Did Apple get it right with the new MacBook?

Posted on October 28, 2008. Filed under: Customer Insight Portal, Leximancer | Tags: , , , , , |

When Apple launched their new line of MacBook a few weeks ago, many people were excited to see some positive changes from the outdated version still in stores. Although Apple got many rave reviews on the MacBook, not every user loved everything about the newest version.

A concept map of CNET Reviews of the Macbook

A concept map of CNET Reviews of the MacBook

Using reviews of the new MacBook from CNET, Leximancer’s The Customer Insight Portal was able to identify some of the aspects that consumers were dissatisfied with that Apple could use when they develop their newest version down the road.

A thematic summary of connected themes in the concept map

A thematic summary of connected themes in the concept map

As one can see when looking at the thematic summary The Customer Insight Portal generated, the theme “bad” is the most connected at 100%. This could mean two things. This may mean that the majority of reviewers identified the product or aspects of the product as “bad”. This also may be because many users use CNET reviews as a chance to express their concerns with the new MacBook.

Another interesting thing to note is that the theme “screen” is the most prevalent theme (48%) in terms of what is truly specific to the MacBook itself. Apple opted to use a glossy screen for the new MacBook, which garnered mixed reviews.

Concept map of the theme "screen"

Concept map of the theme "screen"

When zoning in on the screen theme, you can see that glossy and matte are prevalent concepts, as many reviewers prefer the new, glossy screens of the MacBook, while others think that having a matte screen is better. Digging into some of the textual evidence, you can see that there really are mixed feelings about the look of the screen.

“For me personally I was prepared to make the switch from PC to Mac but the 
glossy screen was a deal breaker for me.”

“I am a programmer so having a glaring screen is the real deal breaker for 
me, but the other then this the thing I really disliked about these 
computers which I have not heard anyone else mention so far is the 
sharpness across the front edge.”

“The glossy screen is supposed to make everything seen on the screen, well, 
glitter. I’ve compared a website seen on a matte screen, and on a glossy 
screen, and I must concur that, the same website on the glossy screen looks 
better in terms of aesthetics.”

“The glossy screen doesn’t bother me that much. That I could live with, and 
the flat glass surface on the screen is one of the best ideas in mobile 
computing that I have seen in years.”

“Glossy screen better than matte. (But they should’ve used Opticlear coating 
from NEC)”

“I 
have no idea why everyone suddenly went to these glossy screens. I have no 
idea what they are talking about when they say it has better colors.”

“The glossy display doesn’t bother me as 
it’s the same as my iMac’s and I absolutely love it (and don’t take my 
laptops outside all that much).”

Concept map of the themes "pad" and "worst"

Concept map of the themes "pad" and "worst"

One of the most obvious concerns for the new MacBook users was the mousepad/trackpad. While the spacious pad, made of glass may be roomier and allow for some revolutionary “gestures” similar to the iPhone, the trackpad is now buttonless, which many reviewers have found to be confusing and annoying.

As you can see, the theme pad was most closely related with the worst theme, and included concepts like horrible, sucks and disliked. This shows that for many reviewers, the trackpad was a strong source of discontent.

Close up of theme "bad"

Close up of theme "bad"

Another interesting complaint that reviewers had, as you can see around the concept bad, was the loss the of a FireWire port. Because many digital cameras and camcorders use a FireWire to load onto a computer and some users need it for editing purposes, reviewers were upset that the new MacBook’s did not have this capability. Although the MacBook Pro and some other higher end options do have the FireWire port, the less expensive MacBook does not.

“Removing the firewire from the low end macbook seems like a really bad move 
when you’re looking at it now. I happen to use firewire for video editing, 
but I’m not sure it’s important to most people.”

“(maybe Macs too, just 
haven’t done any research) Sure, sure, those of us in the know are aware 
that firewire is much better for HDDs and such, but the average consumer 
doesn’t know that. Most PC users use USB external drives.”

Overall, the new Apple MacBook’s got many positive reviews from sources. However, using Leximancer’s The Customer Insight Portal, we are able to hone in on some of the aspects that reviewers aren’t as pleased with. When it is time to develop the newest version of the MacBook, Apple will be able to learn from this discontent and build a new model accordingly.

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Powerfully Simple

Posted on October 20, 2008. Filed under: Customer Insight Portal, Leximancer | Tags: , , , , , |

Two concepts you rarely see linked in software reviews are “powerful” and “easy to use,” but those concepts are the first impressions of everyone who has put The Customer Insight Portal through its paces.

Fern Halper is the latest to be surprised by the powerful simplicity of the Portal and the speed of reaching actionable insight. Fern discovered that even a new user can dive in, load data either from internal documents or the Web and in minutes have actionable insight at your fingertips.

“The portal is very easy to use. You simply login and then tell the system the files you would like to analyze. You can upload internal documents or specify the URL(s) you would like to mine. Once the analysis is complete, you can then drill in and out of the concepts and highlight the pathways between concepts.”

And dive in she did. Fern explored several articles on the current financial crisis to see what new insight she could uncover, and using the Pathway Analysis tool quickly found an unexpected link.

“I was interested to understand the ‘seats’ concept and its relationship to the economic crisis, so I highlighted the path. In a separate window all of the articles related to the concept path are highlighted. It then became obvious from the articles, that given the financial crisis, the democrats stand to gain more seats in the senate and lock up a 60 seat filibuster proof majority.”

What kind of insight and unexpected links do you think The Customer Insight Portal can unlock for your business?

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Leximancer Used to Create Political Insight in Australia

Posted on September 24, 2008. Filed under: Leximancer | Tags: , , , , , |

Here is another use of Leximancer – this time in the political realm in Australia. Graham Young from Online Opinion, uses Leximancer to analyze public perception’s of two leading Australian political figures.

His series of analysis show how the public perceptions vary between two dynamic leaders, Malcolm Turnbull and Kevin Rudd. His conclusion?

The public sees Turnbull’s energy and experience being a factor in his ability to be a successful industry leader, while they see Rudd’s hard work, intelligence and social conscience allowing him to be a successful bureaucrat. 

To learn more, click here for a blog post detailing how Graham uses Leximancer to develop cutting-edge political insight.

Stay tuned for more information on Graham Young and how Leximancer works for him in the coming weeks.

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Leximancer Launches The Customer Insight Portal

Posted on June 27, 2008. Filed under: Customer Insight Portal | Tags: , , , , , |

Leximancer is pleased to announce the availability of The Customer Insight Portal. We think it will forever change the way you think, look and respond to customer data.

Most companies are sitting on gigabytes of customer data: call center notes, comments received through corporate Web sites, e-mails, survey results and much more. They also know that the world is talking about them on Web sites and Blogs, but only get anecdotal evidence about what it all means.

The Customer Insight Portal, powered by Leximancer v3.0, unlocks the power of that data, both internal and external, by providing powerful insight into the root causes of customer attitudes and behaviors. We tell you why customers think or act a certain way, not just what they are thinking about, saying or doing. 

Not only are we the only company to give you this powerful insight, we now deliver it in an easy to use Software as a Service platform on the Web.

We know that The Customer Insight Portal will be bookmarked on the Web browsers of key executives, brand managers, customer service professionals, competitive intelligence experts, customer experience managers and others throughout the world. After all, hundreds of people are already using this powerful software to unlock insights in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Take a look around, check out our demos, review our product features and then you’ll know what the excitement is about.

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