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Marketing Strategy: Every battle is won before it is fought

The unicist approach to manage the competitive triangle in business provides the information to define the possibilities of accessing a new market or specifically a new customer or client.

Unicist Competitive TriangleThe ontogenetic map of the competitive triangle has been designed to define the fundamentals to expand the boundaries of the commercial operation of a business. Sun Tzu was right.

To expand the boundaries of a business it is necessary:

  1. To generate an additional added value to the client; this implies innovation.
  2. To develop a value proposition that allows establishing a common space where the goals of the client and the provider are being integrated.
  3. To ensure a meaningful return on investment for the client.

About the competitor

Competitors are substitutes and succedanea delivered by another provider, the client itself or alternatives of the providing company that cannibalize the original value proposition.

It has to be considered that the egos of the participants of the client’s organization are also competitors.

The unicist approach to the competitive triangle generates the perception of apparent paradoxes that can only be apprehended if one is conscious of one’s buying process.

There is no doubt about the fact that the final purpose is to satisfy the clients’ needs.

A market confrontation is won by the one who is able to build a common place where the needs of the client and the value proposition fit in.

But if one considers that the building of a common space requires being complementary with the client, it is self-evident that the provider needs to propose a complementation to the buyer.

The Competitive TriangleTherefore the winner of the “contest” is not the one who is more active but the one who has a better energy conservation function (seen from the client’s point of view).

The competitor is the one who assumes the active function and fosters the installation of solutions that are considered utopian by the buyer. Innovations are not aesthetic in themselves.

There are several inferences that can be done based on the knowledge of this structure:

  1. The selling problem is simple. It just requires following the rules of a minimum strategy. What is complex is the design of a strategy based on actual business intelligence. It is necessary to know precisely which are the needs of the client and the content of the value proposition of the competitor.
  2. Innovations can only be bought if they are understood, reliable and considered necessary to produce a demanded result.
  3. While the clients appear to be looking for the most productive solutions they will buy the safest solution which might or not be the most productive. Even innovators need to rely on solutions.
  4. The competitors are the “catalysts” of the buying process. That is why competition expands markets. The existence of innovative alternative solutions proposed by the company allows building a virtual competitor, if the business is managed based on a value adding ethics. This has to be included in the attributes of the brand.
  5. If there is a virtual competitor there has to be a double action on the market, on the one hand, an innovative maximal strategy and, on the other hand, a complementary minimum strategy.

This implies that to enter a new market a company needs to establish a superior competitive alternative (star product/service) that provides an “umbrella” to the possible and complementary solutions.

The core of this approach is to have accurate business intelligence, including specific SWOT analysis, to define the marketing strategy and selling actions.

Diana Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized world-class research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. http://www.unicist.org

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The Power of the Dualistic Thinking

The unicist approach to business requires the use of dualistic logic to manage minimum strategies. Minimum strategies are zero sum strategies that happen within the boundaries of a business to ensure survival.

The dualistic approach needs to use efficient procedures and operational benchmarks to monitor the activity to ensure results.

The integration of the survival strategy with an expansive strategy requires the use of double dialectical approach that allows integrating them.

Minimum strategies are necessarily oriented towards demand driven markets and they fluctuate with the demand of the environment.

Maximal strategies expand the boundaries of business and allow managing supply driven markets. They need to build the future demand driven market.

Dualistic thinking provides the logical approach to deal with unicist minimum strategies. Without them, the unicist maximal strategies would “explode”. But it requires its integration with maximal strategies in order avoid “implosion”.

Access a synthesis on the “Discovery of the Unicist Ontology of Forward-chaining and Backward-chaining Thinking” that is available at the Scientific Dissemination Program. You will find there other syntheses that might be of your interest:
www.unicist.org/papers/unicist_ontology_forward_backward_chaining_thinking_en.pdf

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Benchmarking Nokia – Global Product Design to Grow

Nokia is a world leader in mobility, driving the transformation and growth of the converging Internet and communications industries.

Mobile technology is evolving extremely fast. Understanding how Nokia is managing this fast evolution in product development will give you a benchmark to understand the new paradigms.

We strongly recommend watching the interview with Mary McDowell – Nokia’s Chief Development Officer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySoUGLCYnJc

The question we would like to propose is how a market can be managed when the evolution of the technology is extremely fast.

In one week you will find a response to the question on this blog.

