Question: Are Your Samples Representative?

For both B2B and consumer market researchers the question that lies in the back of our minds is to what degree is our sample a reasonable measure of the population(s) we are interested in? All aspects of our projects can be spot on, but if the respondents do not form a representative sample then the...read more

Sample Survey Thursday: Guest Satisfaction

Today’s focus: Guest satisfaction surveys. It’s critical that hotels treat their guests like family. It’s also important to understand what guests want and need so a hotel can provide each and every guest with a personalized, unique and memorable experience. But how do you tap into your guests?...read more

Building a research community

Building community is an integral component of a successful life. Such is definitely the case when considering ways to capture and leverage input from customers, prospects, donors or just about any other group of interest. Online survey platforms, at least the lower end of the market, were great for...read more

Superior Data Through Closed Doors

Have you ever caught yourself telling a white lie? If you have, it probably wasn’t during a situation where you felt anonymous. Let’s face it, anonymity fosters honesty and candor. A quick scan of any Internet message board or review site could tell you that. When people aren’t tied to their...read more

Measuring changes over time - tracking surveys part 2

Following up from the previous post – tracking studies can be used to measure the brand consideration funnel (unaided awareness to likelihood to recommend); product or service satisfaction; new customer characteristics; or any other combination of variables that management needs to see trends over...read more

The Open-Ended Possibilities of Survey Text Analysis

Surveys are powerful research tools for collecting feedback. When crafted correctly, they illuminate valuable firsthand insights that would not have otherwise been discovered. Whether your organization uses surveys to measure customer satisfaction, gauge employee engagement or conduct training and...read more

How do I make an Online Survey?

I was recently asked this question on Quora and felt it was a good topic to cover more in depth here: How do I make an online survey? To be completely frank, the answer to this question is not necessarily a simple one. On the surface, many people think that sending a survey just means creating some...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
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