Brands Offering Old Time Solutions for Modern-day Social Distancing

In recent years a return to DIY and Urban Farming has grown substantially as people are weighing the benefits of eating healthy and how it improves their life physically, mentally and emotionally. But with recent events, and the threat of the coronavirus shutting down...

Recipe for the Ideal Supermarket

We’ve used ConsumerBase to gather and analyze consumer opinion in order to publish netnographies on five large supermarket chains: Kroger, Publix, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, and Wegmans. This post combines findings from all five netnographies into a meta-analysis of the...

Finding Insights on Forums

I hear from NetBase customers that although Twitter is all the rage, and blogs have been around since the early 2000s, it’s in forums—the Internet equivalent of the old message board—where one gets the most transparency into people’s lives. Why do people join a forum?...

California Pizza Kitchen Netnography

Founded in 1985, California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) is a leading casual dining chain featuring hearth-baked pizzas, including the original BBQ Chicken Pizza, and a broad selection of pastas, salads, appetizers, soups, sandwiches and desserts. CPK premium pizzas are also...

Wegmans Netnography

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 77-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, employs over 41,000 people, had 2010 sales of $5.6 billion, and is one of the largest...

Trader Joe’s Netnography

Trader Joe's is a privately held chain of specialty grocery stores headquartered in Monrovia, California. As of December 2010, Trader Joe’s had a total of 353 stores. Approximately half of its stores are in California, with the heaviest concentration in Southern...

Kroger Netnography

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kroger is the nation’s largest traditional grocery retailer, employing more than 334,000 associates who serve customers in 2,461 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states. The company operates under two dozen local banner...

Safeway Netnography

Safeway began in 1915 as a Skaggs store, owned by M.B. Skaggs, in American Falls, Idaho. In 1926, the company merged with 322 Safeway (formerly Selig) stores. In the 1930s, Safeway introduced produce pricing by the pound, dating on perishables to assure freshness,...

Publix Netnography

Publix, a privately-held company operating stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee, was founded by George W. Jenkins in 1930 in Winter Haven, Florida. It has grown into a Fortune 500 company with more than 1,000 stores and is one of the...

Ziploc Netnography

Here’s how Ziploc’s parent company, SC Johnson, describes itself: “We make homes better for families. SC Johnson is one of the world’s leading makers of household brands. We’re a 124-year-old family company, and our trusted products can be found in homes around the...

Rubbermaid Netnography

Here’s how the company describes itself on its website: “Rubbermaid is a leader in developing innovative, high-quality solutions that help consumers keep their homes in order. Widely recognized and trusted, Rubbermaid designs and markets a full range of organization,...

Tupperware Netnography

Tupperware is such a well-known brand name that I use it as a generic name for its category, like aspirin, cellophane, elevator, and others. (Even though I’m sure Tupperware wouldn’t like that. And it’s not on the unofficial list of protected trademarks frequently...

Turning Online Discussions Into Insight

Ray Poynter, managing director of The Future Place and organizer of The NewMR Virtual Festival, kicked off the festival with a presentation on “How can we turn online discussions into insight?” His presentation is summarized in an article on the Voice of Vovici Blog...

Social Media Demographics

This post is a follow-up to my recent post, "Ethics of Social Media Research and Marketing for Alcoholic Beverage Companies.” In that post, we reported that alcoholic beverage companies who belong to the industry’s primary trade association adhere to a Code of...

Intuit Netnography

Intuit Inc.is a leading provider of business and financial management solutions for small and mid-sized businesses, for financial institutions, and for consumers and accounting professionals. Its flagship products and services, including QuickBooks, Quicken and...

H&R Block Netnography

Consumers care a lot about money and taxes, so they also care a lot about organizations that handle them. There’s a great deal of online chatter about tax service providers like H&R Block, a company that has prepared more than 550 million tax returns worldwide...

Consumer Attitudes About Fresh Food

Frank Cotignola, who is Consumer Insights Manager in the CIS Center of Excellence at Kraft Foods, recently published an extensive case study of fresh food that he did for the Eastern Perishable Products Association (EPPA). The presentation includes an introductory...

Insights About Coupons

Frank Cotignola, who is Consumer Insights Manager in the CIS Center of Excellence at Kraft Foods, wrote an article recently for Listen First!, an ARF blog, on “How To Get Started with Listening Research.” One tool he mentions for getting “in-depth insight and...