A successful marketing campaign will never happen by just burning money; the strategic plan for each step makes a difference. Market research, known as the early stage, plays an incredibly important role in leading the campaign to final success. It is very helpful for New Product Concept Testing I.

Market Research

To prepare for the market, we need to be clear about couple of basic things:

  • Does the market need exists?
  • Who are the consumers?
  • What are their pain points?
  • How to preserve your capital?
  • How to protect your brand?

 

To build from the ground-up, we usually can apply different market research methodologies. Let me list some of the most frequently-used ones among SMB.

Qualitative Market Research

Focus group

Before you want to start an in-depth interview with consumers, you need a clear clue of what interview questions or topics should be discussed during the meeting. You also need to figure out the potential issues that appear essential to the consumers, but are not yet in your question list. A focus group could be a casual conversation talking about their likes or dislikes regarding the products which can provide more insights for the researchers.

In-depth interview

Once you get some fundamental insights from the focus group discussion, it’s time for you to ramp up the most critical questions and move on to the next step. To make the interview more conversational, prepare some open-ended questions to help people bring more thoughts to the table. You can collect more information in details. However, this meeting needs to be well-structured and utilize the appropriate skills.

Observation

Observation is correlational research by observing on-going behavior. Since this is just behavior-studying that happens organically in a natural contexts instead of the artificial environment. For example, you can watch the way consumers use your app to understand their logic. You can also follow up with the consumers in a big supermarket to see how they select their products.

Quantitative Market Research

Survey

Use a survey to draw meaningful conclusions statistically via data by sending questions to lots of responders. The study can be used for both online and offline. However, nowadays, an online survey appears to be more flexible. Besides the traditional ways – such as email or phone survey – lots of survey software can provide multiple selections based on demographics, interest, and other specific criteria. The structured survey questions can help locate significant business prospects from individuals based on categorized groups.

Experiment

When we talk about the experiment, we usually refer to the A/B testing, which can be a creative ads copy or the landing page for the specific campaign. The number of traffic can tell you which options are more likely to elicit engagement from people. The same logic can also apply to offline testing. Combined with behavior observation, the different choice among two or more samples can also tell the consumers’ preference.

Desk Research

Desk research could be the most budget-saving solution, regardless of the result restrictions. It’s not difficult to find the related data from journal articles and results analyses from social intelligence and from some state data centers.