Frequency Distribution


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What is the purpose of developing a frequency distribution? What is the relationship between the relative frequency and the cumulative frequency? Could a frequency distribution contain qualitative data? Why? In thinking about frequency distribution which, shows various data that is divided into different classes within a business. It also divides the occurrences in each of the specific classes. These frequency distributions are used in quantitative, and qualitative data analysis within any type of business. Many of the graphs, histograms, pie charts, and bar charts can be used within the frequency distribution to keep track of how well any product or service is doing within the business. The relationship between the relative and cumulative frequency is that the relative frequency counts the total number of counts on a certain product or service. While the cumulative frequency sums up the number of counts on the product or service provided. In my opinion this would be a good tool to use because of the data that it would provide for any business. Especially to see how well a product or service is doing within that business. It is also used to see how many times a certain event would happen over the course of a certain period of time. If the data that has been collected over that period of time is quantitative then the data will be used within the frequency distribution.

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Product Development


What is the most important thing to consider in new product development for a small business? Explain why. Is it necessary to evaluate the new product idea at each stage of the development process? Explain why or why not.

You know many of the products that I have bought over the years do not keep up with the standards of products that have been around for years. In a small business you have to make sure that the product is safe for the consumer. If the product does not meet the customer’s standards they will not endorse the product to anyone else but more than likely will give you a bad review on the product. Larger companies do not really worry about whether or not a product will pass or fail. When a company is considering developing a new product it must be sure that the product is “highly desirable, feasible, and cost-effective” (Kotler and Keller 2009). The product must catch the eye of the consumer in order for them to purchase the item. Many of the products that small businesses are coming out with now are feasible and consumer’s will purchase them. Look at the different types of cell phones and how many people purchase this product. It is feasible to the consumer and they are willing to take the risk on purchasing the product. The products must be cost effective in order for the business to make any money off of it. If customer’s are interested and it is marketed right the consumer’s will fly into the store to get that product.

Marketing


Within any business there are five stages in which a new product is adopted awareness of the product the consumer must be aware of the product that the business is marketing. Interest in the product the consumer must have an interest in the product for them to buy it. Evaluation some businesses will use this to let the consumer evaluate the product to see if it meets their approval. Trial is when the product will reach the shelves of the small business to see how well the product will sell. The last stage is the adoption of the new product onto the small business shelves. Consumer’s will not purchase products that do not meet their needs of that product. I know from experience that many of the products that I have used have not met the standards that they should because of the rush to get them on the store shelves. In my opinion the consumer will adopt and use the product or service from the time that they buy the product. Some consumer’s will wait for the product to get out all of the kinks so that the product produces more than the first batch of the product.

Pricing products in any Market


1) What aspects of the product, company, and market determine the appropriate price of a new product? How would you determine what is most influential in determining the price of your new product or service? Provide an example that illustrates your answer.
Some of the aspects that determine the price of a new product within the business, company, product, or market would include: selecting the pricing objective within the company. The business research team would need to estimate and determine how the demand curve is at to determine the price of the product. To estimate the costs and variances at the different level outputs within the business. Therefore, the research team would analyze the competitor’s along with the prices, offers, and costs associated with the product. Furthermore, the company would have to select the right pricing method and decide on the final price of the product. Moreover, company’s rarely set a single price for the products that they sell. The company’s structure a pricing plan in place to show the variations in the geographical demands or costs associated with the product.
In order to determine the price of the new product or service through our assignment I would have to implement a focus group or demo of the product to certain prospective consumer’s to see how much they would purchase the product or service for. There can be several ways to get the information that is needed to make a solid and logical judgement on whether or not the product or service would be beneficial to the company. By administering a variety of tests during different times or in different stages would benefit the business. PSM is a test that is widely used throughout the world in different businesses to determine which price range is appropriate for the product or service being offered. Another option is to measure the demand curves to find out the primary influences within that community or certain prospective consumer’s. Which would include a variety of surveys, and experiments.

Foreign Markets


When a company is looking at the foreign markets and selling their products within those markets the seller needs to be aware of the different cultures and customs or beliefs of that market. Many times people forget that all markets are not the same. What may be okay here in the United States may not be the same in another country. Researching is the main key into the success of a product aside from the price of the product which is just as important. I have seen many shops close down because they were in a conservative spot. A lingerie shop in a small town is not anything people want to see and as a matter of fact there used to be one in this small town but it moved to another county because of the commotion that it stirred. People around here are very conservative in their thinking and thought that it should not be allowed to be a business here. Most of the products that we purchase in the United States comes from another country which means that we will pay a higher cost for that product or service because it can be sold here for a higher price.