Today, the world is at our fingertips. We have a question, we type it in the search field and BAM – we get pages upon pages of possible answers. When it comes to packaging questions, you can get lost in an ocean of possible answers from a spectrum of sources.
The first thing to know is that there are 2 types of research: Primary and Secondary
Primary research is done by you or a hired researching firm.
Secondary research is information that is used from previously conducted studies. These results are usually found through the internet and databases and then applied to your own study.
The downside is that this information may not apply directly to your company and the information may not be as helpful as conducting it on your own.
There are two types of data that can be collected when conducting research studies: Qualitative and Quantitative
Qualitative data is collected in the following ways.
Focus Groups are used to:
Provide exploration and guidance to the
To understand the story behind the numbers from quantitative studies
Explore issues to form hypotheses when none exist
Provide input about issues that should be measured
using quantitative research
Do NOT give definitive answers
One-on-one interviews that last
Conducted by professional
moderator who explains interview
process and reveals the presence
of observers behind one-way mirror
and reassures participant that
observers are harmless
Provides great detail with
approximately 10 times as much information per respondent
compared to focus group
Consumers can be observed shopping, reading labels, and interacting with the package—with minimal bias and distortion.
During a depth interview, the moderator is also employing ethnographic techniques; that is, the moderator is carefully watching the body language, facial expressions, and movements of the respondent.
Quantitative Data is collected using the two following methods.
Field experiments take place in real
Record how people react in the environment
Eye tracking is an example of a
Can measure where people are looking
How many times someone preferred one brand over the other
These experiments are useful for the fact
that they put the consumer in the most realistic setting
Lab experiments can be conducted to test how a package would react in different environments.
Testing can be done to find the fail point of a package.
This determines what dunnage is used and if the current design holds up to expectations.
Some common tests are:
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