Understanding pop culture informs where and how to connect with audiences, and helps brands stay relevant. By monitoring media, especially social media, fresh produce brands can find new, playful ways to reach and connect with audiences—and augment sales.
John Shaw has led teams from start-up to Fortune 1, including roles as Vice President of Exclusive Brands (Private Label) at Whole Foods, Chief Merchant at Farmstead, and leading fresh legacy initiatives at Walmart over sourcing, strategy, and category management. He has a passion for this industry and was generous with useful tips and insights.
The word “brand” can be confusing. Besides being valuable intellectual property comprised of a unique tradename, logo, color palate, fonts, and other graphic design imagery, a brand is a marketing tool that helps your customers, employees and other stakeholders identify and remember your products or business.
“Today, we have easy access to affordable tools that give us near-immediate data about consumer preferences to drive engagement. When tied to marketing and storytelling fundamentals, the insights we gain from studying the data always leads to growth and success at retail.”