Is your data quality suffering?

How long is too long? This is a question being asked more frequently in market research circles. It is certainly a topic I have devoted much time to, for the simple reason that lengthy and complex surveys make it more difficult for all researchers to collect valid and reliable data. I delve 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 more

Compare Your Survey Sample to US Census Data with Data Ferrett

The US Census is the go to source for data which allows us to compare our sample to larger populations to ensure representativeness. The Census Bureau has created a tool in Data Ferrett which will make this process significantly easier for market researchers to employ. Any discuss 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 more

Staying Ahead of the Curve

Are we a thing of the past? Will big data replace survey research as we know it? This question is being thrown about through all of the marketing research circles. There is no doubt that big data will impact the way marketing moves through its next evolution. For context, the same questions arose more

Using Research to Maximize Success

Not all product or service launches will be successful. There are statistics aplenty that will confirm the challenges faced when starting a business or launching a new product. More will fail than will succeed. Market success is an equation with an ever changing slate of variables, yet one more

Attitudes drive behaviors

There isn’t a marketer out there that hasn’t at some point wondered if their consumer and prospect bases are identical or if there are differences which can be leveraged. This may be a stretch, but market segmentation has been around a long time and is a staple for researchers in consumer and more

Using Surveys to Support PPC Efforts

Social media and big data are all the rage, but survey research should not be left out of the market intelligence mix. A perfect example is the use of surveys to compliment Google AdWords to develop a refined list of search terms for use in pay per click (PPC) advertising and search more

Giving a Gift: Incentive's Place in Survey Research

The concept of content gifts, as a form of advertising is an increasingly viable method for reaching customers and prospects. According to Jon Steinberg, President and COO of Buzzfeed, content gifts are a form of information or entertainment that a brand offers to a consumer in exchange for more

Free Flowing in the Data River

As the wheel of the year turns the discussion arises regarding the relevance of survey research in a big data world. This topic keeps coming back like a soul working out its karmic issues. The cynics, and there are many, state that surveys are flawed by their nature and are no longer needed with more
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