“At GameChanger we have continued to experience rapid growth and expansion as more major consumer brands realize the power of our Retail Labs, which demonstrate the power of live selling in product innovation, and our GC Combinator, which draws on the expertise of our network of entrepreneurs,” said Larry Popelka, CEO of GameChanger. “This recognition of being named to the Inc. 500/5000 for the second straight year is a result of our own innovation, hard work and commitment to excellence.”
“The GameChanger Retail Lab is like the old control store test on steroids,” said Popelka. “Some of the learning that companies are getting from this tool is amazing. One of the tests we executed this year for a large packaged goods company was for a new package they were getting ready to launch. It had been tested in Nielsen BASES and scored well, but when we put it in store as a replacement for the existing item, sales declined by over 40%. From our qualitative in-store research we discovered that their everyday consumers were no longer recognizing it. Our test saved our client millions of dollars in potential lost business.”
The 2013 Inc. 500, unveiled in the September issue of Inc. (available on newsstands August 20 to November 20 and on Inc.com), is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. To make the cut, companies had to have achieved a staggering minimum of 918.59% in sales growth. The Inc. 500’s aggregate revenue is $14.1 billion, with a median three-year growth of 1739 percent. The companies on this year’s Inc. 500 employ more than 52,100 people and generated over 44,912 jobs in the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 500|5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000 .
“Not all the companies in the Inc. 500 | 5000 are in glamorous industries, but in their fields they are as famous as household name companies simply by virtue of being great at what they do,” said Inc. magazine Editor Eric Schurenberg. “They are the hidden champions of job growth and innovation, the real muscle of the American economy,”
GameChanger Products LLC is an innovative marketing company based in Alameda, Calif. that focuses on breakthrough new product concepts. For more information, please visit www.gamechanger.net .