Category: Marketing Strategy Case Study

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 »

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 »

‘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 »

Sabra’s Half-Billion-Dollar Hummus Empire Grew One Dip at a Time

Sabra’s Half-Billion-Dollar Hummus Empire Grew One Dip at a Time
Sabra is a revolutionary brand that popularized hummus in the US. As of early 2016, Sabra owned more than 60% share in the US hummus market that it created, representing half a billion dollars in sales. Its full line of products are carried in grocery stores and with food vendors across the country, and the... 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 »

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 »

Beauty Enthusiast Loyalty Blooms into 20% Sales Growth for ULTA Beauty

Beauty Enthusiast Loyalty Blooms into 20% Sales Growth for ULTA Beauty
Beauty is big and growing—this $60.58 billion industry has doubled since 2003. Women are very interested in learning about and trying new techniques and products. On YouTube, Beauty is the #2 channel, after music. Beauty is also democratic—92% of YouTube video views are for individual ‘vloggers,’ not corporate or brand-sponsored content. Women want authentic recommendations.... Read more »
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How Intuit is Turning Technology Innovations and 100k ProAdvisors into Global Growth

How Intuit is Turning Technology Innovations and 100k ProAdvisors into Global Growth
Intuit’s Global B2B Market Strategy Brings QuickBooks to the World Intuit, along with its QuickBooks brand, is known for turning customer insights and technology advances into smart market strategy. Using the power of cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS), Intuit has been able to rapidly expand into global markets. In the last 18... Read more »
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