Focus group fails: How to save the humans (and the brands)

Date of publication: June 18, 2020

Company: Bacardi

Author: Gabriela McCoy


F*ck Focus Groups: The case for human first fearless research.

3 takeaways:

- It's easy to default and focus on what matters to the business. It's braver - and smarter - to put humans at the heart of everything we do. Let's begin with our humans and their story - and why we must start with our humans.

- Our connection with humanity is broken. We want to quantify and categorise people, we try to create algorithms to predict unpredictable human lives which are cozier, messier, real and quite imperfect. Do traditional qualitative methods work in helping us understand people or should we evolve?

- It's scary but brave and maybe even a little provocative and uncomfortable, but are there new ways to reconnect with humanity through fearless human-centric research?

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