New Product Development Process(NPD)

New product development is the process developing,creating,identifying,evaluation, and commercialization of a new product in the market is called new product development. There are several steps for developing new product.

New product development

1.Idea generation:

It is the very first step in the process of developing a product. In this stage researchers or marketers can identifying customer needs and wants.The development of a product will start with the concept. The rest of the process will ensure that ideas are tested for their viability, so in the beginning all ideas are good ideas

Ideas can, and will come, from many different directions. The best place to start is with a SWOT analysis,which incorporates current market trends. This can be used to analyse your company’s position and find a direction that is in line with your business strategy.

2.Idea screening:

The second step in New product development is Idea screening. The purpose of idea generation is to create a large pool of ideas. The purpose of this stage is to pare these down to those that are genuinely worth pursuing. Companies have different methods for doing this from product review committees to formal market research.It, is helpful at this stage to have a checklist that can be used to rate each idea based on the factors required for successfully launching the product in the marketplace and their relative importance.

3.Concept Development and Testing:

The third step in New product development is Concept Development and Testing. An attractive idea has to be developed into a Product concept. As opposed to a product idea that is an idea for a product that the company can see itself marketing to customers, a product concept is a detailed version of the idea stated in meaningful consumer terms.

4.Marketing Strategy Development:

This is the next step in new product development. The strategy statement consists of three parts: the first part describes the target market, the planned product positioning and the sales, market share and profit goals for the first few years. The second part outlines the product’s planned price, distribution, and marketing budget for the first year. The third part of the marketing strategy statement describes the planned long-run sales, profit goals, and the marketing mix strategy.

5.Product Development:

If the new product is approved, it will be passed to the technical and marketing development stage. This is when a prototype or a limited production model will be created. This means you can investigate exact design & specifications and any manufacturing methods, but also gives something tangible for consumer testing, for feedback on specifics like look, feel and packaging for example.

6.Test Marketing:

product passes the functional tests, the next step is test marketing: the stage at which the product and the marketing program are introduced to a more realistic market settings. Test marketing gives the marketer an opportunity to tweak the marketing mix before the going into the expense of a product launch.

7.Commercialization:

When the concept has been developed and tested, final decisions need to be made to move the product to its launch into the market. Pricing and marketing plans need to be finalized and the sales teams and distribution briefed, so that the product and company is ready for the final stage.