This is a Netnography analysis of Pringles intended to serve as an example and holds no business relevance herein.
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Applying Netnography<br />Pringles : a Case Study<br />Once you pop you cant stop<br />Gaurav Pratap Singh<br />Schulich School of Business<br />
A case study<br />Pringles <br />Once you pop, you cant stop? <br />emotional attributes: <br /> sociability, irresistibility and fun<br />functional attributes:<br />Tastes better, non – greasy and great can<br />Innovative : 192 flavors till date* in over 140 countries<br />Key challenge, widespread geographic presence will inhibit detailed analysis.<br />Does our customer still think the same?<br />Will validate above through a Netnography study<br />Research will focus on online archived data and fieldnotes to glean more insights<br />*Sourcehttp://pringlesfan.pr.funpic.de/picturedlistflavours.htm, http://wikibin.org/articles/list-of-pringles-products.html<br />
Data Analysis<br />Coding<br />Country, sentiment, type of product, nature of activity<br />Noting/Memoing<br />Abstracting and computing<br />Grouped above coded data to create a semblance and pattern<br />Checking and Refinement<br />Further analyzed above data to create information<br />Generalizing<br />Some Pringle flavors are not available globally<br />Consumers associate the brand with popular culture and make it relevant to the era, this has helped the brand reinvent itself<br />Theorizing<br />Pringle’s packaging has kept abreast with changing times and cultural demands<br />Innovation in flavor demonstrates good consumer insights <br />
Official Initiatives<br />Analysis: Not much effort to engage official Pringles community, except on facebook. <br />YouTube and facebook comments provide useful research insights.<br />
Key Insights<br />Pringles should be manufactured in India as high import duty is impacting penetration<br />Sour cream and onion seems to be the favorite flavor (globally)<br />Pringles Exchange Program: different fans exchanging flavors found in their part of the world<br />Scope of bundling exotic flavors at a premium for consumers to try them out as a limited edition run<br />Leverage insights from analyzing latest online consumer data to make limited edition runs<br />Launch Pringles Dips – consumers want it<br />Consumers love the non-greasy aspect of Pringles<br />Increase awareness on innovative ways to serve Pringles* <br />Tons of stories around how you can’t get your fingers inside the can, this can be effectively leveraged by the brand<br />Pringles Cans – 5.4 million search results<br />Innovative uses help build the fun aspect of the brand<br />Used to store paint rollers to prevent them from drying up<br />* Source www.pringleperfection.org<br />
Findings<br />Yes, initial hypothesis about Pringles stands tall.<br />emotional attributes: <br /> sociability, irresistibility and fun<br />functional attributes:<br />Tastes better, non – greasy and great can<br />Innovative : 192 flavors till date* in over 140 countries<br />Facebook is a proven channel for the Pringles community<br />Stimulates the consumption and keeps the conversation going<br />Presence of insiders help build the community<br />Key aspect: Strength of the brand has helped sustain the conversations online without much support from P&G. Tremendous potential in terms of consumers needs and wants remains untapped, which when leveraged will help increase sales volume.<br />Challenge for P&G is to consolidate the fragmented knowledge present online in an easily accessible location for the community. It is recommended that Pringles Blog be leveraged for the same.<br />Caution: Results are super toxic for any commercial use. This is just an academic exercise run as a test basis for demonstration purpose only.<br />Pringles Cantenna<br />