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

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

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

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

How to Recruit 3 Types of Survey Support: Part 1

All successful survey programs have one thing in common—they need multi-tiered support to truly flourish. If you take a minute to think about the survey lifecycle, you can see why recruiting support on several different levels is important. Launching surveys takes time and money, especially during...read more

Superior Data Through Closed Doors

Have you ever caught yourself telling a white lie? If you have, it probably wasn’t during a situation where you felt anonymous. Let’s face it, anonymity fosters honesty and candor. A quick scan of any Internet message board or review site could tell you that. When people aren’t tied to their...read more

Tracking changes in the consumer's mind (part 1)

Market research studies serve many purposes. With each purpose comes its own set of unique survey questions and design challenges. The tracking study is one of those projects that are commonly employed in both consumer and B2B market research settings. Consistent with its name, researchers who...read more

Doing Matrix Questions Right

Data quality and integrity needs to be at the core of what we as consumer and B2B market researchers deliver to our clients. With that said there are design techniques that we can employ that will encourage better respondent behavior and move the needle toward our goal of delivering quality data....read more
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