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The Basics of a Product Development Strategy

What is a product development strategy?

The market today is far more competitive than it used to be probably a decade ago. Single product designs are becoming obsolete, causing revenues to falter. Savvy companies have realized that product evolution and modification are inevitable to stay at the top of the game in the industry. An effective product development strategy is essential for this. Let us first understand what it is.

Product development strategy definition

A product development strategy can be defined as a strategy that involves developing new products or making modification to existing products and then offering them to current or new markets. A product development plan or a product launch strategy is employed when there is no scope for growth in the current market with the company’s existing offerings. Here, the companies have three choices to make- create an updated version of the current product, introduce a new product, or cease the production of an existing non-performing product.

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Benefits of product development strategy

Product development strategy acts as a framework for introducing new products or for improving the performance, cost and quality of existing ones. One of the key product development strategy advantages is that it helps companies achieve their business goals including venturing into new markets, selling more quantities to current customers, or winning customers from competitors. However, a new product development strategy requires careful planning in order to minimize the risk of costly mistakes. Some of the other notable product development strategy advantages include:

Win business from competitors

An effective product development strategy proves to be helpful in winning businesses from the competitors who are unable to meet the new performance levels of the company. A product development plan also helps improve performance and thereby raise revenue and profits by charging higher prices. Gaining firsthand information from sales representatives or the consumers themselves will be useful in identifying the performance factors that are most important to the market.

Reduced cost and improved competitiveness

A good product development strategy should take into account the best ways to reduce costs. When the costs are lower, the company is at liberty to lower their prices and consequently win new business. Reduced costs also contribute to increasing the profit margin. How to achieve reduced costs? The product development teams can attain this by eliminating product features that the market does not need, using lower-cost materials, and simplifying the manufacturing process by redesigning that product.

Improve reputation and goodwill

The company’s product development plan must include targets for quality improvements. This helps boost sales. It must be also ensured that you deal with companies who have their own set of pre-defined quality standards. Making quality improvements as a part of the company’s product development strategy also makes it easier for companies to enter the markets with stringent quality and regulatory requirements.

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New product development strategy: Key questions to answer

Question #1: who will lead the new product development strategy?

Although a company might possess all the expertise and capacity required in developing a new product development strategy, there are chances that they might be consumed with other projects or lack specialized expertise to address specific challenges. A key component of a company’ product development plan will be to list out who will participate and how it will be managed. Companies can opt from the following options:

In-house: The product development strategy and the project management are executed by the company’s own resources.

Outsource: An external partner is employed to design the product, manage the process, and source and coordinate the work of additional suppliers. The company’s employees provide them with business oversight, identify requirements, and contribute feedback to the project.

Hybrid: In some cases, it becomes more feasible to manage the project in-house and then coordinating the work of a design firm and one or more suppliers. This is a mix of moth in-house and outsourcing functions.

Question #2: How to validate the product design?

Commercial failure is one of the biggest risks associated with a new product development strategy. Even if the product development is on-time and meets the specs and budget requirements, chances are that the sales will fall flat. So, throughout the product development lifecycle it is vital to seek validation of market demand, the product’s value proposition, and the product design and features. Some of the main strategies to achieve this include:

Crowdfunding: Use a popular crowdfunding platform depending on the product category. This may prove to be highly effective to promote your idea early in the development cycle, attract investment, and validate the appeal of the product idea.

Prototyping: Companies can use prototypes at several stages of the product development strategy to demonstrate the product idea, gain feedback, and secure lead customers.

Low-volume tooling: Major investments for hardware products include production tooling and setup. Companies can start by building less-expensive, short-life tooling for a low-volume production run of your product in order to facilitate a market test.

Question #3: What is the best business model for acquiring customers?

The company’s customer acquisition and revenue models may have implications for the product design. Products that work on modern technology such as IoT consist of ecosystems of hardware, applications, connectivity, data storage, and data feeds. This expands the company’s range of possible business models, here are the options you need to consider:

  • Subscriptions for data feeds, storage, or hosting
  • Opportunities to increase user engagement and the network effect, exposing
  • Purchase, lease, or metered usage for hardware or application components
  • Free basic functionality with paid upgrade opportunities
  • Recurring revenue opportunities through consumables, maintenance, and upgrades

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4 Key Pillars of a Successful Product Marketing Strategy

Product marketing starts before the product is born or when the product is in its embryonic stage. Marketing is the homework that the company does to identify the needs of people and devise what the company should make. A company launches a product and then within a span of a week or a month, it starts pulling a tide of customers because of that product. This success doesn’t come due to the physical quality of the product but ‘a killer product marketing strategy’. Product marketing strategy touches every department in an organization, ranging from design and engineering to sales and distribution, and lies at the junction of product, sales, and marketing. This not only means that the product marketing strategy can have a huge impact but also means that building and executing a successful marketing strategy can be a huge challenge.Ask An Analyst_IR

Here are some key pillars of a successful product marketing strategy:

Strong relationships and synchronization

Product marketing is an extremely mutual and collaborative discipline that requires the dedication of multiple teams in an organization. These teams need to cross-function in a mutual way and in complete synchronization to see any results bearing fruits. So, it is very important to build strong relationships with all your teams – be it sales, product, or fellow marketing professionals.

