A Social Media Survey conducted on behalf of PRWeek and MS&L by PRWeek and CA Walker found that marketers don’t make changes to their products based on customer feedback, despite monitoring feedback being one of the most common business uses of social media in the first place.
The survey found that 70% of marketers say they’ve never made a change to a product or marketing efforts based on feedback from consumers on social media sites.
I have to second Larry Malloy’s comment.
I believe there’s two reasons for this.First, we are still in the early stages of social media as a marketing tool. I believe as the technology matures, potentials are stretched, metrics are determined, and processes are developed this will change.
Second, there could be a disconnect between marketing and product management (you said the survey polled senior level marketers). As a product manager, I often used social media throughout the product lifecycle, and the executives I reported to often did not know where the new product ideas came from. And, what I learned through social media, I often further tested through more traditional marketing technologies like surveys, customer visits, interviews, etc.
Most Product Management and Marketing executives I have talked to are interested in listening, but have no strategy, processes, methodologies or best practices to act on customer feedback. Most tools available today are not providing particularly actionable data either. I am not sure what would or should come first, but without these elements you cannot produce any ROI. I attempted to come up with a “calculator” to measure an impact of customer feedback on product profitability, but it is just a rudimentary attempt for discussion and anybody who wants a copy can find it here.