Using research to craft brand strategy

Market research is all about supporting the brand. Companies with a defined brand strategy are better suited to dealing with the vagaries of the marketplace. In a recent article by HubSpot they identified seven core practices necessary for developing and maintaining a strong brand. They include:...read more

Getting into the Trenches: Why Observing Customers is a Must

One of the lessons I learned early on as a market researcher is the need to get down into the trenches. It is absolutely necessary if you want to be able to understand the journey a prospect takes  to become a customer. This is especially true for quantitative researchers who see life through the...read more

Research with agility

The agile methodology has become a de facto standard in software development, but now has found its way into the market research arena. The advantage agile brings to the table is its ability to better manage the unplanned events, such as a needed change in advertising copy due to shifting market...read more

Concept Testing: Which Path to Choose

Testing 1,2,3 Online survey platforms have enabled both B2B and consumer market researchers the ability to conduct concept tests with a greater degree of ease than found in previous generations. Gone are the days of filling auditoriums to test commercials embedded between pilot TV shows. This begs...read more

Measuring Brand Reputation

It’s all in the reputation! In both consumer and B2B marketing research there comes a time when it is critical to understand what drives the choice in a consumption scenario. We have to get down into the weeds with the consumers or business decision makers and ascertain what they feel is important...read more

Merging the Streams of Market Research and Business Analytics

As a trend watcher in the IT space I have noticed a consistent drumbeat over the last few years. CIOs and their interest in analytics and business intelligence has been consistent if not increasing. This makes perfect sense as companies realize they need to leverage both internal and external data...read more

Creating Categories from Open-end Responses

It is an alchemist’s blend of art and science when it comes to qualitative marketing research. The analysis of open-ended questions found on most surveys is indeed a qualitative endeavor. At its core this is an iterative process, even with the use of text analytics tools such as OdinText. Where do...read more

Know Your Rows and Columns: How to do a Cross Tabulation Analysis

Data can be analyzed in numerous ways. There are a few go to methods that every researcher needs to be proficient with. The tool of choice for diving into survey data is the crosstabulation. There are fancier multivariate techniques, and those have their place, but for everyday use the crosstab is...read more

Keep it Short and Simple: A Guide to Respondent Engagement

My interest as of late as turned to surveys that support employee loyalty, however, today’s topic applies just as well to consumer or B2B market research. As a research professional I find it useful to keep my feet on the ground and participate in surveys where feasible. This keeps me grounded in...read more

Sliding Down the Funnel

Following up on a previous post regarding measuring awareness and familiarity there are other questions that need to be addressed if we are to create a funnel. Why a funnel you ask? Funnels are commonly employed in brand tracking studies. This form of research requires a structured questionnaire...read more
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