What is New Product Launch?

Learn about product launch with Salman Khan

Case breakdown: Movie Chori Chori Chupke Chupke

The scene that you just saw shows Raj Malhotra (played by Salman Khan). Raj Malhotra owns a Company called Cosmetics of India. He is launching a new product in this party. He is inviting Madhu (played by Preity Zinta) to launch the new product for his company.

In this blog, Learning Perspectives will explore the meaning of product launch.

What is Product Launch?

Companies develop new products to cater to the market segments. Large companies often establish a new product department which is headed by someone who commands authority and has access to top management. He/she would have responsibility for figuring out new ideas and screen new ideas.

Working with the research and development department (R&D), testing the product and finally commercialization.

The new product development decision process involves eight steps. It starts with:

  1. Generation of Idea
  2. Screening of Idea
  3. Development and Testing
  4. Marketing strategy development
  5. Business Analysis
  6. Product Development
  7. Market testing
  8. Commercialization

Not all products make it to the sixth stage and many products wind up till the fifth stage where it is determined whether the product meets the profit goal of the company.

Commercialization stage involves product launch which is the last stage of the product development process. Most new product campaigns also require a sequenced mix of market communication tools to build awareness and ultimately preference, choice and loyalty.

To introduce a new consumer packaged good into the national market can cost $25million to $100 million in advertising, promotion and other communication.

Timing:

It is important that company figures the timing of the launch of the product. Company is generally faced with 3 choices:

a) First entry: Here the company can enjoy “first mover advantage” of locking up key distributors and customers gaining leadership. This move can also sometime backfire.

b) Parallel entry: The firm might time its entry to coincide with competitors’ entry. The market may pay more attention when two companies are advertising the new product.

c) Late entry: The firm might delay its launch until after the competitor has borne the cost of educating the market, and its product may reveal flaws the late entrant can avoid. The late entrant can also learn the size of the market.

Geography Strategy:

Most companies will develop a planned market rollout over time. Small companies may select an attractive city and put on marketing campaign, entering other cities one at a time.

Large companies introduce their product into a whole region and then move to next. Companies that have national distribution network, launch their products nationally.

Target Market:

Within the rollout markets, the companies must target initial and distribution and promotion to the best prospect group. Objective is to achieve high sales.

Introductory Market Strategy:

Product launches generally cost high and take longer duration. They, at times suffer from under-funding. It’s important to allocate sufficient time and resources. yet not overspend.

References: Marketing Management by Philip Kotler

Written by: Ms. Gitika Chandra

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