Understanding cultural rituals and symbols

People do not buy and use services simply for functional reasons, or even just for emotional reasons. There is more to people than that. Much of human behaviour comes about because people want to make their daily lives meaningful. So, they look for products and services that give them the sense of meaning they are looking for. 

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The importance of rituals for families during social isolation

Sue’s virtual personal assistant Heather juggles her life in normal times as the marketing manager for CHESS Connect and life with two small children.  She has written this post about how everyday rituals are helping her keep going in these very abnormal times.

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Everyday Rituals: The Sunday Morning Confessional

I mean 'confessional in the 'getting it off your chest' kind of way.

My daughter and I went for a walk and a talk around Narrabeen Lagoon last Sunday, as we do some times. One of the things we talked about was what had happened at work during the week.

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Not an everyday ritual, but an annual one

I recently came across a shrewd article from Forbes contributor and marketer Michael R. Solomon that explores the meaning of Halloween as an anti-festival...an event that provides antagonistic contrast to symbols we associate with other holidays. It very nicely shows how (as I often say) 'rituals create meaning.' The insight for me: the meaning of Halloween comes in part from its contrast to Thanksgiving. From this you would predict that the meaning of the Halloween ritual in countries like Australia and the UK that don't celebrate Thanksgiving is (obviously) different from its meaning in countries that do. 

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What cookbooks and magazines can tell us about Christmas in Australia

I have been looking at cookbooks and magazines which feature Christmas recipes.  All were published in 2018.  I have come to the conclusion that Christmas as a cultural (rather than religious) festival in Australia has become very muddled. In research terms, I could say that the ‘narrative is incoherent’, but I think I will stick with muddled.

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Have you ever hugged Christmas? How to get more out of qualitative research 

Does it really matter how you conduct qualitative research, as long as you do it right?  No not really. There are all sorts of good reasons to use all the current qual methods including ethnography and social media analysis.

The real insight comes at the analysis stage by using the right kind of analysis. Though this varies a little from country to country, from an Australian perspective there are five different types of qual analysis we can do, each one giving a different insight.

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