Bass Forecasting Model

What you put in... What you get out...
  • Market potential for new products
  • Historical sales data OR selection of analogous products
  • Advertising and pricing plan
  • Sales/adoption rate forecast for new product
  • Sensitivity of sales forecast to marketing activities
  • Ability to link to revenue and profit projections

The Bass diffusion model is used to forecast the sales of a new product or service that has no close competitors. It can be used to forecast the long-term sales pattern of a product when one of the following is true:

  • The product has recently been introduced and sales have been observed for a few time periods.
  • The product has not yet been introduced, but it resembles another product in the market whose sales history is known.

The model helps to predict:

  • the number of customers in the target segment that will eventually adopt the new product or service.
  • when they will adopt it.

bassThe Marketing Engineering for Excel software includes both the Bass model and the Generalized Bass model. The Bass model assumes that the sales rate for the product is not affected by marketing mix variables while the Generalized Bass model assumes that the product sales rate in the target segment is affected by the level of advertising for the new product, and by the price of the new product.

Both models include three parameters to describe the two factors which affect product diffusion in the market and the market growth

  • p - the coefficient of innovation (or coefficient of external influence)
  • q - the coefficient of imitation (or coefficient of internal influence)
  • r - market growth (as a function of existing market size)

The Generalized Bass model includes three more parameters:

  • s - the market price elasticity, or how much a change in price affects the total market potential
  • v - the advertising coefficient, which affects the strength of the effect of changes in advertising levels in product diffusion
  • w - the price coefficient, which affects the strength of the effect of changes in price in product diffusion

Tags: Bass Forecasting New Product Development

Technical Note

The Bass Forecasting model technical note is a supplement to the Bass Model overview provided in the Principles of Marketing Engineering. This note provides additional analytic background on the model.


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New Technology Forecasting with the Bass Model

In this ISBM sponsored webinar, Dr. Rangaswamy reviews the Bass model approach for new technology forecasting with the ME>XL tool.

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