• Activation Strategy Planner

    Job Location US-IL-Chicago
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    Data + Design. It's how we work.


    We believe in designing brand experiences that motivate people to buy and act. Our Buy Design process was built for this mission. With Centric, our data-driven model, at the center, Buy Design unites and powers the forces of science and creativity so that we deliver value at every touchpoint, inspiring people to buy into your brand and products.


    We seek an Activation Strategy Planner for our Chicago office!


    Activation Strategy Planner is a shopper marketing and media expert with a deep understanding of how creative and integrated marketing channels impact and drive the overall consumer and shopper experience. As an expert in mapping the consumer / shopper journey to derive and provide insight and inspiration, this role requires an understanding of how consumers navigate decision-making as well as the media / resources they use to live, plan and shop, the Planner, Activation Strategy provides channel and retailer-specific approaches to activation, including guiding the media / tactical approach for program activation through to execution and measurement. 


    This role works with account leads, clients and creative teams to provide a clear, concise point of view, supported by data, for how to engage consumers to drive action / conversion. 


    Key responsibilities include:

    • Work with partner agencies to develop communication plan inclusive of measurement plan /success
    • Determine and apply media best practices and establishing guidelines for shopper marketing, especially as it relates to changing/driving shopper behavior in market
    • Support program development leveraging channel / retailer specific expertise and intelligence


    • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Media Buying, Advertising, Retail-Oriented Marketing such as category /trade management, sales or shopper marketing
    • 3-5 years of Strategic Planning experience within the discipline of retail / shopper marketing or brand marketing
    • Media planning / buying experience within the shopper discipline is ideal; specifically experience with tactical planning / vendor management within a retailer’s media organization or within a CPG trade or customer marketing department
    • Shopper and Customer/Trade marketing experience within the retail landscape (5+ years)
    • Applied experience with database tools and systems such as Simmons, MRI, Kantar, or equivalent
    • Ability to analyze results, interpret data, draw sound conclusions, and develop insightful and actionable recommendations


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