How Millennials Changed My Management Style

How Millennials Changed My Management Style
Efficiency with effectiveness is considered a cardinal virtue of the workplace. But to achieve optimum results and productivity from my teams of Millennial colleagues, I’ve had to eschew “efficient” management styles that were preferred by older generations. In consulting assignments for the Cambridge Group and Insight to Action, my teams conduct large, multi-faceted projects. A... Read more »

Adventure is on the Menu in School Cafeteria Trends

Adventure is on the Menu in School Cafeteria Trends
From Adventurous Choices to Twists on Familiar Favorites, School Cafeterias Fight Kid Boredom with Novelty  Trends in school cafeterias go through one main gatekeeper: the nutrition/foodservice director. Nutrition directors juggle many competing and critical goals in selecting school lunch foods, such are pleasing kids’ palates, offering interest and variety, holding visual appeal and delivering nutrition... Read more »

Surprise! Century-Old McCormick & Company Wins Amazon’s ‘Grocery Vendor of the Year’ Award

Surprise! Century-Old McCormick & Company Wins Amazon’s ‘Grocery Vendor of the Year’ Award
McCormick & Company Spices Up eCommerce with a Fast-Track Market Strategy One might expect Amazon’s Grocery Vendor of the Year to be a manufacturer of highly consumable items, like P&G. But the actual recent winner was unexpected: established herbs and spices brand McCormick & Company. The company’s fast-track ecommerce strategy launched just five years ago,... Read more »
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Kodiak Cakes Disrupts the Sleepy Flapjacks Category with Delicious, Healthy Innovation

Kodiak Cakes Disrupts the Sleepy Flapjacks Category with Delicious, Healthy Innovation
Twenty years ago in Utah, the Clark family started selling “Kodiak Cakes Frontier Flapjack and Waffle Mix” to ski town gift shops. While that doesn’t sound particularly disruptive, it signaled the beginning of the wakeup call Kodiak Cakes was about to give to the sleepy flapjacks category, dominated by big, slow-moving brands. Today, Kodiak Cakes... Read more »

The Internet Knows: How We Googled Our Way to Global B2B Market Analysis

The Internet Knows: How We Googled Our Way to Global B2B Market Analysis
My firm, Insight to Action, was challenged by a B2B food ingredient client to create a category analysis of the global reduced sodium market that includes both overt and stealth initiatives.  This category analysis was then translated to prioritized customer targets and marketing approaches. First, we selected the most promising countries and markets for sodium... Read more »

Your Home’s Changing Role as a Workplace and Income Source

Your Home’s Changing Role as a Workplace and Income Source
How 32 Million Americans ‘Working at Home’ is Changing Our Lives and Living Spaces Remote working is a significant trend in the US workplace, and it’s changing not only the way we work but the way we live, as well.  In new construction and renovations alike, making home offices that are more functional and appealing... Read more »
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How Smuckers and Similac Navigate Non-GMO vs. Organic Brand Strategies

How Smuckers and Similac Navigate Non-GMO vs. Organic Brand Strategies
Shifting Demand Means Choosing Between Non-GMO and Organic Market Strategies Won’t Come Naturally Organic has been a food trend for many years, and most food brands have a market strategy perspective on the issue, ranging from actively dismissing organic to embracing it wholeheartedly. Just as the “natural” market starts to settle down, a new popular... Read more »

At the Grill and in the Kitchen, Men Are Cooking it Up Cross-Generationally

At the Grill and in the Kitchen, Men Are Cooking it Up Cross-Generationally
Men Stepping Up for Thanksgiving and Other Holidays With Thanksgiving just around the corner, my thoughts are turning more frequently to cooking and meal preparation.  In 2013, I had the pleasure of sharing consumer insights trends with the Butterball team, who had just welcomed the first men as official brand spokespersons. The Butterball brand recognized... Read more »

‘Stealth Veggies’ Are Good Enough for Mom, But May Not Cut the Mustard in School Cafeterias

‘Stealth Veggies’ Are Good Enough for Mom, But May Not Cut the Mustard in School Cafeterias
Stealth Vegetables Are a Proven Strategy for Moms In Tuning into Mom: Understanding America’s Most Powerful Consumer, we explore how many moms use the strategy of “hiding” vegetables in homemade meals and also purchase pre-made products like Pirate’s Veggie Booty to increase vegetable consumption among their children.  This was such a common strategy among moms... Read more »
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In a Declining Market, Duracell Grows Share with Focused Market Strategy

In a Declining Market, Duracell Grows Share with Focused Market Strategy
Alkaline batteries aren’t exciting. They aren’t advanced. And they aren’t a growing market. But batteries also aren’t going away. Devices like remote controls, smoke alarms, flashlights and toys still use plenty of battery power. P&G’s Duracell looked on the bright side and deployed a market strategy designed to grow share, including product innovations, new partnerships... Read more »
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    Michal is co-author of Tuning Into Mom and an experienced consultant. Michal develops winning growth strategies and detailed go to market plans for some of the world’s outstanding organizations including McDonald’s, Gatorade, Abbott, Barilla, Tylenol, Clorox, Key Bank, Eagle Ottawa, Quaker and the Baker Demonstration School.

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