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Diana Belohlavek
VP Knowledge Management
& Communication

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute is the major research organization in the world in its specialty based on more than 3,000 researches in complexity science applied to individual, institutional and social evolution. The applicative researches are based on the discovery of the Ontogenetic Intelligence of Nature and the consequent Unicist Theory of Evolution.

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Learning from Procter & Gamble using the Unicist Standard

The notorious capacity of Procter & Gamble is given by the way it manages the social insertion of innovations.

We recommend watching the following two short presentations of Procter & Gamble at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycMXZDybhlw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x93YopVXJSM

Innovation is the basis for economic growth.  Essentially, countries, cultures, institutions, and individuals grow only in the fields where they are open to innovations.

The purpose of innovation is to overcome scarcity. That is why only people or cultures that have the will, find the way to overcome scarcity.  This is the cultural context that fosters innovation.

The driver of innovation is human creation. The word creation is used in the sense of recreation. Humans create based on the existing energy.

The maximal strategy of innovations drives towards the solution of a scarcity. Therefore innovative organizations have the perception that they add value to the environment. But this is only true if the minimum strategy is also fulfilled.

The minimum strategy implies inserting the innovations into the social capital of the environment. Social capital is defined by the strength of the bonds that integrate the members of a community.

Commercial innovations need to be only one step ahead of the habits of the environment. If they are more than one step ahead they fail, unless there is an extreme need and they are, implicitly, a “back to basics”.

In this field Procter & Gamble is a notorious benchmark.

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Diana Belohlavek
VP Knowledge Management
& Communication

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute is the major research organization in the world in its specialty based on more than 3,000 researches in complexity science applied to individual, institutional and social evolution.

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Unicist Microsegmentation: Alliances with Corporations

The Unicist Microsegmentation allows the development of market growth based on expanding the boundaries of markets by accessing new niches. To define a new niche it is necessary to access the depth of its behavior. The model works with 4,096 potential microsegments.

Unicist ontological market segmentation is the integration of the drivers that influence buyers or consumers when deciding what to buy, or what to do.

Access the discovery of the Unicist Ontology of Functional Segmentation at:
http://www.unicist.org/d_fs.php

The unicist market segmentation is an ontological meta-model that allows the understanding of functionality in market strategies. It fosters the use of global strategies but local applications through the understanding of the nature of a market or culture.

The unicist market segmentation includes:

1) Conceptual Segmentation

2) Functional Segmentation

3) Psychological Segmentation

4) Lifestyle Segmentation

The integration of these four segmentations defines the unicist ontological market segmentation. It permits the development of accurate market segmentations that ensure marketing results.

The Unicist Microsegmentation is necessary to enter niches that are beyond the existing markets.

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Martin Alvaro
Marketing Manager

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Unicist Market Labs: Partnering with Family Businesses

We have launched the Family Business Partnering Program with several companies while the alliances with the Family Business Associations are being implemented.

The objective in all the cases in the development of growth programs is to produce more than 100% growth in these companies.

Free access to the Unicist Ontology of Family Businesses at:
https://www.unicist.net/marketing/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/family_business_en.pdf

As it is self-evident this implies that we only work in markets we know. The Unicist Microsegmentation Model and the Unicist Object Driven Organization are used to “build” the growth of these companies.

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Martin Alvaro
Marketing Manager

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute is the major research organization in the world in its specialty based on more than 3,000 researches in complexity science applied to individual, institutional and social evolution.

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Unicist Microsegmentation for maximal strategies and growth

The Unicist Standard for market segmentation allows defining the segments of a market and developing a microsegmentation to expand the boundaries of markets.

It has to be considered that a microsegment defines the characteristics of a market-niche. Maximal strategies imply going beyond the boundaries of the existing markets.

The secure way to expand the boundaries is accessing new niches. This produces the extension of the markets if the niches are contagious.

The unicist segmentation defines that there are 4.096 possible structural microsegments, but most of these segments are hypothetical.

The core of a Market Lab is finding the microsegments that are based on real latent needs and can be influenced considering the possibilities of the brand, the product, the technology and the marketing mix.

Unicist Market Labs have been designed to produce the expansion of the boundaries of markets. Therefore they achieve their goals when the pilot markets demonstrate that the achieved growth is structural and “contagious”. The unicist microsegmentation  makes this possible.

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Peter Belohlavek

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Using the Unicist Standard to learn from Unilever

Unicist Object Driven Leadership is a back to basics. The concept of leadership is defined by the integration of Authority, Participation and Power. This is self-evident. But the question is: Which are the Fundamentals of Leadership?

