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

Staying Ahead of the Curve

Are we a thing of the past? Will big data replace survey research as we know it? This question is being thrown about through all of the marketing research circles. There is no doubt that big data will impact the way marketing moves through its next evolution. For context, the same questions arose in...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

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

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

Using Iteration to Get to Better Ideas

As market researchers sometimes we have to stop and enquire why we do what we do. We also need to understand that we carry our own internal set of biases which can impact our decisions, and how we approach our internal and external clients with recommendations.From the product, brand or market...read more

Retention Management Begins with Listening

Bob Seger once said “old friends good for the soul.” This thought has been weighing heavily on my minds as I prepare for a trip home, my first in several years. Old friends are also important to marketers and should be considered part of any organization’s retention management program. When I say...read more

The Yin and Yang of Research

A brief thought today, but one that bears repeating. Survey research, especially as it relates to consumer and B2B marketing research, has an interdependent relationship with qualitative research. In short, they both benefit from each other. I recently had the opportunity to sit in and observe a...read more

Extending the Brand Through Research

Brands are living entities. They rise and fall according to consumer interest in them, which is driven in part by marketing’s efforts to extend the life of the brand. This is where market research comes into play. Whether you are a brand manager for a multi-million dollar consumer brand or the owner...read more
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