Using research to craft brand strategy

Market research is all about supporting the brand. Companies with a defined brand strategy are better suited to dealing with the vagaries of the marketplace. In a recent article by HubSpot they identified seven core practices necessary for developing and maintaining a strong brand. They more

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 more
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