Our case studies
Stronger together : How Milcobel tapped into their suppliers’ expertise to help look for cost savings
How Milcobel tapped into their suppliers’ expertise to help look for cost savingsWith inflation raising the price of raw material rapidly in the spring of 2022, Milcobel, a milk cooperative in Belgium, needed to find ideas to increase efficiency and cut down on costs. They decided to tap into their key suppliers’ knowledge and experience to come up with these. Instead of just organizing presentations for their Suppliers’ Day, they opted for an interactive conference, using Synthetron to allow suppliers to freely share their ideas and suggestions about innovation and about cost savings. Two 45-minute sessions (morning and afternoon) were done in between presentations on innovation and the need for cost savings. Suppliers were given instant feedback on the main points coming out of the Synthetron discussions, which reassured them that Milcobel was listening to them. The online dialogues provided Milcobel with valuable insights that have helped them to know their suppliers better and to take better decisions to achieve their strategic goals. To learn more about how Synthetron helped Milcobel to leverage their suppliers’ expertise, click here. EN Milcobel -Stakeholder engagement ‘I was impressed with the richness of the outcome. The results have really helped us to understand our suppliers better.’ Karine De Wachter – Chief Procurement Officer - Milcobel
Core Values at KLM : how KLM’s employees helped the company to become more future-proof
How KLM’s employees helped the company to become more future-proofThis year, KLM has been working hard on a formulating the future mission and vision to continuously be successful in the future in a rapidly changing environment. KLM asked our partner organisation, SYSTEMIQ, to support it in formulating the core values of the future. To gain insight into KLM’s current unique values and the core values that will be important in the future, SYSTEMIQ invited us to organise a Synthetron-Hackathon on core values with employees of all divisions.. 214 Employees participated across all divisions and shared more than 1,800 ideas and opinions with each other in one hour. This process resulted in a reformulation of the core values in line with KLM's mission and vision and with the buy-in of employees. To learn more about how the Synthetron-Hackathon helped KLM, click here. KLM Hackaton final
How Yin United employs Synthetron to push cultural change from the bottom up
How Yin United employs Synthetron to push cultural change from the bottom upYIN United is a boutique agency for innovative and collaborative leadership and culture development. Yin United uses Synthetron to do exactly what seems intangible: measure and adjust a workplace culture in co-creation with everyone. Listening beneath the tip of the iceberg reveals unspoken roadblocks and underleveraged strengths. It is a real trigger in a change journey as employees co-create the future for themselves -- owning it, driving it. To learn more about how Synthetron and Yin United help companies with cultural transformations, click here. EN Synthetron case Culture change with partner YinUnited ‘Because of the participative approach of Synthetron, it has proven easy to make everyone in the organization accountable for the cultural change to innovate.’ Liesbeth Dillen -Yin United
How Synthetron helped Proximus’ employees to own the company’s cultural change
How Synthetron helped Proximus’ employees to own the company’s cultural changeProximus’ brand promise, Think possible, is key in its strategy. Think possible requires Proximus to transform its culture to operate in a T”hink possible” way, like a digital native company. With 12 Thinkathons (synthetron dialogue moments) Proximus engaged its employees, to co-creation at scale f its Think possible internal culture. These “Thinkathons” became a pivotal moment in the transformation journey because they helped to align bottom-up with top-down transformation views. To read more, click here. EN Proximus case Culture transformation ‘As culture is something we all create together, Synthetron’s approach is spot on to quickly and easily hear and involve all employees in this journey.’ Kathleen Vande Kerckhove - Proximus
Rabobank Engages Stakeholders in Online Dialogues
How Synthetron's platform allowed 5000 stakeholders to have their voice heard by the Dutch cooperative bank, Rabobank.
