IKEA’s product line includes about 9,500 products, and each year they introduce about 200 new products to that line. So how do they do it? How do they provide quality home furnishings at an affordable price? The IKEA process has been a source of intrigue for business strategists for years. This is partially due to their transparency with their mission, vision, value chain, and democratic design.
A Coke is a Coke is a Coke
Mexican Coke, sometimes called “Mexi-Coke,” has become somewhat of a phenomenon in the United States. So, what makes Mexican Coke so much different than the fizzy drink bottled here? There are a few potential explanations, but the most popular explanations are the use of sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup and the return to the traditional glass Coke bottle.
Shifting Tastes in the World of Wine
While there are often strict regulations surrounding the sale of liquor, beer and wine sales are more lenient. That’s an entire audience of consumers who might prefer higher alcohol content and the accompanying burn but who cannot purchase their drinks of choice as easily as they might purchase a bottle of wine or a six-pack of beer.
Many wineries have begun to capitalize on this, repositioning themselves through product and process alterations. How? They’re aging their wines in spirit barrels.
Fall Food Marketing Campaigns: From Pumpkin Spiced Lattes to Black Whoppers
For many marketers, the fall indicates the kick-off to seasonal food offerings and marketers see this as an opportunity to increase sales.
Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Marketing Trends Related to the Kickoff of the Holiday Shopping Season
As a student of marketing, Black Friday is one of the most interesting times of the year to examine. Historically, it has signaled the kickoff point for the holiday shopping season. On Black Friday retailers […]
Sega’s Move to Mobile Game Development and the Evolving Array of Business Models Available for Monetizing Video Games
The video game industry used to be relatively straightforward in terms of how its products were monetized. Either consumers purchased a game and owned it outright and everything that could be done within it was […]
The New Yorker’s Shifting Online Strategy: Engaging Readers and Finding Its Pricing “Sweet Spot”
(New Yorker Online Homepage, 7/14/14) A recent article in the New York Times discusses the New Yorker’s plans to alter its online strategy. The publication plans to redesign its website, both on the backend to […]
Are Pricing Models Changing?
An interesting article in Forbes this week (see link below) raises some interesting questions about how companies allocate capital for marketing functions. Adobe Pushes New Pricing Model for Marketing Campaigns Last week, we wrote at length […]