Monthly Archives: September 2011

Oncoming Meteor Targets Traditional Book Publishers

The Wall Street Journal’s Jeffrey Trachtenberg wrote an interesting article recently that asks the question: As more and more readers make the switch to digital books, why are so many of the most popular ones priced so high? As physical book sales fall, publishers’ fixed costs are becoming more cumbersome. One area major publishers can cushion the blow is by ...

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Innovation – For Tourists or Travelers?

“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” G. K. Chesterton The traveler strikes the right balance between the wanderer’s open-minded absence of direction, and the tourist single-minded destination focus. Like the tourist, the traveler knows the value of setting a direction and charting a course. Like the wanderer, the traveler knows the ...

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The Death of Daily Deals and Digital Coupons?

Editors Note - this is the first in our Industry View series in which we do a deep dive into an emerging industry's innovation opportunities. Groupon’s “stutter-step” IPO. A drop in traffic to their site and that of Living Social. Facebook’s abrupt about face in the daily deal segment. Yelp’s downsizing. These recent events have left many claiming that the best days of the digital coupon are now behind us.

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Imagine Your Next Innovation

Situation A The economy has picked up, but your sales have dropped off. Competitors’ products work better than yours. Competitors’ product launches are more frequent than yours. The number of competitors is increasing. The sales team is angry – they cannot sell against competitors. The product roadmap is more of the same. The situation is clear – you’re behind your ...

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Innovation – The Knowing-Doing Gap

A recent survey of mid-western manufacturers reinforces a fairly serious issue where innovation is concerned. In the survey, the vast majority of executives recognize that innovation must start with the executive team. That’s a good thing. There are some issues of concern in the survey as well – the fact that only about a quarter of the firms survey set ...

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Importance of Play to Innovation

It’s generally accepted that “playtime” is an important part of childhood development. When kids play, they learn how to form stories and use their imagination, how to make sense of the world around them and how to communicate with others. However, at some point on the road to becoming an adult, playing turns into a restricted activity. Instead of “go ...

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Go Pro Dono

Glen Jeffries, a fellow alumnus from Lancaster Royal Grammar School back in the UK (albeit one 30 years my junior!), has founded a charitable initiative with an aspirational take on fundraising. Pro Dono is a not-for-profit organization arranging one-to-one conversations with famous figures in aid of charity. Ambassadors, as they are called, give a couple of hours of their time ...

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More on Innovation Metrics

I suspect the vast majority of innovation professionals would agree that measuring what you do is important. That may well be a statement of the blindingly obvious, but the debate diverges dramatically when considering what is actually done. Luis Solis of Imaginatik wrote a good post here on Innovation Excellence clearly distinguishing between input and output metrics. I’d like to ...

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Free Access – Mobilizing Your Innovation Army

In advance of the Back End of Innovation conference in sunny San Diego this October 17-19, 2011, IIR has made available a free recording of my webinar ‘Mobilizing Your Innovation Army’ that you can watch at your convenience. Click here to watch ‘Mobilizing Your Innovation Army’ The Back End of Innovation conference is shaping up to a great event with ...

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