How netnography can be used to unlock the full potential of crowdsourcing contests

Date of publication: June 15, 2013


Until now crowdsourcing contests (idea generation via online platforms) and netnography (ethnography adapted to the internet) have been understood as two distinct approaches. A first example of an intertwined crowdsourcing/ netnography project, more precisely the Chocolate Lovers Contest by Mondel?z International (formerly Kraft Foods), is detailed in this presentation. By conducting a netnography-based content analysis of all contest output, an understanding of consumers’ needs and preferences underlying the submitted ideas were gathered. 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. The presenters outline the research process and provide an understanding of generated results.

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