Articles Posted in Marketing & Innovation


Happy it’s Back to School?

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Why do so many parents look like fans jumping out of their collective seats at an exciting sporting event, the day their kids head back to school?

Maybe it’s the release of the Kraken from its summer nest, or all the free time work-from-home-adults suddenly achieve, or the unabashed excitement parents feel towards the Matterhorn of homework about to be poured down their children’s throats!  Whatever the reason, school is back in session, and bus driver Bob is rumbling, bumbling, and stumbling down every back woods street across America delivering our most precious assets to and from their daily dose of academic enrichment.

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When It Comes to Buying Power, Does Age Matter?

It’s official! Millennials are now the largest generation in the workforce, overtaking both Boomers and Gen-Xers over the past year or so. The potential for marketplace dominance in consumer purchasing power for Millennials is staggering. Most corporations have been preparing and positioning themselves for this eventuality, directing resources and decision making for the future success…

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Curating the Ideas Behind Innovation: Five Tools for Innovative Creativity!

Innovation is a many faceted thing, isn’t it? Definitions vary, as do outcomes, and our very feelings about Innovation. It’s hard to have a conversation, much less a thought about Innovation without including Apple, Space X, Uber or Amazon Prime these days. Aside from the amazing innovations we enjoy by these brands in durables, new…

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Lego Your Research at TMAG

With a big shout of thanks to HP for inviting us, and a nod to my colleague Marian Strauss, I recently had the privilege of speaking at the 55th meeting of TMAG (the Information Technology Market Analysis Group), an industry consortium of market intelligence personnel from IT hardware, software, and related services companies…which is ironic, given…

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So, You Want to be #1, Eh?

A client recently asked me an interesting question…how do I make our brand #1? While there are a lot of big brands out there, which is the biggest? The “best”? What does it mean for a brand to be the biggest or best brand – the #1 brand? And if you’re not there, how do…

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Customization Is (and Needs to Be) Everywhere

This article was co-written by Laura Kurtin and Amy Dodge. Those of us who have studied marketing in school and have worked in the industry tend to be a bit cynical about some of the gimmicks and ploys companies use to encourage us to buy their products and services. However, when we see our favorite…

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The Evolution of Homemade

In the Past People spent hours chopping, peeling, slicing, and preparing meals, appetizers, snacks, and desserts. When I was a kid, carrots grown from our own garden were a favorite snack. On occasion, a buttery chocolate scent would permeate the house – good old-fashioned chocolate chip cookies. Now THAT was really homemade (or even homegrown!)…

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You’ve Been Served: The Rise of Meals by Mail

While trends turn away from traditional “convenience foods” toward more natural options, consumers have less time than ever. Enter delivery services, taking the work (or at least some of it) out of homemade meals. Food tech startups offering meals by mail are popping up across the country, covering a range of food preparation. Several services…

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A Caveman’s Shopping Journey in the 21st Century

We are fortunate to live in an era of unrivaled retailing diversity and prosperity. People have unprecedented access to goods and services within their local communities and across the world. In truth, shoppers have so many options that the shopping experience can be both exciting and daunting. I am often approached by clients for the…

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Unfreezing Consumers to Heat Up New Product Sales!

Companies have long assumed that if they build a better mousetrap and effectively communicate the benefits, consumers will come. Most companies’ efforts, therefore, are centered on the development and optimization of new products and/or services. Developing a superior product, however, is only half the picture. For a new product/service to be adopted, consumers have to…

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