Launching a product or service that no one wants is like throwing a party that no one attends. The number one way to get some insurance on your innovation ideas? Invite your customer to the product development team by using online research communities. Injecting the voice of the consumer is essential to generating new ideas and validating them at the same time. And generating rapid, iterative insights throughout development is the fastest way to get there.
Jobs-to-be-done is a framework for better understanding customer behavior. While conventional marketing focuses on market demographics or product attributes, Jobs Theory gets to the root cause of behavior to expose the functional, social and emotional dimensions that explain why customers make the choices they do. People don’t simply buy products or services – they pull them into their lives to make progress. We call this progress the “job” they are trying to get done, and understanding this opens a world of innovation possibilities.
Market research continues to evolve in exciting ways. New tools continue to develop, and platform capabilities are upgrading with better, faster and stronger features. The marketplace is flooded with these shiny tools that make market research look easy. But research expertise is still essential to help companies make the right decisions. All flash and no rigor will lead to bad research and sub-par business results.
Between market disruptions, leadership changes, new strategic priorities and remote work, insights pros have not "gone back" to pre-pandemic life, nor have they arrived at a new “normal" yet. So how are successful teams navigating the constant change?
Consumer insights pros understand that the world of innovation is becoming more agile. Agile research enables teams to build better products, experiences and brand communications in a quick and affordable way. Leading research solutions deliver major advantages over traditional marketing research approaches by leveraging online technology, qualitative engagement and AI-driven analysis to make research faster and more collaborative.
Accuracy is one of the top criteria that senior marketing professionals look for in market research. But what exactly is “accurate” market research, and how do you ensure it’s part of your efforts? Let's dig more deeply into what accurate research truly means, some key mistakes companies make, and how you can avoid them.