19 Jun 18|Innovation

Why develop a new product rather than spend the allocated funds on traditional advertising methods?

Many have heard the Kodak digital camera story. 

It is a tale of lost and wasted opportunity, where Kodak ignored the call to lead the digital photography revolution. 

Kodak identified as being in the business of film, chemicals and photographic paper, and digital photography required none of these.

The situation is juxtaposed to Instagram. That business was in the business of capturing and sharing memories. Instagram sold for one billion dollars in cash and stock. Kodak went broke and recently emerged as a much smaller iteration of itself.

Ironically Kodak’s tagline was a ‘Kodak Moment’.

Tricky Jigsaw, a M&C Saatchi subsidiary group company, claimed the #1 spot on the 2017 most innovative companies list with Fireblanket, a project developed for their client, the NRMA. 

Why develop a new product rather than spend the allocated funds on traditional advertising methods? The Fireblanket prototype disperses a virtual safety blanket over at-risk communities, serving as an early bushfire detecting service.

Motor vehicle insurance is about to be disrupted by car manufacturers, like Volvo, backing the safety of their autonomous vehicles by self-insuring. With the evolving concept of Smart Homes, home and then business insurance will likely follow suit.

So, what is the NRMA actually in the business of? Is it insurance or is it protection, providing a safety-net for basic needs? 

Suddenly, investing in Fireblanket to protect vulnerable areas makes perfect sense.

And if Google is in the business of making the world’s information available in just one click and Zappos is in the business of providing wow through customer service, it could be time to ask, “What is your business in the business of?”

“What is your business in the business of?”

“What is your business in the business of?”

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