The internet has opened the possibility of involving outside agents, such as consumers, to provide ideas for products for a company. Prior to the internet, consumers did not have a direct link to the decision makers in an organization. With the opening of the internet channel, consumers not only can, but want to, interact with a brand.
That interaction can take the form of:
- Feedback â€“ both positive and negative. Such as too much tomato sauce on a pizza, a picture of which is posted to Dominoâ€™s Facebook. Dominoâ€™s replied and apologized and gave a free pizza in return.
- Requesting Features and Improvements â€“ people using your product know exactly what it can and canâ€™t do in a real life situation and what real-life issues they encounter, such as twisting cords on hairdryers (why donâ€™t they fix that one?)
- New Product Ideas â€“ while using your products consumers might have product ideas, such as brand extensions with flavoring in cough medicine, or even totally new products.