August 26, 2003

Beating the Odds of Brand Growth

Quick, pick the best indicator a brand will grow faster than its category: Brand size? Newness? Leadership within a category? Such is conventional wisdom, but a recent Bain study of 524 brands across 100 categories found none of the above. The study "winners"-defined as any brand that beat its category's growth each year from 1997-2001-invested differentially in just two components of the marketing mix: product innovation and advertising. Source: Bain & Company