Author: MAi Research

Cracks in the Ice: What Consumers Think about Reopening America

April 22, 2020

Since early March, MAi Research has been conducting a tracking study to understand people’s reactions to the coronavirus outbreak, delivering insights to clients and businesses.  We’ve been delving deep into the emotional side of this crisis, and with recent increasing pressure to “reopen America” we decided to shift our research toward understanding attitudes and emotions Read more

A Shared Reaction: The Universal Response to Coronavirus

April 17, 2020

You may be familiar with the “Choose Your Quarantine House” meme that’s been making the social media rounds recently; the premise is to create different “Big Brother” type houses filled with diverse personalities that may clash with each other when forced to live under lockdown.  From sports figures to philosophers, entertainers to politicians, variations create Read more

Bored and Anxious, but Holding onto Hope – Consumers’ Emotional Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 9, 2020

As part of our continuing exploration of consumers’ behaviors and attitudes during the current COVID-19 outbreak, MAi/Pathfinder has used our unique methods to explore the emotional impact the current situation is having on the public. In our tracking study we are asking consumers to describe in detail their current feelings and state of mind as Read more

Consumers Foresee a More Cautious Future

April 1, 2020

Consumers Foresee a More Cautious Future As COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), continues to spread across the globe, MAi/Pathfinder have been busy conducting research to try and understand the resulting impact on the American consumer’s behaviors and attitudes. One of the topics we’re exploring is the long-term social impact that consumers anticipate Read more

The Goldilocks Principle: Finding the ‘Just Right’ Spot

February 20, 2020

Much of the human experience resembles a bell curve: things on the upward slope might not be interesting at all, while move too far to the right and things can get downright scary. This is true for brands and products as well. What is a brand’s sweet spot? How can a company assess factors like Read more

A Brand Apart: How Brands Can Stand Out from the Competition

February 5, 2020

Rising above and standing apart are critically important in today’s increasingly crowded market. Going with the flow and being part of the crowd are recipes for a failing brand. But how, specifically, can a brand set itself apart? Be Different We often associate products with a particular feeling or attitude. Mattresses = comfort. Roses = Read more

Adapting and Coping with Cultural Change

January 15, 2020

COPING WITH CULTURAL CHANGE It’s said that death and taxes are life’s only certainties, but we’d like to add shifting cultural attitudes to that list — after all, the things people embrace or reject change over time, often in unexpected ways. And even the most successful businesses need to be able to cope with these Read more

Why Some Stores Thrive In a Tough Retail Environment

December 19, 2019

    The holidays and retail shopping go together like hot chocolate and marshmallows. But recent trends have not been kind to retailers. We read about the impending death of retail channels nearly every day. We’re told that brick and mortars retail is in a steep decline, that consumers are buying everything online, and that Read more

Super Powering Your Business: Lessons from Superheroes

December 4, 2019

Super Powering Your Business: Lessons from Superheroes Teleportation, X-Ray vision, time travel, telepathy, regeneration—let’s face it, superheroes are cool. They can do things we only wish that we could. It’s a fun, escapist adventure to see life through their eyes. But even superheroes have their weaknesses, which just makes them that much more endearing. While Read more

Wanting Less: The Simplicity Trend

November 20, 2019

When we think of innovation we often think of more buttons, more features, and greater complexity. But things don’t have to be bigger and flashier to be innovative; innovation can mean making things simpler, too. In fact, we’re sitting at a cultural moment that leans toward the simple. In everything from clothing to housing to Read more