Uncovering the Sins of the Top Box Score

There comes a time when a direct marketing piece catches your eye. I was cleaning out some files recently and came across a white paper that covered one of my favorite topics - the use of the top box as a measure for conveying scale scores. If you are not familiar the top box score is the sum of...read more

Creating Categories from Open-end Responses

It is an alchemist’s blend of art and science when it comes to qualitative marketing research. The analysis of open-ended questions found on most surveys is indeed a qualitative endeavor. At its core this is an iterative process, even with the use of text analytics tools such as OdinText. Where do...read 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 on...read 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 to...read 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 consumer...read more

How to Avoid Survey Fatigue

Ever get tired of eating leftovers for three days in a row? Well, just like leftover fatigue, your customers can also get survey fatigue. With so many companies sending out surveys looking for feedback on a product that was just purchased or a service that was just completed, companies need to find...read more

The Final Question: Likelihood to Recommend

The third and final iteration of the customer funnel story involves a topic we should be both aware of and familiar with. That is how likely is the respondent to recommend us to family, friends and colleagues? If you thought this sounded a bit like net promoter score then you are correct. There are...read more

Always Check Your Survey Logic!

There comes a time when all researchers have a bad day and craft a questionnaire that misses the mark. This can come in the form of a poorly worded question or logic that skips respondents off into the universe. To help mitigate these moments place a sticky note beside your monitor that reminds you...read 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 those...read 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. Some...read more
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