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 your...read more

Autumn Trees Remind Me of Branchin Survey Logic

Now that autumn has arrived I spend a great deal of time watching leaves fall from the trees, slowly ever turning in the breeze. Soon the trees will be bare with their branches exposed. That’s where my mind shifts back from nature to the finer nuances of questionnaire design. A survey can be viewed...read more

20 Most Popular Posts of 2012

While we highlight the most popular posts from a given month in our newsletter, one of my favorite activities is to look back and see what posts were the most popular overall each year. Keeping with tradition, here's a look back across the 20 most popular posts of 2012!   Customer Loyalty Month: 25...read more

Keeping your eye on the end game

The key to success in market research is to ask the right questions. This sounds easy, however in reality it is not. There are numerous examples where projects have gone wrong because we sought answers to the wrong questions. In full disclosure this has happened to me on more than one occasion in my...read more

Was this Survey Enjoyable?

When we ask for customer feedback on a survey our focus is almost entirely on a specific product or service in question. Quite often it involves measuring customer satisfaction, brand awareness or some other variable directly impacting the 4Ps. However there seems to be a trend toward concluding...read more

Tell me what you think

As market researchers, we are frequently asked to assess the opinions of our constituents. In the process of questionnaire creation, this can take the place of asking one group directly about their sentiment, but there are other options. It is equally common to ask one group about their perceptions...read more

Using Outside Samples

When is it appropriate to look outside your house files for potential respondents? I go outside for sample when my internal database does not have adequate coverage in a key response group or when an “outside in” view of the market is required. There are a few options marketing researchers can...read more

Advice for Writing Survey Questions: Choose yourds wisely

Like it or not, as researchers we are in the wordsmithing business. Either we are developing questionnaires to probe into constructs such as advertising awareness or customer satisfaction, or we are analyzing respondent comments for depth and tonality. At the end of the day we take these words and...read more

Does Research Really Matter?

Another research blogger recently brought up the question: Does marketing research really matter? It was coupled with the age-old riddle about a falling tree in the forest and whether or not it makes a sound if no one is there to listen. As someone who has made a career out of marketing research I...read more

Brevity Can be a Survey Author’s Friend

No matter what your flavor of research: market research, political or social polling, employee and human resource research, client satisfaction or some other variety it is best to strive for brevity. This is one of the most difficult challenges facing survey authors given the complex nature of...read more
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