Marketing & Strategy Innovation blog

The Growth Share Matrix Revisited

Thanks to Andrew Warren-Payne for pointing me at this work by Boston Consulting Group revisiting their classic growth share matrix. The matrix, originated by BCG founder Bruce Henderson 40 years ago, famously plots a product portfolio on a 2 x 2 against growth rate and market share, giving us categorisations like 'stars', 'problem child' (or 'question marks'), 'Dogs' and 'Cash Cows', and is a key part of business school teaching on strategy.

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A Super-Simple Way To Make Your Prices Seem Lower… With One Catch

Want to make your prices seem lower without actually changing them? I’ve got a research-based technique that will do exactly that, with one small catch: your prices will only look lower to your male customers.

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Is Your Customer Experience Suffering from Short-Sightedness?

I originally wrote today's post for The DiJulius Group; it was posted on their blog on May 15, 2014.

Is your company short-sighted when it comes to the customer?

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Connect Internal Culture to External Cultural Movements

From What Great Brands Do: By connecting internal culture to broader cultural movements, great brands create futures in which they thrive and grow.

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Does Social Media Makes All of Us Phenomenologists?

It is every designer’s dream to design a chair. I have yet to meet an industrial designer that doesn’t want to design a chair or a car. It is a designer’s dream for those who study transportation design to design a car and I get it. Chairs and tables?

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What Kind of Communicating Generates an Uplifting Customer Experience?

The Interplay Between Communicating & Relating

The relating that occurs between human beings is a function of the communicating that is occurring between these human beings; the communicating that is occurring between human beings is function of the relating that is occurring. Which is to say that the communicating and relating are essentially in a dynamic dance with one another.

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What Does the Facebook Experiment Teach Us?

I’m intrigued by the reaction that has unfolded around the Facebook “emotion contagion” study. (If you aren’t familiar with this, read this primer.) As others have pointed out, the practice of A/B testing content is quite common. And Facebook has a long history of experimenting on how it can influence people’s attitudes and practices, even in the realm of research. An earlier study showed that Facebook decisions could shape voters’ practices. But why is it that *this* study has sparked a firestorm?

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3 Things You Should Know in the Network Economy

We’re living in an age of networks. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have hundreds of millions of users. New services like Instagram and Pinterest become billion dollar companies in months instead of years or decades. This year, marketers will spend over $4 billion on social media.

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Responsive Marketing in a Real Time World

We needn't look much further than our everyday lives to realize that the way we consume, share and produce our own media has changed drastically. The major forces in this evolution are largely a combination of hardware and software (mobile) combined with connectivity (social) all accelerated in the context of time which gives the impression of immediacy (real-time).

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