Preventing Respondent Frustration

This post applies to consumer and B2B market researchers as well as those who design questionnaires for measuring employee satisfaction and engagement. Multiple response questions where the respondent can select any or all options are a valuable question format. However, if not handled correctly...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

Autumn Trees Remind Me of Branchin Survey Logic

Now that autumn has arrived I spend a great deal of time watching leaves fall from the trees, slowly ever turning in the breeze. Soon the trees will be bare with their branches exposed. That’s where my mind shifts back from nature to the finer nuances of questionnaire design. A survey can be viewed...read more

The Customer Conversation: Setting the Stage for Effective Engagement

Increasingly, there is a lot of talk by experts about the need to collaborate with employees and customers; to have a conversation that leads to mutual benefit.  And these stakeholders want to talk, make no mistake about it. What they don't want to do, however, is to answer long lists of questions...read more

What Was Missing at Content Marketing World (And 5 Content Suggestions)

What was missing from this week's Content Marketing World?  Data and Feedback Collection! I don't mean that they didn't collect feedback from attendees. They had a survey for every session in their mobile app. They incentived attendees to complete the surveys by gamifying them. Attendees were...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

Which is Best: One Pole or Two?

One pole or two is not a question commonly asked outside of market or survey research. In this case I am referring to survey rating scales which can be either unipolar or bipolar. With a unipolar scale we are asking respondents to think of the presence or absence of a quality. For example...read more

Incentives: What Works?

Survey incentives are must unless you are working with an extremely devoted audience such as a political group or cause-related organization such as a charity. Even with these groups in order to reach response targets we may have to provide an incentive in exchange for their time and opinions. How...read more

Employee Retention is the New Black

When the word retention comes to mind we often turn to customer retention first. After all, retention management programs are a key component to successful growth of the customer base. However, as the economy continues to slowly move out of the depths, another version of retention is becoming...read more

Consider How You Measure

Scales in market research share a similar purpose with those devices found in bathrooms, gyms and doctors offices. They are both designed to measure. In one case it may be our physical weight, while in the other it may be the importance of an attribute or attitude. In the context of B2B and consumer...read more
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