Merging the Streams of Market Research and Business Analytics

As a trend watcher in the IT space I have noticed a consistent drumbeat over the last few years. CIOs and their interest in analytics and business intelligence has been consistent if not increasing. This makes perfect sense as companies realize they need to leverage both internal and external data...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

Sorting the Wheat from the Chaf: Determining Significance in Survey Data

As market researchers it is our task to sort the wheat from the chaff. Whether the data is from a survey or customer transactions it is our function to extrapolate meaning and educate those who can do something with it. When we dig into the details underlying our data we are often confronted with a...read more

Know Your Rows and Columns: How to do a Cross Tabulation Analysis

Data can be analyzed in numerous ways. There are a few go to methods that every researcher needs to be proficient with. The tool of choice for diving into survey data is the crosstabulation. There are fancier multivariate techniques, and those have their place, but for everyday use the crosstab is...read more

Keep it Short and Simple: A Guide to Respondent Engagement

My interest as of late as turned to surveys that support employee loyalty, however, today’s topic applies just as well to consumer or B2B market research. As a research professional I find it useful to keep my feet on the ground and participate in surveys where feasible. This keeps me grounded in...read more

Sliding Down the Funnel

Following up on a previous post regarding measuring awareness and familiarity there are other questions that need to be addressed if we are to create a funnel. Why a funnel you ask? Funnels are commonly employed in brand tracking studies. This form of research requires a structured questionnaire...read 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 consumer...read more

How to Avoid Survey Fatigue

Ever get tired of eating leftovers for three days in a row? Well, just like leftover fatigue, your customers can also get survey fatigue. With so many companies sending out surveys looking for feedback on a product that was just purchased or a service that was just completed, companies need to find...read more

You're Not Lucky with Data Alone: Acting on Your Survey Data

You’ve set up a survey program. Good. You’ve sent out your survey. Great. You’ve received an overwhelming amount of responses. Even better. But just because your responses are overflowing doesn’t mean you’re lucky and can just start thinking about your next survey. Now you need to put your data into...read more

Always Check Your Survey Logic!

There comes a time when all researchers have a bad day and craft a questionnaire that misses the mark. This can come in the form of a poorly worded question or logic that skips respondents off into the universe. To help mitigate these moments place a sticky note beside your monitor that reminds you...read more
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