By: talked openly about using JTBD to disrupt the video rental industry. General Mills regularly employs the theory to develop new product lines so it can hit its growth targets. Johnson and Johnson has even started listing familiarity with JTBD as a qualification for those applying for front-end innovation jobs. But despite the acclaim the theory has garnered and the obvious successes that have been born from it, organizations that stop with merely uncovering customers’ jobs are still launching products that struggle in the market. Ford is the latest casualty.
In March, Ford launched Credit Link — a pilot program that would let three to six customers share the lease on a new car. Through the program, customers would all have access to the new car, using an app to divvy up driving times and payments however they wished. Three months into the pilot, not a single customer has signed up. Some quick analysis has shown good traffic to the program’s website, but the number of conversions remains at zero.
In a recent article for JTBD.info, Dave Farber details how needs gaps uncovered by the Jobs to be Done framework are only a part of the solution. While this view provides an important perspective on consumer needs, it is just a part of a broader JTBD landscape — including customers’ current approaches and other obstacles to adoption .
To read more about spotting trends, bolstering innovativeness, and focusing on customer-centricity, check out the full piece on JTBD.info or the latest insights on our New Markets blog.
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