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At first glance, outsourcing innovation management to a small business might seem risky but there are many advantages to external innovation management. By outsourcing corporate tasks like IT or accounting, the companies will be able to concentrate more on their USP and be able to act more effectively. However, a lot of the decision-makers cannot imagine having others perform core tasks for them like innovating and managing. In this article, you will get to know how outsourcing of innovation management will boost your business.• Creates the basis for sound decision making
Outsourcing innovation management doesn’t necessarily mean giving up on innovation. Instead, the decisions as to which innovations are supposed to be released in the market should lie in the hands of an external party. Otherwise, it can be difficult to internally convince with the innovation as the company will hardly support such projects.• The love for your own idea can harm the company
If the business has decision-makers with a high level of expertise, they will logically be involved with research and development while formulating their own ideas. This can put them in a tricky position as they will want to prefer their own ideas over others. It would become impossible to treat that idea objectively and evaluate it.• Ensure the USP continues to generate profits in the future
Outsourcing innovation management will ensure that your company maintains its unique selling proposition while creating relevant benefits for new customers thus generating better sales in the future. It is understandable that management would like control and full power of disposal over this area but it would be better if it could be outsourced to innovation management as they are bound to get better results.
The latest wave of businessmen never hesitates in taking tips on the internet and reading blogs to improve their day-to-day working. One of the best blogs that you can read and implement to improve your business and marketing is blogexperts.net. The blog would be an excellent motivation for those who like to innovate and come up with new ideas. They have an excellent string of informative articles that will surely help you understand and adapt to the current market.
Welcome to my blog, in this blog i discuss about innovation, management and business strategy.
Today topic is a discussion between a concept in innovation that is defined as type of innovation strategy.
Nowadays, innovation discussion is clearly a critical dimension in any dynamic approach to business, as it allows businesses to achieve and defend competitive advantage.
Closed innovation, is the more classical approach to innovation, and in such, it develop patents, (intellectual property, licenses and grants) through formal means, and closed corporations.
Open Innovations is more related to the development of technology through adiacent and common techniques, such as outsourcing, competition establishing, and game theory.
Open Innovation, as defined by Dr. Henry Chesbrough in his book, is: “the use of purposive inflows and outflows of knowledge to accelerate internal innovation, and expand the markets for external use of innovation, respectively. Open Innovation is a paradigm that assumes that firms can and should use external ideas as well as internal ideas ideas, and internal and external paths to market, as they look to advance their technology. (Chesbrough, Open Innovation, p.2).”
Here is a graph of the two distinct type of innovations as explained in his book.
In the past i had the privilege of working for a short time period in both type of organisations, closed ones and open ones. I wont say which organisation for reason of privacy. But they were large organisations.
In both organisations the important aspect was the development of work in which was happening. I noticed immediately that in the open innovative business communication was more open and the setting of collaboration was more direct, whereas, the type of collaboration in closed innovation was more secretive, as patents and new research and development techniques were happening.
Personally i preferred the open innovative business, which allowed to learn new skills such as Wiki development and learning Marketing first hand and people skills. Working in open innovative companies is like working for a new startup, in which capital is limited, but passion is everywhere, and there is will to improve even when there are limited resources, whereas working in closed innovative companies is challenging as resources are present, but competition drives the work.
Today topic is more of a self reflection and less of a guide, compared to previous topics.
However, I will post a second article about Edge Strategy soon, as I am reading a book about it, and will be related to Corporate Strategy.
Nowadays is important to have a keyword strategy when writing new content, as such, a tool like google keyword planner helps in establishing what are the main keywords that you want to cover.
As such keywords, the strategy is twofold, either go for long keywords (3 or more words), or short keywords (1 or 2 words), which are more marketed, but is more difficult to obtain audience.
These strategies, help in defining the niche that the blog covers. For example, when writing an article about sports car, is good to specify also the type of car, and the engine. By having more keywords when writing an article, is possible to be found more easily by search engine, such as Google or Bing.
Whenever I write an article, I tend to look for keywords that are mostly used, so that I can target my audience with specificity and detail.
This strategy is used by many bloggers, and help in defining what to write, and gives some ideas on what to write.
Long Keywords are helpful as when writing, deviating from the topic and going off topic becomes more difficult.
Using Short Keywords, is more competitive and more difficult, as the search engine spawn many results, and usually the attention span of the user of the search engine, is focused on the first 3 results, or Search Engine Results Pages (SERP).
The use of long keywords, is also suggestable when creating ads campaigns, as it allows to avoid to spend too much budget on digital marketing campaigns.
