Tag: netnography

Netnography: Redefined

kozinets-textThis updated text includes the latest netnographic research and examples from contemporary social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Kozinets includes step-by-step guidelines to help researchers get started in netnography and addresses research in areas such as geography, linguistics, addiction, and gaming. This book is a forward step in bringing attention to netnographic research and the valuable data it can provide.


Kozinets, Robert V. 2015. Netnography: Redefined. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications.


Netnography: The Marketer’s Secret Ingredient

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Robert Kozinets, who coined the term “netnography,” examines the ways online ethnography was used by Campbell’s Soup to learn more about the behaviors and ideas of their customers. For Campbell’s, “a netnographer would study why and how people swap recipes and soup stories, analyzing how these experiences fit into their daily lives.” Kozinets explains how social networks give companies a glimpse into the lives of their customers and can use seemingly random posts to gauge the health of a community. Brand managers could learn a lot from the kind of research Campbell’s conducted, which gave the company concrete initiatives that, once implemented, increased unique monthly visitors from 120,000 to more than a million in just a few months.


Kozinets, R. (2010, October 14). Netnography: The Marketer’s Secret Ingredient. MIT Technology Review. Retrieved from http://www.technologyreview.com/news/421208/netnography-the-marketers-secret-ingredient/

Reconceptualising Fieldwork in a Netnography of an Online Community of English Language Teachers

This article examines the research involving an online community of English language teachers, known as Webheads in Action (WiA). This article provides an inside look not at the community, but at the ways the researchers examined and participated in the community. The article describes the ways the research team experienced netnography in opposition to traditional ethnography. It includes ways of defining the field, fieldnotes and data gathering, dynamics of interviewing, and the importance of having the expertise in multiple online technologies. This article is useful for any beginning netnographer who is looking for practical advice before beginning online research.


Kulavuz-Onal, D., & Vasquez, C. (2013). Reconceptualising fieldwork in a netnography of an online community of English language teachers. Ethnography and Education, 8(2), 224-238, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17457823.2013.792511

Netnography: Doing Ethnographic Research Online

Capture10Written by Robert Kozinets, who coined the term netnography to mean “qualitative method devised specifically to investigate the consumer behavior of cultures and communities present on the Internet,” this is the definitive text for those seeking to engage in netnographic research. In this book, Kozinets gives an overview of netnographic research methods and walks the reader through data collection and analysis. While the examples are somewhat dated, Kozinets does spend time talking about potential developments in web 2.0 communities and ways of expanding netnography to meet the needs of researchers of the future.


Kozinets, R. V. (2010). Netnography: Doing Ethnographic Research Online. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Netnography and Digital Records: An Interview with Robert Kozinets

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Robert Kozinets coined the term netnography to mean “qualitative method devised specifically to investigate the consumer behavior of cultures and communities present on the Internet.” This interview with Kozinets reveals his thoughts on traditional v. internet anthropology and ways the internet has changed during his twenty years of online research. He also discusses what he considers the two keys to netnography: finding interesting and relevant data among what already exists and paying attention to one’s role in the process. Kozinets has interesting thoughts on search engines, such as a suggestion for tagged audiovisual materials in results.

Fernandez, J. (2014, August 13). Netnography and Digital Records: An Interview with Robert Kozinets [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://blogs.loc.gov/digitalpreservation/2014/08/netnography-and-digital-records-an-interview-with-robert-kozinets/