15 Jul

‘Love Stories’ competition launched on Facebook

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The Expat Survey launches Love Stories competition on Facebook

In response to expatriates sharing their adventures, including the reasons why some of them moved overseas or across continents to be with the one they have fallen for, The Expat Survey has launched a competition on Facebook asking those living outside their country of origin to spread some romance by sharing their love stories.

As you can imagine there are many reasons for why people leave their roots and move to a new land to set up home. There are those that have plans for a better life and those who sadly felt they had no choice; and then there are those that meet the person of their dreams and decide to move to a foreign territory to be with them.

Our current competition celebrates love migration!

All those that post a story on The Expat Survey Facebook page are entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher.

14 Jul

Life’s little luxuries gifted to expats

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According to a spokesman for Max Media, which analysed the results of the Expat Survey, beauty and medical products, technology such as games consoles and mobile phones plus DVDs and foodstuffs were the top items taken to expats as gifts. Among the unusual or notable examples were golf balls – specifically the Harrods brand – which were received “numerous times” by expats living in Bermuda and Spain, where they have plenty of opportunities to use them.

It seems that expats are fond of luxury brands when it comes to items other than golf balls too – and their generous friends are happy to indulge them. For those missing English cuppas, tea from top London food store Fortnum and Mason proved a popular gift, according to the survey analysts.

Crabtree & Evelyn of London offer bath, body and skincare products, which were mainly taken from the UK as gifts for expats living in the United States.

Bisto gravy was a popular choice for those living in Spain and Portugal, who presumably miss the traditional British roast dinner.

Black pudding from Stornaway in the Western Isles of Scotland has special status under EU law, meaning it can’t be copied anywhere else in the world. Perhaps that’s why it was listed among the gifts taken to expats by their friends and family.

Boots the chemist was a popular place to shop for gifts for expats. “John Frieda products from Boots in the UK, plus a raft of other pharmaceutical and health supplements were taken to almost every territory”, according to a spokesman for the survey analysts.

English language PC keyboards were listed as gifts taken to expats living in Greece, Russia and the United Arab Emirates – destinations that have different alphabets.

The survey polled expats from around the world – not just those who hail from the United Kingdom. Some Australians living in Malaysia and Singapore cited surf boards as gifts they’d recently been lucky enough to receive from home.

Hellenic expats in the UK and Australia often had something to chew over as a result of their visitors, who brought them pistachio nuts from Greece.

Marzipan is popular in Germany and the city of Lübeck has a proud tradition of marzipan manufacture – such as the little creatures pictured here being made at the Niederegger Marzipan Factory. Germans living in Italy listed the sweet almond-flavoured treat among their gift items.

French cognac was among the items taken to lucky expats in Hong Kong.

Indeed expats in Hong Kong – and Singapore – have expensive tastes, according to the survey. French champagne was another item that popped up in the results as having been taken to them as a gift.

Czech wafers are much-missed by Czech residents of the UK it seems – they were listed as a popular item brought over by friends and family.

Japanese porcelain is not the easiest thing in the world to transport, but some lucky expats in Australia received it as a gift brought from Japan.

11 Jul

Expats had their say in a big way!

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HIGHLIGHTS REVEALED from 2013 study In the world’s largest independent research programme.

It’s taken four months for its team to analyse more than 60,000 pages of consolidated results and insights into the lives of almost 8,000 expats around the globe. Comprising more than 150 questions across three surveys: ‘Migration & Lifestyle’, ‘Retail & Finance’ and ‘Travel & Health’, The Expat Survey 2013 was launched on 15th July last year and remained live for six months. Any nationality in any country was free to engage in the project; and providing they completed all three parts of the programme each expat was then entered into a prize draw to win £1,000 cash.

Responses came from 128 countries, with most of the feedback being provided by ten nationalities – British, Americans, South Africans, Irish, Dutch, Australians, Canadians, Indians, Germans and New Zealanders. Project Director Emma Wood explains ‘we wanted to achieve several key things with our research programme. Firstly to learn about each expatriate’s migratory journey and the reasons behind their decision to leave their country of origin. Secondly, to find out whether or not the grass is greener on the other side and thirdly to establish what is now relevant to them and the decisions they make in their day to day lives; from banks to brands, health to holidays, the technology they favour and the media they connect with. Beyond this we wanted to secure meaningful and ongoing engagement with them, so that they can continue to share their views and opinions with us’.

‘We are delighted with the outcome of our inaugural study. Expats from all walks of life and locations have made an invaluable contribution and we are now able to understand what’s important to them and what isn’t, what they feel adds value to their lives or influences their decisions when making critical consumer choices. In a world where we are all constantly bombarded with information and advertising messages, relevancy is particularly significant to this group of individuals, due to the dynamics of their lifestyles’.

Out of 56 contract, pay as you go and roaming SIM solutions put forward by those residing outside their country of origin, the top 3 coms providers based on vote volumes were Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile. Wood adds ‘the project covered a diverse range of topics and gleaned in-depth insights. For example, whilst it’s significant to know which coms companies expats mostly subscribe to, it was particularly relevant to learn that in many cases those companies don’t have exclusively ownership of their customers’ consumption. When expats are on the move many often adapt their telecoms and broadband solutions on a trip by trip basis, subject to the continent and territory they are going to; and with a good understanding of the infrastructure and options available
to them. Many use several packages with different providers and numerous actually explained why’.

Out of 167 travel website/apps nominated it wasn’t an airline or tour operator that dominated the top 10, but price comparison platforms with Skyscanner in first position, Expedia in second and Booking.com in third; but interestingly it wasn’t only price that ranked in their priorities when choosing to look up these providers.Independently minded expats didn’t hold back when sharing their opinions of online retailers. Many received significant praise, but in equal quantities there was criticism for certain elements of the online shopping experiences they had received.

