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 deployment...read 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: 5...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

Matching Distributions with Quotas

Since very few of us have the option to conduct a census of our customers, prospects or panelists we need to rely on the sampling process. For most consumer and B2B market research studies, one of our goals is to provide data that mirrors the population(s) of interest along the lines of these...read more

Keeping Profile Questionnaires Current

January is a perfect time to review ongoing surveys that you plan to use in the coming year. If you are planning to develop a survey panel, or have one in existence, then it is time to review your profile questionnaire (PQ). This is the first survey panelists will encounter, and the results it...read more

Tying Up Loose Ends in Customer Data

Sometimes it is difficult to tie the loose ends together, but as market researchers this is what we do for our colleagues in marketing, sales and customer service. A recent new vehicle purchase has made this abundantly clear to me. Major purchase transactions, as far as milestone events go, generate...read more

The Customer Conversation: Setting the Stage for Effective Engagement

Increasingly, there is a lot of talk by experts about the need to collaborate with employees and customers; to have a conversation that leads to mutual benefit.  And these stakeholders want to talk, make no mistake about it. What they don't want to do, however, is to answer long lists of questions...read more

Unlocking a Research Panel

If you are considering building up a research panel of your own one of the key considerations is the nature of your profile survey. This will be the first survey, and hopefully not last, that a participant will see. Although the word ‘profile’ has mixed connotations, as in the negative context of...read more

Books Aren't the Only Thing with Chapters

Books are not the only things that have chapters. The current version of the Cvent online survey platform allows survey designers to group common core questions into a single chapter. Surveys can have multiple chapters such as screening questions (e.g., demographics or firm statistics), brand...read more

Close the Screen Door

Living in the Southeast one has to accept that mosquitoes will be a big part of your spring and summer equation. However, the smart individual who invented screening for windows and doors really had a brilliant idea. This simple product makes it easy to keep creatures out of your living spaces. We...read more
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