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The100: Anthropocentrism, the ‘right’ mistakes and monks

By Alistair Vince | February 21, 2020

Monk Mode Modern work is a mess. Or, as Bruce Daisley, ex-European VP of Twitter, would say: modern work is a lie. Just try not to put your neck out as you nod along with everything he says… Open-plan offices have made it harder to concentrate. Email has added an average of 2 hours to …

The100: Starting over, deliberative rhetoric & heartprints

By Alistair Vince | February 7, 2020

I quit By this point in the year many people have waved the white flag to their resolutions. Their hands full of retrieved chocolates. The still squeaking running shoes are just for show. All the while mumbling promises to do better next year. But, if the resolution to quit your day job and set up …

Opportunity Identification

By Bo Beep | February 6, 2020

Qualitative opportunity identification utilizes consumers to uncover real pain points, needs, and workarounds to drive innovation towards actual gaps in the market, faster. Involving the consumer earlier in the process narrows the scope of innovation and quickly allows client teams to focus on what’s important: solving REAL consumer problems. It’s estimated that of the 30,000 …

The100: Thinking fast, harbingers of failure & ice cream

By Alistair Vince | January 24, 2020

Trender bender Little known fact: if you laid all the pages of all the 2020 trend reports published to date,  end to end, they would circle the earth. Twice. Helpfully, Julian Cole has kindly pulled together all the relevant PDFs into one handy place. I’m sharing it because I know it will be popular; but …

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – How consumers are leading the way on waste

By Jenny Hearne | January 17, 2020

Whether you love Greta Thunberg or not, there is no denying that she is making people sit up and listen. And is empowering them to take action, no matter how small, to make a positive difference to the world. But she is not the only one. There are many others that are leading the way …

These are the thoughts of WATCH ME THINK, a global consumer empathy agency. We help companies EMPATHISE with their customers; to Bring to Life; to Engage; to get Closer. To DISCOVER what does and doesn't work, through both Shopper & Consumer Lenses. And to DEVELOP and enhance products and services through Innovation & Renovation. Fancy a chat?

Crowdsourcing Brian

By Alistair Vince | November 9, 2010

Brian Blessed. Legend. Brian Blessed. Loud. Brian Blessed. Now a voice on TomTom thanks to the power of the crowd (or Facebook depending on how you look at it). 25,000 members was the target which was achieved (albeit after 3 years of effort) and then TomTom true to their word delivered on their promise. Now …

The web is dead, long live the web

By Alistair Vince | November 3, 2010

Reading what has to be one of the best sites ever, flowingdata.com, we saw a great graphic pushing the point that the web is dead. Whilst that is probably a huge overstatement and not taking into account certain factors – like bandwidth – it’s important (or just good for us) to note the increase in …

One new actionable idea every day

By Alistair Vince | October 28, 2010

Seth talked recently about making sure that you find inspiration instead of it finding you. He proposes a simple idea ‘start a blog and post once a day on how your favorite company can improve its products or its service. Do it every day for a month, one new, actionable idea each and every day. …

OpenIDEO – problem solving tribes

By Alistair Vince | October 22, 2010

Under the headline ‘solving problems together for the collective good‘ the folks over at Contagious chat with Tom Hulme, Design Director at Ideo, about OpenIDEO (introduced via video by Jamie Oliver here), a platform harnessing the power of crowds, which they hope will provide solutions posed by brands, charities and individuals. Tom says some interesting …

Sausages Simon

By Alistair Vince | October 16, 2010

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFEIMPFEglA] We saw this on Youtube. It’s something that we liked. Someone passing on their opinion on a product. It’s great. Interesting – portionable sausages. Like it. Wonder if any sausage manufacturers have seen this?

Make customers your number 1 priority

By Alistair Vince | October 10, 2010

We’re always interested in seeing what people are saying about how companies should interact with consumers. Over at Blogging Innovation a recent piece on Reinventing Customer Relationships highlights Making Customers your number 1 priority. They go on to describe what companies should be looking at when running their business. These include How would we go …

Don’t assume the obvious

By Alistair Vince | October 4, 2010

Over at future lab they recently wrote about neuroscience and it picking up the ‘what’s important’ elements of the yogurt consumption experience. It focused on assumption.. ‘it’s an important lesson for all product marketers. Don’t assume that the obvious product characteristics are the only important ones’ More importantly for us they go on to say …

We’re going to watch you think

By Alistair Vince | September 28, 2010

Don’t count the people you reach, reach the people that count. A very clever man said that. We believe in that entirely. We believe it in so much we’re creating a company that will help brand owners do just that. Over the coming months you’ll be able to see the development of a project that …