Understand your customer and marketContact US

It is very important to know who your customer is and what’s your target market. It becomes highly crucial to find for whom you built the particular product, benefits or feature of the product and how is that going to impact them. Your product marketing becomes more targeted when you know your customers well. So, it is always considered to be effective to reach a highly specific segment of the customer with a message that sounds real to them.

Extensive use of digital marketing to create awareness

Today, no marketing strategy can be completely successful without digital media. So, for effective marketing of the product, plant the seeds on social media or various platforms through provocative and thought driven content. Digital strategy executed through blogs, ebooks, web, mobile, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can bring a great change to the business of the organization.Request Proposal

Analyze your value

It is a very important product marketing strategy to let your customers know that what is the ‘X’ factor of your product or service. It becomes very crucial to understand whether your product or service is benefitting your customers. This helps you stand ahead of your competitors always and leads to the growth of your business.


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Developing a Product Marketing Strategy for a Leading API Manufacturing Company

The pharma industry faces several challenges ranging from financial issues to others arising due to ethical issues.

The active pharmaceutical ingredient is a part of the drug formulation that produces the desired effect. It has been estimated that around 3,000 active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturing units operate across the globe. Active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturers face several challenges that arise due to mergers, acquisitions, and regulatory issues. However, a major challenge that needs to be tackled is the development of low-cost pharmaceutical formulations.

While the active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturing companies have been primarily focusing on devising low-cost sourcing strategies, the absence of supply assurance has resulted in a decelerating market share. Hence, companies will have to devise appropriate strategies to ensure uninterrupted supply and regain market share.  On the other side, several leading active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturing firms are increasingly investing in building their own R&D facility to pursue new therapeutic areas of interest. Moreover, as the active pharmaceutical ingredient market continues to grow, it’s future will contain more investment and mergers and acquisition opportunities to compete and stay relevant in the changing market landscape.

The Business Challenge

  • The client: An active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturing company
  • Revenue: ~$15 billion
  • Area of Engagement: Product marketing strategy

To identify the potential bottlenecks and compliance barriers and successfully launch the new product, the client – a leading active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturing company – approached Infiniti to develop a product marketing strategy. The client wanted to identify and gauge the attractiveness of the target markets. Also, with the help of focus groups, the active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturer wanted to make important decisions, which included- pricing, profit goals, distribution, and methods of promotion. Therefore, their primary objective was to develop an executable product marketing strategy aimed at leveraging product sales and profit margins.

How Can a Precise Product Marketing Strategy Help the Pharma Industry?

Whether you deal with product manufacturing or sales, a well-defined product marketing strategy can help you target the right customer segment. Our market experts help you develop a concept and then move into the different stages involved – pricing, market testing, and execution promotion. Also, our product marketing strategy is designed to encompass every aspect of the pharma industry starting from design and development to distribution and sales.


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Client Journey

The solutions offered by Infiniti’s market experts helped the pharma industry client to gain a detailed industry outlook. It also helped the client to identify the target markets and develop a product marketing strategy to reach out to the potential customer segments.

Furthermore, to help the client identify the right distribution channels, the market experts at Infiniti conducted a detailed market assessment to devise executable promotions and marketing campaigns that reach the target market segments. The approach included primary and secondary research methodologies coupled with qualitative and quantitative data collection procedures. The experts also reached out to various stakeholders in the pharma industry.

Solution Benefits and the Business Impact

Infiniti’s product marketing experts helped the pharma industry client to accomplish their organizational objectives through the development of a precise product marketing strategy that helped them leverage sales and boost market share. The marketing strategy also helped the active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturer to enhance their product offerings.

The Future

With the rapid growth of the pharma industry, it might be difficult for active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturing companies to gauge the attractiveness of their product offerings in different market segments. The growing competitive pressure is also forcing pharma industry players to devise precise product marketing strategies to ensure they reach the potential target segments.

However, to benefit from the ongoing digital revolution, active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturers will have to embrace disruptive technologies such as – AI-guided therapies, 3D printed drugs, and preventive medicine while collaborating with regulatory firms to ensure the safety of end-users.


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