Phillips & Co.
New Product Ideation Sessions


Phillips & Co. ideation sessions are high-energy, high-ROI strategic workshops, custom-designed around each challenge. We bring experience running hundreds of mission-critical workshops across the U.S. and Europe and a suite of proprietary innovation tools, including our iDNA Innovation Database and our Expert Ideator Network.

From Chicago to Switzerland, we have designed and led ideation sessions for clients in over 20 industries. Our sessions are unlike typical brainstorming sessions in almost every way. Our ideation facilitators are MBAs with creative and improv backgrounds, so we're able to help organizations develop bold new offerings, without losing sight of the bottom line.

Our proprietary methods assure that we help clients fully explore a challenge and conclude a session with a clear roadmap of new opportunities to take forward.

Learn more about Phillips & Co. and our full range of Innovation Services.





Our Work



Challenge

Developing the Brand Strategy for a New Boutique Hotel Group

LodgeWorks is a 700-person hotel development and management firm whose leadership team created Residence Inn and Summerfield Suites. In our second project for them, LodgeWorks asked us to help them invent their new boutique hotel brand.

What We Did
Over the course of several months, we conducted extensive research into guest needs, market conditions and industry trends. We collaborated with the client team to invent and test an array of bold new hotel concepts, eventually defining a unique target, position and detailed guest experience model. Phillips & Co. also created the brand name, AVIA. The brand launched in cities including Napa, CA, Long Beach, CA and Savannah, GA before being acquired by Hyatt.

Services
Consumer research, collaboration sessions, ideation, concept testing, naming, partner agency selection



Challenge

Inventing a New Generation of Cleaning Products

A major consumer packaged goods company hired us to develop new household cleaning tools for the mass market.

What We Did
We built a dream-team of cross-disciplinary thinkers that took over a $1.5 milliion condominium for two days, creating hundreds of concepts, with over 2 dozen selected to move onto the next stage of review. Our client, a veteran new products leader, called the project “The most impressive concept generation project I’ve been involved in 25 years of product work.”

Services
Ideation, prototyping, concept testing




Challenge

Concepting New Products for Target

A major US consumer goods brand asked us to invent product and marketing concepts specifically tailored to Target.

What We Did
Our cross-disciplinary team of designers, researchers, and illustrators quickly absorbed the clients' and Target's brand DNA. With a deadline of two weeks, we concepted, illustrated and in some cases prototyped new product concepts. Our concepts, backed by third-party research, spanned product "reskinning", point-of-purchase concepts and new product line concepts. The concepts were presented to Target and are currently under consideration.

Services
Trends research, ideation, sleepless nights, prototyping, communication support





Challenge


Reinventing the
Yellow Pages

Our client challenged us to look at their print yellow pages business, which, in line with the entire industry is being changed radically by the Internet.

What We Did
With the client challenge that we look primarily at non-Internet solutions, (another team was already hard at work), we quickly identified dozens of new “white spaces” of potential growth, in part by leveraging the clients’ substantial existing publishing capabilities in new ways, tapping new markets and flipping existing business models. Our team, which included both print and Internet experts, created hundreds specific new product concepts, with a several now moving into market testing and executive review.

Services
Ideation, prototyping and concept testing



Challenge

Leading a Team of 20 Companies to Envision the Hotel of Tomorrow

Hospitality Design, a leading hotel industry trade magazine, wanted to challenge the status quo of their industry. They challenged us to lead a 60+ person team of industry leaders from 20 companies in a process of inventing futuristic hotel concepts to inspire the next wave of hotel innovation.

What We Did
Working with international hotel design firm Gettys, we developed and co-produced a 6-month series of events, and named the program the “Hotel of Tomorrow Project”. We led an intensive 2-day ideation summit, generating thousands of ideas, from living wallpaper to hotels that float on air. The work was featured in a special issue of the magazine, and in a Phillips & Co. designed, 90-foot-long multimedia exhibit.

Services
Ideation, prototyping, concept testing, naming, experience design, exhibit design



Challenge

Developing Innovation Strategies for a Leading Trade Show Producer

Nielsen Business Media produces a number of leading trade shows and publications for the corporate training market. They challenged us to develop a range of innovation strategies to grow their already strong business.

What We Did
We conducted primary research at industry conferences and led innovation labs with key corporate customers to uncover additional ways to serve the market. Based on customer research, we suggested renaming many of their conferences, uniting them under a single name, Training. In doing so, Nielsen connected their well-loved print publication by the same name with their live events into a single, stronger brand. Our client has since enjoyed accelerated year-over-year growth through their ongoing dedication to innovation.

Services
Customer research, competitive analysis, trends research, ideation, concept testing






Phillips & Co. is the Breakthrough Strategy consultancy.
With a team of researchers, brand strategists, innovation experts, ideation facilitators and brainstorming facilitators based in Chicago, we help clients invent innovative strategies for new products, services and brands. Then, we help align the unique resources needed to bring the ideas to market. We provide consumer research, brainstorming, ideation, focus group, facilitation, brand strategy and new products consulting to clients in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Orlando, New Orleans, Boston and Milwaukee.




Learn more about Phillips & Co. and our full range of Innovation Services