What changes will future technology waves bring? Will we ride them to riches or drown under the weight of disruption? A Danish proverb warns that “Prediction is dangerous, especially about the future.” A cycle of bad logic Unfortunately, when we theorize, we can become more and more attached to our predictions. A cycle of bad ... Read More
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Some would say that investments in Voice of the Customer are “too expensive and time consuming.” After all, does it really make sense for employees to spend time on VoC projects? For them to be on the road, interviewing customers? Instead, shouldn’t they be doing things that “drive sales?” Like working more shows? Assisting sales ... Read More
In a whispered voice, a B2B business executive confided to me that his company seldom spent more than $10k on their product launches… even after spending hundreds of thousands developing the product. This isn’t launching a product. This is kicking it off the loading dock and hoping someone finds it.
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Imagine a project that leads to new product sales of $5 million per year, with average profit margins. What’s the net present value of launching this product just one month earlier? $80,000! That’s $4000 per business day. Think we could use a little more “innovation urgency”? Consider three ways business leaders can accelerate projects… First, ... Read More
Leaping Up the Innovation Ladder: The Six Levels of Customer Engagement—and Why Scaling It Will Boost Your Bottom Line What kind of innovator is your company? A “Conference Roomer”? An “Expert Asker”? Or something else entirely? According to Dan Adams, the most effective (and richest) companies directly engage the customer in their innovation efforts. Cuyahoga ... Read More
The Domino’s Theory: What Your Company Can Learn from the Customer-Driven “Pizza Turnaround” When the pizza giant asked consumers to tell the truth, it ended up back at the proverbial drawing board. (Or should that be cutting board?) New product development guru Dan Adams says there’s a lesson in this story for all of us—and ... Read More