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The Four Faces of Mass Customization. Virtually all executives today recognize the need to provide outstanding service to customers.

The Four Faces of Mass Customization

Focusing on the customer, however, is both an imperative and a potential curse. In their desire to become customer driven, many companies have resorted to inventing new programs and procedures to meet every customer’s request. Six must dos for successful luxury goods marketing. In luxury brand management, most industry players have realised that experiences are essential.

Six must dos for successful luxury goods marketing

But most of what we know about designing customer experiences originates from work developed with and for mass brands. Luxury brands are an entirely different proposition and require a very specific approach to brand management and marketing. Differentiating “True” from “Affordable” Luxury: An Interview with Mickey Ateyeh. Today I’m chatting with my dear friend, Michele (Mickey) Ateyeh, whose career in fine jewelry and designer accessories has taken her from Tiffany & Co. to Hermes, then Angela Cummings, Inc. followed by Karl Lagerfeld and Carlos Falchi designer handbags.

Differentiating “True” from “Affordable” Luxury: An Interview with Mickey Ateyeh

5 signs that customer co-creation is a trend to watch. Updated Editor’s note: This story is part of our Microsoft-sponsored series on cutting-edge innovation.

5 signs that customer co-creation is a trend to watch

Dave Sloan is CEO of co-creation platform company Treehouse Logic. “Customer co-creation,” the practice of allowing customers to “build their own” products, is gaining quite a bit of traction among US online retailers. For example, custom messenger-bag maker Rickshaw Bagworks lets each customer design their own bag before it is made to order, and sportswear vendor Shortomatic lets shoppers upload images and overlay them on a pair of custom-designed swim trunks. Many e-commerce leaders — Nike,, and Blue Nile, for example — have begun combining customer co-creation with social media tools to let customers share what they’ve created across social networks.

Collaboration Becomes Key To Success For Retailers And Suppliers. “The need for collaboration — on a micro and macro scale — is greater than ever,” noted Mark Baum, SVP of Industry Relations and Chief Collaboration Officer at Food Marketing Institute.

Collaboration Becomes Key To Success For Retailers And Suppliers

“This is a consumer-facing industry. Making your marque: The rise of bespoke fashion - Viva Magazine. Strategies To Engage The Evolved Consumer. By Rick Chavie, VP, Marketing Retail and Hospitality Solutions, NCR Years ago, the relationship between the shopper and shopkeeper was dramatically different.

Strategies To Engage The Evolved Consumer

Retailers knew their customers’ preferences, and customers trusted their shopkeepers’ knowledge of products and prices. Today, consumers are less loyal, time-starved and digitally empowered. Technology gives them access to limitless product information and shopping alternatives, making hunting for the best value simple. The retail landscape also has changed. Part of this challenge lies in the way consumers now shop across channels using many different technologies. Collaboration Becomes Key To Success For Retailers And Suppliers. Trends 2015: Marion Debruyne. BESPOKE - The Present and Future for CUSTOMISED TIMEPIECES. Keith W.


Strandberg Bespoke watch production is growing as more customers want something that no one else has. Some companies have been doing it their entire history, while others have started responding to this demand. Co-creation. By Chris Nurko and Tom Adams Our organizational branding practice has been busy over the last 18 months, particularly for global and international firms interested in defining their purpose and how this connects to employees, customers and the wider world.


As part of our ongoing interest in the drivers of corporate success and differentiation, we have gathered some insights from our practice leads around the world into the principles successful companies put into action. This is set in the context of a major piece of global research we have just undertaken to understand perceptions of PwC’s global top 100 companies by market capitalisation. The FutureBrand Index set out to test the hypothesis that we need to move beyond pure financial measures of organizational success. Getting personal: how much further can the trend go?

Part 2: The Market for Mass Customization Today. As NetNatives become consumers and buyers are "trained" by personalized offerings, the market is finally ripe for mass customization.

Part 2: The Market for Mass Customization Today

In part two of this special series focusing on mass customization, Professors Frank Piller and Dominik Walcher take a closer look at what the current market has to offer and provide their conclusions after observing 500 leaders in the field from a customer perspective. In a recent report for Forrester, J.P. Gownder concluded that “mass customization is finally the future of products“. – Mass customization and beyond. Co-creating value with customers and users: Mass customization and beyond by Frank T.

– Mass customization and beyond

The Four Faces of Mass Customization. Making it personal: Rules for success in product customization - Bain Brief. The opportunity appears to be significant: A Bain survey of more than 1,000 online shoppers found that while less than 10% have tried customization options, 25% to 30% are interested in doing so. While it is hard to gauge the overall potential of customization, if 25% of online sales of footwear were customized, that would equate to a market of $2 billion per year. Beyond the pure size of the opportunity, our survey showed that those customers who had customized a product online engaged more with the company. They visited its website more frequently, stayed on the page longer and were more loyal to the brand (see Figure 1). In footwear, for instance, our research determined that customers who designed their own shoes gave companies a 50% higher Net Promoter ScoreSM (NPS®)—a standard way of measuring customer loyalty—than customers who bought regular products from the same manufacturer.

Higher NPS typically translates to higher sales, referrals and lifetime customer value. Having It Their Way: The Big Opportunity In Personalized Products. Mass Personalization Is Coming. Are We Ready For It? The modern world can be a dehumanizing place. Long gone is the sweet little old lady at the drugstore counter, replaced by big box retailers, brand logos and barcodes. We’re more often“handled” than serviced, calculated, rather than cared for.

That’s about to change in a big way. When I recently spoke to Bernie Meyerson, IBM’s Vice President of Innovation, about trends for the next five years, he repeatedly stressed personalization as one of the most important things the company is working on. Yet, instead of the sweet little old lady behind the counter who has known you for years, the new personalization will come in the guise of a stranger armed with learning algorithms. Are You An Outlier? In the industrial age, mass production led to mass marketing. They would shoot for the middle, knowing that their product would suit two-thirds of the market very well and 95% of the market to some extent. The problem is that none of us are average. Personal Patterns. The brands that are moving from mass production to mass personalisation.

This January, Adobe announced that they were bringing 3D printing capabilities via an update to Photoshop Creative Cloud. This update enables designers to move from 2D to 3D through one simple tool and to easily create ready-to-print files for 3D printing. Whilst many designers might not have much experience in 3D printing, this tool also provides the opportunity for them to quickly produce prototypes without the need for specialised machinery. It’s early days but it will be exciting to see how designers make use of this new tool and the creations that come out of it. Tech companies are also starting to involve consumers in designing and printing their own creations. In early 2013 Nokia gave Lumia 820 owners the opportunity to customise and 3D print their own phone cases. The demand for a personalised retail experience (Infographic) Burberry personalising new collection with embedded digital content.

John Lewis trials interactive sofa studio using RFID and 3D printing.