Once you have used these initial basic filters to find the strongest ideas, the next stage is to use a more in-depth filter to make decisions on the remaining ideas. Day (2007) recommends using a risk matrix. The R-W-W matrix is based to three key questions:
- Is it Real?
- Can we Win?
- Is it Worth doing?
This is expanded into the following set of questions:
Is the market real?
|Is there a need or desire |
for the product?
Can the customer buy it?
Is the size of the
Will the customer buy the
Is the product real?
|Is there a clear concept? |
Can the product be made?
Will the final product satisfy
Can the product be
Does it have a competitive
Can the advantage be
How will competitors
Can our company be
Do we have superior
Do we have appropriate
Can we understand and
respond to the market?
Is it worth doing?
Will the product be
profitable at an
Are forecasted returns
greater than costs?
Are the risks acceptable?
Does launching the product
make strategic sense?
Does the product fit our
overall growth strategy?
Will top management
Once a few viable marketing innovation ideas remain, the next stage is to consider the risks even further. This is where conducting a pre-mortem is a useful tool. This helps organisations identify the possible failures of a project before they happen and mitigate risk by pre-planning so that those failures don’t occur.
The following pre-mortem exercise has been adapted from Gray et al. (2010).
|Step 1||Imagine we are two years in the future. |
Things have gone completely wrong.
What could have caused this? Generate a list of all the reassons failure occurred.
|Step 2||List all concerns and rank them to |
|Step 3||Address the 2 or 3 items of greatest |
concern and list what actions you would
need to take to stop the issues
The list of risks and actions that need to be taken to mitigate the risk can be used as Critical Success Factors (CSFs) for an innovation or project launch.
Hopefully, this article has helped you think about the different types of innovation you can potentially pursue and how to evaluate the best route forward, using a systematic filtering process.
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