Brianna has a masters of education in educational leadership, a DBA business management, and a BS in animal science.
Choosing a Product
Think of the last time you were at the store. Perhaps you were there grabbing some groceries and other necessities. Because it is a store that you shop at often, you know exactly what products you need and where to find them. As you are speeding through the store grabbing everything you need, you stumble upon the shampoo aisle. As you go to grab the brand you always use, another product on the shelf catches your eye. The bottle is interesting and bright colored. Suddenly, you feel compelled to purchase the new exciting bottle instead of your normal bottle. In this lesson, we will learn all about how product design can give a company a competitive advantage.
Importance of Product Design
So, why is product design important? Well, product design is how companies create appeal for their customers. The goal is to not only design a product that customers want but to do so at a low cost with high-quality materials in a time frame that keeps a company competitive. A company that has a good product design creates products and services that are of better quality, have greater eye appeal, and perform better. And, they have a price that matches or beats other products on the shelf.
Products that are similar are also the products that are competing with one another. If we take the example from earlier, any bottle of shampoo is essentially competing with one another. The goal is to impress consumers enough that they pick your product over all of the rest. While many people are comfortable with their go-to shampoo, if another bottle of shampoo can interest the consumer, product design has begun to work. Something about the design has made a consumer think twice about purchasing her regular shampoo.
In order to stay competitive, a company needs to take it one step further and actually convince the customer to purchase her shampoo over all of the other shampoos. This is where companies make appealing labels. They come up with slogans and design their product to offer qualities other products can't. To seal the deal, companies might even offer a price that beats other bottles of shampoo, making their product simply irresistible. If a consumer goes home with their bottle, they have succeeded in using product design.
While product labels and great prices often encourage consumers to buy particular products, it is important to point out that just because a certain label or price works at a certain time, does not mean it will continue to work. What that means is, like so many things in our lives, products change and so do the demands of consumers. One year consumers might like shampoo that enhances the color of their hair, and the next year, they may like a product that adds curls. Part of successful product design is being able to make changes and to do so quickly. In order to be competitive, companies need to keep up with the trends. They need to be able to make new labels and offer new varieties, all at a reasonable price. This is because if one company keeps up with what consumers want and your company does not, your company will be the bottle of shampoo on the shelf that consumers skip over while grabbing the newest, hottest bottle of shampoo.
Considerations of Competitive Product Design
In this section, we will look at some important considerations companies need to keep in mind so that they remain competitive and even gain the advantage.
1. The appearance of the label illustrates the brand - This means that consumers often associate a label with a certain brand. Thus, it is important to consider the image you want to present to consumers when designing labels.
2. There are many other products to choose from - The bottom line is when consumers are shopping, they have many different choices. If you want your bottle of shampoo to be chosen, you need to draw attention to your bottle.
3. Offer a competitive price - Sometimes, no matter how wonderful your product or label is, a high price can be a deal breaker. This means in order to gain a competitive advantage, products need to be designed with a price that either matches or beats the competition.
4. Consider a story - Stories can sell products. If a customer can relate or connect with a story, they may feel moved to purchase that product. Appealing to the emotional senses is just as important as the sense of sight.
5. Adding extras - Many customers love getting extras with their products. This is especially true when creating products for children. Anytime a special toy, offer, or coupon comes with a product, it appeals to customers. After all, who doesn't love free stuff?
The goal of selling products is to grab the attention of customers. Often times that is through labels, quality materials, and low prices. Product design is important because it helps a company remain competitive and stay up with the ever changing trends. In order to maintain a competitive advantage over other companies, some considerations with product design include: creating a brand, understanding there are other products to choose from, offering a competitive price, considering a story, and adding extras.
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