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Developing a Product Marketing Strategy Helped Curtail Marketing Spend and Enhanced Sales for a Vegan Food Company

Product Marketing Strategy for a Vegan Food Company

The vegan food market in the United States is undergoing massive transformations. With ongoing shifts in consumer needs and market demands, vegan food companies are finding it extremely challenging to adapt to market changes and promote their product offerings. Also, businesses today have the option of engaging with customers through multiple channels. As a result, vegan companies are encountering challenges in building a robust product marketing strategy and finding the right channel for their product promotion.

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Business Challenge

The client is a vegan food supplier based out of the United States. Although the demand for vegan food products was rising in the US, the client encountered several challenges in generating an adequate market share for their products. The client’s unstructured approach to product marketing was one of the major reasons behind their product’s failure. Also, the client lacked efficient promotional and marketing activities to position their products in the market. Owing to such challenges, the client approached Infiniti Research for a solution. With Infiniti’s product marketing strategy, they wanted to launch promotional activities to efficiently engage potential customers, drive revenue, build brand awareness, and strengthen the relationship with existing customers.

Solutions Offered and Value Delivered

The experts at Infiniti Research analyzed multiple dimensions of US vegan food market, competition, pricing, and target customers. The experts also gathered insights on key trends in the US vegan industry, analyzed buying behaviour of target customers, conducted a customer survey to test value statements, and developed a product marketing plan.

Infiniti’s product marketing strategy helped the client to build a robust marketing plan for their product promotions in the US market. Based on the insights obtained, the experts at Infiniti Research recommended the client to focus on online channels for product marketing and promotion.  The devised product marketing strategy further helped the client to optimize marketing investments and maximize profits. With Infiniti’s product marketing strategy, the vegan food company was able to reduce their total marketing spend by 27%.

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How to develop a product marketing strategy?

Today, businesses spend millions of dollars on marketing a new product each year. Also, companies compete with each other to achieve maximum market share for their products. In this context, businesses that do not have an appropriate product marketing strategy are more likely to lag behind in its marketing activities compared to its competitors. Let us take a look at how to develop a robust product marketing strategy.

Presentations are communication tools that can be used as demonstrations.Defining products – Customers do not buy a product unless they have complete information about what is offered. So, businesses need to create marketing messages which clearly defines the product and reflects their value in the market.

Profiling competitors – Identify competitive advantages and build better product marketing plan compared to competitors. Also, by identifying gaps in competitors’ offerings, businesses can develop better business plans to stay ahead of them.

Understanding the target market – It will be difficult to build a robust product strategy plan if companies do not have an in-depth understanding of their target markets. Therefore, companies must analyze their target market and develop strategies to meet their target customers requirements.

Creating a marketing plan – Based on all the above analysis, companies can develop a marketing plan to effectively position their product in the target market.

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Achieving Successful Brand Positioning in Your Market

What is brand positioning?

A Strong brand is what sets apart the products of one company from another.  Companies use brand positioning strategies to create a brand association in the minds of customers in order to make them perceive a brand in a particular manner. Effective brand positioning maximizes customer relevancy and competitive distinctiveness while enhancing the brand value in the market. The extent to which a brand is considered as favorable, credible, and unique by customers determines the success or failure of a company’s  positioning strategy.

What is a brand positioning statement?

A brand positioning statement refers to a brief description communicated to the target customers about the brand’s unique value in relation to the key market competitors. It is an expression of how the company’s products fills the gaps in a particular customer need better than the competitor brands in the market. It involves identifying a market niche and then establishing the brand in that area.

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Steps in an effective brand positioning strategy

Brand positioningA successful brand positioning strategy requires companies to deep dive into the brand details and discover their unique selling propositions that make their offerings unique and more desirable than similar products in the market. Experts at Infiniti Research have highlighted six critical steps to create an effective brand positioning strategy:

Determine current brand positioning 

One of the first steps towards creating an effective brand positioning strategy is to determine your brand’s current positioning. This gives you important insights into where to go next and also provides an opportunity to further analyze the competition. Start by segmenting and defining your target customers. The next step is to identify your brand’s vision and values and understand what makes your brand different from others in the market.

