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Stevia: How Sweet is
it Really?
Real Sugar: Sucrose
623,000 total posts
Real Sugar: Sucrose
Similar affinities are prevalent in all 4 ‘sugars’:
health, nutrition, fitness, cooking, health
food, ...
High Fructose Corn Syrup
 Best Sentiment Ratio (+10%)
Worst Sentiment Ratio (-20%)
822,00 total posts
High Fructose Corn Syrup
HFCS’s affinities look the most similar to
Stevia’s affinities (see below)
Artificial Sugars
2,268,000 total posts
Artificial Sugars
Stevia
Best Sentiment Ratio (+10%)
1,293,000 total posts
Stevia
While the other 3 monitors’ gender
demographics are essentially equal (45%-55%
split), stevia’s split is much more ...
Lets Take a
Closer Look…
Stevia
Why are there two spikes in
negative sentiment? After
further analysis, it was
discerned that the spike in
early 20...
Stevia
Artificial Sugars
The main complaint, similar to
stevia’s main reason for
negative sentiment, is bad
taste (36%). While th...
Artificial Sugars
Almost 40% of the posts
contained the word ‘cancer’…
Analysis
After a close analysis of both stevia and artificial
sweeteners, bad taste was found to be the driver
of negative...
Analysis
However, when one examines stevia more closely,
although taste is certainly the driver of negative
sentiment, it ...
Analysis
Although taste is inarguably a major factor in
consumers’ decisions in choosing what products to
buy, the health ...
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Understanding Consumer Affinities in Driving Brand Preference:

Knowing your customers' interests and contextualizing their affinities can mean the difference between a successful new product rollout or a failure.

We chose sweetener, a common ingredient in many food and beverage manufacturing products, to produce this enlightening case study, on how consumer preferences and interests can drive product development and marketing campaign strategy.

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Stevia: How Sweet Is It Really?

  1. 1. Stevia: How Sweet is it Really?
  2. 2. Real Sugar: Sucrose 623,000 total posts
  3. 3. Real Sugar: Sucrose Similar affinities are prevalent in all 4 ‘sugars’: health, nutrition, fitness, cooking, health food, organic food, health care, weight loss, being a mom, and parenting
  4. 4. High Fructose Corn Syrup  Best Sentiment Ratio (+10%) Worst Sentiment Ratio (-20%) 822,00 total posts
  5. 5. High Fructose Corn Syrup HFCS’s affinities look the most similar to Stevia’s affinities (see below)
  6. 6. Artificial Sugars 2,268,000 total posts
  7. 7. Artificial Sugars
  8. 8. Stevia Best Sentiment Ratio (+10%) 1,293,000 total posts
  9. 9. Stevia While the other 3 monitors’ gender demographics are essentially equal (45%-55% split), stevia’s split is much more female oriented Stevia’s affinities look the most similar to HFCS’s affinities (see above)
  10. 10. Lets Take a Closer Look…
  11. 11. Stevia Why are there two spikes in negative sentiment? After further analysis, it was discerned that the spike in early 2012 was due to consumers’ annoyance with the song in the Truvia commercial. A second spike in late 2013 was due to Stevia’s appearance in the finale of Breaking Bad. Otherwise, negative sentiment remains low and steady. Stevia’s main opponents dislike it for bad taste (10%), and not health reasons (<1%). This confirms there are very few health concerns as of yet.
  12. 12. Stevia
  13. 13. Artificial Sugars The main complaint, similar to stevia’s main reason for negative sentiment, is bad taste (36%). While there are some studies as well as countless rumors concerning the negative heath effects of artificial sweeteners, it only accounts for 13% of the negative sentiment. Furthermore, taste accounts for more than 70% of the positive sentiment towards artificial sweeteners. The other 30% is its health benefits over sugar and HFCS.
  14. 14. Artificial Sugars Almost 40% of the posts contained the word ‘cancer’…
  15. 15. Analysis After a close analysis of both stevia and artificial sweeteners, bad taste was found to be the driver of negative sentiment for both sugar alternatives. Moreover, good taste was found to be the driver of positive sentiment for artificial sweeteners. Following this logic, it seems as though when it comes down to it, taste is the major indicator of whether consumers will buy a product, regardless of other seemingly more important factors. In other words, even if there are negative effects, such as health consequences, associated with a product, if it tastes good, there will always be people who want to buy it and will buy it.
  16. 16. Analysis However, when one examines stevia more closely, although taste is certainly the driver of negative sentiment, it is not the driver of the positive sentiment. Health, including stevia in comparison to and as a substitute for the current alternatives (sugar, HFCS, and artificial sugars), accounts for 100% of the positive sentiment towards stevia. Overall, the negative sentiment for stevia, which is derived from its somewhat bitter aftertaste, accounts for only 11% of the conversation around stevia, while the positive sentiment towards stevia’s health benefits accounts for 41% of the conversation, almost three times the overall volume of the negative sentiment.
  17. 17. Analysis Although taste is inarguably a major factor in consumers’ decisions in choosing what products to buy, the health of a product is becoming an increasingly important factor as well. In a world full of sweetened packaged goods coupled with the fact that humans innately crave sugar, sweetened foods are not going anywhere. However, consumers are becoming more cognizant of what exactly they are putting into their bodies and are looking for alternatives to sugar and HFCS, as both have been irrefutably proven to be unhealthy. At first, artificial sugars, such as Splenda and Sweet’N Low, were the answer, and they were immediately used as ingredients in beverages and packaged goods alike. As skepticism builds for artificial sugars, though, the new and improved answer is Stevia, the natural plant-based sweetener.
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Understanding Consumer Affinities in Driving Brand Preference: Knowing your customers' interests and contextualizing their affinities can mean the difference between a successful new product rollout or a failure. We chose sweetener, a common ingredient in many food and beverage manufacturing products, to produce this enlightening case study, on how consumer preferences and interests can drive product development and marketing campaign strategy.

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