Measuring Market Opportunities
PPT 5
Prof. S.Venkat
Discussion Question
1. What is market potential and why is
it important?
Market potential is the demand from all
actual an...
Discussion Question
2. Of the two main approaches for sales
forecasting - top-down and bottom-up which is better?
DEMAND FORECASTING ENTAILS
ESTIMATING SALES OF A PRODUCT DURING
SOME FUTURE TIME PERIOD.
• A sales forecast is an estimate...
Two Approaches to Forecasting Demand
Top Down

1. Forecast
economic
conditions
2. Determine
market
potential
3. Estimate
m...
THERE ARE TWO BASIC PROCEDURES USED
TO FORECAST SALES:
• A “top-down” approach in which management:
– Develops a forecast ...
Top-Down/Bottom-Up
• Both approaches have merits:
• Using both methods concurrently adds
confidence to the forecast, if bo...
Discussion Question
3. What are the advantages and limitations
of the various evidence-based
forecasting methods?
Statistical methods: advantages
-Useful in established firms for established products
-Likely to result in a more accurate...
Surveys: advantages
-Many different groups of respondents can be surveyed, from
consumers to salespeople to suppliers, etc...
Analogy: advantages
-Requires no history nor prior examples
-Best when used for new product forecasting where neither
stat...
Judgment: advantages
-Those with sufficient forecasting experience in a market they
know well may be quite accurate in the...
Market tests: advantages
-Closest forecasting method to the true market
Market tests: limitations
-Expensive to conduct

-...
Discussion Question
4. How does one go from
methods to math?
• Chain ratio method
• Brand or category indices
Chain-Ratio Method
• What’s the logic behind the chain ratio
method?
1.# of households in target market times concept
purc...
Brand/Categories Indices
• What’s the logic behind brand or category
indices?
• Category Development Indices report the ra...
Discussion Question
5. Why is looking at adoption
and diffusion important?
Ideas for new products or new
ventures: How do we know how fast
customers will adopt?

Source: Adapted with permission fro...
ADOPTERS
Early

Late

Younger
Well educated

Older
Less educated

Higher income

Lower income

Innovators; cosmopolitan To...
WHAT IS ADOPTION AND DIFFUSION?
• > Adoption Process Stages
Awareness
– Individual is exposed to the innovation
– Becomes ...
WHAT IS ADOPTION AND DIFFUSION?
• > Adoption Process Stages
Evaluation
– Prospect judges the advantages and
disadvantages ...
WHAT IS ADOPTION AND DIFFUSION?
• > Adoption Process Stages
Adoption
– Prospect decides whether to use the innovation
on a...
Discussion Question
6. How fast will the adoption curve move
for a particular innovation?

Diffusion theory suggests that ...
CHARACTERISTICS AFFECTING THE
ADOPTION RATE
• Relative advantage
– the degree to which an innovation is superior to
preced...
CHARACTERISTICS AFFECTING THE
ADOPTION RATE
• Trialability (Divisibility)
– the degree to which the new idea may be sample...
CHARACTERISTICS AFFECTING THE
ADOPTION RATE
Adoption Rate
Relative Advantage
Compatibility
Complexity
Trialability
Observa...
Discussion Question
7. What makes for good forecasting?
What are common pitfalls?
Keys to improve the credibility and accuracy of forecasts of
sales and market potential
•Make explicit the assumptions on ...
Discussion Question
8.Where does the market knowledge come
from to help us assess markets and
industries, understand buyer...
Four key kinds of systematic market knowledge systems
•Internal records
•Marketing databases
•Competitive intelligence sys...
Discussion Question
8. What questions should informed users
of marketing research ask, before
approving a study?
Questions to Ask Before Approving Research
1.

What are the research objectives?
Will the proposed study meet them?

