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

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 a...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

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

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

Scale Design Q&A

Where to begin is a question frequently heard in market research. Yet, when it comes to survey design this question cannot be asked often enough. A particular example that has significant ramifications on satisfaction scores is where to start the scale? There is a significant body of research around...read more

Surveying Seniors and Other Difficult to Reach Populations

Much of the change in the market research industry revolves around moving data collection online. Tools such as Cvent are excellent at collecting survey data interactively, yet they are also capable of producing easy to read print surveys. Why in this day of the Internet would you want to print and...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

Inspiring Leaders: What’s the Secret?

Employee engagement is a hot topic these days and not in a good way. A recent study by Gallup uncovered that seven out of 10 employees have “checked out” and/or are "actively disengaged." This statistic is alarming ‒ only about 30% of your workforce is engaged? Scary thought. This got me thinking...read more

Steve Jobs: Customer Service Agent

Today, Apple – Live introduced the next line of Apple products to the world from their home base in Cupertino, California. Products that seem…a little familiar.  It’s not exactly outrageous to say Apple’s innovation streak has cooled in the years since Steve Jobs left us, but in many ways he still...read more
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