SituationRabobank started by hosting physical roundtable dialogues with their stakeholders to enrich the quantitative data and foster in-person connection. But because of Covid-19, the setup had to change to online. That is when they sought out the help of Synthetron to organize data-driven and engaging online dialogues. “In meetings, it’s not unusual you often hear the ones with the loudest voices. In a dialogue, it’s important that everyone can elaborate and contribute on a basis of equality. That’s a great benefit of working with this online .” - Maaike Van Leeuwen, Adviser at Rabobank. Download the full case report here: https://synthetron.com/case-rabobank-en/ --- You want to get in touch with the Synthetron consultants who worked on this case to see what they can mean for your organization?
Employee Engagement in Higher Education Institute
How Synthetron's platform allowed +600 affiliated teachers to have their voice heard by their umbrella organization.
SituationIn a company where some employees are physically located in the office and others work from different locations at different times, it can be a challenge for management to connect and involve all employees FOF Aarhus addressed this challenge and launched a large-scale employee engagement process in the spring of 2021 with the aim of giving all employees a voice. With the help of the Synthetron, FOF Aarhus was able to ensure that every employee had a chance to be heard and the opportunity to become a strong and influential part of the organization – both now and for the future. Download the full case report here: https://synthetron.com/case-fof/ --- You want to get in touch with the Synthetron consultants who worked on this case to see what they can mean for your organization?
Australian industry members co-create their vision for the future.
How a national industry body used Synthetron to engage their members to set a vision for their industry & assess the support they needed in navigating COVID19.
SituationThe client and their needs Our client was a peak national industry body. In partnership with their eight state and territory associations, they wanted to engage their members in a conversation about their industry’s future and to better understand the optimal service offerings and governance framework their members wanted. The industry and its character The members of the national and state industry associations are from the for-profit and the not-for-profit sectors, and vary considerably in terms of their governance arrangements, size and needs. The task The client asked Synthetron to engage their members in a conversation about the future of the industry, the value they placed on the services provided by the industry association, and what they wanted to see from their associations in the future.
Pause and think about this... 134 member organisations engaged in a conversation that yielded 1503 ideas and 745 agreements, and all in only 60 minutes.
ApproachThe questions explored during the Synthetron conversation
- What services provided by the national and state/territory associations have been helpful in dealing with the pandemic?
- What support is required as we move out of isolation?
- What is your vision or ideas for our industry over the next five years?
- What does success look like for your organisation?
- Which of our services do you consider essential and which do you not consider essential?
- How do you think these services should be paid for or funded?
- What is the key message you’d like to share?
ResultsThe outcome – Key Agreements
- Vision – A high level of agreement was reached by members for eight key ideas that could be broadly grouped into two themes – industry reputation, and accessibility and quality of services.
- Definition of Success – A high level of agreement was reached by members for 15 key ideas that could be broadly grouped into several themes – transitioning out of COVID, customer relationship management, service affordability for customers, industry profitability, industry governance, and industry reputation.
- Key messages - Members believed that the national and state associations needed to rationalise their respective roles, review their membership and fee structure, and explore opportunities to be more creative and member-orientated.
- The level of member agreement was strongest when discussing the vision for the industry
- The level of member agreement was weaker when discussing how to fund services, and
- The most number of agreements were reached when discussing the services members want and what success looks like
The power of insightSynthetron is powerful in its capacity to virtually engage large numbers of participants, explore a large numbers of ideas, and distil the areas of agreement and disagreement in a short amount of time. And the resulting “data feast” enables clients to drill down and analyse what participants said by any number of demographic variables. The analytical capability that Synthetron offers clients makes the platform unique and powerful. In this instance, Synthetron was able to provide a deep dive analysis of the data for the client by industry sector (six variables), jurisdiction (eight variables), size of member (five variables) or any combination of the resulting hundreds of ways of drilling down to compare and contrast what members with different characteristics said. This yielded the client with deep and valuable insights. For example, in relation to the proposal for industry association services to be funded on a user-pays model, there was a divergence of opinion between large and small members and between jurisdictions. Such analytical capability enabled the industry association to really understand what their members thought and where agreement converged and diverged. Synthetron's support on the project: What we did
- Designed the engagement strategy in partnership with the client.