2. Ar...
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    1. 1. Measuring Market Opportunities PPT 5 Prof. S.Venkat
    2. 2. Discussion Question 1. What is market potential and why is it important? Market potential is the demand from all actual and potential buyers of a product or product class.
    3. 3. Discussion Question 2. Of the two main approaches for sales forecasting - top-down and bottom-up which is better?
    4. 4. DEMAND FORECASTING ENTAILS ESTIMATING SALES OF A PRODUCT DURING SOME FUTURE TIME PERIOD. • A sales forecast is an estimate or probable sales for one company’s brand of the product during a stated time period in a specific market segment and assuming the use of a predetermined marketing plan. – It is based on a specific marketing plan. – It can be expressed in dollars or product units. – It is best prepared after market potential and sales potential have been estimated. – It typically covers a 1-year period but may be longer. – Marketing goals and broad strategies must be established before a sales forecast is made. – Once it is made, it becomes a key controlling factor in all operational planning throughout the company.
    5. 5. Two Approaches to Forecasting Demand Top Down 1. Forecast economic conditions 2. Determine market potential 3. Estimate market share 4. Forecast sales Bottom Up 2. Add individual estimates to get total forecast 1. Estimate demand in market segments or from organizational units in the company 6
    6. 6. THERE ARE TWO BASIC PROCEDURES USED TO FORECAST SALES: • A “top-down” approach in which management: – Develops a forecast of economic conditions and industry trends. – Determines the market potential for a product. – Determines the sales potential for the product. – Measures the share of this market the firm is currently getting or plans to capture. – Forecasts the firm’s sales of the product. • A “bottom-up” approach in which management: – Generates estimates of future demand from customers or the company’s salespeople. – Combines the estimates to get a total forecast. – Adjusts the forecast based on managerial insights into the industry, competition, and general economic trends.
    7. 7. Top-Down/Bottom-Up • Both approaches have merits: • Using both methods concurrently adds confidence to the forecast, if both methods produce similar results • If the results of the two approaches differ, useful discussions of the underlying assumptions will be surfaced • Each process typically has access to different information, and will likely result in different forecasts
    8. 8. Discussion Question 3. What are the advantages and limitations of the various evidence-based forecasting methods?
    9. 9. Statistical methods: advantages -Useful in established firms for established products -Likely to result in a more accurate forecast than other methods under stable market conditions Statistical methods: limitations -Assumes the future will look very much like the past -Requires history -Not useful for new products with no history Observation: advantages -Based on what people actually do Observation: limitations -Observation is typically not possible for new-to-the-world products -Requires prior examples to observe
    10. 10. Surveys: advantages -Many different groups of respondents can be surveyed, from consumers to salespeople to suppliers, etc. -Does not require history or prior examples Surveys: limitations -What people say is not always what people do -The persons being surveyed may not be knowledgeable, but when asked their opinion, they will probably provide it -What people imagine about a product concept in a survey may not be what is actually delivered once the product is launched
    11. 11. Analogy: advantages -Requires no history nor prior examples -Best when used for new product forecasting where neither statistical methods nor observations are possible -Also useful for new-to-the-world high-technology products, for which product prototypes are often either not available or extremely expensive to produce Analogy: limitations -The proposed new product is never exactly like that to which the analogy is drawn -Market and competitive conditions may differ considerably from when the analogous product was launched
    12. 12. Judgment: advantages -Those with sufficient forecasting experience in a market they know well may be quite accurate in their intuitive forecasts. Judgment: limitations -It is often difficult for them to defend their forecasts against those prepared by evidence-based methods when the two differ.
    13. 13. Market tests: advantages -Closest forecasting method to the true market Market tests: limitations -Expensive to conduct -For consumer products sold through supermarkets and mass merchants, competitors can buy the data collected through scanners at the checkout and learn the results of the test market without bearing the expense. -Competitors can deliberately distort market conditions to invalidate the test
    14. 14. Discussion Question 4. How does one go from methods to math? • Chain ratio method • Brand or category indices