Determine your competition

Using competitor analysis, you can analyze your key competitors in the market. This will help you gain a better idea of who you are up against in the market and what their key strategies are. Some of the key methods you can use to determine your competition include:

  • Market research
  • Customer feedback
  • Social media

Identify your unique selling proposition

A successful brand positioning is all about communicating to customers about what makes your brand different from the others. Competitor research will reveal patterns in the business operations of competitors that would have been previously unnoticed. Also, as you examine the strengths and weaknesses of the competitors, you may notice that their weakness is your strength. You can use this as a key element in promoting your brand positioning strategy.

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Create a brand positioning statement

As mentioned earlier, a brand positioning statement is a comprehensive declaration that communicates your brand’s unique value to your customers. Before drafting a positioning statement, some of the questions that you must answer includes:

  • Who are your target customers?
  • What are the categories that you deal in?
  • What are the core benefits that your products offer?
  • What is the proof of those benefits?

Test your brand positioning statement

Creating a brand positioning statement is only the beginning. The real challenge lies in testing and gathering feedback on whether the  positioning strategy is living up to what is expected. You must take out time to gather feedback from the target customer and identify if there are any improvements that can be made to achieve the desired result.

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Finding the Right Mix for a Product Marketing Strategy

What is a product marketing strategy?

Launching a new product into the market can prove to be a big fiasco in the absence of an appropriate product marketing strategy. It involves a series of efforts that are undertaken to get the products into consumers’ hands. The product marketing plan generally begins with a concept or idea and then moves into different stages of development including pricing, testing, and creating a sales plan. Every department in an organization must be a part of developing the product marketing strategy as each team is capable of providing inputs/suggestion that may be overlooked by the other.

Why is product marketing important?

Today’s dynamic market demands modern organizations to have a team that is dedicated to solely keeping a close watch and understanding the market and buyer needs. This knowledge can then be leveraged by companies to execute strong sales and marketing strategies. Product marketing strategy helps to understand the needs and behavior of buyers in a particular market in relation to the company’s offerings. On a more tactical level, a product marketing plan is tasked to work with internal teams to ensure readiness and thereby conduct successful product launches.

Key elements of a product marketing strategy

A successful product marketing strategy involves six key elements, this includes –

Product

Developing a strong product is one of the most vital and first steps involved in building a product marketing strategy. It is essential for organizations to ensure that the target customers are kept in mind while developing a product and it aligns with their needs. Customers expect to meet some need or solve a problem when they purchase a particular product. Understand what these needs/problems are and identify if the company’s product has the ability to meet their needs. Down the road, finding answers to these will also help determine the right communication strategy for promotion activities. Each product feature should be aimed at solving a common business challenge.

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Audience

Products are developed based on customer preferences and needs. Similarly, while developing a product marketing strategy, the organization must make efforts to understand their audience better. Information must be gathered about the audience including- age, gender, education, and marital status.  This can be done through direct interviews with the customers or by setting up a phone call to learn more about them. This helps companies to form a narrative and create buyer personas. Companies can use this data to market to one buyer persona at a time rather than sending out common messages to the mass audience.

Communication

One of the most essential steps in a product marketing strategy is to communicate with the audience. Customer intelligence experts from Infiniti Research suggests that a good majority of customers feel emotionally connected to a brand when they stay connected to the brand in the form of messaging. An important point to bear in mind here is that the product messaging should be in the form of a narrative as they are relatable and resonate with the audience. The product’s unique selling proposition and the value offered to the users can be used as a key tool to craft an effective story.

