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 the...read more

Research with agility

The agile methodology has become a de facto standard in software development, but now has found its way into the market research arena. The advantage agile brings to the table is its ability to better manage the unplanned events, such as a needed change in advertising copy due to shifting market...read more

Concept Testing: Which Path to Choose

Testing 1,2,3 Online survey platforms have enabled both B2B and consumer market researchers the ability to conduct concept tests with a greater degree of ease than found in previous generations. Gone are the days of filling auditoriums to test commercials embedded between pilot TV shows. This begs...read more

Measuring Brand Reputation

It’s all in the reputation! In both consumer and B2B marketing research there comes a time when it is critical to understand what drives the choice in a consumption scenario. We have to get down into the weeds with the consumers or business decision makers and ascertain what they feel is important...read 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 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

Say, Just What is a Likert Scale Anyway?

If you have been around survey research for any length of time you have come across the ubiquitous Likert scale. But, do you ever wonder what the Likert scale really is? This question format and its strongly agree to strongly disagree framework is a staple for in the pantry of questions we use on...read more

Awareness Questions in Surveys

Hey there…have you heard of me? 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. These two related, but separate constructs, represent the first steps on the pathway from prospect to...read more

Maximizing Reach with TURF Analysis

TURF Playbook So just what is TURF analysis? Does it have to do with the kind of grass we plant in our football fields? In this case it has nothing to do with football, but it does have numerous uses in media as well as product and services research. TURF, also known as total unduplicated reach and...read more

The Price is Right

How as market researchers can we help our brethren in marketing, sales and product development assess whether or not our price in the ballpark? There are numerous ways to test price including market experiments designed to measure elasticity up through several survey-based techniques. A key question...read more
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