Category: Background

Articles that cover basic background information

We innovate - under a product dominated thinking approach - to enhance features of products or find new products, to reduce manufacturing costs, or to improve processes.

This follows traditional strategy thinking of differentiation versus cost leadership; and value chains.

All good stuff; from a product dominated thinking mindset.

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Here's a description of the Lean Canvas - a one-page business plan

We can use it to neatly describe an innovation. As well as guide-rails for an innovator to take an idea to an innovation description.

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There is a criticism that the original 4P marketing mix doesn't address service. Which comes from a view that service and goods are fundamentally different.

To address this criticism, Boom & Bitner introduced 3 additional Ps to derive the Service Marketing Mix. These new Ps are People, Physical Evidence and Process.

Kotler added an 8th - performance. And this is sometimes altered to partnership

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Product, Price, Promotion and Place. These are the 4Ps of the original marketing mix. Which helps us tease out things we need to think of to sell our product

It's a marketing classic - but with lots of criticism. Which are sometimes not well looked into by marketing, business or MBA courses.

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We innovate, under a service dominated thinking approach, for similar reasons as product dominated thinking (differentiate, cost leadership, value chains).

But also to enhance, entice and enrich our customers; to react to changes in ecosystem value generation; and to offer what customers are expecting from other markets/industries.

We live in an exciting world of "jobs to be done" and "blue ocean" thinking.

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When our ways of thinking, acting and behaving are based mainly on goods, then we are following a goods-dominant logic

Such a logic leads us to see a world where

  • Manufacturers embed value in a goods
  • Customers use-up/destroy that embeded value
  • Focus is on how to extract maximum return at the value exchange between manufacturer and customer

It is a logic that has been sufficient for nearly 300 years. But we will argue later that it is no longer sufficient, given that services are eating the world.

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It's useful to have some background on product-dominated innovation since service-dominated innovation is similar (yet with additional factors to address).

In this article we look at:

  1. how the roles, resources and value attributes of product innovation play out
  2. Rogers' adoptability/diffusion curve
  3. Moore's crossing the chasm
  4. Bass' adoption curve
  5. the factors that impact the speed of innovation adoption

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Is our current way of thinking about the world - a so called goods-dominant logic that is goods-centric and has a heavy focus on value-exchange - the best mindset for services?

In this first of two articles we look at what is this goods-dominant mindset. We conclude that yes we could use it for services, but it limits us. It is like driving a performance sports car, but only ever using 1st gear.

Once we look more at services we realise a new logic is needed to access the other gears. But that this is a realisation not a revolution.

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"94% of executives are unsatisfied with innovation performance". Yet "84% see innovation as important to growth"! And "54% of companies struggle to bridge the gap between innovation and business". Worse; "very few executives know what the problem is and how to fix it"!

We have forgotten the basics. Firstly that "the firm has two, and only two activities: marketing and innovation". And that "people don't want to buy a 1/4 inch drill, they want a 1/4 inch hole".

Instead, we (accidentally?) embark on innovation theatre, misalign execution with vision, and forget there is resistance to innovation. We miss following service-dominant logic. Which drives customer-centric thinking, and co-value generation; is a natural home for job-to-be-done and blue ocean theories; helps us minimise marketing myopia; and focuses us past point of sale, to additional services, servitization of goods, and the circular economy.

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