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 select...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

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

Capturing Numerical Data

There are many ways to get to the truth. This is certainly the case when it comes to questionnaire design. One of the areas I am frequently asked to comment on is the best method for capturing numerical data such as income or weekly budget for groceries. This nugget of truth has many paths leading...read more

Autumn Trees Remind Me of Branchin Survey Logic

Now that autumn has arrived I spend a great deal of time watching leaves fall from the trees, slowly ever turning in the breeze. Soon the trees will be bare with their branches exposed. That’s where my mind shifts back from nature to the finer nuances of questionnaire design. A survey can be viewed...read more

3 Tips for Achieving the Right Balance in Questionnaire Design

There is a time when we as consumer and B2B market researchers have to step back and remind ourselves to keep it simple. This was brought to my attention by the recent spate of political campaign signs going up around the area.Political campaigns are famous for brevity, although the politicians or...read more

The Magic of Survey Logic

Engaged respondents are more likely to take your survey seriously and provide truthful response. Using dynamic logic is one of the easiest ways to engage a respondent and make his or her experience more memorable. This is important to your project because engaged respondents are more apt to provide...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

Running Out of Time

The sands of time are running low or so they say. When it comes to time we as consumer and B2B market researchers are being asked to do more with less. This must be the new normal. However, do you spend much time thinking about our respondents and the time commitment we ask of them? I would hope...read more
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