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6 Examples of Tacit Needs

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Tacit needs are customer needs that are difficult or impossible to accurately express in words. Such needs defy documentation and can only be discovered by asking a customer how they feel about an experience. The following are common examples of tacit need.


The taste of food.


The experience of music or the background sound in an environment.


Like or dislike of art and other visual communications.


The impression that furniture is high quality or low quality after touching it.


The feel of a snowboard on your feet when you turn.

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Customer needs that are difficult to accurately document as requirements.
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