Many companies aspire to grow and maintain their brand loyalists—the customers who purchase their products time and time again. After all, this small segment of heavy users often accounts for the majority of a company’s sales. But within this group of loyalists, there’s an even smaller—and more powerful—segment of consumers that is often overlooked. This group, known as “Super Consumers,” might just hold the secret to success for your company.
The Consumer Packaged Goods industry, along with all types of manufacturing industries, has become increasingly challenging. Manufacturers find themselves in industries and categories that are highly saturated with messages and SKU's. Thousands of companies are all competing for limited retail shelf space, consumer awareness, and new product trial. Unfortunately, these headwinds mean that more products fail than succeed. Consider these statistics cited in an April 2011 Harvard Business Review article titled, “Why Most Product Launches Fail”: “Less than 3% of new consumer packaged goods exceed first-year sales of $50 million—considered the benchmark of a highly successful launch.”