How Pandora’s Consumer Insights Team Leverages Rewards

How Pandora’s Consumer Insights Team Leverages Rewards

Have you heard of Pandora? Better question – who hasn’t heard of Pandora? The music giant is a well-known trailblazer in the streaming space. Here’s what you may not know: It’s also blazing trails in the consumer insights space! Learn how our innovative customer Pandora improved survey respondents’ participation and engagement using Rybbon. They also save hours and dollars along the way.

Keeping Panel Members Engaged Can be Hard

Pandora’s research team manages an exclusive online research panel called the Soundboard, which includes over 75,000 Pandora listeners. This panel is used to collect feedback on topics related to Pandora and its advertising partners. With the Soundboard panel, Pandora provides proprietary data-driven insights that are relevant to its advertising clients, across categories and topics. But, this valuable stream of insights has not always been consistent. Over Soundboard’s five-year lifespan, Pandora tried different incentives to keep panelists engaged.

Melissa Paris, Pandora’s Senior Director of Sales Research, spoke to the challenges.

“We’ve used various incentives over time, to varying degrees of success,” shared Melissa. “We have struggled to keep panelists satisfied and incentives flowing without issues.”

The Soundboard has undergone costly transitions in its attempts to keep panelists engaged. Past incentives programs resulted in frustrations for both internal and external stakeholders. They brought reward eligibility issues, long administrative hours, and unreliable rewards processes. 

Rybbon’s Qualtrics Integration Creates a Smooth Rewards Experience

Rybbon as a seamless integrated solution into Qualtrics proved to be the key to success. “For the past 6 months we’ve been working with Rybbon to manage and deliver our incentives,” said Melissa. “Our experience has been very smooth. Rybbon has removed a lot of internal friction for us and our panelists are more engaged than ever!” 

With Rybbon, the Soundboard team does not sacrifice long administrative hours. Nor do they worry about undelivered rewards. Instead, they trust our automated instant reward delivery and tracking. Now, they can focus on what’s important: market research insights. The Soundboard team has seen improvements in data, insights, and even internal productivity. “We’ve had far fewer listener complaints about missing rewards than ever! This leads to more satisfied customers,” Melissa explained. “We’re able to spend less time managing incentives and troubleshooting errors.” The use of Rybbon has led to higher satisfaction for both Pandora’s users and their employees. Both their internal and external customers have seen the value of their new incentives program.

How Automated Rewards Make Everyone Happy

Rybbon’s incentives management process enables a continuous data stream for the Soundboard.

“Rybbon is a seamless way to reward and incentivize your consumers. It allows you to devote more time to focus on market research insights.”

With these insights, Pandora knows its users better and allows them to provide actionable insights to their advertising partners to better resonate with consumers. Results like these are why we stress the importance of the customer experience. When our customers hit their goals using our incentives, we have achieved ours.

Want to know your customers like Pandora knows theirs? See this 90-second video of Rybbon’s integration with Qualtrics.

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rida khan

Marketing Manager, Rybbon

Rida is a creative marketing professional who specializes in innovative marketing solutions for the technology space.