6 Surveys You Need to Conduct this Holiday Season

Just 34 days make up the commerce-laden holiday season bookended by Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. It’s a short window of time representing billions of dollars in consumer spending, weeks of time off from work, countless miles on the road and a barrage of holiday functions. And in the midst of all...read more

Still “Pretty in Pink?” What if Andie and Duckie Ended up Together?

It’s the stuff of Hollywood legend. The question posed in the title of this blog post is based on the fact that the original ending of “Pretty in Pink,” the seminal film from the 80’s, was changed. Yes, that iconic scene in the parking lot, when Molly Ringwald, after the now ubiquitous rom-com run,...read more

Cash for Culture: Would You Quit Your Job for $5,000?

Recently, Amazon made headlines for its unorthodox approach to tackling a challenge every company faces. It’s the question haunting senior management and human resources professionals everywhere: How do you find out which employees are bringing your company down and what can you do to stop them?...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

Webinar Q & A: The Value of Employee Engagement on Customer Metrics

On Thursday, we sponsored an eWorkshop about the value of employee engagement on customer metrics with Demand Metric. We had great quetsions come in that we unfortunately did not have enough time to get to, but have answered below! If you missed the eWorkshop or would like to watch it again, the...read more

5 Benefits of Online Employee Surveys to Improve Your Small Business

Not long ago, I learned some startling statistics: The loyalty of employees who work for small businesses has dropped by almost 20% since 2008, and currently stands at a paltry 50%. Although I have never experienced any serious turnover in my own venture, I decided to take preemptive action by...read more

20 Most Popular Posts of 2012

While we highlight the most popular posts from a given month in our newsletter, one of my favorite activities is to look back and see what posts were the most popular overall each year. Keeping with tradition, here's a look back across the 20 most popular posts of 2012!   Customer Loyalty Month: 25...read more

Yes, Freelancers, You Need to Survey Your Customers, Too

As a freelance writer, I have to work for a lot of different clients who have a wide variety of needs. So, it occurred to me one day that I might need to create a survey of my own to send out to past and present clients. Although I sometimes have editors, I don't have a supervisor or manager to give...read more

Better Performance Appraisals Are Just Five Steps Away

It's probably safe to say that employees hate job performance appraisals because their bosses hate them. Giving someone bad news is painful; receiving it is even worse. But there doesn't seem to be a better way for bosses to help employees learn and grow and better serve the companies where they...read more

Complaints Reveal Bank Customers Are Dissatisfied

In an earlier post, I discussed the need for banks to monitor customer satisfaction levels as a troubled financial climate worries many account holders about the security of their money. But a recent Better Business Bureau study shows that banks aren't doing nearly enough to please their customers....read more
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