4 Ways Your Website Can Replace Focus Groups

Buzz Marketing for Technology

While focus groups attempt to simulate and gain insights on what the customer potentially thinks, nothing can substitute truly anonymous, honest and unbiased feedback. So how are websites replicating—and advancing—the traditional focus group?

An Overview of Bulletin Board Focus Groups

Idaconcpts

Bulletin boards focus groups (also known as BBFGs) are extended online discussions that take over 3 to 5 days, or more. BBFGs may have between 18 to 25 participants per group and develop in an asynchronous, threaded, self-paced fashion. .

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A social media focus group in the 99-year old home of the Red Sox

Jeff Esposito

So when I got an invitation from the Boston Red Sox to visit their home offices for a Twitter focus group, I could not have said yes quickly enough. The Sox’ social media team asked the focus group of their Twitter community what we liked, what we didn’t and what they could do better.

Let’s Get Real… Does Your Content Convert?

Pam Moore

It's time to get real about the real return on the investment you make in content marketing. Is the money and time you are investing in content marketing helping you achieve your business goals?

How to Create Content that Inspires, Connects and CONVERTS Lookers to Buyers: FREE Webinar

Pam Moore

Another day of amazing content creation. You create yet another epic piece of content. You publish yet another epic piece of content. Your epic piece of content is shared all over the social and digital web, once again. However, as usual your content is not converting. It is not driving business.

23 Tips to Build a Brand that is a Sweet Orange in a World of Bitter Apples

Pam Moore

However, there are some strategic and tactical things you are going to need to do and focus on to achieve success. Focus on consistent avatars, logo placement, colors, value proposition messages, company and product descriptions, bios, titles, fonts.

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How to Create a Content Marketing Architecture, Framework and Plan

Pam Moore

Would you build a new house without a plan? Of course you wouldn't, right? To build a house that will last a lifetime you need a framework and architecture.

Can Ottawa’s NBL franchise recover from a branding disaster?

Sherrilynne Starkie

“We didn’t want to fall into the trap of having a great name and then focus group it to death to the point where you go, ‘Ah, it doesn’t work, let’s go with something safe.’ ”. Groups would represent fans, sponsors, partners and other community influencers.

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Social Media Listening – It’s About Emotions

Janet Fouts

But much of the research we do when marketing products and services is focused on big data, filtered and sifted, often to get the results we are looking for rather than to divine what the customer wants. To my mind, studying social media is ever so much better than using focus group scenarios.

Top Five: The night that YouTube went dark

Sherrilynne Starkie

I guess Coke has never heard of the concept of using focus groups to test marketing.

What’s your social listening strategy?

Janet Fouts

However, the trend in marketing is focused on big data, filtered and sifted, often to get the results that validate our company and products rather than to divine what the customer wants. Still, I will say that social media is ever so much better a resource than using focus group scenarios.

The Factors Of Success For New Product Development

Socialmedia.biz

You can create focus groups that will tell you who wants to buy the product. You could ask the people in the focus groups for feedback, and you can determine the market for your products.

What is Market Research?

Idaconcpts

The main types of qualitative research are focus groups (e.g. Qualitative marketing research stands out from quantitative marketing research in that data is gathered from a small group of respondents and that that data is not put through statistical analysis. Focus Groups.

On Research, Measurement’s Oft-Forgotten Sibling

Waxing UnLyrical

On how to decide which research method to use: Steve said that they use a mix of tools on almost every project, with surveys, focus groups and interviews being the most common. Try out Slideshare’s recent addition, Zipcast, for online focus groups (it’s free).

[DATA] Teens, Privacy and Social Media

SocialFish

See the full report here ; and of particular interest is some insights gleaned from their focus group interviews. The latest research is out from Pew Internet Research on teens and their use of social media.

The Basics of A/B Testing on Social Media

Likeable

With traditional marketing, one might conduct a focus group or study, where researchers show audience members ads and ask for their opinion/sentiment. Welcome to the ABCs of A/B testing. If you’ve spent any time in proximity to marketing, you’ve probably heard the term thrown around.

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67% of Consumers Are More Likely To Purchase From Mobile-Friendly Sites

The Realtime Report

adults aged 25-54, conducted by Sterling Brands and SmithGeiger in Q3 2012; plus 40 consumers’ mobile journals and a 32-consumer focus group ( AdWeek ).

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Facebook Updates in Lieu of F8 2020

Ignite Social Media

Key Takeways: Facebook’s focus continues to be around keeping people connected Live video products were the focus of Facebook’s first F8 announcement Product updates include those around: video calling, new video rooms, and additions to Facebook Live video.

Two important SocialFish announcements…

SocialFish

Two important SocialFish announcements for ya: 1. Our brand-spanking new free SocialFish white paper on Social CRM for Associations is here! Download it today and let us know what you think.

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Why is the Customer Experience so Hard to Deliver On?

Direct Marketing Observations

Sure, they might have done the occasional test/focus group or survey but those were never a large enough sample size. You’d think brands would know what the customer wanted at this stage of the game, right?

Why the Packaging of Your Products Matters

Socialmedia.biz

If you’ve established a target demographic, get a focus group to get some feedback on different colors or packaging ideas. The packaging of a product plays a huge role in consumer decisions.

Listen Don’t Ask

Mindjumpers

This could be surveys, interviews or focus groups. Traditionally market research has been built on claimed data. These research methods- although can and have uncovered fascinating insights- are expensive, time-consuming and questionable in their accuracy.

