Getting into the Trenches: Why Observing Customers is a Must

One of the lessons I learned early on as a market researcher is the need to get down into the trenches. It is absolutely necessary if you want to be able to understand the journey a prospect takes  to become a customer. This is especially true for quantitative researchers who see life through more

Merging the Streams of Market Research and Business Analytics

As a trend watcher in the IT space I have noticed a consistent drumbeat over the last few years. CIOs and their interest in analytics and business intelligence has been consistent if not increasing. This makes perfect sense as companies realize they need to leverage both internal and external more

Say, Just What is a Likert Scale Anyway?

If you have been around survey research for any length of time you have come across the ubiquitous Likert scale. But, do you ever wonder what the Likert scale really is? This question format and its strongly agree to strongly disagree framework is a staple for in the pantry of questions we use more

Awareness Questions in Surveys

Hey there…have you heard of me? In consumer and B2B market research circles we are often asked to assess market awareness and/or familiarity with brands, products and spokespeople or causes. These two related, but separate constructs, represent the first steps on the pathway from prospect more

Why You Need a Feedback Program: A Lesson from #TheDress

On a night, seemingly just like any other, the internet spun into a frenzy of discord. The culprit was a photograph of a dress, and not just any dress—#TheDress. Some people looked at the photograph and saw white and gold; others saw blue and black. The resulting confusion and disbelief from more

True Love? 3 Survey Questions to Measure Passion (from Customers and Employees)

This Saturday is Valentine’s Day, which means that obvious and sometimes expensive proclamations of love—greeting cards, roses, chocolates, jewelry—will be everywhere. Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, you can probably agree there are different levels of observation among those that do. more

Measuring Frequency of Usage

Usage frequency is a critical variable to marketers. Frequent users of our products and services tend to look and feel different than lower frequency users. Understanding these differences can help guide strategy that maximizes revenue and profitability. The question at hand then becomes how do more

Steve Jobs: Customer Service Agent

Today, Apple – Live introduced the next line of Apple products to the world from their home base in Cupertino, California. Products that seem…a little familiar.  It’s not exactly outrageous to say Apple’s innovation streak has cooled in the years since Steve Jobs left us, but in many ways he more

Are we there yet? Treat your surveys like (well-planned) summer road trips

Banked vacation days, warm weather, the lure of the open road—as the summer sun intensifies, so does our collective appetite for adventure and discovery. Many will pack their bags, load up the car and embark on a vacation. But before you take to the highway, take a few cues from the more

Divide and Conquer the Market with Segmentation

If one truth exists in the market it is that all customers are not the same. They do not consume products and services in the same manner, nor do they feel the same about your company. Their media habits are not constant, nor will they always recommend you to their friends and colleagues. more
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