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PATH TO PURCHASE

Optimize your Merchandising, Messaging, and Marketing by Understanding the Path to Purchase

You can’t impact consumer purchase decisions if you don’t know how they are made. 

Design Research Announces Product Manual Testing Service

What is your product return rate?

Do your retail partners ship products back to you or do they just discard them and charge you for returns?  What portion of those returns result from product shortcomings and what portion of those returns result from consumer shortcomings?  Meaning how often are consumers simply disappointed versus how often are the products not performing?

Pricing In a Time of Uncertainty

What is the optimum price that maximizes both consumer willingness to pay and profitability?

Our recent blog post on the impact of tariffs was our most read blog post ever.  No wonder, considering both the importance and the timeliness of the topic.  In that post we referred to our various tools to identify the best possible price.  Now, more than ever, that would seem to be of great importance to marketers. 

How Will Tariffs Affect Your Business?

A Research Perspective on Pricing

A recent article in the New York Times referred to “tariff anxiety” as a potential factor in the global business slowdown. (NYT, 6/19/19). Walmart's Retail Link now incorporates a "cost change scenario" that enables vendors to input higher prices based on increasing tariff costs (Bloomburg,6/12/19).

How Do I Get Started Doing Market Research?

All You Need To Know

"We need to do some focus groups." That's a typical statement we hear when we get a call from a potential client. Sometimes a second question follows right away: "What does research cost?" Further discussion often reveals that the caller is inexperienced and that some education is in order. We're fine with that (it's our job to be the experts in research, not yours!)

Free Research Planning Tool

Design Research Releases Research Planning Tool

Good Research Results from a Good Plan


How to Waste a Trip to Bentonville, Minneapolis or Mooresville

Preparation Isn’t Enough – You Need Consumer Voices Behind You

How to Win Respect, Shelf Space and Market Share

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