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BeeNZ

Penetrating global markets from hive to soul

BlueOcean was challenged to capture and reaffirm all things intrinsic to the founding values of BeeNZ’s sustainable business practice. We accepted the challenge of strategically placing BeeNZ in a global market, as the leading producer of premium mānuka honey.

The Challenge

It’s no secret that Mānuka honey is the proverbial pot of gold for health advocates. And with a multitude of healing properties being marketed internationally, global demand is increasing.

BeeNZ owners, David and Julie, although they started out small, invested in a manufacturing plant from day one, quickly growing a multimillion-dollar honey manufacturing business. Fast growth in contract honey manufacturing meant that their focus had shifted away from their own premium brand and product.

Dominating the honey manufacturing market meant the direction and founding values David and Julie’s business had been built on needed to be reaffirmed. They wanted to deliver and produce the highest quality premium mānuka honey to the world.

Strategic Approach

By shifting their revenue streams from being a brand in their own right as well as a honey manufacturing company, emphasis could be pushed back on the BeeNZ brand.

BlueOcean conducted in-depth global market research to understand the end customers. A market penetration strategy was created allowing a new niche in the global market for BeeNZ to be created. Being able to define their unique value proposition and to fully engage in each stage of the distributors' customer journey, meant value could be created in multiple ways, beyond the physical product.

 

The Execution

Using a strategic approach meant a brand that emanated the founding values of BeeNZ and aligned with its end customer could be refreshed. An online platform, The Hive, was developed to provide tools for global distributors to become better geared up to penetrate markets. It gave distributors the same purely extraordinary experience as its customers. 

The values of BeeNZ were truly lived inside the organisation as well as out.

POTENTIAL UNLEASHED

Like a hive of bees all working together in
co-dependence for the common good, the creation of an online hive meant international markets could be penetrated. BeeNZ could be placed in its own space in the market as the premium New Zealand mānuka honey producer.

Now that is purely extraordinary.

LET'S UNLEASH YOUR BUSINESS POTENTIAL

From finding your ideal customer to opening new markets. Whatever success looks like for you, let’s go for it.

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Delivered: 

  • Implemented a strategic board
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  • Increased customer centricity and value
Contour International (old)

Challenge: Aligning strategy, sales and service to achieve growth in a market dominated by large and influential competitors and clients.

Approach: A strategic shift from equipment supplier to solutions partner. Redefinition and refinement of segmentation, targeting and value proposition. Sales and Marketing knowledge exchange to provide a two-way market feedback loop and shape communications execution.

Delivered: 

  • Customer-centric strategy
  • Sustained year-on-year growth
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Jet Park Hotels (old)

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Delivered:

  • An accountable, robust business culture focussed on value creation
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BeeNZ (old)

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Approach: Listen and learn the back story. Primary and Secondary market research to understand the end-consumer. A new value proposition, brand refresh, customer journey mapping and market penetration strategy.

Delivered:

  • Strategy, positioning and international go-to-market plan
  • Customer journey map and associated asset build
  • Digital transformation through a global intranet, extranet & eCommerce engine 

 

Lake Taupo Holiday Resort (old)

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Approach: Clarify and refine a clear value proposition by shifting to their strategy from product to customer centric. Align marketing and digital to communicate value to target markets and distribution channels. Create a pricing strategy to maximise yield and occupancy. 

Delivered:

  • 10 to 1 ROI on total engagement
  • 36% increase in online reservations
  • Continued growth year on year 
Complete Access Scaffolding (old)

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Approach: Understand the culture and leadership. Understand the customer. Develop a differentiated value proposition, translate through brand and take to market.

Delivered:

  • A strategy and playbook that aligns staff and customers
  • Bold, differentiated positioning that is centred on value creation
  • A business that steps up
Treetops (old)

Challenge: An incredible property that was being sold as an overnight luxury lodge, rather than a destination in its own right, with some misaligned guest expectations.  

Approach: Define who the customer is, understand their journey and develop a go to market strategy and positioning. Build a clear value proposition, a brand and an innovative digital strategy that attracts the right guests and is understood by trade distribution channels. 

Delivered:

  • 975% increase in revenue from digital channels within 12 months
  • Increased average length of stay
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Sail Barbary (old)

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Approach: Drive campaigns to target market segment. Develop new products and propositioning for new vessel while maintaining continuity with the over-arching brand.

Delivered:

  • 20% increase in total bookings YoY.
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Aroha Luxury Tours (old)

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Approach: Define the intrinsic value that our client offers outside of the “holiday package” market. Develop a separate strategy for the owner of the company as the definitive expert in the luxury travel market.

Delivered:

  • Increased industry awareness as a leader in bespoke luxury travel.
  • Increased bookings
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Wildwire Wanaka (old)

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Approach: Develop a guest focused strategy through emotional values rather than competing on product and price.

Delivered:

  • Customer-centric strategy, market position, brand and digital communications
  • 37% increase in on-line revenue
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