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Market Opportunities and Innovation

Brands are under constant pressure to maintain relevance in an increasingly crowded market. Knowing when, where and how to deliver compelling experiences that create added value for both consumers and brands is critical.

Identifying market innovation opportunities means getting the right balance between competitive trends and market influencers and evolving consumer needs. To succeed, brands need to understand how to connect new products or services with consumers’ lives.

GfK designs and develops new emotive experiences that keep your brand fresh and relevant by anticipating future needs. We guide you on your innovation journey - from growth planning to product launch forecasts. Core deliverables include a compelling pipeline of new experiences, validated against all relevant market criteria, and an activation plan that defines where, when and how to win.

Sean McConville
Sean McConville
Australia and New Zealand
+61 3 8415 9555
Success Stories
  • Commercial assessment of a new immunotherapy

    Commercial assessment of a new immunotherapy

    21.09.2016

    We conducted secondary research to explore the current sepsis market and the current and future competitive landscape.

    Situation

    As part of due diligence on a potential in-licensing target, we were asked to provide an independent expert view on the commercial potential for an innovative treatment for severe sepsis.

    This required us to:

    • assess the size of the targeted severe sepsis population, diagnosis and treatment rate
    • understand the current treatment patterns, unmet needs and expectations and opportunities for new treatments
    • review the current and future competitive landscape
    • test potential target product profiles
    • develop potential pricing, access and uptake scenarios for the different target product profiles(TPPs)
    • establish revenue potential based on the different scenarios
    • highlight the critical success factors and risks

    The geographic scope included France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, the US and Japan.

    Approach

    We conducted secondary research to explore the current sepsis market and the current and future competitive landscape. We then undertook primary research with payers and key opinion leaders to address any gaps in our research, to test potential TPPs and to gain external validation on potential pricing, access and uptake scenarios.

    Outcome

    We delivered our top-line findings on the critical areas for commercial success in an executive presentation. In addition, we supplied a detailed report of the research findings, including feedbackabout the actions the client should take to maximize the commercial potential of the asset.

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    Timothy A J Fitzgerald
  • Driving informed investment decisions for a new treatment

    Driving informed investment decisions for a new treatment

    21.09.2016

    We collected extensive information on disease prevalence, diagnosis and treatment guidelines and the pricing and reimbursement landscape through desk research in the EU5

    Situation

    Before taking an in-licensing decision for a new drug targeting primary biliary cirrhosis and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, our client wanted to assess the commercial opportunity for the treatment. This required us to:

    • assess the size of the target population, the competitive landscape and the target product profile
    • evaluate the willingness to pay for new treatments, potential price opportunity, diagnosis and treatment rates, target treatment population size and likely market share
    • obtain actionable recommendations and a revenue forecast model to inform its decision

    Approach

    We collected extensive information on disease prevalence, diagnosis and treatment guidelines and the pricing and reimbursement landscape through desk research in the EU5 (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK) and the USA.

    Then, we used this information to develop primary research materials, including prereading material and a discussion guide and subsequently interviewed key opinion leaders, physicians and payers in the scope markets.

    Finally, we built a forecast model based on realistic assumptions of market performance.

    Outcome

    Our final forecast model and report covered multiple scenarios for the drug we assessed.
    This enabled our client to make an informed investment decision.

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    Timothy A J Fitzgerald
  • Simulating the future market for inflammatory disease biosimilars

    Simulating the future market for inflammatory disease biosimilars

    21.09.2016

    Our client wanted to help affiliates in eight countries to better understand the threats and opportunities this evolving competitive landscape will bring in the years ahead.

    Situation

    Two opposing forces are shaping drug prices in the inflammatory disease market: the downwards pressure from biosimilars and upwards pricing aspirations of bio-betters. Our client wanted to help affiliates in eight countries to better understand the threats and opportunities this evolving competitive landscape will bring in the years ahead.

    Approach

    We designed, planned and facilitated a series of country-specific, interactive war games tosimulate the evolution of the inflammatory disease market landscape over several cycles.

    These sessions helped to increase awareness and deliver insights to the pharma company’s affiliates in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. We also identified strategies and tactics, including risk mitigation, to maximizecommercial success in the target markets.

    Outcome

    We delivered country-specific reports to our client’s affiliate teams to help them understand how pricing and market dynamics are likely to evolve in the years ahead. In addition, we synthesized the lessons from each war game into a Europe-wide learning package.

    Our client now has a consolidated set of learnings that are helping them validate the opportunities for, and threats to, their European strategy.

