In order for companies to be successful when attempting to market a product, they have to know what it is the customer needs and identify the reasons why a customer will use that product. These are known as the “qualifying and determining dimensions” of a product (Cannon, McCarthy, & Perreault, 2010). I will explain what qualifying and determining dimensions are and how efforts to segment the mass market based on a few demographic dimensions may be disappointing.
A determining dimension is basically the product type. Customers seek to purchase a certain type of product based on features that suit their needs or wants. They will determine which product to purchase based on these features. I’ll use a television for example. People use televisions for different reasons which may include watching sports, video gaming, or checking the weather. A potential customer that is an avid sports fan may prefer a larger television with a crisp picture. They may want a 55” television with 1080p resolution an 240 Hz processing. They need to be able to sell every detail of the game in high definition to be satisfied. A video gamer may also want a high definition television with a slower refresh rate so that their video game does not intermittently freeze during moments of fast game play. Finally, someone that uses their television for the sole purpose of checking the weather may require a base model television to suit their needs. These are all examples of determining dimensions.
A qualifying dimension is the “core benefits that must be offered to everyone in a product-market” (Cannon et al., 2010, p. 103). A qualifying dimension in the television market would be quality and reliability. If the television is poor quality, most people will elect to buy a different brand because they are usually costly investments. Another qualifying dimension may be whether a television is 3D capable or have internet capabilities. A customer that sees having these...
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