Overcoming Obstacles [TED Inspired]

I came across this article on LinkedIn, Just Keep Swimming Part 1: Obstacles, about getting over burnout. Scott Hooks was inspired by Diana Nyda's record-breaking swim from Cuba to Flordia. Unlike Soctt, I'm not an entrepreuner. I don't run a startup. But I do understand that burnout feeling at the...read more

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

Engage for Success: Get Engaged!

I came across this video from Engage for Success recently, and thought it was worth a share! What I love about this video is the statement "Engagement isn't something extra. It's what you do and how you do it." Simply put, employee engagement is all your culture. Creating a culture where people are...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

Using Weights to Give our Data a Workout

Previously, I spoke to the use of quotas to ensure a representative sample. Quotas are an ‘upfront’ approach as they specify the percentage of respondents from key sub-groups that will be allowed into the survey. For example: Quota 1 – Gender – 30% men and 70% women Quota 2 – Age – 40% under 25 and...read more

Jumping for Joy: It's All About the Experience

It’s all about the experience. First class resorts, restaurants, and even some amusement parks know this truth. Other companies, USAA comes to mind, also understand that it is mission critical to create a consistently positive customer experience across all touchpoints. This includes the “user...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
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