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Quenching the Status Quo: How Stanley Disrupted and Dominated with the Quencher Revolution

Quenching the Status Quo: How Stanley Disrupted and Dominated with the Quencher Revolution

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- The Stanley cup is a multimillion-dollar product, teaching us a million-dollar lesson: sometimes, you don't need a new product; you need a new audience.

Segment 1: The Stanley Quencher Arrival:

- In 2016, the Stanley Quencher entered the market but initially failed to make an impact.

- The brand's best-selling product remained their iconic green bottle despite moderate sales.

- By 2019, Stanley stopped restocking and marketing.

Segment 2: Economist Perspectives:

- Economists explain the craze through the concepts of Veblen goods and conspicuous consumption.

- Dr. A challenges this perspective and examines four reasons behind the Stanley Quencher phenomenon.

Segment 3: Four Reasons Behind the Craze:

1. Functionality: The modification of the thermos, making it more accessible and functional, increased its value and demand.

2. Leadership and Innovation: New CEO Terrence Riley, formerly from Crocs, embraced innovation, solving problems, and leaned into key partnerships.

3. Key Partnerships and Social Media: Collaboration with influencer businesses, like The Buy Guide, and strategic use of social media elevated the brand.

4. Leveraging Scarcity: The unintentional scarcity created due to high demand played into consumer behavior and preferences.

Segment 4: Overlooking the Impact of Key Partnerships:

- Dr. A expresses disappointment in the lack of recognition for influencers like The Buy Guide in media coverage.

- Emphasizes the importance of acknowledging the strategic role influencers play in brand elevation and innovation.

Segment 5: Closing Thoughts:

- The Stanley Quencher case study emphasizes the strategic behaviors that go beyond traditional economic explanations.

- Acknowledges the importance of getting a winning product in front of the right audience and innovating the business model.

Closing Remarks:

- Request for listeners to share the episode on social media, tagging @econwithdra and @JeniAlbahrani.

- Tag Stanley and share their favorite podcast moments.

- Thanks for tuning in to Econ with Dr. A, with new episodes released weekly. See you next week!

Guest Bio:

Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Thomas More University. She teaches several courses on entrepreneurship and new venture creation.

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