The Zaltman metaphor elicitation technique (ZMET) is a patented market research tool. ZMET is a technique that elicits both conscious and especially unconscious thoughts by exploring people’s non-literal or metaphoric expressions.
It was developed by Dr. Gerald Zaltman at the Harvard Business School in the early 1990s. As Zaltman described it, “A lot goes on in our minds that we’re not aware of. Most of what influences what we say and do occurs below the level of awareness. That’s why we need new techniques: to get at hidden knowledge-to get at what people don’t know they know.” The technique has been used by academic researchers and for marketing purposes to study a variety of topics related to both marketing and the social sciences.
Jerry Zaltman began thinking about the power of using imagery in research while in Nepal in 1990. He gave local residents disposable cameras and asked them to take pictures that explain village life.
The imagery revealed ideas that would have been difficult to put into words. This insight spawned an entirely new field of research: the use of imagery to facilitate deep probing into people’s true thoughts and feelings. ZMET® forms the foundation of this research, and continues to inform new approaches within Olson Zaltman and in the industry at large.
Its 6 am in the morning and the wife wakes up to her alarm set in her iPhone. She is able to hear her husband already in the kitchen as it’s his day to do the daily chores. She goes to the washroom takes up her “Pepsodent” toothbrush, puts some “Close up” gel on it and starts brushing. Meanwhile her husband is preparing coffee by adding “Bru Instant” coffee powder inside the coffee mug. Then after taking bath with her “Lux” soap, which is kept next to her husband’s “Lifebuoy” and her daughter’s pears soap. She enters the dining room and she’s able to see that the breakfast is ready. Toasted bread and “Kissan” jam and “Knorr” tomato soup. She curses her husband for the bread jam breakfast and crams some to fill her stomach. Meanwhile, their son sprays some “axe deodorant” hoping that at least today a few girls would follow him to his college while he walks past them. In the working area the servant maid is pouring some “surf excel matic” washing powder inside the washing machine and starts the machine. Continue reading “Unilever – Brands, competition and more”
Seven best-selling novels- translated into 77 languages more than 400 million copies sold, nine blockbuster movies, eleven video games and more than 400 licensed products. The Harry Potter brand is estimated to be worth $25 billion thanks to millions of dedicated fans all over the globe. The movies grossed $7.7 billion worldwide and the books have made just as much. J.K. Rowling has been named the world’s richest author, with a net worth of $1 billion. 7 seems to be the lucky number for Harry Potter!!
What makes this brand so special, so valuable and why are the consumers, so loyal and emotionally attached to the brand Harry Potter more than compared to other entertainment brand or book series? For over a decade Harry Potter has ruled not only day book industry or the novel industry but also the film industry. It has broken numerous records worldwide the Harry Potter Mania has never faded. Many places around the world have had readathons for the complete series. Many fans have read all the Harry Potter books several times over and over again