Entry for supermarket feature me-too brands: An empirical explanation of incidence and timing
Source: Marketing Letters, Volume 20, Number 2, June 2009 , pp. 183-196(14)
Abstract:Anticipating the speed of market entry can help the feature pioneer and me-too brands develop more informed product launch strategies. This paper explains imitation speed, broken down into the incidence and timing of imitation, across 144 imitators and 847 nonimitators in 22 consumer packaged goods subcategories. On average, it takes 85 weeks for a me-too brand to introduce its feature imitation. Increasing category market share increases the incidence of imitation and, conditional on their occurrence, decreases the time to market of feature imitators. Faster entry arises for store brands as they are more likely to imitate and tend to take shorter times to market. Price premium does not have a significant effect on the incidence or timing of a me-too brand as it tends to dissipate after the first year. Brands imitate innovative features more often than noninnovative features. Some evidence indicates these imitators can take a longer time to enter the market. New product managers may benefit from the direction as well as the magnitude of these results.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Department of Marketing, College of Business, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, 94132, USA, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 2: Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 47907, USA, Email: email@example.com
Publication date: June 1, 2009