Team work

Product marketing strategy cannot be formulated single-handedly formulated by a single person or team in the company. It requires collective efforts of the entire organization. However, bringing multiple teams on the same page is a challenging task. Teams across the organization should be educated and informed about their role in the product marketing strategy. Having a product roadmap can prove to be highly beneficial here. This helps to align all the teams and internal stakeholders in the company by providing them a summary of the product marketing strategy and guiding them in each step of the process.

Promotion

Selling a new product isn’t easy. Strategic promotion is the right way to get customers to buy a new product. The company’s promotion plan must be aimed at getting the message out to the right audience at the right time. Furthermore, it is also critical to choose the right channels of communication. Analyze and identify the platforms on which the company’s target audience spend the maximum time. The product marketing strategy should ensure that the products are promoted through channels that make the most sense for the brand and audience.

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Track results

The last step in the product marketing process and one of the most critical aspects of a product marketing strategy is to analyze and track the results. Once the product marketing strategy is implemented and the product has hit the retail shelves, the next step is to understand how successful the product is in the market. The metrics to track here include website form submissions, email clicks, reach, and conversions. The gaps in meeting customer demands can be identified in this stage and necessary changes can be made by the brand in the nick of time.

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Powerful Tips to Succeed in Mass Customization

A modern-day customer wants to feel special not only in the way companies treat them but also on how companies create something just for them. However, the caveat of high-price cannot be ignored. So how can companies do the impossible, making product customization possible without shooting up the final price? It is in this context that the concept of mass customization gains traction among consumers as it helps in making the customer feel like what they are getting is completely different from others and best-suited to their needs. The key to success is to know what customers want in the first place. Customer preferences can be identified by collecting a large amount of customer data on purchase history, browsing history, transactions, and numerous other data sets. As a result, companies can take a giant leap in product personalization into mass customization. So how can companies ensure success in their quest for mass customization?IR_Brochure

Learn from Data

Data is quintessential to know what the customers want. The ability of data analytics is not limited to identifying customer experiences; they can also accurately predict what customers want even before they know it. Mass customization gives companies a unique opportunity to determine customer preferences and make smart choices about supply chain and product options. By gathering data from personal and social channels, companies can create delightful experiences for customers; thereby, increasing brand loyalty and driving profits.

Using Customer Driven Design Interfaces

The advent of big data, cloud technologies, and 3D printing have opened up a host of opportunities and possibilities for manufacturers to perform effective mass customization. Such technologies put the power in the hands of the consumer to self-design the product. The additive manufacturing concept allows the user to add and customize their design over the base model to create their personalized final product. For instance, Mi Tubular Shadow shoes from Adidas allow customers to choose a basic shoe style and then choose the stripe color, sole color, lace color, and color of the upper line. With the aid of digital technologies, customers can put their feet in the digital scanner and get a truly customized end product.

Enable Customer Collaboration

Customers getting involved in the product customization process spend a lot of time to create something of immense value to them. When customers like their own creation, they look for a platform to share it with friends, family, and the outer world. If companies enable design sharing, then they can boost their customer engagement and get new customers. Additionally, other customers can collaborate on the same design to create a unique product for the market. For instance, North Face launched a gallery of designs created by the customer for its Denali jacket, serving as an inspiration point for the others.

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Market Opportunity Analysis: How a Heavy Machinery Manufacturer Built an Effective Plan to Pursue New Product Space

With rapid urbanization and advancements in traditional end-user businesses, the demand for building machinery will rise in the coming years. Market opportunity analysis plays a crucial role in the heavy machinery business sector. It takes into consideration the available technology, financial capabilities, and the competitive readiness of any venture before taking action.IR_Brochure

It also helps in decision making, identifying new targets, realizing the competitive advantages, and helps discover unmet customer needs. To determine their market opportunities and build effective product plans, leading heavy machinery manufacturers are approaching organizations like Infiniti Research. Infiniti’s market opportunity analysis helps businesses in this sector to determine the current business requirements. Furthermore, it also assists in taking decisive actions while considering the impacts of such activities.

