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

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

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

Ad Testing 101

There was a day not long ago that advertising testing involved sitting large numbers of people in a room and showing them ads embedded in pilot television shows with a pre-exposure survey and a post-test assessment following the programming and ad exposure. My how things have changed! With the...read more

Hey You! Feeling a Bit Irrelevant?

Is market research becoming irrelevant? If you follow the published works of Forrester Research then you may be tempted to believe that we should scrap our career path and pursue something different. Don’t be tempted! What Forrester brings to light in their article What needs to happen in market...read more

Using Qualitative and Quantitative Question Formats

In both consumer and B2B market research we are often faced with questions from clients that require both quantitative research methods as well as the deeper insights that come from unstructured or more qualitative approaches. Fortunately, online survey platforms such as Cvent allow us the ability...read more

Linking House Files to Survey Data

Making the connection between survey data and information stored in transactional data warehouses or CRM systems allows the consumer or B2B market researcher to exponentially grow the value of the customer insights they deliver. As with most survey-related topics, there is more than one way to make...read more

20 Most Popular Posts of 2012

While we highlight the most popular posts from a given month in our newsletter, one of my favorite activities is to look back and see what posts were the most popular overall each year. Keeping with tradition, here's a look back across the 20 most popular posts of 2012!   Customer Loyalty Month: 25...read more
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