In the following lines you will find an answer to the question posed in this blog last week:  http://unicist.net/management/benchmarking-unilever-unicist-object-driven-leadership/

Objects sustain the power of leaders avoiding to exert such power. In this sense, objects work as:

1) Drivers to make things happen
2) Catalysts to accelerate action
3) Inhibitors, working as a non-exerted dissuasion power
4) Gravitational forces of leaders’ authority

Using Unicist Object Driven Leadership you will be accessing a new world, which is at the same time a back to basics. It implies producing more results and being a natural leader in all those fields where you can integrate your personal action with the use of institutionalizing objects.

The basics of leadership

Leadership is based on the need to sustain one’s authority. The participation of others is a condition of leadership. A leader is such because s/he is followed. Therefore, in terms of the Unicist Logic, Participation is the active function of leadership and the energy conservation function is given by the Power a leader has to impose her/his authority. But this is a sort of paradox. The energy conservation function is given by the power the individual “does not use”. If the power is used it consumes energy and, in fact, a double amount of energy, because:

1) To impose something there is a need to exert power and consume energy.

2) When power is exerted, authority is being lost, because it means that the authority of the individual has not been accepted. And in this case, an additional amount of energy must be invested to reconstruct the value of the authoritative role.

Participation poses another paradoxical dilemma:

1) When the authority of the leader is extreme, for example a religious leader, the participation is not possible.

2) When the participation is extreme, there is no possibility to accept an authoritative role.

This solution is contraindicated for absolutist, subjectivist, fundamentalist and anarchic leaders.

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Diana Belohlavek
VP Unicist Knowledge Bank

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute is the major research organization in the world in its specialty based on more than 3,000 researches in complexity science applied to individual, institutional and social evolution.

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The Unicist Standard needs to be a Rolls-Royce

Benchmarking Rolls-Royce is necessary for all those products or activities that are considered prestigious by the community and that need to sustain their seeking for perfection to achieve their credibility in the market.

In the following lines you can find the answers to the questions posed in this previous post:
http://www.unicist.net/partners-news/benchmarking-is-the-unicist-standard-a-rolls-royce/

A Rolls-Royce is an extremely prestigious car because it has extreme functionality, quality, added value and reliability.

The integration of these four extreme characteristics makes its positioning as a prestigious car possible.

The purpose of a “Rolls-Royce” is to satisfy the feeling of having achieved perfection. Perfection is considered as something that satisfies 100% the expectancy of the buyer. This means that a “Rolls-Royce” satisfies the needs of the buyer considered as an individual, as part of a group and within her/his social environment.

Every activity or product that requires perfection, in the above described sense, needs to position as a “Rolls-Royce”.  This can be frequently seen in medicine, in politics, in strategy, and in all those fields where the value added is extreme and extreme reliability is expected.

The extreme functionality mentioned above has two aspects. It has to be extremely functional as a device but also extremely functional in its operation. This implies that no one can expect a superior functionality in the market.

The need for extreme quality implies extreme quality assurance and extreme control. Thus reliability and extreme added value are sustained.

Therefore the process of Rolls-Royce building includes an extremely strict concept, its update in the field of scientific possibilities, the management of all the techniques necessary to achieve perfection and last, but not least, the necessary art to make the perfection perceivable by the community.

Rolls-Royce building and positioning is not a question of choice. It is a question of beliefs. But it needs to be said that this does not guarantee success in business.

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Diana Belohlavek
VP Unicist Knowledge Bank

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute is the major research organization in the world in its specialty based on more than 3,000 researches in complexity science applied to individual, institutional and social evolution.

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Launching of Free book: Unicist Theory of Evolution for All

On April 13, 2010 the e-book “Unicist Theory of Evolution for all” by Peter Belohlavek will be presented with its applicative researches worldwide.

Peter Belohlavek was asked repeatedly in the last 30 years to publish a simple book that allowed the general public to take advantage of the unicist object driven strategies that resulted from the application of his theory in order to simplify their personal life.

Finally, at the beginning of this year, he accepted.

So we are pleased to inform you that on April 13 this one of a kind e-book will be available.

Please select your language and register now to receive a free access on April 14, 2010.

English: http://www.unicist.org/deb_utefa.php
Portuguese: http://www.unicist.org/br/deb_utefa.php
Spanish: http://www.unicist.org/es/deb_utefa.php

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