Say, Just What is a Likert Scale Anyway?

If you have been around survey research for any length of time you have come across the ubiquitous Likert scale. But, do you ever wonder what the Likert scale really is? This question format and its strongly agree to strongly disagree framework is a staple for in the pantry of questions we use more

How Does My Sample Compare to Reality: Ensuring Representative Samples

When it comes to sample selection we want to ensure that our respondents are representative of or look like the population of interest. How do we make sure this is the case? A keystone method in market research is to use Census data as a point of comparison. This is especially true in more

Compare Your Survey Sample to US Census Data with Data Ferrett

The US Census is the go to source for data which allows us to compare our sample to larger populations to ensure representativeness. The Census Bureau has created a tool in Data Ferrett which will make this process significantly easier for market researchers to employ. Any discuss more

What the Biggest Political Polling Mistakes in History can Teach us about Surveys

Polls have been used to try and predict the outcome of important political races for centuries. The first poll was a modest straw poll conducted by the Harrisburg Pennsylvanian newspaper in attempt to determine the 1824 presidential election. Today, as we approach the 2014 mid-term elections, more

Using Binary Scales to Shorten a Survey

In consumer or B2B marketing research, as in life in general, there is typically more than one way to ask a question. Some of these methods are easier on the part of the survey respondent, while others although a bit more complicated yield richer results for our survey data analysis. When we more

MarketingProfs Guest Post: The Changing Face of Feedback

Survey Innovation Series Part 1 It used to be that paper and postcard surveys were the way to go for gathering event feedback. The challenge with this approach? Receiving attendee feedback after the fact when the excitement has worn down and specific details are faded from memory. These days, more

Question: Are Your Samples Representative?

For both B2B and consumer market researchers the question that lies in the back of our minds is to what degree is our sample a reasonable measure of the population(s) we are interested in? All aspects of our projects can be spot on, but if the respondents do not form a representative sample then more

Top 15 Blog Posts of 2013

I can’t believe 2013 is almost over! There are so many great blogs that we’ve posted over the past 12 months, that I wanted to keep up with tradition and give all of our readers a recap of the most popular blog posts of 2013! Enjoy! Samples at Random Sometimes being random is exactly what more

Opening the Communication Channel

Recently I came across an article in the Harvard Business Review that spoke to a subject near and dear to my heart – quantitative data analysis. The theme of the article, however, was not aimed at “Quants” like myself, but at executives and managers with the power and ability to act upon more

Panels are like Gardens

Is 2013 the year of the research panel? Adoption of research panels is definitely a growing trend, but panels themselves are not for the faint of heart. They offer advantages, but require commitment, just as a garden requires planting, watering, weeding, harvesting and so forth, so do panels. Let’ more
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