Tamara Charm is a Senior Expert at McKinsey & Company and the co-lead for its Global Consumer Sentiment Survey. She recently gave a Peer Network briefing, in collaboration with ClickZ and Search Engine Watch, to share the emerging trends from McKinsey’s global B2B consumer sentiment survey.
Charm speaks with consumers through qualitative or quantitative primary research in the service of growth and innovation for McKinsey’s clients. Much of her work is focused in the consumer and research sector.
This post will provide an overview of the Global Consumer Sentiment Survey and include some findings from the most recent McKinsey consumer research. You can view the briefing-on-demand, in its entirety from here.
In mid-March, McKinsey launched a series of surveys across 40 countries to understand what consumer sentiment was, overall.
The surveys explore the following consumer sentiments in the age of COVID-19:
McKinsey’s research shows that as the progression of the pandemic moves through the globe, consumer sentiment among different countries is starting to waver.
For example, US optimism over recovery went from 39% of respondents on March 22, to 35% on April 19. This pattern of dwindling optimism is similar in many European countries, except for Germany whose optimism continues to be stable. Research shows that optimism in China is also starting to return.
Charm reviewed some findings from a US-focused survey about overall sentiment in the general US population. Here are a few key results based on that survey:
McKinsey’s research reveals that global consumers are cutting back on discretionary spending across all consumer categories, except for groceries and home entertainment.
“Reductions in spend have impacted almost all categories that we measured,” explains Charm. “The two consistent categories that people expect to spend more on are groceries and home entertainment, with pockets of optimism across other categories such as snacks (in the US and Japan) and household supplies across many of the countries.”
The hardest hit industries — based on consumers’ intent to spend — were travel (gasoline, vehicle purchases, cruises, etc.) and entertainment (except for home entertainment).
McKinsey asked consumers how much time they expect to spend on a variety of work and leisure-related digital activities over the next two weeks, compared with time they normally spend on them.
Findings revealed that nearly every digital leisure category will see increased activity, and this was true for most countries, excluding China, whose projected time spent on leisure activities is lower while time spent on work-related digital activities will be higher.
Here is a breakdown of the activities included in the survey:
The survey clearly demonstrates that consumers are spending their time differently due to coronavirus-related shutdowns and precautions, with digital consumption of content such as news and live TV increasing and digital-related activities such as gaming and social media usage also increasing for most countries.
Time spent on work has decreased across most countries, with the exception of China.
Consumers across countries are intensifying time spent on a wide variety of digital activities from online grocery shopping to videoconferencing to telemedicine.
“Some categories are seeing an influx of new customers who haven’t started that activity before,” says Charm. McKinsey’s research reveals many categories that show a marked number of new users. Here are some examples:
“40 to 60% of consumers indicated that they intend to stick with these behaviors going forward, depending on the category,” says Charm.
Charm advises marketing leaders to think about taking a three-horizon approach as they move forward in the midst of this pandemic:
“As marketing leaders, managing the human element is critical – and that is taking care of our people, customers, and communities. At the same time, we need to must think about the three horizons to shape the way forward: navigate the now, plan for recovery, and lead the next normal,” explains Charm.
“It’s important to address what’s happening now, then how do you approach recovery and planning, and, finally, as we think about shifts in behavior, we expect there will be a ‘next normal’ where not everything will go back to the way it was pre-COVID. Many of these intensified consumer behaviors will continue.”
Watch Tarama’s Peer Network briefing: Leading with Purpose: How Marketers Can Manage the Coronavirus and Plan for Recovery, to get a more in depth view on McKinsey’s findings.Reblogged 6 months ago from www.clickz.com