Who’s Your Daddy? – Business Models and Marketing

Who's Your Daddy RVFirst there was the ice cream man, then there was the book mobile, then came the popular food truck craze, and now the other day I came across a humorous new business on wheels – Who’s Your Daddy?

What service do they provide?

Well, the main service they provide is 24/7 on-site DNA testing and drug testing. This can be quite convenient for companies or courts that require the services and the employees or clients that they need to send to such a service (many of whom might be dependent on public transportation to get around), and on their web site you can check to see where you’ll find their RV’s (in much the same way you can check on food trucks).

Identigene Low Cost DNA TestI have a feeling the bulk of the revenue comes from the drug testing side of the business, but the catchy ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ slogan on the RV obviously get the bulk of the attention.

It is an interesting business model choice for this DNA testing portion of this business and puts it in an interesting competition with the low-cost self-service take home DNA testing kits that you’ve been able for five years now to purchase from companies like Identigene at your local drug store, ironically in most cases, right next to the condoms and other birth control options.

Obviously the two business models can easily co-exist and the RV business model that Health Street is using will take a lot of effort to scale up, but it highlights that you can take a relatively small part of your business, do something interesting with it and use that creative endeavor to boost the more boring part of your business that drives most of your sales.

It also highlights that just because someone is already selling something, doesn’t mean that you can’t also enter the market and be successful, as long as you have something that they don’t – better location, different business model, better service, or whatever your competitive differentiation might be. So don’t give up just because someone is already doing something, just find a differentiated approach and execute with excellence.

About Braden Kelley

Braden Kelley is a popular innovation speaker and workshop leader, helps companies build innovation cultures and infrastructures, and plan organizational changes that are more human and less overwhelming. He is the author of Charting Change from Palgrave Macmillan and Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire from John Wiley & Sons. Braden has been advising companies since 1996, while living and working in England, Germany, and the United States. Braden earned his MBA from top-rated London Business School. Follow him on Twitter and Linkedin.
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