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

Pricing Research 101

For profit companies operate under a profit maximization strategy which is dependent upon multiple factors including market share; volatility; brand position; and other factors including the current state of the economy. Understanding your current (and prospective) markets’ view on pricing is a key...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

Starting Off with Categorical Data

As part of my getting back to basics series this winter I want to take some time to review a critical element in survey design – data types. As consumer and B2B market researchers we are asked to dive into the mindset of customers and prospects using qualitative and quantitative research designs....read more

Test Before You Send

After you’ve crafted what you think is a perfect survey, there’s one more thing you need to do before you send the masses – Test! This is the last and most important step before your survey goes live. It’s a good idea for someone (or a few colleagues) to double check the survey and look for any...read more

Having trouble getting traction with your surveys?

Surveying: everybody’s doing it. But how many responses is everyone getting to their surveys? I’m sure you, like myself, receive hundreds of survey invitations to your inbox each year – whether it’s from the hotel you just stayed at, the store you purchased your holiday party outfit from or your...read more

34 Ways to Increase Customer Survey Response Rates

Every once in awhile, it's a good idea to step back and examine our response rates. Here are a few ideas to get you started.  Switch up your subject lines Change the from name Check in on the ease of use of your survey Shorten your survey Tell people how long your survey is in the email (and don't...read more

Surveying Decision Makers

Not all members of the community have equal value. I mean no prejudice with that statement, but at certain times, especially in the B2B marketing research space, our focus is on surveying decision makers. Individual contributors and those with influence on key purchase decisions are important, but...read more

10 Tips for Writing Emails that Will Yield Higher Survey Response Rates

We’ve all been there before:  you have an email with a specific call to action (in this case a survey) that you’ve perfected and polished and are sure that it will have high open and participation rates. You push send and study the email stats over the next few hours. A response to your survey...read more

Incentives: What Works?

Survey incentives are must unless you are working with an extremely devoted audience such as a political group or cause-related organization such as a charity. Even with these groups in order to reach response targets we may have to provide an incentive in exchange for their time and opinions. How...read more
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