Getting into the Trenches: Why Observing Customers is a Must

One of the lessons I learned early on as a market researcher is the need to get down into the trenches. It is absolutely necessary if you want to be able to understand the journey a prospect takes  to become a customer. This is especially true for quantitative researchers who see life through more

It’s all about semantics

There are numerous ways to measure attitudes and beliefs. Many have been covered in this blog previously. One of my favorites is the semantic differential. Unlike Likert scales, which measure level of agreement, the semantic differential exposes the respondent to a series of paired statements more

What are your plans for that data?

What will you do with those results? If there was ever a question to be asked, this would be it. If there is a likelihood that the results you generate will not be acted upon, then why would you conduct the survey to begin with? During my time in the market research space, I have seen many studies, more

Avoiding the Yes Men

As market researchers, and survey researchers in general, it is our job to ensure the instruments we create are as free of potential bias as possible. This is accomplished through diligence in survey and sample design. Yet, as hard as we try it is often difficult to avoid all forms of more

Getting the Clickthrough: The Art of the Invite – Part 1

Let’s face it, qualified respondents who have nothing better to do than to complete our survey accurately, truthfully and in a timely fashion are a rare breed. In today’s crowded email inbox our survey invitations are competing for attention – of course that assumes they didn’t receive a more

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 more

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 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 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 more

Creating Categories from Open-end Responses

It is an alchemist’s blend of art and science when it comes to qualitative marketing research. The analysis of open-ended questions found on most surveys is indeed a qualitative endeavor. At its core this is an iterative process, even with the use of text analytics tools such as OdinText. Where more
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