- Designed and sent out invitations to industry members to join the conversation.
- Managed registration for the conversation.
- Designed the conversation script for the Synthetron discussion in consultation with the client.
- Moderated the Synthetron conversation with the nine national and state industry bodies watching the conversation evolve in real time.
- Produced a 17-page report for the client on key outcomes and findings inside three days.
- Produced a deep-dive 103-page analysis for the client exploring members’ perspectives by member size, jurisdiction, and industry sector.
Stakeholder conference turned virtual at a Dutch bank.
How a cooperative bank used Synthetron as a tool to change a physical conference into a truly interactive virtual conference for all stakeholders.
SituationRabobank (a Dutch cooperative Bank) has a strong ambition to contribute to sustainable development. This is explicitly formulated in the mission of the bank: ’Growing a Better World Together’. As such, they had planned a half-day dialogue event gathering a variety of stakeholders ranging from governmental institutions, NGOs, academia, and business. The purpose of the conference was to do collective research about sustainability and to connect the participants, allowing them to gather insights and for Rabobank to adapt their policy choices accordingly. However, we were at the start of 2020 and it wasn’t long before Covid-19 made it impossible for the organisers to go on with their planned physical conference. Instead of cancelling the event, it was decided to simply replace the already planned conference and bringing it from physical to virtual. They approached our Synthetron consultants, with whom they decided to translate the 3 hour physical conference into a 2 hour online event mixing Teams Live Event (a Microsoft videoconference tool) with Synthetron (an online dialogue tool). The agenda for the event had to be changed and simplified but, with the help of our consultants, the bank managed to create an online dialogue event that provided an alternative that brought rich and substantive input.
ApproachTo make everyone feel at ease with the whole process and be ready for the day itself, the Synthetron consultants organised dry-runs with the client. Making sure that the organisers were comfortable to organise this online dialogue event. Details like; how to start and end the session, what to say, and making sure that the whole process was a bit more personal and pleasant for the participants was something Rabobank brought in by introducing a Synthetron moderator during the session. The whole process was co-designed by the Synthetron consultants and the client. Here is what the process looked like;
- First (30 minutes in Teams Live Event): Introduction by the bank’s CEO and with the chairman of the event.
- Second (1 hour in Synthetron): The structure of the online dialogue was based on the Rabo AI-dialogue method and transformed into the script for the Synthetron session. This included around 5 phases during which questions related to sustainability and banking where asked to the participants. Every single person was able to give their inputs and opinions as well as rank and react on those of others.
- While the online dialogue was going on, on the moderator side, our consultants could help the client analyse different dynamics, opinions that stood out, and important topics to follow-up on. Based on what was coming out of the dialogue, the client could choose to go further on a topic and decide to adjust the script a bit, during the session itself.
- Third (30 minutes in Teams Live Event): A panel with the chairman and a member of the managing board and advisor of the Rabobank Dialogue Expertise centre, looked back at what came out of the dialogue and concluded the event.
ResultsThe participants to the virtual event were very pleased that the event could continue despite Covid-19 and enjoyed using a software to do that (Synthetron). As for our client, they were able to gather new insights and suggestions from different stakeholders around sustainability. This will help them in their new policy choices on the topic, as they want to fulfill an important role in the development of sustainability practices in business. During the uncertain times at the beginning of the corona crisis and the restrictions on public gathering, some organisations chose to cancel their events and conferences planned in 2020. Others, like Rabobank, decided to keep going, to be pro-active and find an alternative solution for their physical conference. Organisations don’t stop in times of crisis, they adapt. In this case, Synthetron was there to provide an effective alternative solution to share and collect insights with stakeholders. --- You want to get in touch with the Synthetron consultants who worked on this case to see what they can mean for your organisation?
Keeping a genuine contact with employees during Covid-19’s home-working period.
How adding Synthetron's e-dialogue to a videoconference of 60 managers allowed new director to keep a finger on the pulse.
