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The benefit of social media: Bulletin board focus groups as a tool for co-creation
Sylvie E. Rolland and Guy Parmentier, International Journal of Market Research, Vol. 55, No. 6, 2013, pp. 809-827
Bulletin board methodology emerged at the end of the 1990s and is becoming the most frequently used qualitative study technique.
Bulletin board methodology emerged at the end of the 1990s and is becoming the most frequently used qualitative study technique. This interactive approach groups a community of participants in a private or public online forum for a duration that varies from several days to several months. Discoveries, exchanges of view, personal opinions and group reactions are all part of the power and interest of the internet in this era of social media. This article presents the principles of bulletin board development, and specifics to aid understanding of this tool within social networks and to help organisations adapt to a paradigm shift in marketing in which consumer-respondents are co-creators of meaning and knowledge.
How netnography can be used to unlock the full potential of crowdsourcing contests: The case of the Mondelez chocolate lovers contest
Gregor Jawecki, Johannes Gebauer and Susanne Mathis-Alig, ESOMAR, Qualitative, Valencia, November 2013
This paper describes a project for Mondelez International, the food manufacturer, which combined crowdsourcing and netnography methods to generate insights.
This paper describes a project for Mondelez International, the food manufacturer, which combined crowdsourcing and netnography methods to generate insights. Until now crowdsourcing contests (idea generation via online platforms) and netnography (ethnography adapted to the internet) have been understood as two distinct approaches. By conducting a netnography-based content analysis of all contest output, an understanding of consumers' needs and preferences underlying the submitted ideas was gained. In addition netnographic validation in independent online communities provided insights into the ideas' relevance for the general market as well as hints for further improvement.
Think Big and Connect to the Max: How PepsiCo (re)connected the Ruffles brand with Generation Y
Tom De Ruyck, Joeri Van den Bergh, Erkan Balkan, Anouk Willems and Annelies Verhaeghe, ESOMAR, Congress, Istanbul, September 2013
This paper describes a market research online community (MROC) project undertaken in Turkey by Ruffles, the potato chip brand owned by PepsiCo, in order to develop a campaign that targeted generation Y.
This paper describes a market research online community (MROC) project undertaken in Turkey by Ruffles, the potato chip brand owned by PepsiCo, in order to develop a campaign that targeted generation Y. The six week long MROC provided a hub for dialogue between a sample of generation Y consumers, the Ruffles brand team and the advertising agency. This approach allowed the brand to generate insights for product development and campaigns, and then pre-test activation platforms and campaign ideas. The project demonstrated the value of qualitative research in generating insights and ideas.
Less Facts, More Fiction: Expanding Research's Mind: Moving away from method, to a much wider definition of strategy as execution
James Ebdon, Elizabeth Lonergan and Leanne Tomasevic, ESOMAR, Congress, Istanbul, September 2013
This paper describes how an abundance of data is changing the role of market research from collecting the 'most and best data' towards generating valuable insights.
This paper describes how an abundance of data is changing the role of market research from collecting the 'most and best data' towards generating valuable insights. 'The messy mind agenda' articulates a four part shift in market research. A complex and unpredictable environment will require experimentation and learning over time. Researchers will need to 'critique and curate' information in order to identify what is important and useful to brands. Research should open up and have 'creative conversations' with brands and consumers in uncontrolled environments to generate new ideas and insights. In order to make brands distinct, they should focus on culture rather than consumers, developing a brand identity within that culture, and changing alongside it.
Co-creation with consumers: who has the competence and wants to cooperate?
Eric Vernette and Linda Hamdi-Kidar, International Journal of Market Research, Vol. 55, No. 4, 2013, pp. 539-561
Lead users and emergent nature consumers are two highly attractive targets for marketing co-creation.
Lead users and emergent nature consumers are two highly attractive targets for marketing co-creation. Based on a representative sample of the French population (n = 995), we show that the competence and engagement in co-creation of these two target groups are significantly greater than for other consumers. This result is encouraging for market research companies that face a growing reluctance of customer participation in marketing studies. In addition, we have normed the distribution of lead user and emergent nature consumer scores among the population. This results in specific reference points for naming customer data while at the same time making it easier to filter respondents for future co-creation initiatives.
