Strategies for Surving an Industry Downturn

Posted by Nathaniel Emmons

Dec 7, 2016 11:12:13 AM

In late October, GE announced that it is spinning off its oil and gas business and merging it with Baker Hughes, embarking on a strategy of convergence, expanding its offerings and therefore the potential revenue it can generate, to remain vibrant and viable in the current industry downturn. In 2014, GE Oil and Gas developed a business plan based on oil prices of approximately $100 per barrel, but by January 2016, oil prices plummeted to $27 a barrel, resulting in a 30% drop in profitability. Developing strategies for how to respond to downturn is critical.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Innovation, Industry Convergence, Competitive Strategy

Future Trends for Competing in the Furniture Industry

Posted by Fuld + Company

Dec 5, 2016 1:51:32 PM

The $96 billion U.S. furniture industry is in a tumultuous state, driven by changing consumer preferences and buying behavior, digital disruption, pricing pressures, multi-channel retail options, new online players, and the role of social media.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Consumer Goods, Brand Insights, Competitive Strategy

Qualitative Methods Enrich Quantitative Data

Posted by Diane Borska

Oct 27, 2016 9:22:14 AM

Co-Written by Ola Jachtorowicz

Seventy-six percent of millennials want to drive an eco-friendly car. Ninety-two percent of students prefer physical books to e-readers. Ninety percent of senior executives confirm that customer experience is one of their top three priorities. Sixty-seven percent of U.S. manufacturing executives plan to increase investments in data analytics next year.

Data is king. Statistics and opinion polls accompany every article, analysis, and prediction. It’s difficult to find a claim without a piece of quantitative evidence behind it.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Fuld + Company, Competitive Strategy

Strategy for When Satisfied Customers Don’t Come Back

Posted by Christopher Dent

Oct 21, 2016 9:14:53 AM

A month ago, my wife and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary. As we celebrated, I thought back to the autumn of 2007 when we first met.

I was a single 20-something professional, less than a year removed from active duty in the Marine Corps and anticipating settling down and starting a family. Having tried the “bar scene” to no avail, I decided to join eHarmony. Six months later, having met my beautiful wife and extremely happy with the outcome of my time on the site, I closed my account.

As I reminisced, I glanced at the pile of magazines sitting on the coffee table. I wondered: how does a company like eHarmony stay in business when a successful outcome means its clients never need it again, as opposed to other businesses (like periodicals) where the value proposition is ongoing?

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Brand Insights, Technology/Telecomm, Competitive Strategy

Upcoming Event: Ken Sawka Speaking at BU Questrom Health & Life Sciences Conference October 14th

Posted by Fuld + Company

Oct 12, 2016 1:40:45 PM

On Friday, October 14th, Fuld + Company CEO, Ken Sawka, is speaking at the Boston University Questrom School of Business's fourth annual Health & Life Sciences Conference. 

The Health & Life Sciences Conference is an annual, student-organized event that brings together a diverse audience of more than 350 students and professionals across all sectors of the US healthcare industry for valuable networking and comprehensive programming spanning from healthcare delivery and hospitals to pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

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Topics: Events, Healthcare, Life Sciences

Social Media Has Changed the Trajectory of Corporate Scandals

Posted by Christopher Dent

Sep 28, 2016 10:24:56 AM

There is an old rule of thumb that for every letter a congressman receives, there are 50 people thinking the same thing who didn’t pick up a pen. For every customer who bothers to complain, 26 others remain silent (and buy your competitor’s product instead).

How many people does a Facebook comment represent? What about a like or a share?

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Topics: Brand Insights, Manufacturing/Industrial, Competitive Strategy

Upcoming Event: FGH Academy of Competitive Intelligence Certification Program Chicago October 31-Nov. 4, 2016

Posted by Fuld + Company

Sep 14, 2016 12:10:04 PM

 Join Leonard Fuld, Dr. Ben Gilad, Jan Herring, and Dr. Helen Rothberg, in Chicago October 31-November 4 for their core and advanced certification coursesYou will be engaged, excited, and a bit over whelmed by these dynamic presenters.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Events, FGH Academy of Competitive Intelligence, Fuld, Leonard

Is Amazon Becoming a Bank?

Posted by Ken Sawka

Aug 23, 2016 3:54:49 PM

UPDATE: Wells Fargo and Amazon ended their partnership on 08/31/2016 with minimal comment. The partnership fell under criticism from consumer advocates and organizations promoting affordable education.

Last month, Amazon.com entered the student loan business in a partnership with Wells Fargo, offering lower rates for student loans to Amazon customers who subscribe to the online retailer’s Prime Student service.  Wells Fargo will cut half a percentage point from its interest rate on student loans to Amazon Prime Student members, who also get benefits such as free two-day shipping and access to movies, TV shows, and online photo storage.

Does this deal signal what many have felt is the inevitable entry of technology companies into the financial services industry, or is it a convenient and mutually beneficial partnership between two companies with common interests?

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Topics: Brand Insights, Financial Services, Market Analysis, Competitive Strategy

Upcoming Event: Robert Flynn Speaking at Pharma CI US Conference & Exhibition September 14th

Posted by Fuld + Company

Aug 23, 2016 9:19:47 AM

Join us this month at the Pharma CI Conference & Exhibition taking place September 13th - 14th at the Hilton Parsippany in Parsippany, New Jersey.

The Pharma CI Conference & Exhibition is the largest assembly of senior level pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device professionals seeking the latest news and the chance to network with all the industry’s luminaries.

Members of our Life Sciences team will be at our booth to find out how we can address your competitive intelligence and strategy development needs in the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, and diagnostics industries. Robert Flynn, Principal, Strategic Accounts, will be giving a talk on early warning through scenario planning on Wednesday, September 14th.

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Topics: Competitive Intelligence, Early Warning Monitoring, Fuld + Company, Pharma, Scenario Analysis

Medication-Induced Syndromes Offer Growth Opportunity

Posted by Kyle Nicholson

Aug 15, 2016 1:40:17 PM

Opioid-induced constipation, tardive dyskinesia, and other medication-induced syndromes present worthwhile revenue opportunities for pharmaceutical R&D.

In the 1960s, researchers discovered that the loss of motor control from Parkinson’s disease (PD) was tied to a deficiency of dopamine in a part of the brain involved in the coordination of movement.

Evidence soon established that administration of levodopa, a dopamine precursor molecule, dramatically improved PD symptoms. Here’s the catch: relief of symptoms was accompanied by severe nausea and vomiting. Levodopa was not only being converted to dopamine in the brain but also in the bloodstream, activating dopamine receptors in the peripheral nervous system and causing the adverse side effects.

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Topics: Pharma, Life Sciences, Product Positioning, Competitive Strategy

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