Headquarters: London, UK
Industry: Consumer goods
Unilever is an FMCG company which produces food and household items and owns more than one thousand brands. Learn more at www.unilever.com
Unilever – a global FMCG company with more than a thousand brands in its portfolio uses eye tracking to understand what attracts consumer attention in-store. By seeing where shoppers look and understanding what package design elements are most effective the company can influence purchase decisions at the shelf, achieve a competitive advantage, and improve ROI.
Most purchase decisions are made at the shelf, making product design and placement a crucial consideration for brands. Unilever wanted to test how its products perform in-store, both alone and alongside the products of major competitors. The company was aware that traditional marketing research approaches like surveys, focus groups, and shop-alongs don’t always paint the full picture when it comes to buyer behavior and what influences purchase decisions so it turned to eye tracking research to better understand consumers.
The information from the study helped Unilever determine what design and information features resonate most with shoppers allowing the company to optimize brand awareness and brand perception. Data visualizations were used to help interpret the results and share the information with various stakeholders. This insight on product and branding features enabled Unilever to make continual improvements to increase sales and the research methodology is now routinely used by the company.