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

Gap v. Lincoln a.k.a. Matthew McConaughey & the VOC

Alright, alright, alright,. In case you missed it, there were two advertising campaigns launched around the same time that recently garnered a lot of interest in the ad world, and they both have pretty similar themes. Gap recently went through a brand overhaul. They went with a darker, sexier angle,...read more

Zero to 100 - Using Numeric Scales in Survey Design

When considering the type of data needed from a survey question we have several choices; nominal, ordinal, interval and ratio. In addition to the type of data, most survey platforms offer the survey author a wide variety of visual presentations. This post focuses on the use of numerical scales...read more

Put Your Happy Guests on TripAdvisor

What is the first thing you do before booking a hotel? If you’re like me, I always go to TripAdvisor to see how other travelers rate the hotel. Cleanliness is my big thing, so if there’s negative reviews about the cleanliness of the hotel in general, I’m onto my next hotel to research. Online...read more

The Motivation Gap: How to Keep a Multi-Generational Workforce Engaged

Inter-generational differences between Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y are especially pronounced in the workplace. It’s not hard to see why. The sheer range of communications styles, skill sets, aspirations, and values of different employees sitting side-by-side, confined within the...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

The Open-Ended Possibilities of Survey Text Analysis

Surveys are powerful research tools for collecting feedback. When crafted correctly, they illuminate valuable firsthand insights that would not have otherwise been discovered. Whether your organization uses surveys to measure customer satisfaction, gauge employee engagement or conduct training and...read more

Raise your Survey Response Rates

Organizations use surveys to achieve many different goals. Whether they want to measure employee satisfaction, conduct market research, administer training assessments or gauge customer satisfaction, a well-executed survey is an important business tool for making more informed decisions. However,...read more

Pricing Research 101

For profit companies operate under a profit maximization strategy which is dependent upon multiple factors including market share; volatility; brand position; and other factors including the current state of the economy. Understanding your current (and prospective) markets’ view on pricing is a key...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
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