When asked about their favourite brands the top 10 were Apple, Samsung, Chanel, Armani, Gucci, Nike, Sony, Zara, Ralph Lauren and Marks and Spencer. And whilst most of these are deemed to be luxury with considerable price tags, to those that voted they were regarded as good value for money.

‘We are pleased to report that Eastern and Latin American cultures connected with us too; and in the 2014 research study due to launch in the middle of next month, we shall be focussing on developing response levels from Chinese, Brazilian and other emerging groups’ said Wood.

‘In tandem with the 2014 research programme we also intend to launch The Expat Survey Consumer Awards (TESCA) to further empower expatriate consumers, as they will be able to nominate and explain in up to 100 words why they favour certain media and companies that service them’.

‘If you reside outside your country of origin for more than 6 months in any 12 month period, on a temporary or permanent basis, we really want to hear from you. The Expat Survey is accessible via smart phone, iPad and most tech applications, so wherever you are in the world we hope that those that engaged with us last year will join us again this year; and that thousands more expats will join in too’.

The Expat Survey 2013 prize draw was won by Mrs Audrey Harris, originally from Britain but now living in Fuerteventura, who invested her winnings in a new laptop and a trip to visit her family. The 2014 research programme will again offer a cash prize for participation, as well as some other great treats to be announced in the coming weeks on their website at www.theexpatsurvey.com

8 Jul

Expats had their say in a big way!

Highlights revealed from 2013 study In the world’s largest independent research programme

It’s taken four months for its team to analyse more than 60,000 pages of consolidated results and insights into the lives of almost 8,000 expats around the globe.

Comprising more than 150 questions across 3 surveys, ‘Migration & Lifestyle’, ‘Retail & Finance’ and ‘Travel & Health’, The Expat Survey 2013 was launched on the 15th July last year and remained live for 6 months. Any nationality in any country was free to engage in the project; and providing they completed all three parts of the programme each expat was then entered into a prize draw to win £1,000 cash.

Responses came from 128 countries, with most of the feedback being provided by ten nationalities – British, Americans, South Africans, Irish, Dutch, Australians, Canadians, Indians, Germans and New Zealanders.

Project Director Emma Wood explains ‘we wanted to achieve several key things with our research programme. Firstly to learn about each expatriate’s migratory journey and the reasons behind their decision to leave their country of origin. Secondly, to find out whether or not the grass is greener on the other side and thirdly to establish what is now relevant to them and the decisions they make in their day to day lives; from banks to brands, health to holidays, the technology they favour and the media they connect with.

Beyond this we wanted to secure meaningful and ongoing engagement with them, so that they can continue to share their views and opinions with us’.

‘We are delighted with the outcome of our inaugural study. Expats from all walks of life and locations have made an invaluable contribution and we are now able to understand what’s important to them and what isn’t, what they feel adds value to their lives or influences their decisions when making critical consumer choices. In a world where we are all constantly bombarded with information and advertising messages, relevancy is particularly significant to this group of individuals, due to the dynamics of their lifestyles’.

Out of 56 contract, pay as you go and roaming SIM solutions put forward by those residing outside their country of origin, the top 3 coms providers based on vote volumes were Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile.

Wood adds ‘the project covered a diverse range of topics and gleaned in-depth insights. For example, whilst it’s significant to know which coms companies expats mostly subscribe to, it was particularly relevant to learn that in many cases those companies don’t have exclusively ownership of their customers’ consumption. When expats are on the move many often adapt their telecoms and broadband solutions on a trip by trip basis, subject to the continent and territory they are going to; and with a good understanding of the infrastructure and options available to them. Many use several packages with different providers and numerous actually explained why’.

Out of 167 travel website/apps nominated it wasn’t an airline or tour operator that dominated the top 10, but price comparison platforms with Skyscanner in first position, Expedia in second and Booking.com in third; but interestingly it wasn’t only price that ranked in their priorities when choosing to look up these providers.

Independently minded expats didn’t hold back when sharing their opinions of online retailers. Many received significant praise, but in equal quantities there was criticism for certain elements of the online shopping experiences they had received.

When asked about their favourite brands the top 10 were Apple, Samsung, Chanel, Armani, Gucci, Nike, Sony, Zara, Ralph Lauren and Marks and Spencer. And whilst most of these are deemed to be luxury with considerable price tags, to those that voted they were regarded as good value for money.

‘We are pleased to report that Eastern and Latin American cultures connected with us too; and in the 2014 research study due to launch in the middle of next month, we shall be focussing on developing response levels from Chinese, Brazilian and other emerging groups’ said Wood.

‘In tandem with the 2014 research programme we also intend to launch The Expat Survey Consumer Awards (TESCA) to further empower expatriate consumers, as they will be able to nominate and explain in up to 100 words why they favour certain media and companies that service them’.

‘If you reside outside your country of origin for more than 6 months in any 12 month period, on a temporary or permanent basis, we really want to hear from you. The Expat Survey is accessible via smart phone, iPad and most tech applications, so wherever you are in the world we hope that those that engaged with us last year will join us again this year; and that thousands more expats will join in too’.

The Expat Survey 2013 prize draw was won by Mrs Audrey Harris, originally from Britain but now living in Fuerteventura, who invested her winnings in a new laptop and a trip to visit her family. The 2014 research programme will again offer a cash prize for participation, as well as some other great treats to be announced in the coming weeks on their website at http://ift.tt/1bg1TvO