    15. 15. Chain-Ratio Method • What’s the logic behind the chain ratio method? 1.# of households in target market times concept purchase intent = # of households that will try if aware 2.# of households that will try if aware times awareness adjustment = # of households will try if they find product at their store 3.# of households will try if they find product at their store times distribution adjustment = # who will try the product
    16. 16. Brand/Categories Indices • What’s the logic behind brand or category indices? • Category Development Indices report the ratio of consumption in a certain category to population in a defined geographical area. • Brand Development Indices compare sales for a given brand to population in a defined geographic area • Commonly used to assess whether a category or brand has above-average or below-average penetration in different geographic markets
    17. 17. Discussion Question 5. Why is looking at adoption and diffusion important?
    18. 18. Ideas for new products or new ventures: How do we know how fast customers will adopt? Source: Adapted with permission from Marketing, 11/e, Acetate 8-8, by Michael J. Etzel, Bruce J. Walker, and William J. Stanton. The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. © 1997. All rights reserved.
    19. 19. ADOPTERS Early Late Younger Well educated Older Less educated Higher income Lower income Innovators; cosmopolitan Totally local Higher social status Lower social status Uses wider variety of information sources and many media Limited media exposure; limited reliance on outside media; rely on local peer groups 24
    20. 20. WHAT IS ADOPTION AND DIFFUSION? • > Adoption Process Stages Awareness – Individual is exposed to the innovation – Becomes a prospect • Interest – Prospect is interested enough to seek information 25
    21. 21. WHAT IS ADOPTION AND DIFFUSION? • > Adoption Process Stages Evaluation – Prospect judges the advantages and disadvantages of a product and decides whether to try it. • Trial – Prospect tries the product on limited basis. If possible tries a sample. 26
    22. 22. WHAT IS ADOPTION AND DIFFUSION? • > Adoption Process Stages Adoption – Prospect decides whether to use the innovation on a regular basis • Confirmation – Becomes a user who seeks assurances that the decision to purchase the product is correct. 27
    23. 23. Discussion Question 6. How fast will the adoption curve move for a particular innovation? Diffusion theory suggests that high penetration levels are rare at the outset. Typically, first-year penetration levels include some but not all of the innovators, i.e., less than 2½ percent will likely adopt in year one.
    24. 24. CHARACTERISTICS AFFECTING THE ADOPTION RATE • Relative advantage – the degree to which an innovation is superior to preceding ideas • Compatibility – the degree to which an innovation is consistent with the cultural values and experiences of adopters • Complexity or simplicity – the degree to which an innovation is difficult to understand or use 29
    25. 25. CHARACTERISTICS AFFECTING THE ADOPTION RATE • Trialability (Divisibility) – the degree to which the new idea may be sampled on some limited basis. • Observability (Communicability) – the degree to which the results of using the innovation are observable or communicable to others. • Risk – the degree to which buyer may lose money or not get needs met 30
    26. 26. CHARACTERISTICS AFFECTING THE ADOPTION RATE Adoption Rate Relative Advantage Compatibility Complexity Trialability Observability Risk 31
    27. 27. Discussion Question 7. What makes for good forecasting? What are common pitfalls?
    28. 28. Keys to improve the credibility and accuracy of forecasts of sales and market potential •Make explicit the assumptions on which the forecast is based •Use multiple methods Biases in forecasting •Forecasters are subject to anchoring bias •Capacity constraints are sometimes misinterpreted as forecasts (production or service capacity is not a forecast) •Incentive pay: bonus plans can cause managers to artificially inflate or deflate forecasts •Unstated but implicit assumptions can overstate a well-intentioned forecast
    29. 29. Discussion Question 8.Where does the market knowledge come from to help us assess markets and industries, understand buyer behavior, and prepare forecasts?
    30. 30. Four key kinds of systematic market knowledge systems •Internal records •Marketing databases •Competitive intelligence systems •Client contact systems What are these? Explain Plus marketing research targeted at particular marketing challenges
    31. 31. Discussion Question 8. What questions should informed users of marketing research ask, before approving a study?
    32. 32. Questions to Ask Before Approving Research 1. What are the research objectives? Will the proposed study meet them? 2. Are the data sources appropriate? Secondary or primary? Qualitative or quantitative? 3. Is the research itself well designed? 4. Are the planned analyses appropriate?

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