Collaboration with co-researchers in communities
Anouk Willems and Tom De Ruyck, International Journal of Market Research, Vol. 55, No. 4, 2013, pp. 587-589
These conference notes are drawn from the Association for Survey Computing conference held in London in April 2013.
These conference notes are drawn from the Association for Survey Computing conference held in London in April 2013. They consider the challenge of the gap between what a consumer shares and how a researcher understands it and provides recommendations for ways in which consumers can collaborate and become "co-researchers".
Crowdpower: How co-creation leads to strong product innovations
Andera Gadeib, ESOMAR, 3D Digital Dimensions, Boston, June 2013
This research paper evaluates different key performance indicators with regards to their strengths in predicting the success of a new product idea.
This research paper evaluates different key performance indicators with regards to their strengths in predicting the success of a new product idea. An essential question in innovation is how well a new product will be accepted by the customer once it is launched. Measures are needed to detect opportunities in the early stages of innovation and to move the right ideas forward in the value chain. The method builds on the experience of classical product concept testing and combines it with a co-creation task to effectively shape and rework the ideas early in the innovation process. This is applied specifically to bringing new FMCG products to market, which require a fast development schedule.
The effect of engagement with social media on purchase behaviors
Edward Malthouse, Mark Vandenbosch, Su Jung Kim and Bobby Calder, ESOMAR, 3D Digital Dimensions, Boston, June 2013
This paper investigates whether the contribution of user generated content (UGC) in social media competitions affects consumer purchase behaviour, and then attempts to calculate the return on investment.
This paper investigates whether the contribution of user generated content (UGC) in social media competitions affects consumer purchase behaviour, and then attempts to calculate the return on investment. The paper also attempts to identify the key components of an effective social media competition, and investigates if there are any long-term effects on consumer buying behaviour. Data is analysed from two social media contests for Canada's Air Miles Reward Program (AMRP), one of the largest loyalty programs in the world.
Superpromoter Research: How studying the flow of enthusiasm of customers helps corporate giants
Arne van de Wijdeven and Rijn Vogelaar, ESOMAR, Asia Pacific, Ho Chi Minh City, April 2013
Philips, the domestic appliance and personal care company, wanted to identify, understand and assist its most enthusiastic customers - "superpromoters" - in India.
Philips, the domestic appliance and personal care company, wanted to identify, understand and assist its most enthusiastic customers - "superpromoters" - in India. Philips is used as a case study to illustrate how superpromoters can help a brand grow in terms of revenue and reputation; can motivate employees; can help a brand make strategic and tactical decisions; are ideal co-creators. The authors found most companies don't have much information on their most enthusiastic customers, hence they suffer superpromoter blindness. The study encourages more brands to engage with and listen to their superpromoters.
Brands without borders: Co-creating a regional brand vision
Philip McNaughton and Dewi Larasati, ESOMAR, Asia Pacific, Ho Chi Minh City, April 2013
The role of consumer co-creation in developing multi-market Asian brands is the focus of this paper. It focuses on a co-creation project undertaken by Mizone, a beverage brand that has grown strongly in the APAC region, with an independent brand voice in different Asian markets.
The role of consumer co-creation in developing multi-market Asian brands is the focus of this paper. It focuses on a co-creation project undertaken by Mizone, a beverage brand that has grown strongly in the APAC region, with an independent brand voice in different Asian markets. The key business challenge for Mizone was to develop a consistent, but differentiated, brand voice and vision that worked across markets, supported the growth of the brand and was relevant to consumers. It achieved this through a research process involving ethnography, online communities and co-creation workshops. Using this process, the authors argue, helped to root the brand vision and purpose in consumer truth and allowed Mizone to rapidly test and re-iterate the activations and articulations of the brand vision in real time.
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