Understanding Perceptual Maps


This is a pretty standard perceptual map (click the map to enlarge it). This perceptual map shows the relative positioning of various soft drink brands. This map has two sets of attributes, namely strong/no caffeine and high/no sugar. Consumers are then asked their perception (understanding) of these brands for these two attributes. From this data (a survey is common) a perceptual map is constructed.

perceptual map for soft drinks

A basic perceptual map for soft drinks

This is another perceptual map (click the map to enlarge it). In this case the two attributes have been changed. This gives another view of the market. It is generally recommended to construct more than one perceptual map.

revised perceptual map for soft drinks

A revised perceptual map using different attributes


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