Measuring the Top and Bottom

When we present survey data we have choices in how that data is presented. As survey analysts it is our role to present the facts in an unbiased manner which facilitates decision making. When we work with scaled questions, “e.g. How likely are you to recommend Acme, Inc.?,” we have numerous options...read more

Using Binary Scales to Shorten a Survey

In consumer or B2B marketing research, as in life in general, there is typically more than one way to ask a question. Some of these methods are easier on the part of the survey respondent, while others although a bit more complicated yield richer results for our survey data analysis. When we are...read more

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

Question: Are Your Samples Representative?

For both B2B and consumer market researchers the question that lies in the back of our minds is to what degree is our sample a reasonable measure of the population(s) we are interested in? All aspects of our projects can be spot on, but if the respondents do not form a representative sample then the...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

Testing Ads Before they Launch

One of the major advances offered by online survey platforms, such as Cvent, is the ability to incorporate multi-media. In days gone by you would have had to recruit members of your target market(s), invite them to attend an event and then expose them to the proposed ads, pilot television shows or...read more

Tracking changes in the consumer's mind (part 1)

Market research studies serve many purposes. With each purpose comes its own set of unique survey questions and design challenges. The tracking study is one of those projects that are commonly employed in both consumer and B2B market research settings. Consistent with its name, researchers who...read more

Doing Matrix Questions Right

Data quality and integrity needs to be at the core of what we as consumer and B2B market researchers deliver to our clients. With that said there are design techniques that we can employ that will encourage better respondent behavior and move the needle toward our goal of delivering quality data....read more

Divide and Conquer the Market with Segmentation

If one truth exists in the market it is that all customers are not the same. They do not consume products and services in the same manner, nor do they feel the same about your company. Their media habits are not constant, nor will they always recommend you to their friends and colleagues. Dividing...read more

If I knew then what I know now - multi-channel surveys

What I knew then… I heard a statistic yesterday that the average smartphone user is never more than three feet away from their phone. I am not sure I find this good, bad or I'm just indifferent, but it does play into our need as consumer and B2B market researchers to expand our delivery options. The...read more
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