Be Thankful for Feedback: Good, Bad and Indifferent

The ebbs and flows of sales in the retail world, specifically during the holidays, can keep a lot of store owners up all night. What worked once in the past might be a disaster today. This goes for both large chains, and small businesses. Recently, we’ve seen many large retailers make big more

Are your Surveys Creating Dissatisfaction?

Tell me how you really feel. Up to 95% of customers will give you a second chance if you handle their complaint successfully and quickly, but actually getting those responses is one of the biggest challenges survey planners face. Feedback is a staple of the customer experience and the very best more

Trick or Treat: Avoiding a Mixed Bag of Feedback

Ahhh Halloween. The time of year when neighborhood kids dressed in costumes come in droves, knocking on your door looking to fill their little bags with sugary sweets. All for free. BUT, don’t deliver on the promise (fun size?!, apples?, granola?!) and you’re risking getting some bad, more

Labor Day Resolutions to Engage Your Employees

The origins of Labor Day can be traced back to one of the most tumultuous decades for workers’ rights in U.S. history. At the height of the Industrial Revolution, manufacturing was booming and the demand for cheap labor was unrelenting. Faced with abominable working conditions, exploitive more

Is your data quality suffering?

How long is too long? This is a question being asked more frequently in market research circles. It is certainly a topic I have devoted much time to, for the simple reason that lengthy and complex surveys make it more difficult for all researchers to collect valid and reliable data. I delve more

Scales Based on Multiple Response Questions

Not all scales in market research need be of the Likert, Semantic Differential, or Constant Sum variety. They don’t have to involve Bayesian theory like the extensions of Maximum Difference Scaling do. In fact, sometimes the simplest approach truly is the best. The multiple response format is 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

New School Ad Testing with Market Research Surveys

The old school for ad testing involved bringing large numbers of people of various demographics together and showing them ads embedded in pilot television show. This was coupled with two surveys, a pre-exposure survey and a post-test assessment following the programming and ad exposure. Enter 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

Three Tips to Keep Customers Satisfied During the Holiday Shopping Rush

With the holidays in full swing, retail stores are experiencing their biggest rush of the year with holiday shoppers looking for the perfect gifts for their family and friends. And retailers are hoping for a major uptick in their sales. But, in order for that to happen, they need to ensure they more
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