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    Timothy A J Fitzgerald
  • Adding value to anti-aging haircare market

    Adding value to anti-aging haircare market

    28.06.2016

    We helped a beauty company in Japan identify innovation opportunities in the haircare market.

    Situation

    Our client wanted to uncover new opportunities in the market for anti-aging haircare products for women.

    Approach

    We conducted seven focus groups with six respondents and follow-up online interviews with 19 respondents. This gave us a wealth of qualitative information about women’s fears about aging, their concerns about anti-aging haircare products and their interest inproducts that can help them delay visible signs of aging. For insight into the emerging trends affecting consumers, we also examined the latest developments in the haircare market as well as in anti-aging product segments such as vitamins, functional foods and drinks, and fitness products. We used our predictive benefit framework to segment the features and benefits consumers sought from anti-aging hair products. Based on these insights, we recommended ways the client could develop innovative products.

    Outcome

    We identified a range of emerging benefit areas where our client would be able to define white spaces for innovation. We revealed an array of “tipping points” where the beauty company could deliver new anti-aging hair concepts to the market that would set it apart from the competition.

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Here you can find the latest insights for Market Opportunities and Innovation. View all insights

    • 08/03/16
    • Market Opportunities and Innovation
    • GfK PackEdge
    • Australia
    • English

    The critical role of packaging in innovation

    Any business selling a product knows that having the right packaging is crucial for increasing sales. Consumers are overwhelmed with choice. Consequently, how items are presented to them in-store or online plays a major role in determining their final purchase decision.
    • 04/28/16
    • Financial Services
    • Market Opportunities and Innovation
    • Trends and Forecasting
    • Australia
    • English

    Savers just outnumber fun-lovers internationally

    Internationally, people with a ‘save now’ mindset just outnumber people with a ‘have fun now’ mindset – but the numbers are very close.
    • 04/16/13
    • Health
    • Retail
    • Technology
    • Consumer Goods
    • Brand and Customer Experience
    • Market Opportunities and Innovation
    • Australia
    • English

    Name change in Australia

    As of April 1st, 2013 GfK is to change the name of its custom research division. GfK Blue Moon will become GfK Australia, Consumer Experiences.
    • 01/20/17
    • Consumer Goods
    • Market Opportunities and Innovation
    • Global
    • English

    Voice analytics unlocks critical insights for concept and ad research

    Many products go through a series of consumer tests before they hit the market. This is to measure how consumers will respond to them, allow for optimization and sift the wheat from the chaff. In the past this has led to some improvement of market reception but the number of product failures still remains really high. We have seen that traditional approaches to concept testing simply aren’t the best fit for purpose today. Businesses need an innovative approach that embraces people’s emotion and subconscious response and connection to a brand or product rather than only a rational and articulated response. We have seen that bringing in this emotional connection allows for a better prediction of success.

    Voice analytics: Holistic measurement for better insights

    Voice analytics in market research is opening up many avenues to better understand the consumer. It is now possible to measure Emotional Impact by simply asking respondents what they think of the new idea or experience. By listening to what (words) people say and how (tone, pitch, rhythm) they say it, both the implicit thinking (System 1) and explicit thinking (System 2) can be captured. This provides an authentic way to understand the emotional and rational impact of new products and experiences. Using voice analytics can shorten questionnaires and increase the amount of data gathered from consumers whilst increasing the engagement – a good thing for the industry! An application of this is to use the volume of unstructured data to capture these Voiced Thought Streams in response to key topics – like purchase journeys or in-store experience. We can now use this non-rational component of the response to understand the emotional reflection of the experience and to ask new and evolving questions. We are able to dig deeper into the in-the-moment journeys of consumers and understand how their day-to-day lives are working towards or hindering the short-term sales and long term Brand Equity.

    Voice analytics in ad testing

    Recently we tested popular ads in the UK market and the findings were quite profound. We combined the rational thought-out response and sentiment, along with the non-rational passion. This combination allowed us to understand a full 360 degree view of how the ads are being received by the market and the impact – emotional and rational – on the consumer. As expected, the flashy and quirky ads did well in engaging the audience. However, when we dug deeper, the brand mentions and associations for these ads were quite low and although people were engaged in the creative ads, the “boring” ads scored better on brand mentions and associations. The solution is not one or the other, but rather both – clearly the goal is engagement and brand association. Market research now has compelling and scale-able tools to measure both of these consumer parts to better measure ads and concepts to predict success. Bradley Taylor is the Country Manager of Consumer Experiences at GfK. Please email Bradley.Taylor@GfK.com to share your thoughts.

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