The term “frugal innovation” describes a significant shift occurring in the business world: the drive to deliver high-quality products and services at affordable prices.
In marketing, it often means working smarter with fewer resources, and though it was first coined in reference to products designed for low-income consumers in developing countries, the idea has taken root as a guiding principle for marketers the world over looking to improve the customer experience.
For many of them, the need to do more with less is hardly an idle concern: a survey of global marketers showed only 52% planned to increase marketing budgets last year, the lowest proportion since 2012. A separate survey of US marketers showed spend on international marketing dropping from 22% of overall marketing budget to 17% from February to August of last year.
Yet the number of channels marketers must address continues to grow. The need for transparency and marketing efficiency is clear. How are marketers planning to work smarter and do more with less?
When it comes to symbols, the smile reigns supreme. Its one connotation — happiness — is undisputed the world over. Yet despite the smile’s universal appeal, research suggests that culture affects our perceptions of it in unexpected ways.
Although print is still recognised as a significant spend for most companies or brands, it is a little less-known fact that the medium also has one of the highest saving potentials of any spend category.
Organisations often have complicated paper or email based workflows with information being passed around the organisation. Data and content is sometimes stored in legacy databases that are not joined up and don’t talk to each other which means information can be inconsistent.
Technology has advanced to a point where global asset management, online approvals, electronic ordering, real-time cost/workflow tracking and reporting has made centralised production a viable and effective way to ensure global brand standards.
It has allowed businesses to maximise efficiencies, reduce costs, improve reporting data and open up the field of creative resources for their brands.