Geographic areas selected for a limited-scale introduction of a new product and/or a marketing plan. A test market serves as a field-laboratory which simulates some or all factors associated with a full scale or national launch of the product. It generally includes at least on city that is a hub of commercial and media activity in that area and is surrounded by, and well connected to, several suburbs. Multiple test market locations allow evaluation of different pricing schemes, advertising media, promotional techniques, and other components of a marketing strategy. See also test marketing.
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