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Market penetration strategy

Market Penetration Strategy for a European luxury beauty and personal care brand

The US is currently one of the largest markets for beauty and personal care products. In addition, this industry is now growing at a steadier and faster pace in the US when compared to other countries in the world. The lucrative opportunities in the US beauty and personal care sector is prompting several foreign players, especially European companies, to venture into the market. Furthermore, there is an increasing demand for luxury and premium products among American consumers. With ample market opportunities and a robust growth trajectory fueled by the premium segment, the US is now an attractive growth priority for premium beauty brands to expand its global footprint. By leveraging a strong market penetration strategy, businesses can gain a comprehensive understanding of the pros and cons of a new market and become fully equipped to establish their business in a foreign country.

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Business challenge

The client, a European luxury beauty brand retailer, wanted to expand their business into the United States. Although the market for luxury beauty products in the United States looked promising, the client wanted to understand in detail the key challenges and opportunities that the market has to offer before making a move towards market entry.

As the company’s core business is into luxury retail, it is a no-brainer that it would be challenging to appeal to all the customer segments equally. So, with Infiniti’s market penetration strategy, they wanted to understand the demographic conditions in the US and group different customers based on the most profitable segments. Through this, they wanted to gain a better understanding of which customer groups to target for their product marketing strategy and identify the best channels to do so. The European luxury beauty brand retailer also sought to gain an idea of the best distribution models and investment capacity in the US using our market penetration strategy solutions.

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Key challenges in the US luxury beauty market 

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Highly competitive market – The luxury personal care and beauty market in the US is more consolidated when compared to that of Europe. Unlike the European luxury segment, in the United States, the top 10 companies collectively own a greater share of the premium market segment. This relative consolidation leads to fierce competition and has a major influence over the coveted share of finite shelf space at key retailers.

Distribution channel mix – Due to significant competition and product proliferation, distribution channels play a critical role in both the market entry strategy and growth potential of beauty brands entering the US market. The fundamental difference in the distribution channels here is that US markets demand a localized distribution strategy, which is critical for the growth of European brands in the US marketplace.

Changing consumer preferences – Consumers’ increasing preference for plant-based, organic, and natural beauty products have spurred investment and innovation as companies to capture market share in this growing category. Natural products appeal to modern consumers, both from ethical considerations (concern for environment and sustainability) as well as health concerns (fear of harmful ingredients).

Solutions offered

With over 15 years of experience in serving various industries across the globe, the experts at Infiniti Research helped the client to devise an efficient market penetration strategy to enter the US luxury beauty and personal care market.

  • A thorough market entry research was undertaken to help the client understand the demographic segmentation and demand patterns in the market and plan their market penetration strategy accordingly.
  • As a part of the market penetration study, Infiniti helped the client formulate a comparative market analysis was provided to the client to help them understand the strategies of their key competitors in the US. They were also able to gain insights on the core difference between consumer groups and demand patterns in the European and US markets. This helped them identify the best promotional activities that are more likely to work with their target audience in the US.
  • During the course of the market penetration strategy study offered to the client, we identified the different modes of distribution that can be chosen by the client to quickly leverage local resources, networks, and market knowledge with minimal investment.

Results obtained

Based on our market penetration strategy and insights, the client gained a detailed understanding of the market demographics and competitive scenario in the US luxury beauty and personal care market. They also developed a detailed understanding of the attractiveness of market opportunities for their product and service offerings. The European luxury beauty and personal care retailer was also able to devise a market penetration plan to establish a foothold in the US. Also, with the help of our market penetration strategy analysis, they were able to better understand the current and future market potential, make effective targeted promotions to attract customers, and thereby successfully plan their market entry into the US.

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Market entry barriers

Market Entry Barriers to the Chinese Pharma Industry

Although expansion into emerging markets is vital for pharma companies to ensure continued growth, both cultural and economic market entry barriers can pose problems. China is one of the most lucrative markets for pharma companies across the globe. China’s growing middle class and an ageing population mean new opportunities for companies to widen their portfolio in this area. However, entrants into the Chinese market encounter several challenges while expanding their operations effectively in the country. For Western companies seeking a foothold in the pharma industry in China, our experts have identified some of the key market entry barriers in the Chinese pharma market and ways to overcome them.

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Chinese market entry barriers

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The scale of the country could prove to be one of the key market entry barriers for pharma companies planning to enter the Chinese market. So far, the main focus for pharma companies has been on Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities, those with a population of over 2 million. Physicians in large hospitals in these cities have been targeted by foreign companies as a part of their market entry strategy to venture into these markets. Pharma companies must also identify ways to leverage the potential of China’s rapidly growing Tier 3 and Tier 4 cities. Mergers or joint ventures with established Chinese firms who have built up knowledge and a profile in these areas is one of the best ways to pursue this.

Overlapping demographics

China’s overlapping demographics with each of them requiring a tailored approach poses a severe challenge for pharma companies. Furthermore, inadequate knowledge of geographical and cultural differences in Chinese markets could also prove to be significant market entry barriers for companies in the pharma sector. Even two cities such as Shenzhen and Guangzhou which are in close proximity, speak different languages and represent very different social clusters. Marketing in these two cities or even the case of Tier 1 and Tier 4 cities in the country would necessarily require two separate approaches.

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Planned price restrictions

The Chinese government has recently indicated that they intend to review their current drug pricing scheme, which could increase the market entry barriers for foreign companies. They are planning to dramatically increase the number of drugs covered under the essential drugs list. China’s pharma industry is heavily weighted towards producing generics which are better placed to compete under such criteria, posing major market entry barriers for foreign companies wishing to profit from more expensive branded drugs. Foreign pharma companies can increase their profit margins by targeting consumers directly.

Supply chain

Once the drugs have made its way through the registration process, it will need to be distributed, and the fragmentation of the supply chain makes this a much more complicated process in China. Often, there are several layers of distributors to get through before reaching the customer in Chinese markets, which raises the distribution costs and also diminishes supply chain visibility, making it difficult to monitor the product once it has left the factory, contributing to further market entry barriers.

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