Not that Digital Marketing Campaigns are not important, but the problem rely in the cost of such campaigns.
Nowadays, there are many exhibitions that show the development of Technology and Industry worldwide. One of these exhibition is the InterAirport Show of Munich, which was happening from the 8th of October till the 11th of October.
This year was full of innovations and companies which were promoting their innovation, as a strategy is very attractive to be in fairs, and one such as the InterAirport, where I was invited to explore the various things happening.
Strategy wise, a Fair is an old Marketing technique, and presence or attendence of such can bring new Businesses and Insights, such as what are the new technologies present on the market, and what are the current trends.
It allows for companies to demostrate their capabilities and their key success factors (KSF).
An example is ADB SafeGate, a company which was advertising their skills and capabilities as leader in the Airport Industry.
Moreover it allows for new business to negotiate and form new alliances for international trade.
Such Business is for example AFM Group, which was present on the Fair to network with new businesses to form new partnership for the Middle East market.
Networking is an important skill as it allows for companies to expand their contacts and their capabilities to attract new customers, check what the competitors are doing and allow for new insights on Technology and Innovations. More people you see and the more your network expands, allowing to cover more territory than before, and allowing to reach certain markets that before were difficult to cover.
Moreover networking is important in Strategy as it allows to be knowledgeable about the happenings in the industry, events run fast, and many things happens, so is important to have an agenda and a plan on where to go and who to visit, as they can be hectic and people tend to become busy with new visitors.
Events such as fairs, are an excellent tool to perform analysis, on the post events fact. For example, is important to remember the 3C of marketing, Customer, Competitors and Costs, and via events is possible to obtain such information in informal way.
Moreover is possible to compare the innovations with those of competition, so to see who is more advanced in the field.
Today, every business is using content marketing to stand out in the marketplace. But, an enormous rise in the content driven strategies of brands has also led to a sea of content and blog articles that is losing its actual shine. So, how is that you make your brand standout and take its marketing strategy to the next level?
The answer is simple. At the time when written content, or for that matter display ads are also losing their impact on prospects, it is digital video marketing that can save your day!
It is estimated that by the year 2021, the traffic from video marketing will be responsible for more than 80% of the entire consumer traffic on the internet. So, here are the main reasons and benefits why you need to start thinking about incorporating video marketing in your business strategy:
- Increase Conversions by Providing Valuable & Informative Video Content
One of the main reasons you must start investing in digital video marketing for your business is that it makes it so simple and easy for your clients to understand the features of your products and services. A high quality and engaging promotional video forces your potential customer to stay on your website, which ultimately increases the likelihood of conversions for your brand. Another reason that makes video marketing a great idea for your business is that helps deconstruct a complex idea associated with your services, without making it any less amusing for your customer.
- Grow your Audience
It is high time that you embrace video marketing as an important strategy for your business, as it will help you grow and expand your audience to the next level. A highly creative and engaging marketing video has the full potential of going viral and defining your brand name like never before.
- Improve SEO
Adding a good quality and informative video to your post can also help improve your ranking on search engines and help you find new users who would be interested in your products. This way, you get an opportunity to strategize your video content with the right keywords and improve your SEO on different online platforms.
While, there is no doubt about the fact that video marketing is the best innovative digital strategy for your business at the present, it is equally important for you to make sure that the video that you have created for your brand marketing is of the highest visual and audio standards.
Has this ever happened to you that when you’ve called the customer services, you get a chatbot and you just feel like demanding an agent or representative because you wanted to speak to a human?
Humans interact with chatbots all the time and they are made to believe that chatbots provide the best solutions but in reality, chatbots are only adequate for simple questions.
Companies are working on the latest business innovation strategy where chatbots actually understood what you were asking instead of directly answering the saved input. Different companies have different business models but almost all established ones have too big of an audience that they have to implement chatbots for customer support. This new technology for chatbots will prove to be an excellent business strategy and innovation as it will lead to better and more precise results.
If your chatbots understand what is being asked, they will be able to anticipate obstacles similar to how customer service agents do after a lot of interactions. So how can companies enable the chatbot systems to have such conversations? Merely adding more pairs of question-answer to the system will never help you accomplish that. Instead, you will need to implement an innovation strategic framework which enables the system to reach about the domain constraints and tasks involved.
If you want to successfully apply this strategic innovation management and want it to be successful, you will have to know the task at hand and the constraints involved. You should anticipate all the possible scenarios and problem that might arise. The challenging part would be to represent this kind of task-related knowledge with enough relevant information and granularity to anticipate the obstacles and remedies without actually overdoing it.
