I am a huge fan of LinkedIn. I use it to connect with our clients as well as other thought leaders in the industry. One of my favorite aspects of the tool is the Answers section.
Just a short post to remind us to create an impromptu focus group, post a question in an activy community or try its Polls feature, now in beta, to survey the community. (RIP, Linkedin Answers, which I loved.)
And respond when others do the same kinds of research.