The Business Challenge:                                                                                             

A renowned heavy machinery manufacturer was facing a predicament understanding their market effectiveness regarding the potential competitors and product positioning. The client further wanted to build useful plans that would help them pursue new product spaces; thereby, expanding into new market segments. Furthermore, the client wanted to understand the market through a detailed market opportunity analysis to come up with a beneficial plan.

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Our Approach:

To identify the potential market opportunities and devise new marketing strategies, the heavy machinery client approached Infiniti’s market analysis experts. The market opportunity analysis experts at Infiniti followed a sophisticated market analytic approach, which involved taking into account various factors like technological advancements, customer requirements, geographical target regions, and future enhancement possibilities in the heavy machinery sector. Also, the market analysis experts at Infiniti created a dashboard to compile information from various proprietary sources.

Market Opportunity Analysis Solution Benefits:                                                     

  • Developed business goals and strategies for building effective plans
  • Identified potential competitors in the heavy machinery sector
  • Built efficient intends to pursue new product spacing
  • Recognized the various segment based loopholes and strategies to overcome them
  • Helped in determining the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and potential threats
  • Insights into the current market knowledge
  • Adapting to changes to suit market needs in a profitable fashion
  • Improvised on targeting the relevant customer needs

Benefits of Our Integrated Approach:

By utilizing Infiniti’s market opportunity analysis solution, the heavy machinery client was able to come up with an innovative plan to help them venture into new product spaces. It also helped the client take crucial decisions and improve their overall market knowledge. The blended approach to analyze the market opportunities assisted the client in exploring and identifying a suitable market opportunity. It also helped the client in building better strategies to addresses the future needs of the heavy machinery sector.

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Competitive Intelligence Engagement Helps an Automotive Manufacturer Benchmark their Product Portfolio

In today’s fast-paced environment, organizations grow at an enormous rate within the blink of an eye. To analyze the foothold of the company in the market, it becomes indispensable to know the competitors that are showing a remarkable presence in the market. To better understand the leading competitors and their offerings, organizations are relying on competitive intelligence studies. Competitive intelligence helps organizations to analyze the competitive landscape in terms of their product positioning and marketing strategy. It assists businesses in anticipating the potential challenges and face any obstacles hindering their goal. Moreover, competitive intelligence helps businesses gauge the marketplace and identify areas to compete against their counterparts.

Infiniti’s competitive intelligence engagement assists the client to analyze information in predicting competitive activity and future business operations. The engagement also helps the client devise effective marketing strategies and present valuable insights into the market landscape. With the help of such studies, the client can better prepare for the launch of new products, enter a new market, and make sound business decisions.

The Business ChallengeIR_Brochure

A global automotive manufacturer was facing challenges identifying the potential competitors and increasing their shares in the market. The primary objective of the client was to profile the key competitors and their product portfolio across the target regions. The client also wanted to understand the robust challenges that impede their overall growth in the market.

Our Research Methodology

To gain better insights into the competitive landscape, Infiniti’s industry experts conducted a blended approach comprising of telephone-based interviews and discussions, competitor analysis, and SWOT analysis. As a part of the secondary research, our experts also collated information from a wide array of proprietary sources such as company publications, industry forums, and magazines.

Automotive manufacturer

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Our Solution Helped the Client

  • Identify the key countries and verticals posing high level of competition
  • Assess the future acquisition targets
  • Devise robust strategies to increase their market expansion and make informed decisions
  • Identify the key personnel influencing competitor strategy
  • Analyze the level of investment estimated for the current expansion

Benefits of Our Integrated Approach

In a very short period, Infiniti’s competitive intelligence assessment helped the client gain a comprehensive overview of the market, products and stakeholders. In addition, the client also gained actionable insights into product attribute analysis, product forecast, and pricing for key competitors in the automotive manufacturing market.

A must-read competitive intelligence case study for strategy experts and decision makers looking to assess the market landscape for the automotive industry.

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