Capturing fine distinctions which involve the minute details can lead the system astray as it wouldn’t be able to take any actions on those. You should want to provide support just enough inference such that it can go past the stilted limitations of the scripted bots that are usually used these days. It will help the clients have conversations with the system and get an actual answer to problems instead of simply get answers to FAQs. This is how the companies will scale beyond the incremental and unmaintainable current approach. This is the groundwork being laid with the advanced AI research at labs to find the pathway which leads to interactions which are truly smart.
In this competitive work environment that you live in, moving your career forward is entirely up to you. You need to be proactive and keep on refining your skillset to inculcate unique innovation strategy frameworks if you want to advance and thrive.
But how can one stay up-to-date and come up with business innovation strategies to always remain competitive? The best way to do that would be to embrace the concept of upskilling. This basically means you have to build on the existing skillsets of yours and practice self-directed learning. It will help you learn the most in-demand skills and give you a better arsenal of services you can provide. Here are some of the ways you can use upskilling to your advantage and come up with
- Take advantage of online learning
If you have the ambition and persistence to learn new and innovative skills, you can easily find the needed resources online. You can look for decent learning platforms online as there are thousands of course on every imaginable skill available. If you have a boss who is expert at strategic innovation management, you can talk to them about the upcoming trends and the scope of different innovative courses.
- Certify your way as you climb up the corporate ladder
It isn’t necessary that you must have a degree for climbing up the corporate ladder but you do need to have certifications. For technology networks such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), getting certified will be a great way of proving your skills and that you are a serious candidate for the bigger positions.
- Learn the trending in-demand skills
Skills often come and go in the workplace because with changes in technology, the needed skills will also change. These days, skills come and go in a few years or even months. This might seem overwhelming but learning the in-demand skills can make a huge difference to your career. No matter which business models your company follow but there are always opportunities that arise for those who are up-to-date with the trending skills.
- Align with peers who are headed to the top
The coworkers in the office, executives of the company, or the network of people you deal with can all be seen as resources to help you learn and grow your job potential. Try to cultivate a network of highly motivated and skilled people that are interested in building their skills and coming up with a unique business strategy and innovation for every problem.
Over the years blogging as evolved as a platform that does more than just sharing ideas and information. Today, blogging is an intrinsic part of a brand’s digital marketing strategy, as it offers an endless scope to optimize your business website with an improved SEO.
When it comes to Search Engine Optimization or SEO, keywords are the inputs that help your site rank high in organic search results. Hence, in order to achieve a higher and improved ranking for your website on search engines, you need to master the use of SEO keywords in your blog content. Here are some useful tips that will help you make an optimum use of keywords in your blogging strategy:
Tip 1 Use Keywords as Part of a Solution to a Problem
One of the first things that you must keep in mind while including keywords in your blog posts for improved SEO is to use them as answers to questions related to the topic in concern. By using keywords as an answer or solution to a problem put up in the article, you will be able to instigate a more genuine interest in your readers to go through the entire blog and grasp your brand message. Using keywords as part of the natural flow of sentences will also keep you away from keyword stuffing – a common mistake that is made by even the biggest of brands while blogging for marketing purposes.
Tip 2 Use Multiple Questions
Another creative way of using keywords in blogs created for your brand’s digital marketing strategy is to frame multiple questions around it. For instance, if you are writing a blog post about “choosing the best flooring”, it is a great idea to include multiple questions about this topic in the same post (like, “wood flooring vs. tile flooring” or “wood flooring features etc.”) By doing so, you will not only increase the frequency of the keywords used in one single blog post, but also add more useful information for your readers.
Tip 3 Create a Keyword Strategy that is Different from the one used by your Competitors
Thirdly, you must work towards creating a keyword strategy for your blog posts that is unique from the one followed by your competitor with a higher ranking. Find a better and different way to channelize your blogs with SEO keywords, and you will gradually improve your web ranking with increased leads.
Most of the new businesses today, try to dismiss the overall concept of market research. Many of them think that spending hours and days on market research just for selling a product or service is not that important. So, such businesses directly jump into the game of selling without even understanding the market properly. For grabbing a potential area in the market, market research is the only tool that can help new businesses as well as the old ones. It is most important for the small-sized businesses where the first 5-6 months can turn out to be precarious. The small and new businesses require customers and sales as soon as possible. Market research is the tool in digital marketing that can help in gathering more customers and sales for you. According to a recent study, 48% of the new businesses are opting for market research for grabbing their individual markets.
