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

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 do...read more

New School Ad Testing with Market Research Surveys

The old school for ad testing involved bringing large numbers of people of various demographics together and showing them ads embedded in pilot television show. This was coupled with two surveys, a pre-exposure survey and a post-test assessment following the programming and ad exposure. Enter the...read more

Low to High or High to Low - Scale Design

Scales in market research share a similar purpose with those devices found in bathrooms, gyms and doctors offices. They are both designed to measure. In one case it may be our physical weight, while in the other it may be the importance of an attribute or attitude. In the context of B2B and consumer...read more

Testing the Emotional Component of Advertising

Advertising is still big business with billions of dollars each year being spent on both the creation of advertising and refinement of the media selected to convey those messages. This is occurring in spite of a changing and more fragmented media landscape which is seeing a declining interest in...read more

Going, Going, Gone to Mobile

Pete Townshend once sang about goin’ mobile. Now marketers and researchers are singing the same tune. The trend toward all things mobile continues unabated. This is one of those trends I certainly agree with, but as researchers we need to approach it with respect and understanding. It is not a trend...read more

Should We Use Incentives for Survey Response?

We seem to need an incentive nowadays before we are willing to do anything. As our lives have become busier, taking even a few minutes for a survey can be perceived as time wasted. This has led to an increasing reliance on incentives to motivate survey response. In the days of old it was common to...read more

Testing the value behind value propositions

How valuable is your proposition? Value propositions are a two-way street. From the company they are a promise of value to be delivered and from the customer’s perspective they are a belief that value will be experienced. These all important statements can apply to your entire organization, or parts...read more

Testing Ads Before they Launch

One of the major advances offered by online survey platforms, such as Cvent, is the ability to incorporate multi-media. In days gone by 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 ads, pilot television shows or...read more

If I knew then what I know now - multi-channel surveys

What I knew then… I heard a statistic yesterday that the average smartphone user is never more than three feet away from their phone. I am not sure I find this good, bad or I'm just indifferent, but it does play into our need as consumer and B2B market researchers to expand our delivery options. The...read more
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