SampleCon Speech

During May of 2022, the latest edition of Samplecon was held in Pasadena, Ca. With attendees from 16 different countries and 240 guests, it was the biggest yet. Jacqueline Rosales, the President of ISA initiated the convention 9 years ago. She returned to the Samplecon stage to, once again, disrupt the consumer market research spaxw. This time her mission was to educate her colleagues about the future of the world wide web; Web 3 and how it’s ecosystem will change the world, let alone the marketing research industry. She brought to stage Craig Obligacion Wilson who is a Metaverse and NFT expert that worked for Unigrid, a decentralized cloud service. They shared their thoughts on how Web3, in particular NFTs will change the world.

Below are some of the top quotes and facts from the interview.

“Adidas…the first NFT collection 24 hours sold out. How much money did Adidas make on that collection $23 million.”

“And now in web three, it's the ownership economy. It is anybody can contribute. Anybody can own the data."

– Jacqueline Rosales, President, ISA

“I think the one thing that's gonna blow some heads in here…is that the consumers own the information, that the consumers have the right to sell it to you, versus you pay them for it. It's a little bit of a different strategy. It's very bottom up or as I like to call it, C2B instead of B2C. And that C could either be consumer, customer or community. It is the community that's making the decision… for Web3.”

“So, Blockchain is a digital ledger. I also like to think of it as like a digital timeline, where all the information is encrypted, so it can't be changed. It can't be accessed. It's always there. It's also like a moment in history. It's always there can't be changed. And then it's peer to peer. So, all this information gets spread, everywhere, anybody can access it.”

– Craig Obligacion Wilson, SME, ISA

Crypto winter is the time to build

You’ve probably heard the term “crypto winter” thrown around about a million times at this point. Should our clients be nervous to invest in Web3 research? Should we stop pushing the issue? The simple answer is no!

Venture capitalist firm Andreessen Horowitz (known as “a16z”) has just closed on its latest crypto fund – totaling $4.5 billion. This doubles the size of their last crypto fund and shows that the firm has no interest in taking their foot off the Web3 gas pedal.

Antoni Martin, enterprise lead at Polygon told Protocol that although the crypto crash has decreased interest in crypto, it is the time to differentiate between speculation and build saying “I think it’s time to build up, and with time the market will differentiate.”

“The blockchain solves counterparty interaction, eliminating the need for a middleman. This technology allows you to push payments without any intermediaries and provides a system of real-time auditability. Traditional banking requires protocols to prevent money laundering and to keep funds secure. Blockchain technology alleviates the need for these protocols by making each transaction transparent.”

-Eric Benz, CannaDAO

You know who is taking advantage of this time to build – Emerald Road. Emerald Road is a group of Californian cannabis farmers, led by legacy farmer and entrepreneur, Justin Calvino. Emerald road is an exclusive digital cannabis community. The platform is designed to connect farmers directly with their customers using community-building experiences. There is also the ability to purchase and market and provide content and education for consumers – all powered by blockchain technology. This virtual bazaar will give consumers the opportunity to gain experience, visit and purchase directly from farms, without ever leaving their home.

“The crypto blockchain space can really help the cannabis industry with everything from securing payments to seed to sale tracking and supply chain management. The fact that both crypto and cannabis are both new, emerging industries creates a great opportunity for them to help each other grow.”

– Laura Albers, Oasis Intelligence

Do you think your clients can benefit from Web3 strategy plan? We do! Don’t let the hype of “crypto winter” keep your clients from getting the full potential out of a Web3 plan. Remember, we’re not early, we’re late.

Business on blockchain

We know you’ve heard about what blockchain is, but what can it do?

 

The value of blockchain technology lies within the efficiency of it’s security measures. It can diminish the cost of doing business by providing data security that protects underlying data by making permanent, immutable records of exchanges. Blockchains are a new opportunity to reduce costs, streamline processes, improve data tracking and security, mitigate fraud and improve security.

“I continue to learn and develop more of an understanding of the power of blockchain technology. We are seeing a multitude of different and diverse uses and I believe that we are not even close to the pinnacle of what this technology can do. It is explosive and enabling businesses to become more efficient and successful.”

