The Keys to Growth

innovationIt’s not news that innovation and new product offerings are the keys to growth for the most successful companies. However, the road from concept to commercialization is fraught with risks. In fact, most concepts never make it to market and, by most accounts, the majority of the ones that do fail.

The design, management, and implementation of your innovation process should be based upon the needs and wants of your key markets. The output of this market-driven approach is a portfolio of business-attractive projects ready for development and commercial launch preparation.

Product failure has repercussions throughout an organization. In order to commercialize a concept, an organization commits money, manpower, and a host of other tangible and intangible resources. When a growth concept fails, it usually means that two overriding questions have not been explored and examined fully:

  • What does the market need?
  • What will they pay for it?

In the rush to achieve rapid time-to-market, shortcuts are often taken in the product definition phase. The result is a product that is off target. Additional time is spent in rework, with subsequent requirements definition and redesign iterations.

The Answer is Innovation

A comprehensive, well-defined, continuous process is needed to be successful. The starting point is an innovation or new product defined, so that proper customer needs can be captured. Building concepts that are consistent with your organization’s strategy is the subject of the first of six Certificate of Marketing and Innovation sessions.

For details about the program, The Innovation Process and New Offering Generation, which is one of the programs in Kent State’s Certificate in Marketing and Innovation, click the link below.

About the Author

Pamela J. RoachPamela Roach is CEO of Breakthrough Marketing Technology. She is dedicated to our mission of enabling businesses to make decisions based on fact. She has designed, collected, analyzed, and delivered the intelligence necessary to produce insights into the motivations, attitudes, and outcomes that characterize multicultural targets. In addition to her work at Breakthrough, she also teaches graduate students Integrated Marketing and Media Campaigns at NYU School for Professional Studies.


Leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.