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Delivering Predictive Brand Growth in an Age of Continuous Disruption


There once was a day when the equity and health of brands were stable.  Brand teams could expect that the fundamental performance of the category and the competitive set changed little on a short-term basis.  Category reviews and brand tracking research reinforced this perspective as the numbers typically saw limited, significant change on even an annual basis.

Those days are gone.  The so-called ‘new normal’ is an environment of continuous disruption.

Global pandemics, elimination of cookies for performance measurement, massive fragmentation of media, rapid growth in DTC brands, wide-spread product access with corresponding expansion of consumer choices, and real-time content generation are among just a few of the many factors now disrupting market categories and creating continuous uncertainty for brands.

This growth in uncertainty means brand growth is at risk.  MSW exists to address this need.

Basic Research

MSW has found that brand metrics must be more sensitive than ever and be collected more reliably than ever to capture the insights into market changes.  But the need does not stop there.  Brand metrics must have a tight enough validity to actual brand performance as time becomes an opportunity cost that brand teams cannot afford.  No time for examining ‘ghost’ findings. No time to scrap marketing plans for complete do-overs.  Any marketing research must support a fast turnaround and exploration of many potential ideas with a rigorous understanding of market context.

Working with hundreds of brands across many categories, we have found that all brands share one thing in common.  Branding requires continuous, meticulous attention across the entire go-to-market process.  MSW clients have worked with us as partners to establish an approach to deliver to this need within the ‘new normal’, disruptive environment.

MSW’s Predictive Brand Growth Framework™

MSW’s Predictive Brand Growth Framework™ is a process of connected, proven and sales-validated metrics and in-depth diagnostic measures that delivers a balanced approach to insights and aligns with each stage of your brand development cycle.

Utilizing MSW’s Patented, independently certified, sales-validated measures of CCPreference™, CCPersuasion™ and Customer Acquisition Forecast™, it is the most accurate, proven and independently validated approach to identifying short-term sales and long-term equity for your brand.

STEP 1 – Foundation & Purpose

The first step in MSW’s Predictive Brand Growth Framework™ is Foundation & Purpose, which establishes the building blocks for brand growth; a complete understanding of the customer, category, brand, how they interact and strategic direction that will yield the highest brand growth. Learn more about this solution set.

STEP 2 – Targeting & Positioning

We support targeting and positioning with a process for classifying customers by their behavior, needs, wants, and desires and narrowing in on the those that represent the highest brand growth potential.  Then we identify actionable, brand messaging elements to achieve that potential. Learn more about this solution set.

STEP 3 – Screening & Development

Our approach to screening and development is The ONLY advertising development system that predicts the likelihood and magnitude of ad impact on future sales volume and market share.  We evaluate advertising from early-stage concept to fully finished executions of ALL touch points. Our methodology captures the “lifts” in brand preference from exposure to advertising or other brand communication.  This patented methodology has been validated to actual business results more than any other advertising measurement in the industry.  Learn more about this solution set.

STEP 4 – Modeling & Forecasting

To make all this actionable, we have built more than 50 years of experience into our patented Outlook®; an agile platform that enables scenario based learning and iterative what-if analysis to determine optimum customer acquisition, ad flighting, channel selection and media allocation. Learn more about this solution set.

STEP 5 – Tracking & Feedback

Once in-market, a suite of customizable tracking capabilities enables brands to measure advertising performance through brand equity tracking, made unique by our use of MSW’s Brand Preference as the one primary aggregate measure that is proven and validated to match in-market brand share.  Other KPI’s collected triangulate to this single trusted measure and lend to the reliability and insights.  These techniques capture advertising and environmental impact on brand preference and other KPIs while also identifying drivers of and barriers to preference changes across the competitive set.   And our unique and proven “TRIGGER ANALYTICS” technique powers an early warning system and separates true shifts from random noise.  Learn more about this solution set.

Contact us today to discuss it with one our senior executives.

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