Life is Like a Box of Chicken Nuggets

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Forrest Gump was on to something when he uttered a line that would become one of the most quotable movie lines, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

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I may not be as profound or as original as Forrest’s mama, but if I could borrow a few of her words today, I’d say, “Life is like a box of chicken nuggets. You can only eat one bite at a time.” We don’t have the patience for the whole chicken these days. We’ve become a society that consumes and digests one bite at a time – both our fried chicken and our information. We crave the instant gratification of bite-sized nuggets.

chicken nugget boxMaybe it all started when Vh1’s Pop Up Videos were revived in 2011. Those pop-ups are officially called “info nuggets.” We get our pop culture fix in BuzzFeed’s countdown lists or in a single photo on Instagram. We are suckers for a good infographic. We get our news in bite-sized pieces from The Skimm. We constantly check our Twitter feeds, which is essentially an all-you-can-eat chicken nugget buffet.

One of my biggest challenges as a market researcher is communicating the findings in a compelling story. I’ve learned to tell stories one nugget at a time – sometimes it is a 6-pack and other times it is a 12-pack, but digesting one nugget at a time ensures that the audience will be satisfied at the end of the meal presentation, and still recall what they ate for lunch.

The next time you’re staring at a mile-high data set or hours of focus group videos, be inspired by your lunch. Tell your story one nugget at a time.

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2 Responses to “Life is Like a Box of Chicken Nuggets”

  1. Emerging Media is the Cake Pop of IMC – The Obvious Link Says:

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