Packaging design built on innovation insight

How Happen’s packaging innovation specialists helped For Goodness Shakes stand out in the crowded market for protein drinks. Made...

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When fishing for insights, you need to know how deep to dive

When it comes to innovation, everyone’s looking for a breakthrough. Or at least, they think they are. In reality,...

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Innovation in action – February

Your monthly round up of the latest trends and innovations to hit the market, spotted by the people who...

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Future business planning with Vision-led innovation
How to get your business ready for the future is now

Every business needs to be ready for what the future brings. But in our fast-changing world, gazing into the...

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asset out innovation
How to get more out of your factories

In factories around the world, machines lie silent. Even machines that cost millions and work perfectly, remain idle. Why?...

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What makes successful innovation?

Innovation is about more than just invention. Breakthrough products are important, but great innovation is also about finding new...

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Value innovation – making the discount channel work for brands

You have to hand it to the discounters. Once shunned by mainstream shoppers, the UK’s discount channel, led by...

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asset out innovation
Want to innovate successfully? Get your teams talking

There are many ways to innovate successfully, but studies of innovation tend to agree on one thing: it’s best...

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asset out innovation
When it comes to innovation, constraints can set you free

Facebook famously tells its employees: “Done is better than perfect”. The idea is that staff should complete projects quickly...

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Mondelez innovation
How to protect your core with real world innovation

By Wilbur Strickland, VP, chocolate R&D, Mondelez What does innovation success look like? A maverick visionary bringing a completely...

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asset out innovation
The factory floor: seedbed of innovation

In the past few years Happen has helped a number of major companies get successful innovations to market faster,...

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packaging innovation
Top 5 packaging innovation take-outs from FDIN conference

At the end of June, Happen chaired the FDIN Packaging conference: Unwrapping Packaging and Putting it at the Heart...

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innovation factory
The two questions you must answer to innovate successfully

If you want to create a successful innovation, there are two questions you need to know the answers to:...

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innovation ideas
Innovators don’t need more ideas. You just need to know which ones will work.

They don’t call it “fast-moving consumer goods” for nothing. In the consumer products business, the imperative to innovate is...

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innovation passion
The one thing I look for in an innovator

Mattia de Dominicis, VP Global R&D Director for Dish and Fabric at consumer goods giant RB, shares his insights...

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innovation strengths
How to energise your business into action to make new things happen

While every step on the innovation journey has its challenges, the hardest part is making new things happen. It’s...

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Arla foods Arun
Innovation is about getting things done

Arun Prabhu, global category director at Arla Foods, on creating innovation that succeeds in market. Early in my innovation...

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Creating an innovation culture
Top tips from our Circle of Innovators

Innovators, we find, don’t have many events or places to come together and discuss freely about hot topics in...

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category management
Top insight take-outs from the Category Management Conference

The Happen innovation team recently attended the Category Management Conference. Held in London’s Covent Garden, the 1-day event brought...

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Blind Pig
How a great story can open doors to innovation

Innovation can take many forms. Sometimes innovation comes down to the power of a good story. ‘Storytelling’ is a...

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London
What you can pick up from an hour of powerful observation

This week we set our innovation team an afternoon challenge: with London as your canvas, what clues can you...

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spotting insights
Insights are all around you, if you know where to look

Getting into the habit of decoding the insights behind hit new products and ad campaigns helps you hone your...

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packaging frustration
Product packaging: Finding the little things that frustrate people… and turning them into innovations

Packaging innovation is all about the little things. The insights that guide our way when we’re working on a...

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storytelling
7 Storytelling tips from our Rebel Innovators’ Club

At our Rebel Innovators’ Club in September, we discussed Storytelling for Innovation…how to capture the organisation’s hearts and minds...

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Broncho Stop insight
The innovation insights behind the success of these 3 products

Breakthrough product innovations are built on a fresh understanding of consumers’ motivations and behaviour. Here are the insights that...

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innovation insight hunt
On the hunt for insight, keep your eyes – and your mind – open

Uncovering the insights that fuel innovation is about setting aside your preconceptions about consumer behaviour, says Happen’s client director...

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Why failure is underrated

Behind every great business success story is, more often than not, a litany of failures. Ask any ‘successful’ person...

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TedX future of food
TEDx Talk: What we eat can shape the future

As food and drink innovation consultants, we are always plugged into the latest consumer trends and hot topics. We...

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Foresight: The secret sauce for complex innovation
Foresight: For complex innovations

How can large, established organizations transform their innovation success rates in the face of increasing complexity and increasing rates...

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What leaders need to do to fix broken work-life balance

You can say that you value work-life balance, but your actions speak louder than your words. Melinda Lehman was...

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Innovation disruption spark
Elegant Disruption – Innovation Refined

We’re all familiar with ‘disruption’ in business although we may not call it that. Think Spotify, Uber, Etsy, and...

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consumer neuroscience
Understanding consumer neuroscience

The world of neuroscience often seems to open up more questions than answers. It would be easy, if you...

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Talking about my generation
Talking about my generation

We have a new generation entering the public consciousness. Born after 9/11, with over 2 billion of them globally...

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Download the second Grumpy Innovator Book

You can now download a free first chapter sample of the Grumpy Innovator’s Second Book – “Second thoughts from...

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Innovation lesson video interviews with Costas

Check out the series of 9 interviews below between Happen co-founder Costas and Grant Leboff from Sticky Marketing, discussing...

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The pursuit of innovation happiness

As incredible innovators at Happen Innovation Agency we think about happiness a lot. Our own of course, definitely our...

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Fewer, bigger, better - hitting the innovation sweet spot
Fewer, bigger, better – hitting the innovation sweet spot

The idea of achieving ‘fewer, bigger, better’ innovations is nothing new; it’s a rallying cry that comes from the...

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Download the Grumpy Innovator Book

You can now download a free first chapter sample of the book written by the Grumpy Innovator (otherwise known...

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Picking Innovation Winners

We have plenty of ideas. However, pretty much every innovation manager I have ever met has one big question...

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The average life of an innovation team is 2.5 years

Organisations are often either good or bad at innovation. Whether they fit into the former or the latter category,...

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What happens after you lose on price?

This is about your bread & butter having become a commodity and you being on your way out of...

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Many of our clients are intrapreneurs. What about you?

Intrapreneurs have an inner drive for making their organisation more successful. Does that sound like you? Are you motivated...

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Intrapreneurs – the people really making things happen

Entrepreneurs are the rock stars of the business world, and it’s a trend that shows no signs of abating....

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A bluffer’s guide to Emerging Markets

#1 – The Basics Why bother? How much is that really? Who to know?

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Emerging Markets – Africa

A bluffer’s guide to Emerging Markets #2 – Africa What’s the size of prize? What’s going on? Where is...

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