Digging the Most Out of the Qualitative Data Mine

Data quality is directly related to question quality. Nowhere is this truer than with open-ended questions. Qualitative research draws deeply from the well of consumer thought. The use of unstructured questions on surveys is an attempt to elicit that depth of feeling and emotion and harness it for...read more

Going, Going, Gone to Mobile

Pete Townshend once sang about goin’ mobile. Now marketers and researchers are singing the same tune. The trend toward all things mobile continues unabated. This is one of those trends I certainly agree with, but as researchers we need to approach it with respect and understanding. It is not a trend...read more

Time is of the Essence

As the saying goes time is of the essence. It is the one resource that we cannot recover. In market research it also plays a big role in the likelihood to respond to a survey invitation and the quality of the data received from said survey. Let me explain. The timeliness in which we invite a...read more

Webinar Q&A: Crimes in Survey Design

Last Thursday, I hosted the Crimes in Survey Design webinar. We had many great questions come in that we unfortunately did not have time to get to, but have answered below! If you missed the webinar or would like to watch it again, the recording is available here. What is the ideal rating scale: 5...read more

Matching Distributions with Quotas

Since very few of us have the option to conduct a census of our customers, prospects or panelists we need to rely on the sampling process. For most consumer and B2B market research studies, one of our goals is to provide data that mirrors the population(s) of interest along the lines of these...read more

Jumping for Joy: It's All About the Experience

It’s all about the experience. First class resorts, restaurants, and even some amusement parks know this truth. Other companies, USAA comes to mind, also understand that it is mission critical to create a consistently positive customer experience across all touchpoints. This includes the “user...read more

Mining 'Out of Office Messages'

No matter what day or time you send out your survey invitation, if you are in B2B market research, you will come across the emphasis ‘out of office’ or OOO message. The actual counts and the percentage of your invite file that is out of action will vary, although mine seems to average around 10% no...read more

Crosstabs 101

Survey research, be it consumer or B2B market research or a survey applied to other disciplines, is inherently multi-dimensional. Seldom are the questions we ask sufficient to solve the problem when viewed from only one perspective. Now when it comes to survey data analysis, there are many ways to...read more

Running Out of Time

The sands of time are running low or so they say. When it comes to time we as consumer and B2B market researchers are being asked to do more with less. This must be the new normal. However, do you spend much time thinking about our respondents and the time commitment we ask of them? I would hope...read more

Feature of the Month: Data Lists & Matrix-Spreadsheets

This month’s feature that I’d like to highlight is the recent enhancements to two of our question types: data list and matrix-spreadsheet. Data list drop-down: Now survey authors have the option to provide a list of choices in the format of a drop-down data list allowing respondents to choose the...read more
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