|Type||Journal Article - African Journal of Business Management|
|Title||Branding and packaging design: key insights on marketing milk to low-income markets in South Africa|
The low-income market is a viable and highly untapped market. There is increasing interest in the poor
as a market in South Africa. Yet, little is known about their shopping behaviour in retail settings. The
purpose of the study on which this article reports, was to gain an understanding of the effect of pricing,
brand and packaging on choice preferences of pasteurised milk by consumers sharing a living
standard measure (LSM) classification of one to four. This research utilised a mixed method
methodology design approach. Opinions of 103 respondents, exposed to an in-store simulation, were
obtained to gain a better understanding of consumer behaviour towards brand and packaging design
and how these elements affected purchasing decisions. Results revealed that price sensitivity plays a
prerequisite role in the consumer purchase decision and that, while most respondents were willing to
pay a price premium for brand and packaging design elements, limited income is a clear inhibitor.
Brand awareness and trust also play an important role in quality perceptions, followed by image
(created through visual stimuli) in choice preferences. The challenge for marketers is to find a balance
between price and brand to suit consumer expectations and aspirations.
|»||South Africa - General Household Survey 2009|