– Jacqueline Rosales

We’ve seen a real-life example of using a blockchain to track data with London-based company, Everledger, who are using a blockchain tracker to help eradicate the mining and trading of “blood diamonds,” which are mined using child labo0r and drug money. The startup has built a platform that tracks origin and ownership changes along the supply chain – recently securing $20 million in funding.

We are seeing a trend in opportunities for business development on these new platforms. Blockchains are bringing a new way to track and securely store data, giving transparency and more trust to business transactions. Large corporations, like Beijing Mercedes Benz, have partnered with blockchain based used car company, PlatOn, to understand and measure depreciation of their vehicles over time.

“I think a lot of these projects are being built on platforms where community will have the best experience. It comes down to user experience. It is important to provide value back to users on the network.”

– Hugh Benjamin

Blockchain technology allows for opportunity for greater productivity and trust between companies and clients. We are seeing blockchain platforms gain the interest of financial institutes like RBC, JP Morgan, Citibank, American Express, Visa and MasterCard. These enterprises can use the technology for building trust within the industry, financial inclusion and payment efficiency. Business developers can use those same principles in their work to gain business by providing an immutable and transparent ledger, receiving access to a secure place to track and store data, and reduce costs of conducting business, resulting in a higher margin.

In order to stay ahead of the Web3 curve, we need to make sure we are staying up to date on news. Make sure to take time to do your own research and learn about the space.

NFT News Nugget:

Check out this video of some billion dollar companies that use blockchain!

 

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This feature may be a great fit if you are recruiting and sharing a link to a join activity through an external survey, email, or anywhere off-platform and is ideal for pre-qualified customer lists when you want to provide a seamless and member friendly recruitment flow.

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SoapBoxSample Announces the Launch of Customer Boardroom

New Research Approach Provides Powerful Micro Communities Built Around Great Conversation

January 22, 2020, Los Angeles, CA — SoapBoxSample announced the official launch of their new research product – Customer Boardroom (CBR), being introduced at the QRCA in Austin, TX on January 28. As an alternative to traditional online bulletin boards, digital ethnographies, in-depth interviews and customer advisory boards, CBR was built with the philosophy that qualitative research platforms should always enhance and never disrupt the flow of conversation. A simple, intuitive interface and glanceable data comes together to form a customer boardroom — where your customers have a seat at the table. CBR allows brands to become more customer-centric by staying on top of emerging trends while gathering the quick feedback they need to make strategic business decisions.

“We’re incredibly excited to offer our clients this new, specialized approach,” said Jacqueline Rosales, COO of icanmakeitbetter/SoapBoxSample. “Recognizing clients’ ever-changing needs and building a portfolio of products around those needs is the cornerstone of our business strategy. Customer Boardroom was built to fill a specific niche in the market – a low barrier to entry product for executives who need fast feedback and actionable data from their customers, competitors’ customers, or anyone with key insights without the cost or work of having a long term community.”

As consumers’ preferences and behaviors continue to evolve, research approaches must evolve along with them. The flexibility of Customer Boardroom allows for discussions that are synchronous or asynchronous, moderator-led or participant-led, and with open-ended or closed-ended chats. With survey functionality built in, moderators can use survey answers as a jumping off point for authentic private conversations, while keeping the entire group engaged. The Backroom Chat feature allows clients to observe conversations in real time and make suggestions to the moderator directly and anonymously. The result is a research approach that works and feels like a live focus group, but with all the power of digital communication.

