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How to use Social Media to determine how potential customers see the features of currently available products, and what features they would like a new product to have. We will discuss which media ...

How to use Social Media to determine how potential customers see the features of currently available products, and what features they would like a new product to have. We will discuss which media works best for what, and how to get validation for a product feature idea, without putting too much information out there. Then we will discuss how to use the same Social Media channels to launch the new products when they are ready for the market.

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    Using Social Media to Develop and Launch Differentiated Products by Dave Erickson Using Social Media to Develop and Launch Differentiated Products by Dave Erickson Presentation Transcript

    • Internet, Blog, Forum, Viral, Guerilla and Strategic Product Development and Marketing Using Social Media to Develop and Launch Differentiated Products Using Social Media to Develop and Launch Differentiated Products www.RainMakerWeb.com
      • How to use Social Media to determine how potential customers see the features of currently available products, and what features they would like a new product to have.
      • Which media works best for what, and how to get validation for a product feature idea, without putting too much information out there.
      • How to use Social Media channels to launch the new products when they are ready for the market.
      • Utilizing Social Media can be a powerful tool for developing product specs and features; and for launching those final products
      • Social Media:
        • Used to help gauge the importance of product features and/or specifications
        • Can help develop cost effective, real-time and detailed competition comparisons
        • A quick and cost effective first step toward launching a product
      • Social Media provides a strong and direct connection to the market
      I. Intro RainMakerWeb.com - Using Social Media to Develop and Launch Differentiated Products -
    • II. Case Study
      • ASRock – Fatal1ty PC Motherboard development
      • ASRock (Taiwan - 3 rd Largest motherboard brand in the world) licensed the Fatal1ty brand to help it gain media exposure and to target the gaming motherboard market
      • The Fatal1ty brand utilized product development input from the world’s most famous gamer: Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel
      • RainMaker Marketing helped manage the product feature and specification R&D, as well as the Social Media launch campaign:
        • Utilized Social Media to develop and verify the strength of the feature set as compared to potential competition
        • The same Social Media portals were utilized to launch the product to the core market as well as mainstream market.
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    • II.a Case Study
      • Social Media can be used to help ‘decontent’ a design in order to hit a price point, and help define a new feature
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    • III. Targeting RainMakerWeb.com - Using Social Media to Develop and Launch Differentiated Products -
      • Which Social Media sites are the best to work with?
      • Target each Social Media subsets for your application:
      • Community Portals : Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, etc.
      • Product Launches, promotions, official messaging
      • Q & A Portals : Forums, Yahoo Answers, Ask, etc.
      • Market and product development research, competition analysis
      • Product launch, core introduction and feature set promotion
      • Review Portals : Blogs, Epinions, Cnet, etc.
      • Credibility marketing, distribute product messaging and driving sales
    • IV. Research
      • Q & A Portals can be a powerful tool for doing
      • market and product research
      • Easy to gather a wide range of core user opinions about similar products
      • Look for what people are saying is missing in products, as well as what they like and don’t like
      • Rule # 1 – Everyone has an opinion, but that doesn't mean it is right
        • Use common sense to filter information
      • Everyone’s review is paid for in some way and everyone has an agenda – understanding the source of content is important
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    • VI. Feature Testing
      • Use product comparisons and ‘What if’ questions on Q & A Portals to test validity
      • Q&A Portals provide a unique opportunity to get feedback on a feature or feature set, by asking an anonymous question about a product
        • “ I want a WIDGET that has a FEATURE. Do you think that feature is useful? How much is it worth?”
      • For feature sets and price point, you can use an ‘A or B’ question
        • “ I am thinking of getting a WIDGET A with FEATURES & PRICE, or WIDGET B with FEATURES & PRICE, which do you think is better? Why?”
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    • VII. Leaky Faucet
      • Slowly leaking information can build anticipation for a product launch and line up potential customers
      • Community Portals are a great for promoting upcoming products
        • Especially effective if tied to a promotion campaign such as a contest, poll or viral video
      • Forums can be utilized for ‘Rumor’ campaigns
        • Anonymous posts: “I heard that the next WIDGET A will have FEATURE. Is that true? Sounds exciting!”
      • Blogs can be used by ‘Leaking’ info to an editor, and by posting in a comment of a related post.
      • Important to tie the leaks together with links
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    • VIII. Launch
      • Use all Social Media Portals to Launch products
      • Community Portals
        • Official Product launch and messaging
        • Viral campaigns and contests for video messaging and promotion
      • Q & A Portals
        • Posting in Comments of related blog posts to support SEO and SEM efforts
        • Forum Posting of messaging and starting conversations on a group of core and mainstream forums to support: brand marketing, product features and messaging, SEO and SEM efforts and drive traffic and sales
      • Review Portals
        • Product review posting on e-tailler and product review sites
        • 3rd Party review and/or ‘fan/enthusiast’ site development
        • Microsite to support SEO and SEM
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    • Contact
      • Dave Erickson
        • 714.454.1855
        • derickson@
        • rainmakerweb.com
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