The100: competition myopia, BeSci pitfalls and giant beetroots

Tube vs. Scooter The Right Honourable Lord of Marketing, Mark Ritson, has been reminding us that our competition may not be our competition. In fact, we shouldn’t be calling it competition at all. Instead we should ask consumers about alternatives: It’s a dangerous blind spot because focusing on self-generated competitors versus market-oriented alternatives means companies …

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The100: Data visualisation, sonic branding and 4am pees

There is no magic number Have you ever had to defend the number of participants used in a qual study? Err, does the bear wear a tall hat? Emmet O’Brian has nicely summarised a paper by Jacqueline Low on chasing theoretical saturation in its current form – the point at which new information stops emerging. The …

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The100: Creativity conditions, the culture myth and Norwegians

Best of both(ism) If you’ve ever been accused of sitting on the fence, here’s your splinter edged comeback: you’re applying bothism. Duh. Bothisms: The rare capacity to not only see the value of both sides of the story, but actively consider and then co-opt them into any subsequent marketing endeavour in an appropriate mix. The …

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Optimization for the NPD Post-Launch Happy Endings

“Once upon a time you launched an innovation… And despite retailers taking fewer new SKUs, you managed to get your brand spanking new product on the shelf, and even the e-commerce grid, with most of your retail distributors.  Congratulate the teams who labored long through the stage gates and NPD milestones! Your 18 month innovation …

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The100: Questions, presentations and shampoo bottles

Most of the world doesn’t think like you Chaz Wigley, Chairman of BBH Asia, has listed 100 lessons learnt over his career. I love this. So many gems. Here are just a few: Don’t ever look down on your target audience. It doesn’t help you in your job and they have their reasons for their …

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The100: Impression amplifiers, space/s and Animal Crossing

McClaren | Global management consulting Why do companies and governments call on McKinsey when they could call on McClaren? So asks Rory Sutherland in a typically brilliant piece for the Spectator. “The reason is that both bureaucrats and businesspeople are heavily attracted to the illusion of certainty. Standard cost-cutting ‘efficiencies’ can usually be ‘proven’ to work in …

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Online retailers: if you can’t get me now, when will you?

In the past 6 weeks I have bought a load of things online including printer cartridges (for the kids’ schoolwork), a large picture frame, cheese (of course), wine (of course), coloured paper, postcards and some 6 packs of shoelaces.  All of which I would normally buy from the high street.  Thing is, whilst some of …

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