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

3 Tips for Achieving the Right Balance in Questionnaire Design

There is a time when we as consumer and B2B market researchers have to step back and remind ourselves to keep it simple. This was brought to my attention by the recent spate of political campaign signs going up around the area.Political campaigns are famous for brevity, although the politicians or...read more

Scale Basics: Labels and Points on Likert Scales

Asking questions is the crux of what we do as consumer and B2B market researchers. Hopefully we are asking the right questions. Just how those questions are asked has major implications on the type of data we collect, its reliability and its validity. Volumes of academic research data have been...read more

Throwing in the Chips

As a B2B market researcher, I am often called on to query survey respondents and ascertain their preference for or strength of belief in a variety of topics. As there is more than one way to the truth, we have multiple techniques which we can draw from to elicit this preference data. Likert scales...read more

Samples at Random

As I have mentioned before randomness can be a very useful tool in survey research. Online survey platforms such as Cvent allow the survey designer to add a level of randomness to the question design process including: Randomize categories within a question to prevent order bias (there is an...read more

Philosophers & Market Researches, One in the Same? Dancing in the Consumer's Shoes

Just who we are is a question that has been asked by philosophers since time immemorial. Market research professionals are no different than those wise men from ancient Greece in this regard. Our task is to create an understanding of the consumer’s mind in which we can shape our brand positioning...read more

Taking a Random Walk

It has been said many times that randomness is next to godliness in the world of experimental design. I would extend this thinking to the structured world of survey research as well. In this post we will look at two methods for incorporating randomness into your online survey design. Cvent offers...read more

20 Most Popular Posts of 2012

While we highlight the most popular posts from a given month in our newsletter, one of my favorite activities is to look back and see what posts were the most popular overall each year. Keeping with tradition, here's a look back across the 20 most popular posts of 2012!   Customer Loyalty Month: 25...read more

Data 4 x 4

I recently taught a session of introduction to quantitative methods. The students brought up several excellent questions including a series on data types. There is no way of escaping at least a cursory chat on data types if you are involved in either consumer or B2B market research. The...read more

How Well Do You Know Your Customers?

How much do you know about your customers? I mean do you really know them? At the heart of consumer market research lays a wealth of attitude data that is seldom tapped into. Leading marketers have taken the time to delve into this pool because they realize that attitudes precede behavior. How we...read more
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