Why Constraints are Good for Innovation
1 Dec 2019

Why Constraints are Good for Innovation

 

It’s well worth while checking out this Harvard Business Review post form Chris Stein

HBR: Why Constraints Are Good for Innovation

He argues that managers innovate better when they embrace the constraints within which they are operating.

This really chimes with our experience.

In a workshop we find that a blank sheet of paper waiting for ‘ideas’ can be paralysing – however problem solving against a clearly defined and well-framed set of challenges – can be hugely inspiring!

 

Image Credits: CHRIS STEIN/GETTY IMAGES/HBR

CYT Disrupt Wine Category
19 May 2019

CYT Disrupt Wine Category

After nearly two years of insighting, analysis, ideation, concepting and activation – it’s very exciting to see the Concha y Tora UK team launch their O’jos Spritzers range.

The products were launched as part of London Wine Week at the equally disruptive O’jos Light & Soul Lounge – the first wine bar in the UK to serve only wine in a can, along with zero calorie mist cocktails, edible alcoholic bubbles and much more!

Find out how we used segmentation and ideation to help the CyT team disrupt the wine category and generate the concept behind O’jos – after the jump!

Top 25 European Innovation 2019
19 May 2019

Top 25 European Innovation 2019

Very exciting to see that Mars’ M&M Ice Creams have made it into Nielsen’s Top 25 New Products 2019 listing.

A huge achievement for Ian Hepburn and the team at Mars Steinbourg!

Insight Tools That Drive Innovation
19 Mar 2019

Insight Tools That Drive Innovation

Some innovations come out of the blue, but the vast majority are based on disruptive, actionable insights that unlock fresh perspectives into unsatisfied consumer needs.

But uncovering those disruptive, actionable insights can be incredibly challenging …

The good news?

There are some really effective LISTENING, OBSERVATION and IMMERSION techniques around … and these … are 12 of the best.

Feeding Baby is A Serious Business!
8 Mar 2019

Feeding Baby is A Serious Business!

How do Millennial Mums work out what they should be feeding to their precious little people? There’s so much expert opinion, stuff on Google and advice from friends on Facebook – how do they work out what to trust?

We’ve been using In-Home Safaris, Online Ethnography and Super-Consumer Focus Groups to get inside their heads and work out what makes a successful proposition ‘tick’.

Standards of Excellence
20 Feb 2019

Standards of Excellence

What does the perfect spirit and mixer look like to the discerning Millennial, premium-spirit drinker? How do they want to interact with that experience in press and social media?

We’ve been using face-to-face, depth-interviews with discerning, affluent drinkers to answer that question – and uncover exactly what they like and what they seek.

Socially Sober?
18 Feb 2019

Socially Sober?

Now that almost 30% of 16 to 24 year olds in the UK class themselves as non-drinkers, what’s does the future of bar and pub-based socialising look like?

We’ve been using online ethnography and super-consumer focus-groups to get our finger on the pulse – and work our which future-facing concepts have potential