Embracing the Complexity and Maturing Data Landscape
Dear CPG Category Managers & Consumer Insights experts, let’s raise a toast to your superhero powers in navigating the ever-evolving, data-driven world of consumer packaged goods. But even superheroes need sidekicks, and that’s precisely what we’re going to discuss today. You see, it’s not your fault that you can only sometimes keep up with the needs of your business on your own. The CPG landscape is a complex maze of shifting data sources & new complex business questions, and it’s time to recognize that it’s okay to ask for help.
I. The Complexity Chronicles
The world of CPG has become an intricate web of interconnected data sources, and the pace at which it evolves is enough to make anyone’s head spin. As Category Managers / Consumer Insights professionals, you’re responsible for staying on top of a myriad of factors, including pricing, promotions, competition, market trends, and consumer/shopper behavior. The sheer volume of information you’re expected to manage would make even Sherlock Holmes break a sweat.
II. The Data Source Dance
Gone are the days when you could rely solely on historical data to make informed decisions. Today’s data sources maturing at a breakneck pace. Take a look at these growth metrics:
- IoT devices: According to Statista, the number of connected IoT devices worldwide is expected to reach 30.9 billion by 2025, up from 13.8 billion in 2021. This represents a growth rate of over 124% in just four years.
- E-commerce: E-commerce sales have been growing rapidly in recent years. According to eMarketer, worldwide e-commerce sales reached $4.28 trillion in 2020, a 27.6% increase from 2019. This growth rate is expected to continue as more consumers shift to online shopping.
- Social media: The number of users continues to increase, providing more data on consumer behavior and preferences. In 2021, there were approximately 4.48 billion social media users, and this number is projected to grow to around 4.97 billion by 2025.
From social media chatter and web analytics to IoT devices and mobile apps, the data is pouring in from every corner. Unfortunately, mastering these sources is akin to taming a multi-headed hydra – as soon as you think you’ve got one aspect covered, two new heads emerge.
III. The Departmental Dilemma
While your department may be filled with talented individuals, a team can only be experts in some things. The speed at which data sources and analysis techniques are maturing often outpaces the ability of your department to keep up. It’s like trying to catch a speeding bullet train while riding a unicycle – not an enviable task!
IV. It’s Okay to Ask for Help – Enter the Experienced Analytic Specialist
Admitting that you need help isn’t a sign of weakness but rather a sign of wisdom. By partnering with experienced data & analytics experts, you gain access to a wealth of knowledge and expertise to help you make sense of the ever-growing data landscape. A skilled and experienced Analytic Specialist can help you untangle the complex web of information and develop strategies that align with your business objectives. Think of them as the Robin to your Batman, the Watson to your Sherlock, and the Samwise to your Frodo – together, you can conquer the data-driven world of CPG!
As CPG Category Managers & Consumer Insights experts, it’s important to recognize that navigating the complex and rapidly maturing world of data sources and analytic approaches is a team effort. Embrace the fact that it’s okay to ask for help and lean on the expertise of data experts to help guide your decision-making. With the right support, you’ll be better equipped to continuously meet the needs of your business and stay ahead of the competition.
Remember, you’re not alone in this data-driven journey – and with a little help, you can soar to even greater heights.Share this on