Tagged with point of difference

Etsy, community marketplaces and the value of scarcity

Etsy – the spoof video In today’s mass commodity market,  many things, many cheap things, look the same. Consumer preference is moving away from a manufacturing economy towards one that is based on a community marketplace, like the shift from mass market brands on the supermarket shelf to farmers markets. In the community driven marketplace, … Continue reading

Why ‘good enough’ brands are often better

Profound shocks to the world, bring shifts in social norms and value systems. Since the Global Financial Crisis we have been transitioning from an age of plenty to an age of adversity, with this has come a major change in the way we perceive value and in our perceived needs. The movers and shakers of the … Continue reading

Fuzzy brands and the decline of Sony

In April 2012, Sony had doubled its projected net loss for 2011 to 520 billion yen, Sony’s fourth year of consecutive losses. So where did this master of consumer electronics, communications and information technologies loose its way? Sony is besieged by competitive challenge. While Chinese and Korean manufacturers snap at Sony’s ankles, commoditizing Sony’s baseline … Continue reading