Discovering what clients and potential customers want and need in any specific market segment is essential for successful product development. Market research sets out to achieve these goals by collecting and analyzing data, thus helping institutions better understand and serve potential and existing markets.
Research may be both quantitative and qualitative—investigating either the supply or demand side of a particular market. While the empirical data central to quantitative research provide a useful basic understanding of market characteristics, it is often the narrative aspects of qualitative research that provide deeper insights into client behavior and add important perspective and detail to the overall picture.
The more an institution knows its clients and understands its market, the better it will be in producing products and services to meet demand. Client research and product development are crucial investments that can be managed in-house if expertise and capacity are available, or in coordination with consulting companies that specialize in these areas.
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A new Microfinance Index captures client-level outcomes across five dimensions of impact, providing us with key insights that help us understand how client outcomes vary with different types of microfinance services.
LAPO Microfinance Bank learned five important lessons from their experience using a human-centered design process to revamp their child savings account product.
This publication is the world’s first microfinance social performance report grounded in customer voices, featuring 72 microfinance organizations that serve a total of 25 million clients in 41 countries across the globe.
Based on research with platforms and their workers across five countries, this report describes the platform ecosystem in emerging markets, the experiences of workers and sellers in key sectors, and how financial services can help these workers improve their livelihoods.
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