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

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

Steve Jobs: Customer Service Agent

Today, Apple – Live introduced the next line of Apple products to the world from their home base in Cupertino, California. Products that seem…a little familiar.  It’s not exactly outrageous to say Apple’s innovation streak has cooled in the years since Steve Jobs left us, but in many ways he still...read more

Redirecting Traffic Using the Reference IDs

Which way did he go? As professional market researchers we spend a great deal of time and energy focused on getting participation for our surveys, and ensuring they have a positive experience, all the while keeping our fingers crossed that meaningful data is collected. We also need to consider where...read more

Testing Ads Before they Launch

One of the major advances offered by online survey platforms, such as Cvent, is the ability to incorporate multi-media. In days gone by you would have had to recruit members of your target market(s), invite them to attend an event and then expose them to the proposed ads, pilot television shows or...read more

Radio Buttons vs. Dropdown Menus

Don’t push that button! Or should we? Research conducted by Marketing Experiments sheds interesting light on this design question. In this example there was a direct comparison in the form of an A/B factorial test of radio buttons versus drop down menus on an order form. The research question was...read more
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