My earlier article was about product strategies for brands which look to enter new markets. This article will deep-dive into product decisions which are required basis the lifecycle of a product – introduction, growth, maturity and finally decline. Such strategies increase the life span of each phase and maintain consistent excitement around the product. Product strategy can be divided into 3 components: Product-line analysis, Product-line length, and Line featuring & pruning.
All products usually pass through a lifecycle – introduction, growth, maturity and finally decline. The longevity of each stage depends on the equity of the brand and varies market-wise. Hence, to diversify risks and grow sales, companies operate in different markets. However, a dedicated consumer research must precede any new market entry in order to have relevant product strategy in place.
The Indian retail market is predominantly offline as online retail just accounts for around 5% of overall retail business. Hence, offline retail research becomes extremely essential in order to formulate winning strategies. Retail research is important for start-ups to identify potential of a segment while for established firms, it is important to have awareness about the as-is scenario in order to maintain or improve their standing among competition.
The Indian retail market is predominantly unorganized as organized retail just accounts for close to 10% of country’s annual retail business. All the major industries like FMCG, Pharma, Building material, Plywood, Sanitaryware, Tyres etc. are primarily unorganized and require state or region level distributors to penetrate their products, given the way the markets are structured and operated. This coupled with high competition intensity in these industries, makes it extremely important for manufacturers or brands to ensure satisfaction of their distributor network.
Qualitative research delves into consumer’s opinions, beliefs, attitudes, perceptions & experiences on a given subject of interest. A lot of times researchers find themselves in a dilemma about the choice between quantitative and qualitative research or whether to use both for a research objective.