Capabilities New + Old: Complimentary Practices for Today’s Consumer Reality

Capabilities New +
Old: Complimentary Practices for Today’s Consumer Reality
Sandra Kang, Director, Brand Insights, Digital Insights
& Consumer Affairs, Clorox
Not so long ago, we could take out a TV add, take out a
newspaper add’and win with consumers. Now, it’s all different for the CPG
industry. The, retailers led.
We have moved into the Consumer Led Era. This is the era in
which we compete.
Clorox responds to consumers with a social media team. We
also increasing support our products on many e-tail channels.
We are on a journey to change the way we work. We call it
Sense & Respond marketing.  We have a
cross-functional team that includes a data scientist, an analyst, and insights
person as well as technologists, and others. We are a prototype.
When we came up with the frame work of Sense & Respond,
we saw that we moved from an aggregated, rear-mirror view of consumers, into a
dynamic, predictive, custom view of each consumer.
Change is hard. Innovation can be even harder. The practical
application of this framework means that ‘innovation is hard, you have to be
bold, take risks, and challenge the things we think we know,’ a quote from Carl
Bass, CEO of Autodesk, Inc. 
Lesson one: Back
to basics: Revisit the scope of insights; redefine what it means.
Call-to-action: Redefine what an insight is. Do store
visits. Look at competitors. Play beyond the strategic cloud. Immerse yourself
in what the consumer sees. Next, make allies within the organization. Find
their pain points. Build a rapport.
Lesson two: Research
innovation is not dead. Marketing technology can be a significant enablers of
research innovation.
Call-to-action: Be bold. Be curious. Harness the power of
these new sources of truth, this new world of data.  Turn attitudinal segments on its head. With
big data, they were able to help the Britta brand test four distinct campaigns
to test, then analyze the results. The exercise had the team re-imagine
targeting, segmentation, and attitudinal work.
Lesson three:
Insights, always on.
Call-to-action: Insights is no longer a job for one.
Leverage your business partners. Give them voice. Establish a collaborative
partnership. One-and-done insight creation is a thing of the past. Start with a
hypothesis, and then turn it into a playbook for generating on-going insights. Gather
a team.
Lesson four:
Insight curation, not just creation
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Call-to-action: Because three key drivers of change, aim for
customer-centricity. Data is profuse and prolific. The explosion of Martech
means that data is accessible to everyone.
Therefore, we are moving to a three-stage model:
1.    
Insight cultivation
2.    
Insight curation
3.    
Decisioning
Here are the lessons learned:
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Let’s be messy
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Maintain reasonable expectations
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Keep an open mind
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Data quality is still a top priority
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Make friends internally
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Get support of senior leaders
This journey is two to three years old. We are both
unlearning and learning new ways. The goal is to make this the default practice
by 2020.
Michael Graber is the
managing partner of the Southern Growth Studio, an innovation and strategic
growth firm based in Memphis, TN. Visit
www.southerngrowthstudio.com to learn more.