By Marija Pavlović, Editor of the Customer Experience Magazine
Midsummer Morality Story on the Importance of Market Research
Once upon a time, actually somewhere around the mid-1980s, there lived a market giant called Coca-Cola.
Although quite huge, the giant was not terrifying. On the contrary, he was tenderly loved across the world.
However, going through some sort of identity crisis, the giant thought he should go for a better taste. He decided to reinvent himself, and he offered this new taste to around 200000 people to see if they would enjoy it even more. And they did.
So, he cleared out his old wardrobe and started presenting himself as “The New Coke”.
Then the giant lost millions of dollars.
End of story.
Well, not really.
Even scary stories are precious if you learn something. What went wrong here is that Coca–Cola assumed that taste was the deciding factor in consumer purchase behavior. What they didn’t tell their consumers was that the old coke would be replaced with the new version. Moreover, no one considered the symbolic value and emotions involved with the original Coke.
Bottom line, market research matters if it’s done properly. If not, even giants can show their vulnerable side.
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We Went through Some Cosmic Changes, Literally
There were some exciting changes going on last month, NASA published the first photo of Pluto via Instagram, Apple launched the first streaming device and I’ve started in my new job as the Editor of the CXMagazine. Yeah, I know, the Pluto piece is quite exciting, but in my own universe, this last news was the cosmic one!
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