Jim Sener

The amazing new product [we launched 20 years ago]

Posted by Jim Sener on January 20, 2023 at 2:45 PM

There's a secret to designing and engineering products that last decades.

These days, the life of a product model is something best measured in dog years. With tech companies and auto makers conditioning us to expect new designs on a yearly cadence it's rare to see a one outlive a jar of peanut butter. For just a moment, see if you can remember a single electronic product that has been available and unchanged for 20 years. It’s not easy.

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Topics: product design and development

Remote R&D Leads to Faster Time to Market

Posted by Jim Sener on March 31, 2022 at 2:45 PM

There’s always been pressure on research and development (R&D) to deliver quickly. But in a post-pandemic world, accelerated demand leaves even the most innovative companies scrambling to keep up.

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Does Your Visual Brand Language Support Your Product Strategy?

Posted by Jim Sener on February 5, 2019 at 7:00 AM

It is undeniable that strong, consistent visual brand language is an important marketing tool.  If we take a moment to consider the companies and products that most resonate with us as consumers, visual messaging is undoubtedly a key player in creating an image and an identity around a particular product that makes us want to buy it.  The power of strong visual impact and brand identity is such that it can make us choose the branded product over the no-name product, even though both products may have been made by the same manufacturer and contain exactly the same ingredients.

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5 Strategies to Turn Your Product into Recurring Revenue

Posted by Jim Sener on January 23, 2019 at 10:19 AM

Today, digital technology provides customers unprecedented access to information, and this has shaped their demands and expectations.  There’s no doubt about it - the customer is in charge. Customers want - and have access to - an incredible amount of options when they are considering a purchase.  Companies that once held a monopoly on their market are now faced with multiple competitors, each vying for the attention of the same customer. This places a great onus on companies to distinguish themselves from competitors, pursue customer loyalty through connectivity, and find ways to continue connecting with new and existing customers.

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Optimizing Product Development with Augmented and Virtual Reality

Posted by Jim Sener on January 8, 2019 at 7:06 AM

Augmented reality has come a long way since its earliest iterations in the 1960s when American inventor Morton Heilig patented his “Sensorama”, an interactive theatre experience that allowed viewers to examine stereoscopic images from different angles. Today, with thousands of companies turning to AR technologies to help them make better products faster, the future looks bright for this technology and the ones who can leverage it most effectively.  As augmented and virtual reality technology becomes more affordable and accessible, the implications for product developers are becoming increasingly exciting.

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How to conduct effective VOC research

Posted by Jim Sener on December 17, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Gathering new customers is an expensive process and can cost companies up to 25 times more than it costs them to retain existing customers. With the key objective being customer retention, voice of the customer (VOC) research is a proven method for capturing customer data at every key point in the unique buying journey, and then using it to secure customer loyalty by constructing a better overall experience. Among other things, VOC research can help companies tailor and tweak their products and services, identify customer pain points and areas of friction in their buying journey, and minimize risk during new product development by accurately evaluating the viability of new products or ideas.

The ultimate goal of VOC research is to compile a detailed list of the needs and wants of the target customer.  Gathering it requires both qualitative and quantitative measures. The key questions at hand go beyond simply asking customers what they want, but gathering real-time customer experiences and assessing needs and wants from there.  While there are many pitfalls and areas of misunderstanding around what VOC research is and how best to gather it, several key objectives and methods can help provide a solid blueprint.

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Why the FDA's 510(k) Update Could Modernize Medical Device Product Development

Posted by Jim Sener on December 6, 2018 at 7:02 AM

510(k) is the FDA’s clearance pathway for introducing new low to moderate risk medical devices to market. On November 26th, the FDA proposed sweeping updates to this process.  So, what are these changes and why is this good news for new product developers?

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5 tips to get executives on board with your product idea

Posted by Jim Sener on December 5, 2018 at 7:00 AM

In the age of crowdfunding platforms and mainstream venture capital (popularized by television shows like Shark Tank), innovative thinkers have more opportunity than ever before to receive support for their ideas.

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Why IoT is everywhere, even in your garage

Posted by Jim Sener on November 21, 2018 at 7:00 AM

The IoT, or Internet of Things, is everywhere in your home - including your car garage. IoT connectivity is the ability of any product or device to connect to the Internet and/or another device. This technology is shaping the frontier of new product development and continues to revolutionize the way companies interact with their customers.  While speculations vary, the market for smart home automation could be worth as much as $130 billion USD by 2025.

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4 Things You Need to Know About Launching Products in the Sporting Goods Industry

Posted by Jim Sener on November 7, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Commanding an estimated $90 billion of yearly sales in the US alone, the sporting goods industry holds no shortage of growth opportunities. At the same time, product developers can expect significant challenges as the market becomes increasingly saturated while also evolving at an astonishing pace.  Products that support a healthy, active lifestyle are in high demand, but in a competitive environment, it’s no longer enough to promote products based only on their excellence. Great products need great strategy that adequately integrates both the unique challenges and opportunities of the digital age.  Innovative approaches to social engagement, brand awareness, customer loyalty, and brand experience form key touchstones of this approach.

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