The Worst Survey Crime

There are many crimes that can take place when designing a survey, but there’s one crime that’s worse than any others. If you commit this crime, there’s no real benefit to even conducting a survey (whether it be market research, an employee or customer survey, a training evaluation, etc.). What is...read more

Raise your Survey Response Rates

Organizations use surveys to achieve many different goals. Whether they want to measure employee satisfaction, conduct market research, administer training assessments or gauge customer satisfaction, a well-executed survey is an important business tool for making more informed decisions. However,...read more

Testing Prices One at a Time

As mentioned in a previous post there are several survey-based methods for testing the market’s perception of price. Monadic price testing in one such method. In monadic price testing the respondent sees one price and is asked to state his or her purchase intention at that price point. This design...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

Starting Off with Categorical Data

As part of my getting back to basics series this winter I want to take some time to review a critical element in survey design – data types. As consumer and B2B market researchers we are asked to dive into the mindset of customers and prospects using qualitative and quantitative research designs....read more

Top 15 Blog Posts of 2013

I can’t believe 2013 is almost over! There are so many great blogs that we’ve posted over the past 12 months, that I wanted to keep up with tradition and give all of our readers a recap of the most popular blog posts of 2013! Enjoy! Samples at Random Sometimes being random is exactly what your...read more

Tying Up Loose Ends in Customer Data

Sometimes it is difficult to tie the loose ends together, but as market researchers this is what we do for our colleagues in marketing, sales and customer service. A recent new vehicle purchase has made this abundantly clear to me. Major purchase transactions, as far as milestone events go, generate...read more

How Much is your Customer's Voice Worth

A good customer experience is worth its weight in gold. As consumer and B2B market researchers we know this and it is our job to share the word with our colleagues in other departments. Two recent experiences reminded me of the importance of post-event satisfaction measurement. Recently I rented a...read more

Using Iteration to Get to Better Ideas

As market researchers sometimes we have to stop and enquire why we do what we do. We also need to understand that we carry our own internal set of biases which can impact our decisions, and how we approach our internal and external clients with recommendations.From the product, brand or market...read more

A Little Touch of RFM

When is the best time to promote your service or product offering? This is a core question that all marketers ask themselves, and one that those of us in consumer and B2B market research should be able to answer. We can typically get to such an answer with a combination of transactional and survey...read more
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