P&G’s Swift Market Research Studies

Procter & Gamble conducts primary qualitative online market research to aid its product decision-making process.

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Video of how P&G created beinggirl.com as a community for girls, to help their customers — a marketing method four times as effective per dollar as advertising. This online primary qualitative market research study spiked demand for its tampons.

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I will use the Market Research framework (Class 15) to analyse P&G’s market research method.

1.  Define problem/hypothesis

Senior executives could not answer simple questions about  product functions -> P&G remained ignorant of how basic elements of its products were used/what aspects to capitalize

2.  Determine research design

The Market Research Department was implemented. A vast team of researchers implemented primary qualitative research by asking detailed questions, focus-group-style.

Another unique strategy was assembling well-attired, natural door-to-door female interviewers to gain candid responses. They covered entire neighborhoods, and asked comprehensive questions about household products.

3.  Identify data types and sources

Leader of MR campaign could give precise statistics about other companies.

4.  Design data collection

Data collections improved in tande with improvement in communications technology.

5.  Determine sample plan and size

Sample plans and sizes collected were similar throughout P&G’s history.

6.  Collect data

Door-to-door interviewers collated specific data, even total recall in most cases.

7.  Analyze

Detailed surveys distributed to focus groups allowed P&G to grasp product functions, competitor products and customer preferences.

8.  Prepare report

Extensive reports adapted products/commercial messages to customers’ changing needs.

Meticulous attention to brand expectations, packaging, testing environment have resulted in highly satisfied customers.

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