BlueOcean were challenged to create a space in an already competitive market for a scaffolding company by perfectly aligning its values and customers.
As far as markets go, scaffolding and building access is as a red of an ocean as you can find. Market entry is easy, competition is high, loyalty is low, suppliers carry significant influence and so do the major customers in the market.
The challenge was to take a business with an incredible internal culture in a market that they weren’t going to be able to redefine, and position them with differentiation in order to grow market share.
To find a point of differentiation, we first had to understand the various different customer types, alongside the internal culture of CAS, in order to find a fit.
We found that some of the cultural facets that made CAS such a good place to work, were also some of the elements that their customers wanted most, but very few competitors were able to offer.
This led to a strategic shift in the value proposition, positioning and brand, with a focus on attracting the right customers as well as the right staff to service them.
Rolling out the brand positioning on all communications.
Since deploying the new strategy, CAS has seen significant growth in the scale and size of projects they are approached for, alongside an increase in conversion rate, and growth of their overall financial performance.
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Challenge: To align six dental practices across New Zealand behind the founders values and deliver better outcomes for patients. To make the organisation less dependent on founders and ready to scale.
Approach: Define and document purpose, goals and patient value. Build a strong organisation and brand focused around customer centricity. Implement streamlined processes, systems and structure across all practices to ensure consistent delivery of highest value.
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.
Challenge: Shape an already successful organisation to become a fully-fledged hotel group, centred around the customer.
Approach: Internal stocktake of culture, systems and process from the boardroom to the broom cupboard. Market research. Value Proposition design. Processes, scorecards and objectives set at every level of the organisation. Brand refresh. Portal and property-level websites. Marketing comms execution.
Challenge: Help a business that had achieved light-speed growth to reaffirm their values before taking on big new markets where the competition already has a foothold.
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.
Challenge: Client needed to stand independent from TOP10 holiday parks after heavily investing in upgrading their park to a holiday resort; and wanted to create long term growth strategy.
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.
Challenge: Take a business with incredible internal culture and turn it into a value proposition to gain competitive advantage in a red-ocean market. Attract and retain good-fit staff.
Approach: Understand the culture and leadership. Understand the customer. Develop a differentiated value proposition, translate through brand and take to market.
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.
Challenge: Taupo based yachting excursion company suffered a terrible blow. One of their yachts ran aground, instantly halving their business potential. A new vessel was acquired but it didn’t fit the sustainability brand values. With the clock ticking towards summer an entirely new value proposition had to be developed to maintain their eco-friendly reputation.
Approach: Drive campaigns to target market segment. Develop new products and propositioning for new vessel while maintaining continuity with the over-arching brand.
Challenge: In an industry that is overwhelmed with travel options how does one luxury travel company stand apart from the others and increase bookings and dollar value of high net worth travellers?
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.
Challenge: Implement a new brand and grow revenue for a Wanaka based climbing business. Develop a long-term strategy to keep the business sustainable in an industry that has been predicted to decline.
Approach: Develop a guest focused strategy through emotional values rather than competing on product and price.