent reputation. In case you didn’t know, ESOMAR is the global community for people working in data, research and insight. I couldn't wait to get stuck in and see what ESOMAR's UK Summer Event had in store for

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Trends, teasers and triumphs: A recap of IIEX Europe Posted on July 13, 2022 by Braden MacDonald

Greenbook's IIEX events explore the intersection of technology and insights. Is there a better place to host IIEX Europe than Amsterdam? It's a trendy hotspot for many individuals and communities, and MRX is no different. So, you can imagine how excited I was as a (slight) newcomer to the industry to hop onto the Eurostar, arrive and take in the eternal beauty of centuries-old canals, before attending the two-day wonder of 'one of the most cutting-edge consumer insights events in

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Five things we learned at the Festival of Marketing Posted on April 27, 2022 by Braden MacDonald

A round-up of our newest recruit’s thoughts on this year’s Festival of Marketing event. It was an exciting prospect to attend the Festival of Marketing for the first time! With a background in communications and having studied marketing, I’d heard a lot about the Festival of Marketing and how well-respected and cherished it is in the industry, but never had the opportunity to go – until now – even if it was just virtually. The Festival of Marketing boasts content

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MRS Impact 2022: A round-up Posted on March 29, 2022 by Braden MacDonald

Thoughts on the Market Research Society's Impact 2022 event by our newest Mustard recruit. After joining the world of MRX only a few months ago, I was excited to attend my first professional event and learn more about the people, trends and the contribution of data and insights. Learning is a treasure that follows its owner everywhere, so as someone with a communications background, I was eager to get to grips with the industry to see what I can apply

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Mustard on tour! Posted on March 7, 2022 by Braden MacDonald

The return of in-person events, and where to find us in 2022 A people and knowledge-based industry like research and insight cannot thrive without physical, in-person events. The exchange of ideas, innovations, technology and conversation, never mind friendship, cannot be underestimated. Yes, we all adjusted as best we could to existing in a purely digital way, but now, live events are back, and we are looking forward to them more than ever. We're keen to let you know what events

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Pushing boundaries and taking risks: our take on NewMR’s ‘Presenting and Reporting’ webinar series Posted on October 29, 2021 by Braden MacDonald

Through its two waves of research into the state of market research reports and reporting, carried out between 2019 and 2021, NewMR recognised the need for researchers to up their game when it comes to reporting. Only 30% of report recipients rated reports as ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ in 2019. Its ‘Presenting and Reporting’ webinar looked at how to engage and inform your audiences, with its speakers looking at different aspects of presenting, reporting and communicating. Along with our very

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How to be famous Posted on September 21, 2021 by Braden MacDonald

The market research industry is notoriously bad at PR. Researchers work with fascinating insights, tell great stories and help with interesting and high-profile campaigns, so why aren’t they shouting about it in the media? Read on for our top tips on how to be famous. First, let’s think about why we need fame in MRX. The answer starts with data – if the industry is well-known, understood and trusted, people will be more likely to take part in studies and

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The secret sauce to being noticed Posted on July 14, 2021 by Braden MacDonald

‘Be noticed, be remembered, be understood,’ is Mars Wrigley’s motto when it comes to its advertising. But, as Michelle Gansle, formerly Senior Director of Insights at Mars Wrigley says, this mantra can also be applied to insights agencies when they approach clients. Speaking as part of the client panel on Day 1 of Insights Marketing Week (the COVID-friendly online reincarnation of IIeX’s Insights Marketing Day), Michelle joined with fellow client-side researchers Nijat Mammadbayli (UX Researcher, Adyen), Dieter Deceuninck (Global Director

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Are your PowerPoints lacking pizzazz? Posted on March 30, 2021 by Braden MacDonald

Take your graphic design skills to the next level To design professional and impactful materials we all need graphic design skills. But, how many of us in insights understand design and approach our work in the way a graphic designer would? And now that meetings, events, presentations, coffee, dating and just about everything else has been taken online, getting clarity and impact from your deliverables is more important than ever. Fear not! Simon Dunn, Mustard’s very own graphic design guru

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Views on MRS Impact – from a new(ish) recruit Posted on by Braden MacDonald

I had heard a lot about the MRS Conference, the networking and the parties, never mind the conference sessions themselves, but since I joined MRX during COVID I have never actually been to a ‘physical’ research industry event – ever! How would this leading industry event, shape up to being purely virtual? From looking through the programme, I could tell this was a line-up of big names – from politics and the arts, and both client and agency-side. So, I

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