The Changing World of Feedback

  I am writing these words on August 27, two months after Inquisium’s senior leader, Darrell Gehrt, proclaimed to us in a team meeting that “the world is ready for better feedback programs.” Darrell’s statement ignited a blaze of creative activity here at Inquisium that is still burning. The most...read more

The Importance of Customer Feedback

Being in business means more than just selling your services or goods. According to a study, being in business today means selling, monitoring, engaging, social sharing, online reviewing, reputation managing, generating, and -- most importantly -- listening. Surveying your customers regularly and in...read more

Internal vs. External Benchmarking: The Saga

I hate to do it, but I'm going to rely on a tried-and-true metaphor to drive home the importance of setting realistic benchmarks for your survey program. Here we go. I constantly see walls of magazines in grocery stores with headlines like, “20 minutes to lose five pounds!” or “Slim down two sizes...read more

Measuring Brand Reputation

It’s all in the reputation! In both consumer and B2B marketing research there comes a time when it is critical to understand what drives the choice in a consumption scenario. We have to get down into the weeds with the consumers or business decision makers and ascertain what they feel is important...read more

Managing Brand Reputation

In the previous installment we discussed the basics of assessing brand reputation by deriving it using factors important to the purchase decision and a likelihood to recommend measure, although this later component could be overall satisfaction or likelihood to continue doing business. The quadrant...read more

Sample Survey Thursday: Customer Satisfaction

  Today’s focus: customer satisfaction surveys The proof is in the numbers. According to Gartner Group, a 5% increase in customer retention can increase a company’s profitability by 75%. Therefore, it truly pays off to listen to your customers. Most companies today say they are customer centric in...read more

What are your plans for that data?

What will you do with those results? If there was ever a question to be asked, this would be it. If there is a likelihood that the results you generate will not be acted upon, then why would you conduct the survey to begin with? During my time in the market research space, I have seen many studies,...read more

The Final Four: Ways to Collect Data in Survey Research

When we strip away the glamor, the surveys we create and administer are nothing more than data collection platforms. Novice researchers may focus on basic question types, but as we expand our skills the more astute researcher realizes there are many ways to capture data through the questions asked....read more

Uncovering the Sins of the Top Box Score

There comes a time when a direct marketing piece catches your eye. I was cleaning out some files recently and came across a white paper that covered one of my favorite topics - the use of the top box as a measure for conveying scale scores. If you are not familiar the top box score is the sum of...read more

Creating Categories from Open-end Responses

It is an alchemist’s blend of art and science when it comes to qualitative marketing research. The analysis of open-ended questions found on most surveys is indeed a qualitative endeavor. At its core this is an iterative process, even with the use of text analytics tools such as OdinText. Where do...read more
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