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Tech connect afternoon


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Tech connect afternoon

  1. 1. TechConnect Moving from Idea to Invoice
  2. 2. TechConnect afternoon agenda Thinking about your customer: • Offering pain killers or vitamins • Creating the value proposition: • Motivating your customer to change their behavior Demonstrate your value proposition Stimulating adoption • Making the customers’ decision easier Thinking like a social scientist
  3. 3. Importance of innovation science • Technologists believe that offering a better technology leads directly to market success • Commercial success requires adoption: • How will customers become aware of solution? • How will they know it works? • What will motivate them to purchase? • How can you identify the early adopters? • How do you overcome innovation inertia? • How will you leverage early adoption to stimulate growth? • Who has biggest pain, and is most motivated to adopt? • Who has most to gain, and will easily see benefits?
  4. 4. Segmenting market by solution • Take away a pain • Offer a pain killer that addresses a real problem that the customer is already aware of • Provide a gain • Offer a vitamin that will help the customer address an issue that you have an anticipated
  5. 5. If you have a pain killer • How big is customers’ pain: what does it cost? • Are they motivated to look for pain relief? • How do alternate solutions compare? • Can you demonstrate your pain killer works? • What features offer competitive advantage? • Typical pain points: – High cost, – Low quality, – Poor service, – High risk
  6. 6. If you have a vitamin • How would you build awareness of benefits? • How can you motivate interest? • How can you show it works? • How can you demonstrate/measure benefits? • How will customer measure outcomes? • Typical gains: Enhanced competitiveness, improved performance, new levels of service, enhanced well being, reduced environmental/social impact
  7. 7. Customer segmentation
  8. 8. The Value Proposition exercise Based on job mapping exercise • Identify distinct markets: solution is pain killer • Identify distinct markets: solution is vitamins • Identify two or more distinct market segments • Discuss the attractiveness of each • For two or three of market opportunities – develop compelling value proposition • Find ways to increase perceived benefits for each • Choose the top one (or two)
  9. 9. Develop the value proposition to describe perceived benefits • Explain what job the technology does • Explain how this creates value (pain killer or vitamin) for a specific user • Identify how the customer will measure benefits • Demonstrate your solution is better than alternates (including doing nothing)
  10. 10. Value is what people are willing to pay for it. Customer Pain How do you address: · High cost · Low quality · Poor service · High risk Pain Killer Increase Utility How do you value: · Cost reduction · Quality improvement · Increase in service · Reduction in risk Adoption Model How do you facilitate by: · Increasing compatibility · Reducing complexity · Allowing trials · Reducing initial cost · Using customer relationships · Establishing channels · Encouraging endorsement Customer Gain How do you address: · Enhanced competitiveness · Improved functionality · New levels of service or quality · Enhanced well being · Reduce negative impact Vitamin Increase Utility How do you value: · Enhanced competitiveness · Improved performance · Increase in service levels/quality · Improvement in well being Adoption Model How do you facilitate adoption by: · Reducing compatibility issues · Reducing complexity of solution · Allowing trial solutions · Sharing adoption success stories · Reducing initial cost · Developing customer relationships · Establishing market channels · Encouraging endorsement
  11. 11. Three laws of innovation inertia 11 1. There is a natural tendency for organizations to keep doing what they’re doing and resist changes. In the absence of a force, they will continue to do what they’ve always done. 2. Larger organizations require more force to change what they are doing than smaller organizations. 1. For every force there is a reaction force that is equal in size, but opposite in direction. When someone exerts a force on an organization, he or she gets pushed back in the opposite direction equally hard.
  12. 12. Innovation adoption Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.” Howard Aiken 2
  13. 13. Aspects of perceived costs • Cost to integrate with existing products/behaviours • Costs to train, install, verify • Costs to try • Costs to evaluate/measure outcomes • Costs to address performance risks
  14. 14. Crossing the chasm: Identifying first customers Moore, G (1991) Crossing the chasm.
  15. 15. The adoption exercise • We now have a value proposition for a: • Specific customer segment • For a specific application • Challenge is to reduce the perceived costs to: • Make the perceived benefits dramatically exceed the perceived costs (and risks) of adoption • Provide the motivation for adoption
  16. 16. Business model approaches to facilitate adoption Social science questions: • How will you make your solution compatible? • How will you reduce complexity? • Can you enable trials? • Can you reduce costs, either short or long term? • Can you develop strong customer relationships? • Can you develop appropriate channel partners?
  17. 17. Alternate revenue models to facilitate adoption • Offer for free (trial) before you have to purchase • Turn a capital purchase into a service agreement • Charge per use • Steeped charges for increasing use • Offer basic service for free, with premium options • Offer for free and have others pay for data access • Share use of underutilized resources
  18. 18. Licensing or new venture creation? • When to create a new venture: • Technology is sold as a complete solution • Market for technology is growing, lacks standards and is not dominated by major player • Technology + business dev. costs not excessive • Technology likely to disrupt the market • Required expertise and resources available locally and not controlled by competitors • Inventor wishes to play critical role
  19. 19. 5 forces influencing new venture creation (characteristic in brackets favour new venture creation) Market dynamics Input factors Demand conditions Barriers to entry Disruptive potential Market dynamics Market trends (growing, segmenting) Product life-cycle (short) Market concentration (low) Cost relative to total cost (discrete) Competitor diversity (high) Disruptive potential Underserved customers (high) Changes in price/performance (high) Alternate revenue/business models (high) Defendable patent (high) Demand conditions Customer/buyer characteristics (incentives) Performance measures (high) Perceived need (high) Price sensitivity (high) Switching costs (low) Government legislation (low) Input factors Supplier concentration (low) Distributor concentration (low) Capital requirements (low) Economies of scale (low) Barriers to entry Dominant technology (low) Level of vertical integration (low) Brand loyalty (low) Established relationships (low) Freedom to operate (high)