SituationIt was Covid-19 times. Organisations could not have real, physical contact with their own people anymore. The question was, how to keep a genuine contact with your employees if it is all virtual? How do we keep our employees engaged and listened to? To add to these difficulties of social distancing requirements, the Dutch Ministry of Justice had just been appointed a new Secretary-General before the crisis and he was looking for a way to get in touch with his big new team in a meaningful manner.
ApproachThe new Secretary-General wanted to know how everyone was doing under these circumstances. In order to do that, he decided to use Synthetron and host a session to hear how his people were really doing working from home, as well as introducing new managers. The process of feedback and receiving relevant input from his team was very important to the Secretary-General but unfortunately, traditional videoconferencing tools don’t let you do that easily. So, the solution here was to use Webex (a videoconferencing tool) to let the top managers make a presentation and then use Synthetron to get real feedback from everyone, live. The managers could then immediately come back to what had come up during the feedback discussion on Synthetron and conclude by using Webex again. The whole process took 1 hour and 30 minutes.
ResultsThe Secretary-General and his team got important insights from their managers. Insights about how they were handling this new working-from-home situation. What was working well, what was not working so well. Most importantly, they heard about how their managers were coping with this new situation and how they could be supported in the next weeks. Participants to this ‘enhanced’ videoconference had only positive reactions to it. So much so that the Secretary-General and his team were convinced to continue using Synthetron for their future videoconferences. A few weeks later using the Webex-Synthetron combination and turning it into a powerful tool for innovation. People felt involved, felt connected to their organisation. It was a way for them to keep in touch. To create this feeling of community. Everyone working together, but separate. They were happy to try a new way of doing virtual meetings. This was not just superficial, like video calls can sometimes be, it was about sharing real content and ideas with each other. The virtual way... --- You want to get in touch with the Synthetron consultants who worked on this case to see what they can mean for your organization?
Innovation during virtual times at the Dutch Ministry of Justice
How an interactive virtual meeting with 150 managers made innovating in times of crisis possible for the Dutch Ministry of Justice.
SituationOne need that the Corona crisis of 2020 accentuated was a need to innovate. Organisations were doing that before already, but this crisis forced them to innovate double as fast as and adapt to these changing circumstances, as day-to-day practices evolved because of homeworking. The challenge then, for most companies, was to find a way to move forward with innovation while being unable to meet physically and host big innovation sessions with their different teams… One organisation found a way to innovate effectively with their virtual teams. The Dutch Ministry of Justice had already leveraged Synthetron for the first time at the beginning of the Corona crisis to get in touch and connect with their people suddenly isolated and working from home. After being very pleased with the results and dynamic it had created in their teams, they used it again and turned it into a powerful tool for virtual innovation. Their different departments had adopted new ways of working with their teams, had tried and tested different practices and it was time to now put the different departments together for them to learn from each other and implement, as an organisation, efficient new ways of working. It all came together nicely for the organisation. They had been working already on a leadership program and a change program when the Corona times hit. At this point, they found it important to share experiences around innovation with their top managers to be able to learn quickly from each other in an open setting.
