6 Key Learnings from the 2012 Most Memorable New Product Launch Survey

March 7, 2013

Our EVP Julie Hall teamed up with Chief Behavioral Scientist of Sentient Decision Science Aaron Reid to share the results of the 2012 Most Memorable New Product Launch survey in a Google+ Hangout On Air. Since 2001, SA and Sentient Decision Science have conducted the survey to learn which product launches make lasting impressions with consumers and find key trend data on which marketing tactics are the most influential, where consumers are learning about new products and what product attributes are the most desirable. Here are some of the key takeaways from the hangout:

1. Avoid launching a new product during an election year: Sixty-seven percent (67%) of consumers surveyed could not recall a single new product launched in 2012. This is the second lowest recall rate of the decade, trumped only by the 69% unable to recall a new product launch in 2008—another election year. Repeated low recall rates during election years suggests that it is harder for brands to break through the proliferation of political ad clutter to gain consumer attention.

2. Political ads push new product ads from consumers minds: Respondents said that four out of the last ten commercials they could remember contained political messages. This shows that in an election year, consumers are less likely to recall new product ads, either because there are simply more political ads, or that the political ads make more of a lasting impression.

3. Domestically-made products are more popular than ever: “Made in The USA” was cited by 62% of consumers as influencing their purchasing decision, a five percent increase from two years ago.  “Made Locally” experienced a similar boost in influence, with 52% of respondents influenced by it, up from 48% in 2011 and 46% in 2010. MMNPL data from the past decade shows that attributes such as “Made in the USA”  spike in influence during presidential election years.

4. Amazon Kindle Fire still hot after nearly a year: Amazon’s Kindle Fire topped the Most Memorable New Product Launches list with 30% of surveyed consumers remembering the launch. Other products that made the top ten were Taco Bell’s Doritos Locos Taco (#2, 18.8%), Tide Pods (#3, 15.6%), Pepsi Next (#4, 13%), Samsung Galaxy Note (#5, 11.7%), the all-new iPod Nano (#6, 10.6%), Nintendo’s Wii U (#7, 8.2%), Taco Bell Cantina Bowl (#8, 7.1%), Duncan Hines Frosting Creations (#9, 5.7%), and McDonadl’s Chicken McBites (#10, 4.9%).

5. Young & healthy at heart: Millenials are more concerned about product attributes such as high fructose corn syrup, trans fat, organic and low soidum than any other age bracket.

6. Dads are the new moms: More men are making household purchasing decisions than ever with 49% of  male respondents identifying themselves as the decision-makers. And increase of nearly ten percent since 2009.

To find out other key trends that emerged from our survey data, watch the video below. To download the 2012 MMNPL Data deck, click here.

MMNPL Product Preview: Wendy’s Natural Cut Fries with Sea Salt

December 29, 2011

Wendy’s made headlines this year when they launched their first fry redesign in the company’s 41-year history. Check out our video to see why Wendy’s Natural Cut Fries with Sea Salt launch campaign just might be spudtacular enough to be one of 2011’s Most Memorable New Product Launches.

Expert Panelist Domenick Celentano Nominates Products for 2011 MMNPL Survey

November 3, 2011

Thousands of new products are launched every year. While some products fail, others prove to be memorable launches. Domenick Celentano, author of the food and beverage guide for About.com and The Foodpreneur blog, offers his picks * for the most memorable new product launches of the year (product choices by Celentano, summaries compiled by the MMNPL staff).

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Sandwich Bread

This past year, Pepperidge Farm introduced the bread that smiles back. Available in three varieties, this bread does not contain high fructose corn syrup and boasts 3 grams of fiber per serving for only 120 calories. The bread is completely crust-free, ensuring that the pickiest eaters will have no reason to dislike it. This product created a lot of buzz through word of mouth marketing.
Kids loved the fun shape of the bread while busy mothers loved that their kids were eating healthy.  


Frito Lay All Natural Chips

Frito Lay introduced more than six dozen products made with all natural ingredients. The transition from processed to wholesome snack options is a result of rising health-consciousness among consumers. Promoting the “real ingredients” made by “real people” were key messages in this successful launch. Instead of using paid actors in their commercials, Frito Lay made a smart decision to use their employees, allowing consumers to get to know the real people behind the brand.


Triple Double Oreo

Oreo has literally taken this iconic brand to the next level.  With the introduction of the Triple Double Oreo, fans of the original cookie can now indulge in the new product, which includes one layer of original crème stuffing and one layer of chocolate stuffing sandwiched between three cookie wafers.  Oreo was smart to cash in on two important food trends– flavor layering and affordable indulgence. Consumers created a buzz online months before the Triple Double Oreo was released, proving once again that word of mouth is a powerful boost to marketing programs and sales. 


Bertolli® Premium Meal Soups for Two

Bertolli is bringing restaurant-style food home to you.  In partnership with Fabio Viviani, acclaimed Italian chef, restaurant owner and Top Chef contestant, Bertolli has released a line of soups based on Italian restaurant cooking.  Bertolli Premium Meal Soups for Two are available in four different varieties. The traditional, hearty Italian soups are used for the main course rather than a side dish or appetizer.   Bertolli also positioned this new soup meal as a healthy, affordable option for dinner during the recession. 


