Balancing Competing Demands

As a Libra it is fairly easy for me to visualize the need for balance. As someone who practices consumer and B2B market research, I can also see this same need in my professional work. Although I am by no means a professional counselor it has become apparent to me that in order to achieve a balanced...read more

A Nickel Here a Dime There

Surveys can be used to assess opinions on our messaging and the propositions we put forth into the market. It makes sense that we would want to leverage statements that resonate with the thought process of our consumers and prospects. This is where consumer and B2B market research can inform the...read more

The Art and Science of Asking Questions

Asking questions is what market researchers are trained to do, be they in the form of unstructured questions used in focus groups and in-depth interviews or in controlled survey questions designed to estimate likelihood of purchase. Our questions are the key to unlocking the vault in the consumer or...read more

Communication is a Two-Way Street

Communities are a key component to a successful life and modern society. Nowhere is this truer than in marketing and especially so in consumer and B2B marketing research. Online survey platforms, at least the lower end of the market, have been great for driving one off projects. It isn’t until you...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

Matching Distributions with Quotas

Since very few of us have the option to conduct a census of our customers, prospects or panelists we need to rely on the sampling process. For most consumer and B2B market research studies, one of our goals is to provide data that mirrors the population(s) of interest along the lines of these...read more

Top 15 Blog Posts of 2013

I can’t believe 2013 is almost over! There are so many great blogs that we’ve posted over the past 12 months, that I wanted to keep up with tradition and give all of our readers a recap of the most popular blog posts of 2013! Enjoy! Samples at Random Sometimes being random is exactly what your...read more

Measuring Familiarity

In consumer and B2B market research circles we are often asked to assess market awareness and/or familiarity with brands, products and spokespeople or causes. On the surface this is a relatively simple process. For example: How familiar are you with Acme, Inc? Not at all familiar Slightly familiar...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

Survey Design Tips: Validate if Respondents Can See and Hear Your Media

One of the major advances offered by online survey platforms, such as Cvent, is the ability to incorporate multi-media. In the old days, actually not that long ago, you would have had to recruit members of your target market(s), invite them to attend an event and then expose them to the proposed...read more
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