with stand-out pack redesign guided by AI-powered insights
MetrixLab used a two-stage research design approach utilizing our innovative AI-powered discussion platform Immerse and leading-edge quantitative simulated shelf test COMPACT, across three key markets: the UK, Australia and China.
The first stage involved a 1-hour discussion with around 60 premium beer drinkers in each of the 3 markets. The AI-powered tool allowed respondents to collaborate and discuss ideas by voting on other peoples’ suggestions made within the discussion. The discussion enabled the Asahi International team to get detailed qualitative and quantitative feedback on a number of different design options in order to understand the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities to optimize each potential new design.
In the second stage, MetrixLab took a smaller number of preferred design routes to a quantitative monadic test. MetrixLab’s COMPACT pack testing approach combines a simulated shelf environment test with implicit, visual and explicit survey modules which collectively provide feedback on the performance of the new designs. This was particularly important given that one of Asahi International’s key action standards was to improve shelf stand-out.
This was particularly important given that one of Asahi International’s key action standards was to improve shelf stand-out. The COMPACT test allows benchmarking of the new designs versus the current, two competitors, MetrixLab’s global PACT database and packaging design meta-learnings in order to make clear recommendations for Asahi International.
Asahi International and MetrixLab were able to identify one design route with the greatest potential for progression across all 3 markets. One design stood out as driving engagement and purchase, competing effectively against competition while protecting current purchase levels.
By incorporating meta-learnings from MetrixLab’s database of packaging design benchmarks, Asahi International was also able to leverage recommendations allowing them to optimize the winning pack design even further. To strengthen standout at shelf and reinforce perceptions of refreshment, Asahi International could increase overall pack performance further by employing more color contrast, prominent use of brand assets and distinctive pack structure.
The results allowed Asahi International to confidently relaunch their packaging globally alongside their new global brand comms. Their key account managers could also re-engage with retailers with tangible proof that the pack had good stand out and differentiation compared to other competitors on the shelf.
What Asahi told us
“Working with MetrixLab allowed us huge insight into developing a new pack direction – the Immerse platform allowed all stakeholders to see the qual feedback live, allowing for the design agency to immediately start thinking about required builds. By synthesizing these results with the quant test, and broader learnings, we were able to develop a pack which drove engagement and stand-out, whilst maintaining and optimizing some of the key brand assets which the brand is loved for world-wide. Kanpai!”
Paul Thomas, Global Director – Insight, Performance and Planning for Asahi International