Blis keeps finger on the pulse of consumer behaviour with global sentiment tracker

Financial caution makes way for automotive investment in Australia

SYDNEY, Aug. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Blis, a trusted leader in location-powered advertising and analytics has today released the Blis consumer confidence pulse, an interactive tracker that captures a quick snapshot of consumer sentiment. The tracker plots how consumers are feeling about their local economy, household finances and spending intent and the survey is running in Australia, the UK, USA, UAE and Singapore.

Based on three highly topical questions around finances the Blis pulse is updated twice monthly to provide a rounded picture of how consumers are reacting to changes in their situation, both personally and on a national scale.

Head of Insights, Alex Wright speaking on the tracker said, "We started this tracker in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak being declared a pandemic to give us a quick read on consumer sentiment. Armed with the knowledge of what consumers are telling us, we can then plot this against our retail foot traffic and consumer movement data to give a rounded view of progress through crisis, stability and recovery."

Over the past six months, physical movement restrictions have ebbed and flowed in different cities across the country with daily activities requiring new safety measures. As a result, most consumers are behaving differently, with many working from home, avoiding crowded public spaces and communicating virtually.  For brands, this tracker provides an opportunity to contextualise other data sources to really understand the concerns of their audience.

A downturn in net sentiment towards both the Australian economy and household finances started as the country, for the most part, was emerging from an initial lockdown. For those with spare funds, saving and debt repayment remained top priority for much of the lockdown, with automotive investment rising as lockdown eased.

"2020 has been nothing short of a rollercoaster year. The impact of COVID has been widely felt, with health and safety as well as financial wellbeing still of concern for many Australians. Since March, we've seen brands pivot their operations, strategy and messaging multiple times to meet their consumers' concerns about safety. Looking ahead, it's essential for brands to remain sensitive to consumer confidence and reflect their needs in the months ahead. The Blis consumer confidence pulse allows brands a quick snapshot of the direction of sentiment," said Emma-Jayne Owens, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand.

The interactive trackers can be found here and will be updated twice monthly.

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About Blis

Blis is the trusted leader in location-powered advertising and analytics, helping brands understand, reach and engage consumers globally to deliver measurable results. Because location data is the most accurate indicator of 'real' behaviour and intent at scale vs any other type of data, Blis uses this data to map real-world consumer behaviours based on where people are and where they've been, uncovering the truth about what people actually do.

Blis' Smart Platform provides unmatched transparency, accuracy and scale. Its three tried and tested proprietary technologies – Smart Pin, Smart Scale and Smart Places – and its new Smart Households technology allow for more effective planning, activation and measurement for marketers and business decision makers alike.

Established in the UK in 2004, Blis now operates in 42 offices across five continents. Working with the world's largest and most customer-driven companies across all verticals including Unilever, Samsung, McDonald's, HSBC, Mercedes Benz and Peugeot, as well as every major media agency, Blis reaches over a billion mobile devices a year.

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