Amazon Kindle Fire

Since the announcement from Amazon in September, consumers have been waiting for the release of this new tablet.  The Amazon Kindle Fire allows users to watch movies and TV shows, purchase apps, play games, and surf the internet, all while still reading the eBooks they love on their Kindle.  The color touch screen, features and lower price point are why the Kindle Fire is a new and potentially fierce competitor to the iPad and other tablets.


Ben & Jerry’s Introduces ‘Schweddy Balls’ Ice Cream

Fans of the popular late-night TV show Saturday Night Live are giddy over Ben and Jerry’s new limited time flavor, “Schweddy Balls.”
In celebration of the 37th season of SNL, Ben and Jerry’s decided to create an ice cream flavor after one of the famous SNL skits starring Alec Baldwin.  The flavor consists of “vanilla ice cream with a hint of rum and is loaded with fudge covered rum balls and milk chocolate malt balls.” The release of this ice cream flavor in September created quite the buzz through both word of mouth and the media.  This ice cream was talked by main stream media for about a week shortly after it was released, and then again in October when parent groups called for it to be removed from store shelves. Schweddy Balls may not be on the market for long, but many people are sure to remember the launch of this delicious product, specifically because of the controversy that surrounded it.


McDonalds Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

McDonald’s Frozen Strawberry Lemonade – the perfect drink for summertime.  Released in May, the drink is made by blending together a lemonade base, strawberry syrup on the bottom, and ice.  Sales were strong and proved that McCafe, isn’t just for coffee and smoothies anymore. Backed by a huge integrated marketing campaign, no wonder this cool drink should be considered for the most memorable product launch. 

*Not all products chosen by the MMNPL expert panelists are guaranteed to be included in the MMNPL survey due to our rigorous criteria for selecting new products.

Video Webinar: The Most Memorable New Product Launches of 2010

March 12, 2011

With more than 40,000 products launched each year, how will your product stand apart from the competition? This video webinar reveals the strategies and tactics smart marketers used to achieve top ten status in the ninth annual Most Memorable New Product Launch survey (national consumer sample).

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In the video, Launch Expert and Author, Julie Hall, and Chief Behavioral Scientist, Aaron Reid offer insights on:

• The five “must-do” marketing tactics influencing consumer purchasing today
• Easy ways to use social mediums like Facebook and Twitter to improve the awareness of your new product launch
• Top sources of information that almost all consumers use to learn about new products
• Emerging trends in 2011 that will influence consumer choices and certainly impact your new product launch

Stirring Up the Competition: McDonald’s Introduces New Real Fruit Smoothies

August 5, 2010

Will McDonald’s Real Fruit Smoothies resonate with health conscious consumers? McDonald’s is certainly no stranger to memorable product launches, having made the Most Memorable New Product Launch survey’s Top 10 multiple times since 2002, most recently at #2 in 2009 with the McCafé line. So will the Real Fruit Smoothie swirl up interest and product trial, or just blend in with the bevy of food product introductions this year?

With 2009’s launch of the McCafé, McDonald’s sparked “coffee wars” with Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, and smaller chains around the country. After McDonald’s used aggressive advertising to establish and steal market share for McCafé, the entire coffee category grew, so McDonald’s success in raising awareness led to some competitors also experiencing a boost in sales. This summer’s introduction of smoothies to the series is expected to parallel the launch of the original McCafé line, growing the entire smoothie category, which was valued around $2.5 billion in 2007 by Mintel.

Sofia Therios, marketing director at McDonald’s, explains, “Even though we aren’t the first in the category, we are committed to growing the category.”

Established smoothie makers like Jamba Juice, Panera, and Smoothie King have a similar attitude towards the launch, hoping that McDonald’s big product push will expand overall interest in the category. But given McDonald’s size and commitment to creating a more wholesome product with real fruit, the original smoothie chains have good reason to worry.

On July 13th, McDonald’s premiered two flavors, Wild Berry and Strawberry-Banana, at a value price of $2.29 for a 12 oz. drink compared to Jamba Juice’s smoothies which start at $3.55 for 16 oz. servings. In retaliation to the McDonald’s launch, Jamba Juice aired a commercial featuring the “Cheeseburger Chill” smoothie, mocking McDonald’s entrance into the smoothie market and roots as a burger chain.

The integrated marketing campaign for the McDonald’s smoothie launch includes television and print ads which feature dancers blending the smoothie, as well as paint filled balloon wars that imitate the splashes of flavor. McDonald’s combined these tactics with social media interaction and a creative website that gives fans an opportunity to make their own smoothie art by playing with an addictive spin art app. McDonald’s originally planned three days of nationwide smoothie giveaways, but canceled the giveaways due to fear of running out of the product. It’s possible that the company feared a supply shortage similar to what happened to 2009’s MMNPL winner, KFC’s Grilled Chicken, which ran out of free samples after an endorsement by Oprah.

Will McDonald’s once again liquefy the competition to reach the top 10 of the MMNPL survey? We’ll have to wait and see. Until then, satisfy your summer cravings with a smoothie, or a burger, or a burger smoothie.

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Brandweek Features MMNPL Results; Covers KFC, McDonald’s, Migration Marketing

December 15, 2009

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Most Memorable New Product Launch Preview: McDonalds Southen Style Chicken Biscuit

November 10, 2008

Here is the last of five preview videos of this year’s potential Most Memorable New Product Launch finalists.