Barbara Schandl – Agility in Innovation

email Alistair if you need the password. Barbara is Insights Lead of the SnackFutures team at Mondelez. Formed 12 months ago and working as a true start-up within a large corporation, they have the task of inventing the snacks of the future. From Barbara’s presentation you’ll hear about the principles and beliefs the team follows, …

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Tas – How to Find your Golden Thread

email Alistair if you need the password. Anthony “Tas” Tasgal is a lecturer, strategist and author. Tas discussed how we’re running the risk of living in a DRIP world – data rich, insight poor. We need to nudge the pendulum further away from prove and a little bit more towards move. Storytelling is one way …

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Dom Dwight – When to listen, when to lead

email Alistair if you need the password. Dom Dwight is the Marketing Director for Taylors of Harrogate, makers of Yorkshire Tea (the #1 tea brand in the UK) amongst other hot drinks. Dom explained how Taylors are hugely dependent on the Yorkshire Tea brand, but the category was, and is, in steady decline.  Dom talked …

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Mark Earls – Copy Like Elvis

email Alistair if you need the password. This week we have the one and only Mark Earls, aka the HERDmeister, and master of all things marketing, brand and mass behaviour. Mark explains how we shouldn’t be ashamed to use the brains of other people. Ideas that already exist are the raw materials for even better …

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Fraser Doherty – The Adventures of Jam Boy

email Alistair if you need the password. The SuperJam seed was sown when Fraser was 14 years old and taught to make jam by his Grandma. Fraser started selling his jam at farmers markets and local shops, before borrowing his dad’s suit and eventually pitching his product to Waitrose. A few attempts later and Waitrose …

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Sam Conniff – BeMorePirate

email Alistair if you need the password. Ignoring their pillage and plunder, the golden age of pirates are the innovators we should be learning from. One way we can be more pirate is to pretend to hear ‘go’ when your boss says ‘no’. As Sam so brilliantly did when trying to promote his book without …

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Alternatives to face-to-face research

Alternatives to focus groups, in-depth interviews, in-home testing? Need to conduct face-to-face research? Are your plans for focus-groups, possibly in-depth interviews or in-person in-home testing having to be temporarily suspended? If so, what alternatives are open to you? (Independent quallie? Read this first…) Alternatives to physically being there It’s the same issue faced by businesses, …

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Proof that “consumer closeness” is just lip service?

Around 9 years ago the 2 gents pictured below started a business. It had the mantra of getting companies closer to their consumers. Plus some weird stuff about walking in their shoes… don’t ask. Evangelists for Customer Closeness They had seen the truth that many companies all too often surrounded themselves with what was familiar. …

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Opportunity Identification

Qualitative opportunity identification utilizes consumers to uncover real pain points, needs, and workarounds to drive innovation towards actual gaps in the market, faster. Involving the consumer earlier in the process narrows the scope of innovation and quickly allows client teams to focus on what’s important: solving REAL consumer problems. It’s estimated that of the 30,000 …

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Pre and Post Launch Consumer Reviews

Qualitative pre and post launch consumer reviews deliver consumer-led innovation and sustainable commercial success with an ROI that large quantitative studies just can’t do.  If you keyword search worst product launches in any given year, you will find a plethora of highly entertaining examples of products from around the world that should never have seen …

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