Current market analysis techniques can effortlessly zero in on deliverables for a product concept. As a matter of fact, you can piece together an idea for a new product, send it out through a survey on the internet and end up with your development road map laid out in front of you. Although these testing methods offer great value, concepts for new beauty products often miss the mark as a result of human factors like instinct and imagination being overlooked.
Concept development is the birthing spot for ideas and thoughts that are explored and tried on for size to see if there is a fit. But that’s not all. It requires taking what you envision, connecting the dots, and creating something tangible for consumer use.
Yes, we need technology and ingredients, packaging and claims to get to a finished product. Yet, creativity is key – combining innovative ideas with digital technology and tests to bring a product to life.
There are several crucial questions to ask yourself when creating a high-impact concept that will stand apart from the competition:
- What makes the concept unique?
- Does the product fill a white space in the product collection?
- Will it compete with current products on the market?
- Can the high-level technology be communicated at the consumer level?
- Have you created a sensorial and experiential reality for the consumer with the product?
Developing a meaningful beauty concept is all about imagination. It’s asking what if we did this? How about we try that? It’s about putting yourself in the shoes of the consumer to ensure your product will add value to their lifestyle. You have the opportunity to influence many people with your product – why not make it really count?
Cherie Buziak is CEO and Founder of BeautyEdge LLC, a beauty product development and advisory consultancy that helps companies bring products to market with speed, creativity, and impact.
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