What's the Problem?



What about short cuts, like exploiting the competition's research and following them?

First, how do you expect to standout from the crowd and compete on something other than price?

Second, you also don't know if your competition has done the work either so you may just be repeating their mistakes.

Taking the time for the up front customer research allows R&D to focus on fewer but higher value projects that support higher margins. Less congestion in the product pipeline also speeds things up.

This reaches far beyond specific product development projects. It means being able to see where you are going when you set a strategic course.

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Is the focus on customer needs just tactical or does it have strategic value?

Why would knowing what your customers want, and what they don't want, not have strategic value? Of course it does. This gives you clues about unmet needs and coming trends before any macroscopic market study could pick them up.

"Successful companies think of marketing as the essence of strategy rather than as a sales and advertising function." (Nevins, 1984)




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Why is it that companies that spend a lot on market research still fail frequently?

Wrongly applied, market research can lead you to failure as well.




Does spending more on market research guarantee product success?

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