• ABOUT US
  • SERVICES
  • BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE
  • SPEAKING & KEYNOTES
  • CONTACT

Market Strategy

Market Strategy

The Silver Bullet for Profit

Andrew Penny, September 27 2022

Sometimes the best way forward is so obvious that we often overlook it. This is true with companies wanting to increase their revenues and to become more profitable (of course the two are not necessarily synonymous...) They look at new markets, new products, new partners, complicated sales promotions, advertising campaigns and so on. All of which c...

Read More
Market Strategy

Third Prize

Andrew Penny, September 13 2022

To my dismay it happened again. I drove to a car show in Vermont and won a prize…  I joined over 500 cars at the British Invasion in Stowe, Vermont. It’s about 5 hours from Ottawa with lots of pretty and really twisty roads. I go to these shows because I like cars, especially British cars. My car is really only an excuse to hang out with a bunch o...

Read More
Market Strategy

Market Entry Done Right

Andrew Penny, September 6 2022

OK, so you have determined that investing in a new market is the right way to move your company forward. And you have determined which is the best market segment to focus on. The next challenge is determining how you actually get into that market, in other words what is your market entry plan? Your market entry plan is going to be highly situationa...

Read More
Market Strategy

The World is Going to VUCA

Graham Birkenhead, August 2 2022

Anyone remember VUCA?  It’s an acronym that stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity. I’ve used VUCA as a strategic planning tool when trying to understand what was going on around me and so increase the chances of coming to an optimal course of action. As a concept, it was first described by the leadership guru Warren Bennis in...

Read More
Market Strategy

EVs and PESTLE

Andrew Penny, July 26 2022

There is a great analytical tool called PESTLE - an acronym for Political, Economic, Sociological, Technological, Legal, and Environmental. It is typically used to ensure a thorough scan of all external factors affecting a proposed plan of action. You use it to identify the forces working for you and against you – and your competitors – and your cu...

Read More
Market Strategy

Classic Cars - Best in Class

Andrew Penny, June 28 2022

I spent most of last week with about 500 people at the North American MGB convention. Between us, there were about 250 cars - most of which were made before 1980. People came from all over the continent in a spirit of friendship and friendly competition. The highlight of the show was Wednesday’s “Car Show”.

Read More
Market Strategy

What is Market Position?

Andrew Penny, June 14 2022

One of the most useful things in business is to know where to play and how to win. It would be great if you could stake your claim and then settle in for a lifetime of success. Unfortunately, someone, somewhere is trying to steal your business.  So, what to do? I typically ask four questions when I meet a new company:

Read More
Market Strategy

What are the 3 Stages of Company Growth?

Andrew Penny, February 15 2022

Eventually, every successful company becomes a customer service company. As a company grows it goes through a number of step changes which require its CEO to think very differently. Take for example a manufacturing company. The first stage of growth is getting to product/market fit. And, often the term ‘minimum viable product’ is used to describe t...

Read More
Channels

Don't wait for Supply to improve-take advantage now

Andrew Penny, November 23 2021

Almost all our clients are running at maximum capacity at the moment. And likely you are too (if not – we must talk…). At times like these, the natural inclination is to keep your head down and try to keep up with demand. But maybe that’s not the best thing to do. Hear me out. We all know that the current business cycle is going to end when demand...

Read More
Market Strategy

Changing the Game

Andrew Penny, November 16 2021

When you enter a new market, the natural inclination is to figure out how the game is played there and then how you can play it better than the incumbents. This is a very poor way to enter a new market. A better way is to determine what the end users require and then start from a blank sheet to design your own way to serve the ‘best’ segment in tha...

Read More
Next