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eLearning > Tactics > Innovating Through Ritual > Module 4 / 4

Stories

Instructor: Jonathon Brown
Co-Creation & Customization
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For the final module, Jonathon reveals one of the most applicable innovation techniques he's discovered. This technique has consistently proven useful in selling-in ideas at Lowe's Innovation Lab. In the past, the equation for selling anything was need + solution = sale. If you could understand a buyer's needs and clearly map the benefits of your product or idea to those needs, you had a solution and could make a sale. Today, we need to think about our internal customers differently. The equation is now need + solution x narrative = sale. We need to think carefully about how we tell the story around our idea and which vehicles we use.

Following interviews with several executives at Lowe's Innovation Lab, Jonathon reveals the story-telling vehicle and approach that led to a green light on an exoskeleton project they dreamed up. Again, though an idea may seem logical when presented directly, the reality of the business climate on any given day can mean significant roadblocks need to be overcome. In order to get past any potential nitpicking, Lowe's backed up and thought about the bigger picture. They created a story around their exoskeleton idea and hired writers and illustrators to create a comic book.
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Workshop Question:
What is the narrative you're providing?
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Featured Insights
Aided Ideation
The capitalization of creativity ushers in brainstorm-assisting products
Implications - As Millennials begin taking over the workplace, more premium is placed on out-of-the-box thinking and the ability to ideate quickly and efficiently. The response to this is a slew of brainstorm aids. As this youth generation enters adulthood, society's standards of what it means to be an ideal adult citizen will shift to accommodate and reflect Millennials.
Workshop Question - How can you implement internal ideation sessions that will allow your whole team the ability to voice their ideas?
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Increased Output
Video conferencing platforms are offering more service diversity to consumers
Trend - Brands are optimizing video conferencing platforms and tools to deliver increased effectiveness to users. These new features strengthen the experience by enabling increased and diverse output—from podcasts to digitized minutes.
Workshop Question - How can your brand increase the productivity of consumers at home?
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Pedestrian Mapping
Maps for pedestrians prioritize safety and experience
Trend - Pedestrian-specific maps in app form are on the rise and prioritizing user experience both in-app and in-person. These apps include everything from augmented reality directions to personalized walking routes.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing the new activities and habits consumers have picked up this year?
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Crowdsourced Grocery
Consumers are contributing status updates to streamline shopping in COVID
Trend - Regardless of the stage society is in regarding COVID and the new normal, consumers are likely to want to reduce time spent in crowded public places. Brands in the grocery space are assisting with this by co-creating solutions with customers.
Workshop Question - Where can you make better use of your customers to develop clear solutions?
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Virtualized Onboarding
Brands are using technology to take onboarding into the virtual realm
Trend - Brands are leveraging technology to streamline the onboarding process for freelancers, remote employees, and even clients. By bringing tasks like this online, employers are capable of facilitating a more supportive environment for all types of workers, particularly those who are new to the company.
Workshop Question - How could your brand utilize digital technology for the benefit of your employees?
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Tech Community
Socialization in the digital sphere becomes a necessity more than a habit
Trend - In tense and uncertain times, tech-specific relationship-building is becoming more of a need than a fixed habit among consumers. These services and the new ways consumers are using them are enhancing online relationships specifically, rather than functioning as a way to keep relationships going between meet-ups.
Workshop Question - How is your brand easing consumer burdens in times of individual or collective crisis?
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Omni-Office
Brands launch office supplies that are convenience-focused and adaptable
Trend - Omni-compatible devices are entering the office space as brands seek to assist individuals in day-to-day tasks. These products are multi-functional and adaptable, often facilitating a bridge between the physical and the digital.
Workshop Question - In what ways can your product become omni-compatible?
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On-the-Go Charge
Brands come up with products and services that charge electric vehicles on-the-go
Trend - Brands address one of the biggest worries for electric vehicle drivers—the range of charge. For the concept to become truly refined, manufacturers need to address the paradox of long distances, making sure that drivers can reach their destination without any fuss. As a result, products and services are developed with on-the-go charging capabilities.
Workshop Question - How can your brand better alleviate consumer anxieties?
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Psychological Backing
Apps that focus on personal and professional streamlining utilize psychology
Trend - Whether used to enhance personal well-being, physical health or professional improvements—apps that are able to use the fundamental principles of psychology to analyze and offer best results are increasingly popular among consumers.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better streamline the responsibilities of its customers or employees?
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Incremental Entrepreneurship
Services that enable small steps help busy consumers start businesses
Implications - Many consumers today want to start their own businesses, however, juggling entrepreneurship and personal responsibility can be difficult. This is especially true for Gen Xenos consumers, who are both inclined to start their own business, and dedicated to their family life. Services that enable one to approach entrepreneurship in incremental steps help maintain a work-life balance while also enabling the pursuit of that dream.
Workshop Question - How can your company provide entrepreneurial employees with more ambitious opportunities?
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Payment Split
Cost-splitting apps enhance the convenience of daily rituals
Trend - A plethora of payment-splitting apps can now be observed across categories. With the idea of making bills easier to pay, these apps are appearing across sectors from restaurant visits to managing household expenses.
Workshop Question - How could your brand ease the purchase journey for its customers?
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