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 consumer...read more

Why You Need a Feedback Program: A Lesson from #TheDress

On a night, seemingly just like any other, the internet spun into a frenzy of discord. The culprit was a photograph of a dress, and not just any dress—#TheDress. Some people looked at the photograph and saw white and gold; others saw blue and black. The resulting confusion and disbelief from those...read 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 of...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

Learn from other’s mistakes: customer service fail

We’ve all been there. Whether it’s a cable company, your phone company, an airline, etc. there’s most likely been a time where you’re put on hold for what seems like forever, then when you do reach someone you’re transferred to and from departments until you reach the person you actually need to...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

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 in...read 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 will...read more

Location, Location, Location - Geolocation, That Is

What is it? Geolocation uses the GPS on your smartphone to tell other people where you are, and ties real-world businesses or events to that spot. Global Positioning Systems use satellites to pinpoint your exact location; when GPS is unavailable, your location can be more generally determined by...read 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 B2B...read more
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