Whether you are looking to test variations of a product, tweak a current product, test an existing product with new a consumer group or evaluating how a product is marketed, you need to gather insight to base your decisions on.
That is why you need to conduct consumer product testing.
Conducting product testing can help you understand if your product has the features, use cases, or is simply strong and flexible enough to thrive in real-world conditions.
You can use both quantitative and qualitative data to help you make your business decisions.
One of the initial steps in new product development or a product restage is to obtain consumer feedback. Some of the items that are integral for a brand to know include:
There are different product research designs and environments that can be utilized to gather the insights you need.
There are a variety of different product testing research designs that you could utilize. The design you use will depend on a combination of the number of products you plan on testing, your budget, your research objective, and timing.
Monadic testing is where research participants are shown a single product in isolation. The product is then evaluated alone, separate from any other products.
The benefit is using this design is that it allows the feedback to be given free of the potential bias of other products or stimuli. It also removes the ability to compare to other products, variations, or designs.
Sequential monadic testing is where respondents are shown two or more products to evaluate.
If you are looking to understand small differences or variations in a product, this is an excellent design option. But be aware that since you are showing more than one product to respondents, there is a risk that you could introduce order bias into your research.
Paired-comparison testing is when a respondent is shown two products at the same time and asked to choose their preference between the two.
Central location testing is a qualitative research method where respondents are invited to a facility to participate in testing. This follows the same idea as a focus group.
A few benefits of central location testing include:
Street intercept testing is another qualitative research method where people are identified and asked to participate from public areas, i.e., busy streets, malls, etc. This kind of research environment is great for simple research.
A few benefits of street intercept testing include:
In-home usage testing is when respondents test products in the comfort of their own home. Products are sent to respondents’ homes for them to evaluate, then follow-up either utilizing an online methodology (online survey, message board, diaries, or focus group), telephone, or a face-to-face follow-up is conducted.
A few benefits of in-home usage testing include:
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