The release of Customer Boardroom complements SoapBoxSample/icanmakeitbetter’s existing insight community product, which provides integrated quantitative and qualitative data in one simple platform. As the fastest-growing market research methodology, online community research brings brands and consumers into a collaborative partnership where organizational strategy and direction are always supported by market insights. Key features of SoapBoxSample’s insight community platform include community health reports, heat maps, live chat, journals, surveys, and qualitative/quantitative focus groups.

icanmakeitbetter Announces the Launch of Customer Boardroom

New Research Approach Provides Powerful Micro Communities Built Around Great Conversation

January 22, 2020, Los Angeles, CA — SoapBoxSample/icanmakeitbetter announced the official launch of their new research product – Customer Boardroom (CBR), being introduced at the QRCA in Austin, TX on January 28. As an alternative to traditional online bulletin boards, digital ethnographies, in-depth interviews and customer advisory boards, CBR was built with the philosophy that qualitative research platforms should always enhance and never disrupt the flow of conversation. A simple, intuitive interface and glanceable data comes together to form a customer boardroom — where your customers have a seat at the table. CBR allows brands to become more customer-centric by staying on top of emerging trends while gathering the quick feedback they need to make strategic business decisions.

“We’re incredibly excited to offer our clients this new, specialized approach,” said Jacqueline Rosales, COO of icanmakeitbetter/SoapBoxSample. “Recognizing clients’ ever-changing needs and building a portfolio of products around those needs is the cornerstone of our business strategy. Customer Boardroom was built to fill a specific niche in the market – a low barrier to entry product for executives who need fast feedback and actionable data from their customers, competitors’ customers, or anyone with key insights without the cost or work of having a long term community.”

As consumers’ preferences and behaviors continue to evolve, research approaches must evolve along with them. The flexibility of Customer Boardroom allows for discussions that are synchronous or asynchronous, moderator-led or participant-led, and with open-ended or closed-ended chats. With survey functionality built in, moderators can use survey answers as a jumping off point for authentic private conversations, while keeping the entire group engaged. The Backroom Chat feature allows clients to observe conversations in real time and make suggestions to the moderator directly and anonymously. The result is a research approach that works and feels like a live focus group, but with all the power of digital communication.

The release of Customer Boardroom complements SoapBoxSample/icanmakeitbetter’s existing insight community product, which provides integrated quantitative and qualitative data in one simple platform. As the fastest-growing market research methodology, online community research brings brands and consumers into a collaborative partnership where organizational strategy and direction are always supported by market insights. Key features of SoapBoxSample’s insight community platform include community health reports, heat maps, live chat, journals, surveys, and qualitative/quantitative focus groups.

January 22, 2020, Los Angeles, CA — SoapBoxSample/icanmakeitbetter announced the official launch of their new research product – Customer Boardroom (CBR), unveiling at the QRCA in Austin, TX on January 28. As an alternative to traditional online bulletin boards, digital ethnographies, in depth interviews and customer advisory boards, CBR was built with the philosophy that qualitative research platforms should always enhance and never disrupt the flow of conversation. A simple, intuitive interface and glanceable data comes together to form a customer boardroom — where your customers have a seat at the boardroom table. CBR allows brands to become more customer-centric by staying on top of emerging trends while gathering the quick feedback they need to make strategic business decisions.

“We’re incredibly excited to offer our clients this new, specialized approach,” said Jacqueline Rosales, COO of icanmakeitbetter/SoapBoxSample. “Recognizing clients’ ever-changing needs and building a portfolio of products around those needs is the cornerstone of our business strategy. Customer Boardroom was built to fill a specific niche in the market – a low barrier to entry product for executives who need fast feedback from their customers, competitors’ customers, or anyone with key insights.”

As consumers’ preferences and behaviors continue to evolve, research approaches must evolve along with them. The flexibility of Customer Boardroom allows for discussions that are synchronous or asynchronous, moderator-led or participant-led, and with open-ended or closed-ended chats. With survey functionality built in, moderators can use survey answers as a jumping off point for authentic private conversations, while keeping the entire group engaged. Backroom Chat feature allows clients to observe conversations in real time and make suggestions to the moderator directly and anonymously. The result is a research approach that works and feels like a live focus group, but with all the power of digital communication.

The release of Customer Boardroom complements SoapBoxSample/icanmakeitbetter’s existing insight community product, which provides integrated quantitative and qualitative data in one simple platform. As the fastest-growing Market Research methodology, online community research brings brands and consumers into a collaborative partnership where organizational strategy and direction are always supported by market insights. Key features of SoapBoxSample/incanmakeitbetter’s insight community platform include community health reports, heat maps, live chat, journals, surveys, and focus groups.