Timing Matters: Balancing Field, Expert and Headquarters Market Perspective for B2B Innovation Strategy

Timing Matters: Balancing Field, Expert and Headquarters Market Perspective for B2B Innovation Strategy
For B2B innovation strategy development over a one to five year horizon, my firm, Insight to Action recommends considering field, headquarters and expert primary insights perspectives. Of course, before conducting the new research, a critical first step is to leverage secondary sources and to assess any historical data and identify unanswered questions. An example of... Read more »

From Cauliflower to Tomatoes, Fresh Innovation Spurs Growth in Produce

From Cauliflower to Tomatoes, Fresh Innovation Spurs Growth in Produce
Dollar growth in the fresh departments in Grocery Stores was 5.5% compounded annually from 2012-2015, eclipsing growth in frozen (0.5%), grocery (1.6%) and dairy (2.4%) according to Nielsen’s recent produce-focused study. Unit growth has also been a strong 3% or more in most fresh areas (including produce, deli, bakery, and seafood) from 2014 to 2105.... Read more »

Beyond Mainstream Pricing: Breyers Goes Super Premium with Gelato Indulgences

Beyond Mainstream Pricing: Breyers Goes Super Premium with Gelato Indulgences
The ice cream market is facing a bit of a meltdown in recent years, with 22% of 2016 frozen treat consumers buying less. Beth Bloom, Senior Food & Drink Analyst for Mintel, writes about the current US ice cream market: “As volume sales in the saturated category decline, dollar gains have cooled. While health leads... Read more »
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Giovanni Rana Built its Brand with a Fresh Approach and Wins Nielsen Breakthrough Innovation Award

Giovanni Rana Built its Brand with a Fresh Approach and Wins Nielsen Breakthrough Innovation Award
With its line of refrigerated, fresh-filled pastas, the Giovanni Rana brand won a 2016 Nielsen Breakthrough Innovation award. Nielsen recognized the brand’s 55% growth in the US, with 2015 revenue totaling 130 million euros. And Giovanni Rana is planning for more growth: “This positive trend convinced the company to make a further effort to meet... Read more »

Successfully Bringing a Foodservice Brand to Retail: Bob Evans ‘Farm Fresh’ Strategy Unifies its Restaurant and Grocery Segments

Successfully Bringing a Foodservice Brand to Retail: Bob Evans ‘Farm Fresh’ Strategy Unifies its Restaurant and Grocery Segments
How Bob Evans Built a Successful Retail Grocery Business, Propelled by its Restaurant Brand Taking a popular restaurant concept and translating it to a profitable retail grocery business is an alluring but tricky path for many brands. In our work, we have seen both successes and failures with these extensions. The market strategy case study... Read more »

Driving Innovation from B2B Market Research

Driving Innovation from B2B Market Research
Thinking Through the Role and Value of Multiple Perspectives, from End User to HQ Decision Maker When conducting B2B market research for clients that sell to larger organizations (e.g., those with more than 1000 employees), it’s typically a given that there are multiple decision makers involved in choosing a vendor or service. For example, some... Read more »
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Nasacort Combines Consumer Understanding and Science for a Winning Market Strategy

Nasacort Combines Consumer Understanding and Science for a Winning Market Strategy
Nasacort Allergy 24HR entered the highly-saturated and competitive OTC allergy market in 2014. With low brand awareness and consumer wariness of nasal sprays, the brand’s launch was risky. But Nasacort is now one of Sanofi’s top-ten consumer brands and won a 2016 Nielsen Breakthrough Innovation Award. The science behind Nasacort is a key competitive difference... Read more »

The Difference One Letter Makes: How Global B2B Brand Sodexo Deployed Easy-to-Pronounce Naming Strategy

The Difference One Letter Makes: How Global B2B Brand Sodexo Deployed Easy-to-Pronounce Naming Strategy
Organizational and product naming, particularly for B2B global entities, presents an interesting challenge. We’ve recently written about Ingredion signaling its strategic commitment with its name change. French food services and facilities management company Sodexo underwent a seemingly minor name change that has a big impact on its brand evolution. B2B Names Must Clear these Three... Read more »

‘Empathetic’ Market Strategy Drives Outsize Growth for Beverage Bai

‘Empathetic’ Market Strategy Drives Outsize Growth for Beverage Bai
Beverage brand Bai has experienced meteoric growth since its 2009 founding, significantly by following a market strategy that focuses on empathy with consumers and distributors. In 2015, an Inc. profile reports Bai’s three-year growth at 2,210%, for 2015 revenue of $119.9M. In 2015, Forbes ranked Bai No. 13 in its America’s Most Promising Companies list.... Read more »
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Mainstream, Premium, Super Premium: Pricing Strategy Examples from Gevalia and McCormick

Mainstream, Premium, Super Premium: Pricing Strategy Examples from Gevalia and McCormick
Managing a brand in multiple price tiers requires careful portfolio positioning. These two case examples are brands that have clear market strategies for different price tiers. Gevalia challenged Starbucks by taking its direct-to-consumer super premium brand into the premium supermarket retail segment.  McCormick successfully offers both mainstream and premium products, essentially on the same shelf.... Read more »
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