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Core Innovation and New-Growth Innovation

The December issue of Harvard Business Review, Build an Innovation Engine in 90 Days, shares the important distinction of core and new-growth innovation. Core innovations enhance existing offerings or improves current operations. They enhance the current strategy and organization structure with the objective of offering rapid and substantial returns in the near future and funded […]

Personas, Actors, and Roles

Personas, actors, and roles have been around for a long time. In Greek theater, the persona referred to the “theatrical mask” – a role played by an actor. The Romans expanded the term to indicate a role in a court of law where personas assume roles with legal attributes such as rights, powers, and duties. […]

Behavioral Data Insights Drive Personalized, Contextually Relevant Experiences

Customer experiences must be contextually relevant, personalized, and synchronized across the channels that they frequent. Organizations need to go beyond demographic, psychographic and geolocation segmentation and capture, analyze and execute on behavioral data about their customers. Smart organizations deliver the right message or offer at the right time through the right channel to the right […]

Increase Creative Productivity by Sharpening Your Organization’s Collective IQ

The Connection Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has found ways to increases productivity by as much as 17% by improving flaws in the way new ideas flow through organizations. In a presentation for the 4As’ CreateTech, David Shrier, Managing Director of CSE, shares a handful of MIT-proven methods to boost the […]

Marketing Lessons from Taylor Swift

MaryLeigh Bliss did this great post, 3 Marketing Lessons Brands Could Learn From Taylor Swift (Seriously), a little while back that I thought was, not only the right way to reach Gen Y, but is just good common sense. In general, this is what she shared: Get Personal In April, Taylor Swift surprised a super-fan […]

The Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University

The Sensory Ethnography Lab (SEL) is an experimental laboratory at Harvard University that promotes innovative combinations of aesthetics and ethnography. Aesthetics is a set of principles concerned with the nature and appreciation of beauty, especially in art and a branch of philosophy that deals with the principles of beauty and artistic taste. Ethnography is the […]

Context Brokering: The Secret to Personalized Brand Experiences

From Wired Innovation Insight’s blog, The Marketing Tech Differentiator: True Contextualization, Dennis van der Veeke shares with us: “Organizations today often rely on multiple technologies to provide the relevant data points needed to drive customer experience. These systems, however, tend to lack seamless integration with each other, resulting in a disjointed brand experience. To meet […]

Innovation Through Empathy Maps

If there is such a thing as a  Design Thinking geek – I’m it. My new favorite Design Thinking technique is Empathy Maps. Empathy Maps are a tool to help synthesize your observations to discover insights about your target audience. Empathy Maps are to Design Thinking what  SWOT Analysis is to business. They are simple […]

Affective Engineering

Affective Engineering is akin to Emotional Design rooted in Kansei. Kansei is a Japanese word that roughly translates to sensitivity and sensibility. It links the customer’s emotional responses to the properties and characteristics of a product or service. Customers purchase products based on qualities like brand, design, impression etc. People want to use products that […]

Multisensory Experience Design Research Methods

Experience design as a discipline runs the gambit from human factors to fine arts. We experience reality from a variety of senses. As experience designers, we map out the affect of each cue along our audiences’ journey with the five senses – sight, sound, touch, taste, smell – the more senses engage, the more memorable […]