It’s the new era of marketing. Market Invention is the process of creating and maintaining market dominance by leveraging insight, strategy, experience, and expansion to establish and amplify customer and company value. For years, we’ve been hearing about the death of the ad industry. Whether work is done at an agency or internally, the industry […]
How Dollar Shave Club Changed Shaving
Dollar Shave Club started selling disposable razor subscriptions in 2012. In a few years’ time, it had catapulted into the realm of the unicorns.
The Process Behind Disruption
Disruption might be the biggest business bandwagon of all time. But ask most people what their idea of disruption is, and they’ll stare at you with a blank look or start rattling off a set of disjointed ideas.
How to Not Become an Expert
Experts are impressive, but there are some trade-offs. First, there’s the obvious opportunity cost to hyper-specialization: all the other things you won’t be able to do. But there’s another, more subtle cost: you risk losing the beginner’s mind. As you restrict your inquisitive nature, your sense of wonder fades. You become uncomfortable with ambiguity. You forget how to learn in new ways about new things. You might begin to start liking the idea that you’re an expert and slowly, unconsciously start closing your mind to the opinions of non-experts. Then, to the experts who don’t agree with you. The process continues, and eventually you find yourself totally isolated, lost in your own ideas.
Why Turnaround Specialists Need Market Invention
Turnaround specialists can be called in at all stages of failure, from decreasing working capital to impending bankruptcy. While the work of a turnaround specialist in these situations is irreplaceable, it can be effectively supplemented by incorporating Merit’s Market Invention strategy. This unique partnership turns a rather dire situation into a net positive by implementing change and inventing a new opportunity for a business to not only survive, but to thrive.
Public Relations and Market Invention
“We need public relations!” We hear this command frequently from big and small organizations across the country. However, we promptly question what exactly they’re seeking. Every organization needs a smart PR strategy, but most don’t know exactly how.
Web Design and Market Invention
Web designers are the architects that create the visual elements of the site, the stuff the user sees. Web developers create the functionality that works in the background. When working together, the two disciplines deliver a seamless, clean experience that ignites a buyer’s interest.
Design and Market Invention
Understanding how to use—or not use—design archetypes is at the core of a well-planned Market Invention strategy. Market Invention can use a shift in brand imaging or messaging to pivot into a new market and target unreached customers.
Digital Media and Market Invention
But before you rush off to the first digital media strategist you can find, consider this: does good digital media marketing really mean just matching the trends of the day? Or, since those trends will always be shifting and evolving, might there be some underlying strategy at the base of all that (very important) surface-level stuff?
Five Lessons From the Growing Artisan Economy
We hear a lot about the artisan economy. It’s a movement towards personalized, hand-made, small-scale production that has been gaining lots of momentum in the US. So much momentum, in fact, that artisans are taking a measurable chip out of mid-sized manufacturers. According to the Inter-American Development Bank, if the artisan economy were a country, it would have the fourth largest economy in the world. While larger sized businesses obviously cannot compete with some aspects of the artisan economy, they can certainly reflect on some of the principles that are propelling artisan growth and apply them to their own organizations.
Nonni's Biscotti owns its Market, but will it stay in first place?
Before Nonni’s came out with its first gourmet cookies in 1988, few Americans had a clue what a biscotti was. But the company presented its simple, crunchy cookies as a classier, healthier alternative to traditional American cookies, and biscotti soon became a national trend.
From Advertising to Market Invention
If you’re tired of being stuck at second or third place in your sector, fighting tooth and nail with tired marketing ploys, it might be time to start thinking about Market Invention.
Managing Crisis Communication with Market Invention
Every failure represents an opportunity for improvement. Great crisis management & communication can be step one in reinventing a business or reimagining a market. They can point to an area of your game that needs improvement, force you into new positioning, or even send you back to the drawing board.
Social Media and Market Invention
Most businesses are still struggling with how social media strategy has changed the marketing landscape. Honestly, so are most marketing firms. If you look at the average company’s social media presence, they aren’t employing this new technology nearly as well as they could be.
Market Research and Market Invention
Most market research aims to find opportunities to grab a bigger slice of the proverbial pie. It’s a mindset – a competitive tactic – that’s been around for well over a century. Lots of companies and marketing firms use this strategy, some with pretty good results. So why do we take a different approach?
Branding and Market Invention
Market disruption is a powerful thing, and so is product differentiation. They’re both important in brand creation, but they aren’t the end goals. We think there’s a better, more integrated way of looking at what makes a powerful brand. It’s at the root of market disruption, product differentiation, and all those other buzzwords that indicate successful companies: market invention.