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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Market Research Tools: Concept Testing Advertisng, Brands, Products, Pricing, Positioning

Concept testing research evaluates advertising concepts, ad theme concepts and appeals, new product concepts, pricing, brand concepts, brand names, and positioning strategy concepts.

The concept testing market research design approach for your company will develop precise and specific concept statements for development, testing, screening and segmentation.

                        Online Marketing Research
Employ advanced concept testing research  measurement and questionnaire approaches using both qualitative and quantitative market research methods.

Staged Concept Testing

Staged or sequenced concept testing acknowledges the importance of the iterative creative and refinement process involved in concept development.   We believe our concept testing research philosophy is what differentiates us from many other market research firms. These principles guide our concept development and testing study designs:


  • Concept testing is both a research and measurement activity, and a creative concept development activity.  Testing outcomes spawns creativity so we build it in to the process.
  •  In the beginning, we focus on concept development rather than screening, which comes later.
  • Concept development requires an exploratory market research mode and mindset, starting first using exploratory qualitative research methods such as depth interviews among target audience members.
  • We address both tangible attribute clusters, and emotional appeals when creating concepts and building concept statements.
  • We move from qualitative depth interviews, to larger sample time-extended depth interviews, often employing online depth interviews which allow for repeated respondent interaction and concept incubation.
  • Using a hybrid research design, we blend the qualitative research mode with quantitative concept ranking, this to refine concept development and assessment of appeal.
  • Thus, our approach to screening concepts favors smaller sample multiple waves rather than one large sample wave.
  • Finally, we acknowledge that a full understanding of concept appeal must be assessed in a mode with maximum realism.  Here's a case when we believe that online market surveys have a strong advantage as they allow use of a variety of exhibits for the testing of advertising concepts, product concepts, brand concepts, and strategic positioning concepts.
Use these data collection technologies for concept testing research:
  • online surveys
  • executive surveys
  • consumer & B2B panels
  • focus group research
  • qualitative research
  • photo-ethnography

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