Discussions Strategic Marketing
Q1. Social media and marketing research
Marketers have traditionally used research methods such as focus groups, observation, trend analysis, and competitive research to help develop and gauge customer response to new products.Today, social media is also helping companies understand consumer preferences and develop new products.
Have a look at how Wal-Mart, Frito-Lay, Samuel Adams and Kohls are using Facebook and Twitter and let's try to answer the following questions:
Q2. Big Data
One of the major trends over the past few years in marketing research is the use of “Big data”. This is data, usually collected at individual customer level across a variety of platforms – online and offline, which gets merged into a “big dataset” to create a quite detailed picture of customer behavior.
Have a look at the following NY Times article, which gives a very nice overview of how “big data” is used by marketers.