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Our Hamilton public engagement campaign turns PR disaster

Sherrilynne Starkie

Indeed, often content and messaging is focus-group tested as part of the strategy development, something that might have saved the Our Hamilton campaign from such embarrassing mistakes. “We specialize in civic engagement situations of high emotion, conflict or controversy.”

Social Business Intelligence: Wisdom from the Outside-In

Buzz Marketing for Technology

In traditional research, companies elicit feedback through periodic surveys and then enhance their findings through focus groups. When interpreted via a sensible methodology, data becomes intelligence. When viewed through the lens of real consumer behavior, intelligence becomes wisdom.

The Social Listening Playbook for Super Eager Marketers

agora pulse

Think of social media like one giant focus group. In fact, it’s better than a focus group because the people talking are already actively engaged with your brand, and their opinions and observations are offered unsolicited.

Getting real engagement on your Facebook page

Janet Fouts

Give me a poll (that isn’t a focus group question and I’ll give you my opinion. Many Facebook page owners are disappointed with the results they are getting from their Facebook pages.

Social media: the ultimate skills cheat sheet

Sherrilynne Starkie

Conduct stakeholder/key informant interviews and focus groups, interpret survey and poll data, document reviews. The term ‘social media consultant’ can mean different things to different people because there is a whole range of skills and talents on offer. The cheat sheet provides a summary of the key skills a well-rounded social media consultant should possess. It also explains why each is needed and they are all used. Skills Why How. Content.

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Surveys: Essential to the PR Pro’s Toolbox

Waxing UnLyrical

But interviews, among other qualitative methods like focus groups, are crucial in the discovery process that ultimately leads to developing a meaningful survey that can be distributed to a larger population and lead to valuable results. Guest post by Andi Narvaez.

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4 Ways to Effectively Use Instagram Polls

agora pulse

When you are looking for a pulse check from your audience, and do not have the resources for focus groups and ten-page surveys, an Instagram Poll can offer some interesting insights. If you have ever used stickers on Instagram stories, you know how many options there are.

Words and Pictures – the Batman and Robin of Content Marketing

Waxing UnLyrical

They’ve recently started offering improv focus groups to get a more real reaction to what people are thinking. Maybe it’s summer, with all the blockbuster superhero movies bombarding us in 3D. Or that I’ve never really outgrown comics and cartoons.

How to Sell Smarter Using Social Insights

Convince & Convert

Forget Focus Groups. He suggests that, rather than shelling out for costly focus groups, sales teams are realizing that social media provides endless information about what their audience cares about, how they consume media, and what motivates their decision-making.

5 Traits of the Social Sales Person

Janet Fouts

Think of social media as a huge focus group. I love dealing with a talented sales person. Sometimes I’ll buy from them just because they are so good at their job I just want to support them. I will choose a store, a vendor because of the caliber of sales.

The Winning Social Media Content Strategy TV Networks Use

Convince & Convert

” Instead, they think of HGTV viewers, and DIY viewers, and GAC viewers because the demographic and psychographic characteristics of each viewer group differs. And more importantly, what each group WANTS from each channel varies as well.

Understanding the audience that watched the Champions League Final

Audiense

A few years ago, companies spent months researching their target audiences (with market surveys, focus groups, etc). On Saturday 3rd June, the final of the European Champions League was contested between Real Madrid and Juventus at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.

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Paid Owned and Earned media – the benefits of owning them all

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Today you can use the world’s largest focus group (ie all the social data from the last 2+ years) to find your audience online and model them to predict how effective your media purchases would be.

Four Effective Ways Brands can Create Digital Communities in 2020

Pixlee

They’re a modern focus group for your brand, and if managed correctly, they can pay dividends for your content strategy. Digital brand communities were popular before 2020, but they’re gaining a more informal and authentic edge in 2020.

Manwich: A Case Study on Social Media Listening

Waxing UnLyrical

You don’t need to create a focus group; you have one already. Howie Goldfarb is president and CEO of Sky Pulse Media , an agency focused on helping clients achieve outsize results in measurable bottom-line-impacting ways. You knew this day would come.

How Glossier Hacked its Way to a Billion Dollar Valuation

Pixlee

As detailed in the Glossier Playbook , Glossier kept a laser focus on their community at their core for growth. For many retailers, it takes millions of dollars and years testing, tweaking, and focus-grouping before coming to market. By strategizing their core focus on their community, Glossier doesn’t just “do social media”. Focus on Content. A billion dollar valuation with only 40 products is, without understating it, Apple Computer territory.

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How social media is like spaghetti sauce

Janet Fouts

As marketers we are often focused on the end goal, to make our product appealing to consumers. I watched this TED talk with Malcolm Gladwell the other day.

4 Ways E-commerce Can Drive Conversions From Green Initiatives

Buzz Marketing for Technology

4 Ways Your Website Can Replace Focus Groups While focus groups attempt to simulate and gain insights on. Posted in eCommerce Personalization. Going green, online—is it worth it? The short answer is yes.

How to Leverage Your Customers to Improve Your Marketing Strategy?

The Realtime Report

The interview should focus on what they want from your brand, what they think should be done to improve it, and what they dislike the most. Focus on the most common answers so you can craft a better message in your next ads and also improve the quality of the services offered.

Is Brand Engagement Over on Facebook?

Janet Fouts

Journal post focused mostly on small businesses, and they will certainly be hardest hit by the push towards ads because of three factors: Lack of resources to create effective ads and optimize them for clicks so you ads convert to the goals you’ve set for your campaign.

How To Use Consumer Insights For Product Inspiration and Development

Ignite Social Media

The primary benefits are being able to focus on specific information and target questions to specific audiences. It’s a focus group with the ultimate product road test.