Creating Budget-Friendly Demand in a New Market

As markets expand with new competition, the power of advertising is negatively impacted. Marketing dollars depreciate as competition chases the market leader, seeking to sway consumers to utilize their rival product or service. Eventually, advertising costs are not only boosting the brand making the spend, but are actually adding value and growing business for the market leaders. As this trend escalates across markets, the real question lies in how we recreate an upsurge in return on investment (ROI) and place value back in media buys and marketing efforts. The answer is Market Invention. The hurdle is demand generation.

Think about a product or service that lies outside of any defined competitive marketplace—like the Squatty Potty, Uber, Amazon, etc. Think about owning that product or service and figuring out how to take it to market. You would begin your plan of attack with questions like “What is the lifespan of the product or service? Where would it best compete? What price point would be most effective to win over consumers?”

But what you should really be asking is “What makes this product/service unique? What problem does this product/service solve that no one else does?” Then, you figure out how to label the old market and educate and establish consumers on this new market where you will enter and remain the market leader.


“Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose.” – Ayrton Senna


Where does ROI come into play, you ask? The truth is that creating a market does not have to encompass a large budget. The key to successful Market Invention and entry for a brand/product/service relies heavily on demand generation and an understanding of ROI in relation to different media buys. For example, email marketing continues to consistently produce the largest ROI when it comes to gaining exposure, increasing brand awareness, and closing the deal with consumers on product and service sales. As a demand generation strategy, it lives out the long-term relationship building model and allows for maintained engagement throughout the market and product/service education timelines. Social media buys can also yield similar returns but have been found to be less consistent when involved in Market Invention strategies too early in the process. This may be because when using social avenues, users are more likely to want immediately results. If you include social advertising in the initial market education phase, you might just be spending dollars to leave consumers disinterested should the product/service not be ready for launch and purchase. Timing suddenly becomes key to digital strategy when planning.

When planning a budget-friendly digital strategy plan, assess how to get the most bang for your buck by using the below model:

Remember, the most important thing to figure out in the process is how to capture interested consumers. Demand generation often gets confused with lead generation. Lead generation is the faster acquisition of prospects/sales, whereas demand generation is a lengthy process which involves nurturing the market over time. Market Invention utilizes demand generation to educate and create the market, while lead generation is used to capture prospects for retargeting and generate sales later in the funnel. Lead generation keeps the market alive and growing: demand generation is where we start to see success happen within Market Invention.

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Merit is the global leader in market invention. More often than not, our work carves out an entirely new market and transforms industry through research and strategy, communications, creative, and technology. For a company to succeed in the new era of marketing, it needs Merit.

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