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Women and Innovation


Philippe Guilbert

Innovation is now crucial across all economic sectors. Every year over 30,000 new products are launched in European stores, but less than 30% of them are still around 3 years after their launch. The Toluna survey for the 2012 LSA innovation awards focuses on women and innovation and might shake up some common beliefs!

In fact, 80.2% of French women say that they have bought new products this year, compared to only 76.1 % of men. Even in the very large consumer innovation category, women have almost caught up with men (6.9% and 7.6% respectively). Women are not put off by innovation, quite the contrary.

They also have a broader view of innovation: they don’t just cite High-Tech as one of the most innovative sectors in FMCG, but also Health and Beauty, fresh dairy products, DIY, household appliances etc. To find out more about such innovations, women prefer seeing them in store (58%) rather than in the media (49%), whereas men have the opposite preference.