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

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

Quant Meets Qual

You have heard me state many times that quantitative research benefits greatly from the depth you can achieve via qualitative research. How many times have you had clients state they wish they knew more about why respondents went one way or another? We, as survey designers, can obtain that depth of...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

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

Keeping Market Insights on the Edge

Those in the behavioral economics field hold onto the mantra of trust in what people do, not what they say. Can consumer insights professionals gain from this, and if so how can it be applied? The short answer is yes, those of us in the consumer and B2B market research space can benefit from...read more

Tips for Building a Better Product or Service

Are products services and vice versa? There is a bit of confusion in the marketing waters nowadays about this issue. Essentially, from my humble perspective, there is little difference between a product and a service. Yes, it is difficult to load a service into your car and install it in your...read more
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