Trone Research and Consulting

You see things differently when you look beyond the data.

Trone Research + Consulting is not your traditional research company. We’re problem solvers. Investigative collaborators. If you simply want charts and graphs, we’re probably not the right partner. We live and breathe data, but where we really excel is applying that data for brands.

We constantly rely on data to point our clients in the right direction when shaping their brands. The quality of the solutions we deliver can only be as good as the data our research provides. Recently, we learned an important lesson in how sample size can affect both research results and the conclusions we draw from it.

In 2014, Trone Research + Consulting fielded a proprietary study that examined how pet parents care for their animals. The goal was to help brands speak the health language of their audience. We explored trends, consumer perceptions and the differences between wellness and prevention to determine the opportunities and challenges facing brands today. We spoke with more than...

The days of veterinarians ruling supremely over pet medications are over. In a recent study with partner Brakke Consulting Inc., we learned that more than 20% of human pharmacists are filling CVM approved pet prescriptions. We also confirmed veterinarians’ concern about pharmacists’ preparedness to accurately fill these prescriptions and their intent to seek new ways of maintaining control.

Just like their curious, furry feline pets, not all cat owners are alike. Some are heavily involved in their cats' lives, while others simply feel their cats can fend for themselves. These cat owners range from highly attached caretakers to laissez-faire pet owners and are grouped into four main categories. Want a deeper look into...

Based on a survey of nearly a thousand internet customers, more than 70% of mid- and fiber-tier respondents described their residence as a freestanding home. Just over 80% of mid- and fiber-tier respondents share their home internet with at least one other person (this number drops significantly for the basic tier).

Odds are likely that they are sharing service with a roommate or significant other, but what about kids? Only around one third of mid-tier respondents have at least one child under 18 in their household, compared to nearly half of all fiber-tier respondents.

Starting in 2012, researchers, veterinarians and media outlets began to debate the impact of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis on the future of pet ownership. Initial reports revealed declining US pet ownership. Yet, within the past two years, new data suggests growing pet ownership among the largest generational segment known as Millennials (Americans born between…

Scott Layne

Scott Layne

President

Scott is a senior research practitioner with more than 25 years of experience with Top 50 market research firms such as Bellomy Research and M/A/R/C Research.

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He is a poised and respected industry leader with a proven track record of solving business problems for Fortune 500 companies. Scott’s extensive research experience spans consumer products and services in B2C and B2B industries, including telecom, utility, CPG, automotive, financial services, travel and leisure, retail, textile/apparel and pharmaceutical.

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Kimberly Ness

SVP, Insights & Marketing

With 25+ years of experience across research, branding and marketing, Kimberly has the unique ability to transform complicated data into a simple strategic plan that achieves results.

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She has led marketing efforts for global and national brands and has a specialty in animal health, working with brands like Zoetis, Boeringer Ingelheim and Mars Petcare. She is known as an industry thought leader and has been a featured speaker at Global Pet Expo, AAHA, CBI, Brakke Consulting and Fetch, a dvm360 conference.

Tom Minsel

Tom Minsel

PhD, Head of Research & Data Science

Tom is our PhD Statistician and master data miner with 25+ years in direct marketing, customer targeting, modeling and research design.

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His areas of expertise include statistics, applied and theoretical measurement, psychological research, survey research, summative and formative evaluation, SAS, sampling, trend analysis and generally all things analytics. Tom oversees more than 65 comprehensive studies each year to help clients better understand their customers.