Here are two CPG products from this week's Best New Product Awards. I tried them at home and noticed a pattern. That pattern suggests a different way to use the Subtraction Template of the innovation method, S.I.T.. The question is whether that pattern can be replicated on other products to create line extensions and new categories.
The first product is the Bounce® Dryer Bar from Procter & Gamble. The second is the Scrubbing Bubbles® Toilet Cleaning Gel from SC Johnson. See if you can spot the pattern in each:
Shortage of water may become a more catastrophic problem than food or energy shortage according to experts. The problem affects developing as well as developed countries including the U.S.. For this month's LAB, we will look at how the corporate innovation method, S.I.T., can be used to address such a serious issue. The following ideas were developed by students at the University of Cincinnati working on the PUR water filtration system from Procter & Gamble. They are excellent examples of purpose-driven innovation. You can download the team's complete portfolio here.
The role of brand manager may be the most difficult yet rewarding of all marketing jobs. It defines much of what marketing is about. The brand manager is multifaceted and works at several levels in a company. Duties are varied and challenging. Brand managers see the product being created and manage through all of the product's journey. Brand manager is the most important person to have around when a new product is being created or even when an old product needs to be re-launched.
How has the role changed over the years, and what is the role's impact on new product or service innovation? Here is the first job description for a brand manager. It's from an internal memo dated May 13, 1931 that I got it from Ed Rider, head archivist at P&G's Heritage Center, a corporate museum that documents the history of the company and its brands. It is titled, "Brand Man:"