Tag Archives: Social Listening

A powerful component of social media from a business perspective is the ability to listen to what consumers are saying. Social listening technologies are available to track conversations around specific phrases, words or brands. As a result, companies are able to identifying new opportunities that may not have been on their radar, and many are responding with innovative product development or design. Twenty-five years ago, it would have been costly and time consuming to gather focus groups in order to gain feedback. But today, this valuable market information can be gathered in a matter of minutes—assuming of course that people are in fact talking about your brand. The food industry is a specific sector where product development is critical to success. There are a number of reasons why this specific industry is constantly creating new products or innovating existing ones. I chatted with my colleague, Karen Proper, who is a technical manager in the product and process development department at NSF International to gain more insight on this topic. Karen and her team work with clients in the food and beverage industry to help bring a product concept to life, overcome production challenges or to innovate an existing one. When asked why product development is so integral to business, especially in the food industry, Karen replied, “Product development keeps companies competitive in the marketplace, compliant to regulations, able to react to ingredient and manufacturing process changes, and also responsive to trends and consumer demands—all of which are critical to success in the food industry today.”

DeWALT Inc. is a leading worldwide consumer power tool company, founded in 1924 and acquired by Stanley Black & Decker in 1960. Currently, DeWALT manufactures and sells more than 200 different power hand-tools and 800 accessories. (Wikipedia, 2016). When DeWALT became a customer of Canadian company Vision Critical Communications Inc., an online Insight Community was launched and it would forever change how they develop and design their products.  

Social front end product development is a concept that is gaining traction in the business world. Why? Because it yields off the charts results! Front-end product development involves using social media to gain valuable insights on what customers want. But, it’s not just about social listening, it’s about engaging clients directly in the creation and development of a product or service.

Dell is Listening and driving product development as a result

SCapling   October 20, 2015
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Organization Name: Dell Inc. Industry – Computing Technology Contacts: Richard Binhammer, Shree Dandekar – Senior Director of Business, Intelligence and Analytics at Dell Software, Bill Johnston, Dell’s Director of Global Online Communities, Barton George – Director of Dell Computer Division Web references – Dell, Social Media Explorer, USA today, Hub Spot, Briefings Direct, Youtube, Readwrite About Dell Dell is a privately owned multinational computer… Read more »

Social Listening for Product Development: Beyond food flavours to products that customers actually want

Michelle   June 17, 2015

Organization Name: C&A Marketing Industry: Online Retail Web References: Website Description of how social media is used for business performance Some of the most famous examples of social media for product development come from the food industry – for example, the Lay’s Do Us a Flavour flavour creation competition (and many similar competitions, like Mountain Dew’s Dewmocracy),or the Doritos’ Crash the… Read more »

Pizza with a Promise: Delivery Not Always Included

C. Laughren   June 10, 2015

    Organization: Pizza Pizza Industry: Food Services Web references: www.pizzapizza.ca, Facebook, Twitter, www.hootsuite.com, www.entrepreneur.com Loyalty lost One March evening, Christine C., a resident of Kitchener, Ontario, decided to order pizza for her family. She chose Pizza Pizza, a favourite pizza place, during their free movie deal promotion. It was a win-win for her family with pizza that night and… Read more »

#LaurierLove: University recruiters modify their methods as social media evolve

mirko   March 15, 2015
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Organization: Wilfrid Laurier University Industry: Post-secondary education Contacts: Melissa Stephens, Laurier’s manager of marketing and communications – recruitment and admissions, mstephens@wlu.ca; Sandra Muir, Laurier’s social media strategist, samuir@wlu.ca Web references: Wilfrid Laurier University and its social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram, as well as other sources with links posted throughout this blog entry. Like any suitor… Read more »

In Bed with Brand – How IKEA Turned a Facebook Group Into Customer Engagement Success

Tabatha Laverty   February 5, 2015

Organization: Ikea Industry: Retail Web References: PSFK – Professional Search for Knowledge, HVAS Worldwide, Bazaarvoice Incorporated, Social@Ogilvy, IKEA UK In Bed with Brand – How IKEA Turned a Facebook Group Into Customer Engagement Success 20 years ago, sales and marketing success hinged on finding potentials clients through individual business networks, making one-on-one connections with those prospects and convincing them that… Read more »

The Importance of Listening

Amanda Houseman   November 6, 2013

What is social listening? Social listening, by definition, is the process of identifying and assessing what is being said about a company, individual, product, or brand across all social media channels. Information is collected and analyzed to evaluate opportunities to shift business focus and strategy.  In plain language, social listening is using social media to hear what your consumers really… Read more »

Groupon: Collective Buying Power Gone Wrong?

faisalahsan   November 5, 2012

Groupon is a company that offers coupons and deals to its users on a daily basis. The premise behind Groupon is to use customer feedback to gauge demand for products and services. Interested parties purchase the coupon and only if enough people buy in does it become redeemable. This means the end users determine which coupons are redeemable and which… Read more »

Kraft uses “social listening” as a way to determine if they should enter the burger business

Julie Kalbfleisch   February 17, 2012

Organization Name: Kraft Foods; Nielson Web references: http://www.kraftrecipes.com/home.aspx http://www.nielsen.com/us/en.html When Kraft started looking at the burger industry as a potential market they turned to market research powerhouse Nielson for help with engaging with their audience via “social listening” In the process they not only learned about product trends and emerging flavours but also about the life-style persona of an at-home… Read more »