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Capturing New Markets: How Smart Companies Create Opportunities Others Don't Hardcover – May 19, 2011

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Editorial Reviews


"Capturing New Markets is a great book. It is a thorough, well-written, and well-evidenced piece on corporate strategy that provides guidance on how to identify, build, and succeed in new markets in a creative yet disciplined manner. Wunker's work has much to offer entrepreneurs from all walks of life." -- CanadaOne

"Wunker does an excellent job of helping CEOs and entrepreneurs recognize the next big thing." -- BizEd, The Leading Voice of Business Education

"The power of the book is how Stephen Wunker combines a strong theoretical framework for finding, developing, and dominating new markets, with the practical means to put an effective strategy in place to exploit the new market profitably and effectively...Read the very user friendly and essential book." -- Business Daily

"Wunker has produced an excellent, thoroughly researched and accessible book on corporate strategy that should be of value to entrepreneurs and managers seeking to move established businesses in new directions." -- The Irish Times

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"Capturing New Markets offers a new and rigorous toolkit that charts a clear path to this business imperative. This is a major new contribution to the field with practical takeaways just when we need them most."
--Vijay Govindarajan, Professor at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and First Professor in Residence and Chief Innovation Consultant at GE

"Prepare to have your existing concepts of new markets turned upside down. This is not another academic 'thought experiment,' but a practical, experience-driven manual for all who aspire to enhanced growth. New markets are all around us--not just in the developing world. Wunker provides fresh perspectives in an extremely readable how-to manual that will allow the reader to discover unmet need and enter new markets wherever they are. All in all, an essential read for every new market pioneer." 
--Dr. Garry Neil, Corporate VP for Science & Technology, Johnson & Johnson

"Capturing New Markets reveals critical patterns underlying why some new ventures become big businesses, and others do not. The journey to creating new markets can be full of uncertainty, and understanding these patterns provides a big advantage to informed entrepreneurs."
--Charles Warden, Managing Director, Versant Ventures

"While new markets fuel business growth, traditional approaches to marketing and strategy can be poorly suited to these super-dynamic environments. Through abundant and engaging examples, Capturing New Markets shows you how to establish priorities and tap growth opportunities with lower cost, lower risk, and higher impact."
--Anish Shah, President & CEO India, GE Capital

"Intensifying competitive environments require that all companies continually think about and explore new growth opportunities. Capturing New Markets provides critical guidance on how to evaluate and build new markets with a creative yet disciplined approach." 
--Brad Gambill, Chief Strategy Officer, Singapore Telecom

"Capturing New Markets is a compass for business transformation. The book combines fascinating stories with clear takeaways that enable readers to chart their long-term courses and to begin with concrete steps tomorrow morning." 
--Greta Metts, Head of Global Marketing Innovation and Business Transformation, Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals

"Entrepreneurs are barraged with urgent issues, and it is easy to lose sight of strategy. Amidst all the pressing things you have to do in building a business, make it a priority to read Capturing New Markets. This book gives succinct and powerful advice that can save you immense amounts of time and money while substantially boosting your odds of success." 
--Suneet Wadhwa, cofounder of Snapfish.com and Serial Entrepreneur

"Wunker has created a valuable tool for anyone seeking to drive meaningful change in a market or an organization. Bridging theory to case studies, he creates effective, practical and actionable advice for those seeking opportunity within change."
--Meredith Baratz, Vice President, Market Solutions, UnitedHealthcare

"In fast-moving markets, leaders can never rest. Capturing New Markets lays out a clear and convincing route for how big companies can act like nimble entrepreneurs in building new sources of growth."
--Ingrid Johnson, CEO Retail and Business Banking, Nedbank

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (May 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071767444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071767446
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,863,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Anyone who has ever wondered how to expand their market or what new markets they should pursue needs to read Steve's book. Based on his personal business experience, as well as the insights and experiences of leading companies around the world, this is a great primer on how to take on new markets (and how not to). I highly recommend it.

Steve's own description of the book, found in the preface, is accurate and concise.
"This book explains how to find, enter, and win in new markets. It also explores how to create a corporate competency to generate growth from new markets over and over again. It provides a broad perspective on how to view new markets while also supplying a toolkit that can be deployed immediately."

Each chapter dives deep with excellent examples, illustrations and insights that clearly define the most important concepts and processes of mastering new markets. The chapters close with a summary of four or five key take aways from the chapter. These pithy nuggets are great for incubating ideas, starting discussions or reviewing key insights.

I had a number of "ah ha" moments sparked by the clearly presented concepts in the book. I felt as though I was being taught by a wise, understanding, and caring mentor.

This is a book to keep readily available. You will want to refer to it often, and will be rewarded each time you do.
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Format: Hardcover
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The book I wish I had read first!

Stephen has put together a great book filled with practical case studies, first hand experience and easy to replicate action strategies for identifying and seizing new market opportunities.

The book is not limited to emerging markets or developing countries but includes sub-niches and existing but potential outdated traditional markets.

Having had a lot of experience in developing countries and new markets, I found Stephen's work to be a great distilling process to get to the key issues and remedies without the frustration and lost time of having to learn and discover many of the vital lessons in his book first hand. Stand on the shoulders of giants as they say and save time, money and wasted effort by reading this book.

I particularly liked Stephen's approach of flying in the face of convention with outdated and limited business planning for new markets; instead focusing on creating financial focused on assumptions.

With simply too much to include in single review, the best take away points I found were the 10 Distinctions of New Markets.

1. Define markets broadly
2. Create demand before vanquishing competitors
3. Leverage the power of platforms
4. Keep pricing flexible
5. Invest in scenarios, not plans
6. Keep fixed costs low
7. Focus on small footholds
8. Consider country road as well as the superhighway
9. Base strategy on timing
10. Sequence risks

To find out what these mean and how powerful the advice, BUY the book!"
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Format: Hardcover
I am an entrepreneurial optimist. There are business opportunities for all sizes of business.

I often encourage small or start up entrepreneurs to list their strengths and their weaknesses. And among the strengths invariably are things like speed and lack of attachment to a specific business or way of doing things. Large companies often have so much invested, they have difficulty entering new markets.

Interestingly, Capturing New Markets uses many examples of big companies who have overcome the challenge and entered new markets.

The books suggests creating a problem statement that covers:

1 - What jobs are people trying to get done?
2 - What are the current approaches and what pain points result?
3 - What benchmarks exist in the full range of competing offerings and analogies?
4 - What performance criteria do customers use?
5 - What prevents a new solution from being developed?
6 - What value woudl success create for customers?

There is a good chapter on assessing what doesn't exist. For me, I lean more towards trying quickly (I always say fail often, fail fast, fail cheap) rather than over assessing. By nature most customers underestimate the market for new innovations simply because they never had the possibility before.

Another section attacks the problem of how to create a new market. I suggest readers would benefit from understanding Geoff Moore - Crossing the Chasm.

Good book. Inspiring. Worth reading.
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Format: Hardcover
For the entrepreneur or investor looking to ride whatever waves of growth are coming next in the economy, this book is an excellent guide on how to spot great ideas early. Chapters like "Assessing What Doesn't Exist" address the challenges facing people considering speculative ventures. The book also provides concrete and counter-intuitive advice on how to get businesses started cheaply and quickly. What surprised me most was that the book was very engaging. The stories (and there are many of them) are really interesting, and they are well told. The book accomplishes the rare feat of combining the engaging style found in best-sellers (like the Malcolm Gladwell books) with the rigorous approach of a Clayton Christensen or other business researchers. A real treat, and a useful one too.
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