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

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 the...read more

Unlocking a Research Panel

If you are considering building up a research panel of your own one of the key considerations is the nature of your profile survey. This will be the first survey, and hopefully not last, that a participant will see. Although the word ‘profile’ has mixed connotations, as in the negative context of...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

Crafting Community Surveys

What makes a community? Well certainly it is a collection of unique individuals who call a single place home. It is also a place where businesses hang their shingle. Collectively the residents and businesses work together and if all goes well the community can thrive. However, there is something...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

6 Net Promoter New Year’s Resolutions

Do you currently use Net Promoter Score (NPS) to gauge and measure customer satisfaction? If so, check out these best practices that you can implement (if you don’t already) in the beginning of 2013! Let Customers Know You’re Using Their Feedback – Emphasize that you are taking customer feedback and...read more

Getting to know your opinion leaders

Getting to know your customers through qualitative and quantitative research methods, and even simple discussions with them, will provide insight capable of driving significant change to your acquisition and retention management programs. The example below uses a matrix-question format designed to...read more

Keeping Retail Customers Satisfied

Measuring customer satisfaction is as much art as it is science. The mix of art and science varies, but one thing is for sure as we enter the 2012 holiday shopping season a great deal of attention will be paid to how satisfied customers are with their shopping experience. Retail surveys will be...read more

Choose your categories wisely

Choose your words wisely or so we have always been told. We could extend this thought to the market research world by saying choose your categories wisely. The categories we use in our questions directly impacts the quality of our survey data analysis.Nowhere is this more of an issue than in the...read more
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