Scales Based on Multiple Response Questions

Not all scales in market research need be of the Likert, Semantic Differential, or Constant Sum variety. They don’t have to involve Bayesian theory like the extensions of Maximum Difference Scaling do. In fact, sometimes the simplest approach truly is the best. The multiple response format is a...read more

The Final Four: Ways to Collect Data in Survey Research

When we strip away the glamor, the surveys we create and administer are nothing more than data collection platforms. Novice researchers may focus on basic question types, but as we expand our skills the more astute researcher realizes there are many ways to capture data through the questions asked....read more

Say, Just What is a Likert Scale Anyway?

If you have been around survey research for any length of time you have come across the ubiquitous Likert scale. But, do you ever wonder what the Likert scale really is? This question format and its strongly agree to strongly disagree framework is a staple for in the pantry of questions we use on...read more

Using Binary Scales to Shorten a Survey

In consumer or B2B marketing research, as in life in general, there is typically more than one way to ask a question. Some of these methods are easier on the part of the survey respondent, while others although a bit more complicated yield richer results for our survey data analysis. When we are...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

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

Testing the Web with Spider Charts

Visually appealing data can sway an audience. Data reported in bland columns and rows of a spreadsheet can put the same audience to sleep. Ok so that maybe true, but which chart to choose? This is a difficult question for most analysts who want to balance visual impact with ease of creation.One of...read more

Books Aren't the Only Thing with Chapters

Books are not the only things that have chapters. The current version of the Cvent online survey platform allows survey designers to group common core questions into a single chapter. Surveys can have multiple chapters such as screening questions (e.g., demographics or firm statistics), brand...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
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