Retention Management Begins with Listening

Bob Seger once said “old friends good for the soul.” This thought has been weighing heavily on my minds as I prepare for a trip home, my first in several years. Old friends are also important to marketers and should be considered part of any organization’s retention management program. When I say...read more

Reading the Lay of the Land: Demographics and Awareness

Those of us involved in B2B market research are often called upon to provide a “lay of the land” through survey data, focus groups and competitive intelligence. This approach provides decision makers with a view of marketing opportunities by key target segment. In addition to survey results, this...read more

Framing the Research Question

Previously I spoke about the iceberg principle which states that only 10% of a problem’s true nature is visible to decision makers. It is the 90% that lies below the surface that offers market researchers the greatest opportunity to do good for our organizations.In order to reach a comprehensive...read more

Understanding the Decision

Making decisions can be a challenging process. Understanding how customers navigate their decision process is a key function for both consumer and B2B market research professionals. One technique that is useful for understanding the decision matrix is CHAID analysis or known formerly as Chi-Square...read more

Timely Response is Critical

In the voice of the customer world it is our role as market researchers to listen and follow through on what the customers are saying. Quite often this puts us in the position of ‘middle men’ between the customers and internal groups (e.g. sales, marketing, finance, customer service, etc.) ...read more

Who Owns the Customer?

A study recently conducted by the CMO Council and SAS brought up an interesting question…Who owns the customer? The overall thrust of the study was to highlight the gaps and opportunities for CMOs to partner with their colleague in arms the CIO. In this day of ever increasing data it is critical for...read more

Philosophers & Market Researches, One in the Same? Dancing in the Consumer's Shoes

Just who we are is a question that has been asked by philosophers since time immemorial. Market research professionals are no different than those wise men from ancient Greece in this regard. Our task is to create an understanding of the consumer’s mind in which we can shape our brand positioning...read more

Navigating the Moment of Truth

In this fast-paced, big-data driven world we sometimes forget what really matters. What matters is the moment of truth when you have an interaction with a customer. A blog post recently came to my attention where the author shared about their experiences with a mid-market business hotel in New...read more

Customer Satisfaction + Importance

Customer satisfaction measurement can be best described as part art, part science, and part intuition. Regardless of how you view it there are several moving parts to this equation. Satisfaction, as a measure itself, is part of a larger equation centered on profitability. When designing a...read more

Tasty Satisfaction Treats: Feedback Tips for Restaurateurs

If there were one industry that could truly benefit from consumer insight research, it is the restaurant industry. Granted there are the giants of the industry, e.g. McDonalds or Chik-fil-A, that have teams dedicated to dissecting every aspect of the customer experience, but the biggest gains can...read more
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