4 Ways to Use Technology to Build Team Relationships
Given retailers’ expansive geographical reach, it’s not uncommon for retail dietitians to manage a team, work for, or have colleagues in a different geographic location. Peak shopping hours create ideal times for healthy living programs, resulting in varied work schedules for retail RDs. The end result is heavier reliance on technology to build relationships amongst teams.
Psychographics: Future-Proofing Food by Targeting Gen Food
This year will mark my (gulp) 25th year in the food industry. There have been so many changes in what and how we eat and shop, but perhaps the greatest change is in food communications. Not just the channels, although we have watched weekly circulars become targeted Instagram offers, but most importantly our target consumer. When I started, it was all about a 25-54-year- old middle income mom. And now, we target. EVERYONE. Four generations actively shop in your stores. Those with food intolerances, on a cleanse and following ketogenic diets are fans of your concept. How can you target everyone? Our latest research says shift to targeting “Gen Food.”
On-Camera Success Tips
There are many opportunities for retail dietitians to be in front of the camera whether it’s for a television segment or a Facebook live food demo. This media exposure can help you connect with existing and potential customers while driving traffic to your stores. Media training, however, is not typically part of a dietitian’s education, and for most, being in front of a camera can be a daunting experience. Here are some media training tips to help you feel more comfortable and ensure success:
Are Consumers Losing Trust in Science?
Most Americans are skeptical about areas of scientific integrity, they tend to trust science practitioners (such as dietitians), more than researchers, and transparency matters. In addition, Americans with more factual science knowledge have greater confidence in science.
The Safe Recipe Style Guide
In March of this year, the Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE) launched a new tool that is expected to dramatically improve consumers’ food safety behaviors at home. The new Safe Recipe Style Guide is designed for use by anyone who writes and publishes recipes for distribution to the public. Learn how this resource can be used at retail as a food safety education tool.
Looking to Hone Your Media Skills?
Leveraging media can be an effective tool in the retail RD skill set. Consider that media segments enhance your company’s health and wellness brand and community relations, are an effective way to gain visibility with shoppers in your key market and can successfully market RD programs and services. “Media segments generate awareness with a population not necessarily shopping your stores and create loyalty with existing shoppers,” says Kerry Clifford, MS, RD, LDN, retail dietitian with Fresh Thyme.
What is a Sustainable Diet, and How Do We Talk About It?
A growing number of consumers are now looking at their diet with not personal health in mind, but also on how their food choices may impact environmental health. With recent media attention on this topic and the release of the 2019 EAT-Lancet Commission report, consumer interest in this topic will likely increase. But what does a sustainable diet truly mean? Here are some considerations for talking about this complex issue in your role as a retail dietitian: