Scale Design Q&A

Where to begin is a question frequently heard in market research. Yet, when it comes to survey design this question cannot be asked often enough. A particular example that has significant ramifications on satisfaction scores is where to start the scale? There is a significant body of research around...read more

Surveying Seniors and Other Difficult to Reach Populations

Much of the change in the market research industry revolves around moving data collection online. Tools such as Cvent are excellent at collecting survey data interactively, yet they are also capable of producing easy to read print surveys. Why in this day of the Internet would you want to print and...read more

Sample Wisely when Populating Research Panels

Sampling plans for populating research panels Panels represent opinions waiting to be shared. The question of the day is whom do we want to invite to the party? If your goal for 2015 is to create, manage and leverage a survey panel then careful thought needs to be given to deciding whose opinions...read more

Measuring the Top and Bottom

When we present survey data we have choices in how that data is presented. As survey analysts it is our role to present the facts in an unbiased manner which facilitates decision making. When we work with scaled questions, “e.g. How likely are you to recommend Acme, Inc.?,” we have numerous options...read 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 are...read more

Digging the Most Out of the Qualitative Data Mine

Data quality is directly related to question quality. Nowhere is this truer than with open-ended questions. Qualitative research draws deeply from the well of consumer thought. The use of unstructured questions on surveys is an attempt to elicit that depth of feeling and emotion and harness it for...read more

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

Going, Going, Gone to Mobile

Pete Townshend once sang about goin’ mobile. Now marketers and researchers are singing the same tune. The trend toward all things mobile continues unabated. This is one of those trends I certainly agree with, but as researchers we need to approach it with respect and understanding. It is not a trend...read more

Inspiring Leaders: What’s the Secret?

Employee engagement is a hot topic these days and not in a good way. A recent study by Gallup uncovered that seven out of 10 employees have “checked out” and/or are "actively disengaged." This statistic is alarming ‒ only about 30% of your workforce is engaged? Scary thought. This got me thinking...read 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 select...read more
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