Aligning the Printer to the Market

Our client, a manufacturer of office printers, was considering bringing a new low-end A3 multifunctional printer to selective markets, and needed to understand how to position this new printer and the impact its introduction would have on their current entry-level A3 printer. Specifically, the client needed to know

Their final objectives were to better understand the market segments based on needs or customer outcomes; the need for A3 printers; the value for potentially new multifunctional printer features; and customers’ attitudes toward A3 systems as an integral element of their business operations.

Our Method

We conducted a web survey of small (less than 100 employees) to medium-sized (100 to 1,000 employees) businesses. Using our Breakthrough Innovation Hub™, we analyzed the survey data to determine the following:

We delivered to the client a report on our findings and a fully detailed Breakthrough Innovation Hub, with pricing and profiling simulators.

The Results

There was a significant market opportunity for the client’s proposed A3 multifunctional printer. 14% of respondents chose the new proposed printer over all other printer options; over 50% of respondents chose the new proposed printer over other A3 printers.

There was limited cannibalization. Without the client’s new printer, the majority of the market share shifted to competitors’ printers. Increasing the price on the new printer only had a 1% market share impact. Customers who didn’t own an A3 printer were most likely to buy a low-end A3. Finally, adding some features to the new printer increased its market share.

38% of companies with fewer than 50 employees and 62% of companies with more than 100 employees already owned A3 printers. Given the choice of a variety of A3 or A4 low-end multifunctional printers, 14% of respondents selected our client’s new low-end printer. Given the choice of four generic A3 multifunctional color printers, including our client’s new printer and their existing printer, 39% of respondents selected the new printer, while 19% selected the existing printer. The existing printer’s class share increased with increased company size. If the new product was priced the same as the existing product, then the share loss would go to the client’s competitors’ products, not to the client’s existing product.

One of the client’s goals had been to determine the optimum configuration for their proposed A3 printer. Using the data from our survey and Breakthrough Innovation Hub, they found two configurations that together gave them maximum share value. The client decided to modify our recommendations and reintroduce their proposed A3 printer to selective markets.

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