OPTIMIZE. INCREASE SALES BY 10-15%. REALLY. (2 minute video)
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IMPROVING SALES 10-20% BY LINE OPTIMIZATION. AT LOWER COST. (VIDEO)
THE LIMITATIONS OF CONVENTIONAL APPROACHES
LINE OPTIMIZATION USING DECISION SUPPORT ENABLEMENT (DSE)
THE PHASES and STEPS OF A DSE LINE OPTIMIZATION ENGAGEMENT
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THE LIMITATIONS OF CONVENTIONAL
PRODUCT LINE OPTIMIZATION CONSULTING
Conventional (even "best practice") approaches) demonstrate one or more of the following limitations:
REINVENTING PRODUCT LINE OPTIMIZATION USING DECISION SUPPORT ENABLEMENT (DSE)
What if a Far More Powerful Approach to Product Line Optimization Existed? One that:
Moreover, What If That Approach Had the Ability to:
Decision Support-Enabled Product Line Optimization achieves all these outcomes and more. The result? Far more accurate product line strategies and tactics...at a far lower cost. Delivered you way. That's enablement.
PHASES AND STEPS OF A DSE PRODUCT LINE OPTIMIZATION ENGAGEMENT
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Decision Support-enabled product line optimization (DSEPLO) markedly outperforms conventional business line reengineering protocols. This differentiation is due to five key distinctives: 1) DSEPLO uses a specialized survey design that obtains seven key categories of data 2) DSEPLO calculates from that survey ultra accurate importance scores (utilities) for each respondent (see benefit three) 3) DSEPLO obtains key behavioral thresholds that determine how much improvement is required to get each individual respondent "off the dime" 4) DSEPLO leverages an advanced analysis system that finds all significant differences in importance, performance and expectation 5) DSEPLO uses goal solving simulators that map to real-world outcomes (RWO's).
Another primary reasons why our Product Line Optimization protocol outperforms other protocols relates directly to our adaptive survey system. Our adaptive surveying approach: 1) eliminates irrelevant attributes for each respondent 2) reproduces the real-world purchase environment 3) requires the respondent to make the same product feature trade-offs in the survey that they must make in real life 4) adapts in real time to prior choices to zero-in on that particular consumer's most critical values and it 5) discovers "how much" preference (summed importance) it takes to meet real-world thresholds (e.g. switching, purchase, etc.)
One of the central reasons why our Product Line Optimization protocol outperforms other new customer capture approaches is due to the decisioning platform used, ProductSolve™. In contrast to other systems, ProductSolve™ does not use a "canned method" to calculate its utilities. ProductSolve™, in fact, tests over 20,000 distinct combinations of algorithms, weightings, exponents and "TopK" cutoffs. Although this process is computationally intensive, it guarantees that ProductSolve™ empirically converges upon the utility set that best reproduces real-world purchase behavior for each business line.
Once we have 1) captured the value system (the importance scores) of each customer and have 2) captured "how much" additional preference is needed to "get consumers off the dime," then, in effect we have created an electronic copy of the customer: an E-customer. The advantage of an E-customer? E-customers respond as original customers do except they never get tired...and never need to be paid! When E-customers are placed inside market simulators they allow us to test millions of potential products per day. The result? More comprehensive risk-mitigation while lowering marketing spend.
The correct theory is necessary, of course, but in the final analysis commercial decision support platforms must predict real world outcomes (RWO's.) ProductSolve™, our core decision support system for product line optimization, leads the industry in predicting real world outcomes. This reason? First, ProductSolve™ produces the most accurate respondent-level importance scores (utilities). Second, we use a proprietary approach to finding behavioral thresholds in the survey. Third, we exhaustively calibrate to real-world outcomes using both internal and external calibration techniques.
It has never been enough to just guess at an outcome.! Nonetheless, many simulation-based approaches only allow manual "what-iffing." In contrast, truly thorough risk-mitigation requires goal-solving. The goal solving built into ProductSolve™ is called Multi-Attribute Simulation Scanning or MASS. MASS automatically builds and tests millions of products to find the subset that produces critical real world outcomes (RWO's) such as maximal new customer capture, switching, etc.
One of most powerful capabilities build into our Product Line Optimization protocol is Marginal Benefit (MB) Modeling. The MB model combines a real world outcome model (e.g. new customer capture, switching, retention, etc) with two types of cost data, cost to implement (CTI) and cost to serve (CTS) data. By using CTI and CTS, the Marginal Benefit Model finds strategies that maximize real world outcomes at the lowest cost. The MB model, quite literally, searches and solves for the changes to your product or service that will yield the maximal "bang for the buck."
Most marketers are aware that, quite frequently, the entire profit model from a product or service may arise from only one or two market segments. Accordingly, the decision support platform for Product Line Optimization, ProductSolve™ has the capability to automatically set up and scan for 1) significant analytical findings (e.g. importance, performance, expectation, etc.) and 2) optimal products across hundreds or thousands of market segments. The latter capability can be combined with goal-solving to automatically search and solve for product configurations within segments of customers that will produce optimal real world outcomes (RWO) for your product or service.
One of the most powerful features of our Product Line Optimization protocol is ProductSolve™'s ability to search and solve for things we would normally never think of. ProductSolve™ does this by automatically scanning any type of data (performance, importance expectation) and finding statistical differences between known or derived market segments. This remarkable capability, computer-aided significance scanning (CASS), finds natural breaks in the data that a) directly translate to new product ideas and b) provides insights into previously undiscovered market segments.
Unlike other approaches to business line optimization, we don't rely on utility-based simulation models alone to risk-mitigate change. We use another complementary approach, as well, multivariate data reduction via InnovationSolve™. InnovationSolve™ accurately locates both brands and demand on the same landscape, a concept so insightful that it earned a main stage presentation at AMA's prestigious Annual Advanced Research Technique forum. Why? Simple! Demand is the missing link in most strategy systems. Demand (seen here as semi-transparent spheres) identifies where to build new products and HOW to message that innovation.
Develops New or Renewed Business Line Strategies That Simple Sell Better
Reproduces the Real World Purchase Environment via an Adaptive Survey
Yields the Most Accurate Drivers Using Hybrid Advanced Mathematics
Builds E-Customers...the Asset That Lies at the Heart of NCC Strategies
Produces Real World Outcomes
Implements Goal Solving
Identifies Changes That Maximize Profit at Minimum Cost (Marginal Benefit)
Identifies Optimal Segment Strategies
Mines All Significant Differences for All Market Measures Automatically
Performs Innovation Analysis (Moves into Areas of Maximal Market Demand)