Innovation

    A note to Sherwin-Williams.

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    One of the fun things about being a marketing consultant is helping companies come up with new products.  Today most call this practice innovation.  I have a new R&D idea for Sherwin-Williams or really any paint manufacturer.  Design a clear coat finish for external house paint that when spayed on in a light mist will add years to the life of the product, improve color retention and prevent mold.   I’m no scientist, but one would think a breathable (or not) resin applied over a new coat of paint that helped extend the life of the finish would be something most home owners would invest in. Especially if priced correctly. 

    The product would add to the total ticket price of the average house paint sale. Sherwin-Williams could even sell or rent the spray machine for an added revenue opportunity.  And as a new product category, this sealer/finisher would grow the total market.  “Add 5 years to the life of your paint job for only $99.”

    I love growing markets and categories.  Now, if I could only just get a hair color company to make it cool for men to color their hair…

    Are there ways to repackage and add to your product offering?  Give it some thought. Peace.

    Amazon’s next, next business.

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    “Because we’re selling millions of set top boxes already, we hear what’s working and we hear what’s not working,”  said Peter Larsen, Amazon VP yesterday during his presentation of the Fire TV set top box.

    No one has to tell you Jeff Bezos is smart and that Amazon is juggernaut to end all juggernauts, but this quote points to a market research revenue stream that will be a new business for Amazon. One smart big-data nerd with some UI chops is going to create an algo and process to tap, parse and quantify sales, comments, and loyalty behavior that few, if any, companies can match. And it will happen at Amazon.

    Have you ever tried to purchase data from IRI, Mintel or Euromonitor?  It like ten grand.  Since web companies like to give it away, why not do so with market research? There are crazy amounts of data available to Amazon and SMBs are data-starved. I was kidding about giving it away, but only a little.  With a low price point for qual and quant, Amazon can build $100M business in 12 months. And it will grow and grow.

    Remember when Sabre (American Airline’s ticketing system) became more profitable than their fannies in seats business? Of course you don’t.

    This will take some work, however. Have you ever sold consumer products on Amazon’s and been inside its data portal?  Oy. OY.  It’s like Excel clones from another planet. Think one man with one pick looking at the side of an ore mountain. Even so, the data opportunity is impressive. Especially aggregated category data.

    Data waiting to be mined has got to be Amazon’s next business. Fergus O’Daly, a smart mentor of mine, once said about marketing “nothing happens until somebody buys something.” There’s a whole lot of that going on at Amazon. Peace.