Front end of new projects: The challenge of engaging clients,bosses and colleagues

The primary challenge for their innovation teams, according to the Innovation head of a Fortune 50 corporation, is to consciously engage the bosses at the front end of the project. The bosses sign off on initial costs and then when things progress to the stage of making prototypes and trial production- the bosses suddenly wake up. “I never realized that there are such big costs involved,down the line…” is a common refrain.

New Product B2B marketers and the junior manager prospect: problem or opportunity?

You are trying to sell your new accounts receivable system and are talking to the Asst. A/C receivable and occasionally to the Manager-Accounts of a B2B prospect. No junior or middle manager would like to admit that they have a problem when faced with a new B2B solution that has the potential to vastly improveContinue reading “New Product B2B marketers and the junior manager prospect: problem or opportunity?”

If Scotland secedes from the UK what will happen to exporting scotch?

Nine out of ten bottles of scotch whiskey is exported out of Scotland at the rate of 36 bottles a second!. The industry supports 35,000 jobs in Scotland and has intricate distributor relationships across the world that provide employment to many thousands more, worldwide.Through vigorous lobbying over a century,  the industry has ensured that noContinue reading “If Scotland secedes from the UK what will happen to exporting scotch?”

Supply Chain rationalization means fewer jobs in small businesses

At a recent conference an entrepreneur at the $25 million sales level mentioned that all the bigger organizations preferred to deal with $100 million level firms for purposes of supply chain rationalization. Quite understandable, but this does affect  employment in US small businesses. Let's see how: Supply (procurement) managers buy goods and services that mustContinue reading “Supply Chain rationalization means fewer jobs in small businesses”

Paypal mobile payments for McDonald’s France can open up vast Indian retail opportunities

Paypal is testing mobile app payments for McDonald's in 30 restaurants in France. If it works, then there might be a roll-out to over 30,000 McDonald's worldwide. The number 30,000 sounded really small so here is a reality check. How many Starbucks are there in the world? Under 17,000 worldwide ,or just over half theContinue reading “Paypal mobile payments for McDonald’s France can open up vast Indian retail opportunities”

Outsourcing transfers the perishability risk to the provider

As outsourcing becomes an important issue in the US Presidential elections- it's interesting to look at the perishability risk of services and how the provider or vendor takes over managing that risk. But first about perishability in services. Services have been differentiated from goods in terms of service characteristics that include intangibility,perishability,inseparability and variability.  TheContinue reading “Outsourcing transfers the perishability risk to the provider”

Character not personality: why 7-Habits Steven Covey is followed across the globe

7-Habits author Steven Covey passed away yesterday and it was just the previous week when a friend and visiting Indian CEO mentioned that Steven Covey’s 7 Habits is a great inspiration for him. And this was before the news of Covey’s passing so it led to this post about why Steven Covey’s ideas resonate across countries and cultures.

GlaxoSmithKline 3B$ fine – balancing innovation and ethical marketing

GlaxoSmithKline is to pay a 3B$ fine, the largest ever for healthcare fraud in the US. In the past, numerous big pharma companies including Abbott, Pfizer have been fined and this is something the industry seems accustomed to. It's important to understand why pharma marketing becomes unethical, if the unethical sales practices are to stopContinue reading “GlaxoSmithKline 3B$ fine – balancing innovation and ethical marketing”

From Strategy to Execution via Website: the Power of Web Analytics

As Web Analytics evolves (see earlier post) the possibility of organizations to map website—>organizational structure—> strategy —-> to execution via website analytics is an enormous opportunity. And this applies to the mission of the organization, its functions including Marketing, Investor Relations, Supplier Relations to Employee Relations. Here is how: Websites are becoming better with moreContinue reading “From Strategy to Execution via Website: the Power of Web Analytics”

From Product Innovation Charter to the Product Protocol

The Product Protocol is a written document that the multi-disciplinary new product development team puts together to help team members from functions like R&D,Design,Marketing,Procurement, Production co-ordinate.