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Marketing Research Articles Related to Product Testing Research

Marketing Research Articles Related to Product Testing Research

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A LifeScan researcher extols the value of active management of the research process

Published
January 2014
Author
Lawrence Cesnik
Abstract
Lawrence Cesnik details how vigilance and team-building drove a successful effort to refine messaging for OneTouch diabetes-related products.

A look at the buying process model

Published
June 2009
Author
Sharon S. Paik
Abstract
This article explains a method called the buying process approach, which helps pharmaceutical firms closely examine how patients move through the health care system. By identifying areas where problems occur and understanding how those problems affect patients’ use of health care brands, marketers can design strategies to overcome roadblocks.

A process for improving packaging research ROI

Published
January 2011
Author
Scott Young
Abstract
The author explains how companies can maximize their investments in packaging research by following five best practices: validating, screening, benchmarking, innovating and integrating.

Adaptation and innovation: successful product development in the Information Age

Published
November 2003
Authors
Douglas Malcom and Susan Spaulding
Abstract
The connectivity of the information economy is rapidly changing relationships between buyer and seller, product and service and employers and employees. This article discusses the importance of adaptation and innovation in the Information Age, including two case studies.

Add some strategy to your concept evaluation process

Published
April 2009
Author
Kevin Dona
Abstract
Assessing the prospects of a new product concept takes more than a cookie-cutter approach. Each concept requires its own set of strategies for how it will be presented to consumers in testing and a careful analysis of how the new idea fits corporate and brand objectives.

Best practices to improve new product concept testing

Published
March 2011
Author
Jerry W. Thomas
Abstract
The author draws on his 30 years of experience to offer guidelines on how concept testing should be implemented to achieve maximum benefit.

Brazilian hair care firm Beleza Natural thrives by keeping close to its roots

Published
February 2010
Authors
Hy Mariampolski, Leticia Moreira Casotti and Maribel Carvalho Suarez
Abstract
On-site visits help researchers understand the icons and ideals used by a Brazilian hair care firm to both inspire and form a bond with its working-class customers.

But how do you really feel? An approach to measuring consumer emotions

Published
October 2011
Authors
Ed Chao and Julie Wittes Schlack
Abstract
The authors explain a new methodology for eliciting and applying emotional responses to stimuli to optimize new products and messaging.

Designing medical products for the global economy

Published
November 2000
Authors
Tammy Humm Donelson and Bryce G. Rutter
Abstract
Medical products are particularly sensitive to cultural influence because the differences in medical practices throughout the world are considerable. This article discusses designing medical products for the global market using cross-cultural research, including avoiding common pitfalls, when to use cross-cultural research, defining procedures, incorporating a study control, and costs.

Focus groups, conjoint analysis help develop the Ameritech/Household Int'l. Complete MasterCard

Published
May 1992
Author
Mary P. Tonneberger
Abstract
Ameritech and Household International relied on qualitative and quantitative research strategies to develop a credit card concept combining the features of a MasterCard and a telephone calling card. The study involved focus groups and a conjoint analysis in which participants completed a computerized questionnaire in which they isolated the combination of features that most appealed to them by keying their answers to a detailed series of questions.

Get creative: Seven solutions to improve usability studies

Published
April 2013
Author
Pamela Walshe
Abstract
This article outlines how seven research methodologies not traditionally employed in user experience research can improve usability studies.

Hidden barriers to new product acceptance: preference inertia

Published
May 2004
Authors
Donna Wydra and Bill MacElroy
Abstract
Preference inertia, which prevents a target customer population from trying new things, can blunt sales by up to 40 percent. The factors behind it, and how to measure them, are the subjects of this article.

How Sony BMG used the Web to reach a disappearing audience

Published
February 2010
Author
Emily Goon, Quirk's Content Editor
Abstract
After losing a chunk of its audience to Web-based music consumption, Sony BMG teamed up with Globalpark to create an online panel of music fans to gain faster, deeper insight using “surveytainment.”

In Case You Missed It... May 2010

Published
May 2010
Author
Quirk's Staff
Abstract
News and notes on marketing and research: L.L. Bean uses students to take new line to the streets; GM launches test-driving facilities; green trends over the next decade

In Case You Missed It... November 2009

Published
November 2009
Author
Quirk's Staff
Abstract
News and notes on marketing and research: men's underwear and the economy; free shipping offers and holiday shopping; Tokyo marketing cafe for young, affluent women

In-home research gives Mirro the ingredients for its Allegro cookware line

Published
January 2000
Author
Joseph Rydholm, Quirk's Editor
Abstract
Cookware maker Mirro Company wanted to develop a product for the department and specialty store market. For help with the design work and marketing research, it turned to Metaphase Design Group, which sent three-person teams to observe and videotape people at home using their cookware during meal making. Observational interviews, Buddy Groups, questionnaires and research of consumer product safety information resulted in a new cookware design.

Innovation research: Stay centered with these three principles

Published
July 2010
Author
Barbara Rugen
Abstract
Observation and follow-up interviews are at the core of successful innovation research, along with understanding what's required of a product; designing for individuals; and bettering offerings through usability testing.

Is it the right time for real-time research?

Published
June 2012
Author
Matt Warta
Abstract
This article discusses the use of real-time technology for qualitative research and how it might elevate the practice and perception of research in the future.

Make sure your research methods are helping - not hindering - your menu optimization efforts

Published
March 2009
Author
Brad Barash
Abstract
When considering menu changes, restaurants must consider not only the performance of the new items but also the interaction of those items with the existing bill of fare. The article maintains that standard TURF-based research approaches to menu optimization have flaws and that an online-based method using virtual menus is more effective.

Product placement research moves into the 21st century

Published
January 2004
Author
Janet Savoie
Abstract
An overview of the various methods of placing products with consumers for the purposes of testing, including a look at the current state of what’s possible in terms of product placement for online testing. A number of researchers weigh in with their experiences with the various methods.