Preventing Respondent Frustration

This post applies to consumer and B2B market researchers as well as those who design questionnaires for measuring employee satisfaction and engagement. Multiple response questions where the respondent can select any or all options are a valuable question format. However, if not handled correctly...read more

Navigating the DIY Waters

We live in a do-it-yourself age. This DIY focus is what home improvement stores such as Lowes and Home Depot have built their empires on. The same is true for the countless auto part stores catering to the DIY guy (or gal). Online survey platforms of all shapes and sizes have brought the DIY fervor...read more

Keeping Profile Questionnaires Current

January is a perfect time to review ongoing surveys that you plan to use in the coming year. If you are planning to develop a survey panel, or have one in existence, then it is time to review your profile questionnaire (PQ). This is the first survey panelists will encounter, and the results it...read more

Capturing Numerical Data

There are many ways to get to the truth. This is certainly the case when it comes to questionnaire design. One of the areas I am frequently asked to comment on is the best method for capturing numerical data such as income or weekly budget for groceries. This nugget of truth has many paths leading...read more

Opening the Communication Channel

Recently I came across an article in the Harvard Business Review that spoke to a subject near and dear to my heart – quantitative data analysis. The theme of the article, however, was not aimed at “Quants” like myself, but at executives and managers with the power and ability to act upon the...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

The Magic of Survey Logic

Engaged respondents are more likely to take your survey seriously and provide truthful response. Using dynamic logic is one of the easiest ways to engage a respondent and make his or her experience more memorable. This is important to your project because engaged respondents are more apt to provide...read more

Close the Screen Door

Living in the Southeast one has to accept that mosquitoes will be a big part of your spring and summer equation. However, the smart individual who invented screening for windows and doors really had a brilliant idea. This simple product makes it easy to keep creatures out of your living spaces. We...read 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 the...read more

Crafting Community Surveys

What makes a community? Well certainly it is a collection of unique individuals who call a single place home. It is also a place where businesses hang their shingle. Collectively the residents and businesses work together and if all goes well the community can thrive. However, there is something...read more
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