The End of Best in Market


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Best in Market has really become a myth in today’s world. These companies that believe this are typically product focused and determine their position by the amount of features and benefits that they have over the competition. Many times market share is not a consideration. It is also believed that continuous improvement on processes, people and product will maintain that “Best in Market” position.

The competitive advantage in the “Best in Market” approach is dead wrong. Trying to outsell your competition based on these principles will at best (no pun attended) lead to only short term wins in profitability and in market share. These gains will diminish relatively quickly as competitors respond with their own improvements and innovations.

The slide show below demonstrates the new world and how the view from the SD-Logic (The Service-Dominant Logic of Marketing by Stephen Vargo and Robert Lusch) perspective may very well be the user centric approach required. The truth is that SD-Logic thinking has struggled moving out of academia. However, it is reviving itself thanks to the thinking of many in the Service Design arena. I go one step further in the presentation stating that SD-Logic needs a process such as Lean Thinking to put it into practice.

The End of Best in Market

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Inspiration for this presentation came from: The End of Teaching As We know it

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Joseph Dager
Business901 is a firm specializing in bringing the continuous improvement process to the sales and marketing arena. He has authored the books the Lean Marketing House, Marketing with A3 and Marketing with PDCA. The Business901 Blog and Podcast includes many leading edge thinkers and has been featured numerous times for its contributions to the Bloomberg's Business Week Exchange.


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