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

It’s all about semantics

There are numerous ways to measure attitudes and beliefs. Many have been covered in this blog previously. One of my favorites is the semantic differential. Unlike Likert scales, which measure level of agreement, the semantic differential exposes the respondent to a series of paired statements 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

How Does My Sample Compare to Reality: Ensuring Representative Samples

When it comes to sample selection we want to ensure that our respondents are representative of or look like the population of interest. How do we make sure this is the case? A keystone method in market research is to use Census data as a point of comparison. This is especially true in more

Using Binary Scales to Shorten a Survey

In consumer or B2B marketing research, as in life in general, there is typically more than one way to ask a question. Some of these methods are easier on the part of the survey respondent, while others although a bit more complicated yield richer results for our survey data analysis. When we more

Survey Crime: Unlawful Use of Bias

Most surveyors are constantly looking for ways to reduce survey bias that naturally sneaks into their questionnaires. One way to help reduce bias is to randomize survey question answer choices. Failure to randomize answer choices can result in order bias because there is a natural tendency to 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 more

Big data possibilities - bridging surveys with CRM data

If I knew then what I know now, I would have _______ when getting started with Cvent”? The answer to this one is fairly simple. I would have spent more time getting to know the ins and outs of using the reference ID (RefID) field. It certainly isn’t a sexy aspect of the platform (as compared more

Many versus The One

Should you be looking at multiple channels for your research efforts? Single deployment channels such as online, paper, phone or mobile may no longer get you the quantity and quality of responses you need. A working definition of multi-channel research involves using two or more more

Webinar Q&A: Crimes in Survey Design

Last Thursday, I hosted the Crimes in Survey Design webinar. We had many great questions come in that we unfortunately did not have time to get to, but have answered below! If you missed the webinar or would like to watch it again, the recording is available here. What is the ideal rating scale: more
Crimes in Design Webinar
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