Market research and surveying
Survey was the term that was used much before market research came into the picture. There was a time when new businesses used to run behind their potential customers for filling out the survey forms. Gone are those days now. In the digital marketing world, the picture of surveying has completely changed. People now turn towards social media platforms and websites for researching about their potential customers.
According to a recent survey from Forbes, businesses that conducted extensive market research on social media had a growth rate of 20% than the ones which didn’t use market research. The companies which do not use market research had an average growth rate of 15% only.
From the above data, it can be stated that company A was the one which opted for market research and company B didn’t opt for market research.
Market research and consumers
“Market research aims at understanding the reasons your consumers will buy your product or use your service”.
Market research studies each and every element which is required for your company growth such as behavior of your consumers, personal factors, market trend etc. The basic things that market research will answer are Who, Why, What and How.
Market research and setting up your business goals
“The best vision for your vision is insight”.
Without market research, you won’t be able to set up goals for your business. You want to double up your sales, but is it possible without getting to know the size of your target market? No, it is not. With proper market research, you can set up your goals along with the growth plans that you need.
Are you looking to build a large clientele for your new business? If yes, then you have landed at the right place!
Today, we are going to talk about some innovative and uncommon ways that will help grow your business in the most cost effective and shortest time possible. Here are 5 successful ways to achieve growth for your business in 2019:
- Target a Specific Audience
In order to grow your business in the right direction, your focus must be on targeting your ideal audience. Once you know who your ideal clientele is, you must create a marketing campaign that speaks our specifically to that community. By doing so, you will be successful in creating an effective campaign that will help you in many ways to establish your brand name in any marketplace.
- Referral Marketing
Referral marketing is a simple business strategy, in which your clients help promote your products or services through recommendations. Despite the fact that referral marketing is one of the most effective and trusted ways to create a growing user base in the shortest time, it has not been used to its full potential by both small businesses and large enterprises.
- Partner with another Brand
This might seem like an out of the box idea to grow your business, but associating your business with a brand that already has a loyal following can actually help you in the long run. Working on a partnership or collaboration with another brand can help you reach out to a new audience and give you a platform to increase your brand presence in the marketplace.
- Associate your Brand with an Important Cause
Associating your business with an important social cause is one of the most creative ways to promote your brand name. This is one marketing strategy that will not just increase the visibility of your business, but also add a higher purpose to your brand values.
- Create a Viral-Worthy Video to Promote your Product
Last but not least, another great way to promote your business in 2019 is to create a promotional video for your brand products and services that is entertaining enough to catch the attention of your target audiences on different social media platforms. Your video should be unique and viral-worthy in delivering your brand message, so that it succeeds in spreading your brand name through word of mouth as well!
Let’s get started then!
Innovation Management can be regarded as all of those exercises that give the correct conditions for development of innovation while repeatedly being able to convey an incentive for clients, upper hand and development for the business, advantages for the employees and every other stakeholder associated with the organization.
However, the question ‘how to have fun with innovationmanagement’ is something that daunts many individuals and needs to be answered in order to create a creative workplace environment. It is not easy to keep on innovating on a continuous basis, and after a while, you would start noticing diminishing results. However, if you learn to have fun with innovation management and create an environment where it is easy to innovate continuously, while taking care to not employ the same tactics to avoid diminishing results, you can actually look forward to a creative and innovative business getting created right in front of your eyes. https://blogexperts.net brings forth to you some brilliant ideas that will allow you to have fun with innovation management. These include:
- Take the idea of someone else and apply it in your business- One of the easiest ways to innovate is to probably take the idea of another business that has proven to create success and apply the same in your own business so as to generate profits. An example of the same would be the story of Henry Ford, who noticed the use of production line working in meat packing plants and implemented the same idea in his automobile business, thereby reducing costs and assembly times in a drastic manner.
- Refer with your customers- Incremental innovations are achieved through asking for feedback and areas of improvement from the customers. Simply asking your customer how they think you would be able to improve your product or service will provide you with numerous avenues that would prove to be advantageous for you. These may include addition of new features, change in color, style or user-friendly aspects and cheaper products being made. It is not compulsory to take into account every request made by your customers, but you should listen to all, and only choose the ones that would prove to be most beneficial.
- Combine and eliminate- It is important to both combine and eliminate from your products from time to time. You should always think creatively about what new things you could combine with your existing products or services to make them better than they already are. For example, mobile phones that use cameras, suitcases that have wheels, are all results of intelligent combinations. Similarly, you also need to know when to eliminate and what to eliminate from your existing products or services in order to make them better. Some examples would include Dell, who eliminated computer stores, Sony Walkman, who eliminated record and speaker functions and Amazon, who eliminated the importance enjoyed by bookstores.