When new ideas and market opportunities arise, Vodafone New Zealand's goes directly to customers for their feedback. The company has 30,000 New Zealanders on their community panel, Vodafone Voice. With rapid results and actionable insights, the panel is able to provide Vodafone Executives timely answers to make informed decisions that maintain brand relevance for customers. Vodafone relies on the panel to assist in making decisions around which products, services or offerings are worth pursuing.
When times get tough, people re examine old habits and brand loyalties. Consumers are more conscious about spending their hard earned money and their tastes shift dramatically as they cut back. Virgin Mobile USA was able to see exactly how their consumers were changing during the economic downturn by surveying their online community of customers. The panel brings together hundreds of customers to interact with the organization on a variety of issues. The results were so interesting that both Forbes Magazine and the Chicago Tribune wrote an article about the findings.
Kodak's community-which boasts over 2,600 members to date-has been effective in combining quantitative and qualitative research initiatives, resulting in a more comprehensive understanding of consumer behavior, trends, and demand, which the company continues to use to its advantage. In addition to evaluating existing products and marketing initiatives, it has helped to identify new product and marketing opportunities through analysis of how members shop.
Roxy, global designer, producer and distributor of clothing and accessories, needed a way to connect with teenage girls on an ongoing basis to help produce, design and advertise their clothes. Roxy decided to find style mavens – girls who are the trend setters among their peers – and instead of doing ad-hoc focus groups of 20-30, they created an online community of over 900 girls.