ApproachInnovation was the most important objective. There was a clear need to innovate and share ideas that could immediately be adopted and implemented by the managers. In order to achieve that, it was decided to organise a virtual meeting with all the managers from all the departments and combine Synthetron (the discussion and co-creation part) with Webex (to introduce, present and conclude the meeting). The meeting was divided into 3 cycles, one per presented innovation initiative. All cycles were built as follows;
- First, the team of 150 managers used Webex (a videoconferencing tool) so the entire group could listen to the manager who presented the initiative. He presented and explained his new practices and what he had learned. (5 min)
- Second, the different departments met using Synthetron to discuss and see if they could adopt certain practices in their own processes. Every department could discuss about; "Could we do the same in our processes? Would it work for us as well?" (10 min)
- Third, Webex was used again for the organisers to immediately react and conclude on what had come out of the virtual discussions and what, based on these findings, the next steps would be. (5 min)
ResultsMany ideas have come out of it. It was a big step forward for identifying ways to improving processes across the various departments, and this in just over an hour! The biggest added value for the organisation was that Synthetron makes it possible for the them to use a videoconference tool like Webex alongside our e-dialogue platform. This allows to start with a “one-to-many” format, then swiftly enter into separate conversations in the “many-to-many” format to go deeper, share innovations and learn from all participants. The most well-known videoconferencing tools like Zoom and Webex just don’t have a good functionality when it comes to allowing people sitting behind their computer, usually taking a passive role, to take a pro-active role by sharing and ranking their insights and opinions with those of others. By adding Synthetron to the mix, the organisers could let everyone speak, react, debate and find out relevant insights that, after just one hour, they could put forward and react on with Webex before concluding with concrete next steps. The Synthetron consultant working on this case concluded: “Without our tool, all you can do is get a person to give a long presentation after which you might be able to get a few people to respond, but it usually doesn’t go above 10 people. It is really more of a ‘one man show’ or a ‘few people show’. It remains limited when it comes to sharing and discussing topics. Which is essential to any innovation process.” By combining Synthetron with their videoconferencing tool, the Dutch Ministry could turn two different tools into something new and powerful. Into a real tool for virtual innovation with big teams. --- You want to get in touch with the Synthetron consultants who worked on this case to see what they can mean for your organization?
Case: involving >1000 customers in co-creation
How an Italian multi-partner loyalty program involved its customers in co-creating new initiatives with the biggest ever virtual focus group."Synthetron has proved to be extremely effective in listening to our customers and in getting feedback and new ideas from them. I would have never imagined collecting so many insights in real time, directly from our customers in just 60 minutes!" -- Head of Marketing & CRM
SituationThe Marketing team of an Italian multi-partner loyalty Program with > 10 million consumers and 80+ partners wanted to identify new insights for new initiatives and to improve the user experience. They were looking for a way to actively involve their customers in this.
ApproachThe team learned about Synthetron online dialogues and decided to use this innovative form of virtual focus group to actively involve their customers, listen to the ideas and suggestions and co-create with them new initiatives. The Synthetron Italy team organized one session with 1300 customers - the biggest (virtual) focus group ever! - and carried out an in-depth analysis of the results.
- The discussion enabled the Marketing team to validate quantitatively some of the actions already in their pipeline and to identify other new initiatives to put in place.
- The discussion also confirmed the relationship and the expectations clients have towards the Program – not just from a rationale / features point of view, but also from a more insightful perspective.
- And, last but not least, consumers really appreciated the Program's willingness to listen to their thoughts:
- "I appreciated the possibility of giving advice to improve the program."
- "I enjoyed to be able to express my ideas and see what others think about it."
- "I like being an important part of business decisions."
Case: testing a new concept efficiently
How a retailer used Synthetron Proposition Lab to test a new concept."We have used Synthetron Proposition Lab to test new concepts for specific target audiences. This was done much quicker than with traditional research, with a better geographical spread, cheaper and in a multitasking environment." --Frans Melenhorst (Manager Customer Marketing at Wehkamp, The Netherlands)
SituationAs part of the multi-channel sales strategy, a large, online department store in the Netherlands was looking for a way to test a new concept for a specific target audience in a predefined age group. Synthetron Proposition Lab provided a fast, efficient and cost-effective solution.
ApproachApproximately 20 consumers in the targeted customer segment were invited to join the one-hour Proposition Lab to review the developed concept. The Proposition Lab is a real-time Synthetron discussion that functions as a virtual workshop. Participants are asked questions about new concepts and discuss their views on it. They select the good, and bad parts of the new concept. By voting on each others statements the participants filter out the most important ideas.
ResultsThe Proposition Lab gave useful insights into how to develop the concept further. This was done in a quick, and efficient way. Another benefit of the online discussion was that the participants could enter the discussion, no matter where they were. This resulted in a better geographical spread. For more information on the Synthetron proposition lab, press this button:
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