Consumers are expecting more out of the companies they purchase from and for the most loyal customers, being a part of the product development process is a key want.
While emails and phone calls to customer service teams are still popular, more and more customers are turning to owned or social communities for solutions to their problems and providing feedback on products. A 2013 JD Power survey found that 67% of consumers have used a company's social media site for servicing.
By now, most companies know that engaging and responding to these audiences is necessary in today's marketplace, but what are you doing with all that feedback after you solve a customer's problem? Truly smart companies take the feedback they get from customers and use it to influence their product development process and make the best products for their customers.