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Eolas Launchpad – Pre & Post Launch Product Testing

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Eolas Launchpad – Pre & Post Launch Product Testing

Consumer and product Experience

A best practice approach to pre & post experience testing for packaging and product innovations.

Project Background

In line with their Sustainability strategy, a FMCG multinational was due to launch a series of new environmentally friendly packaging within the personal care category.

Eolas International 170 1
Group 8419
Eolas International 170 1
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Client Objectives

Ahead of launch our client sought to benchmark consumer understanding, perceptions and expectations of the new pack and it’s changed aesthetics, evaluating the impact of on perceptions around quality, integrity, hygiene and safety, whilst also gauging impact purchase intent. Furthermore, they wanted to validate actual in-store experience once launched.

Our Solution

We developed high quality and interactive 3D images of the new packaging, which were then evaluated by a sample of consumers using our Eolas QualX Platform. These were evaluated against key metrics such as aesthetic appeal, condition & material observation, perception of susceptibility to defects and communication cut through. We measured the claimed impact on experience and purchase intent.

The results validated the roll out of the packaging to a test market. Once it had a chance to embed in retail, we deployed a post-launch phase and using the same tool, we evaluated actual in-market performance across the metrics whilst contextualising the impact of other variables such as the retail environment, merchandising and the competitive set.

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 How did this service help our client?

The packaging innovation was validated through a pre-launch test. This allowed our client to confidently sign off on the roll out of the new packaging.

This stage also provided a benchmark of consumer experience that could be tested once it had been launched. The post-launch research identified the relationship between actual behaviour vs. claimed behaviour as a result of the real-life experience. We found that the metric of communication and messaging required attention. Consumers were failing to understand the aesthetic differences of the new pack, driven by a lack of clear and visibile messaging at the point of purchase. This had an impact on other internal stakeholders, with collaboration by merchandising and branding teams in developing a supporting activation campaign.

Benefits of our Consumer Launchpad service…

Minimises the risk of innovation failure

Integrate the voice of the consumer into the innovation process

Validate innovations with the key user group ensuring that they meet genuine needs

Optimise and refine based on early insights that are rooted in real consumer experience

Set a benchmark ahead of launch for accurate performance tracking

Evaluate the impact of real-world conditions, the retail environment and other variables post-launch

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