Building a research community

Building community is an integral component of a successful life. Such is definitely the case when considering ways to capture and leverage input from customers, prospects, donors or just about any other group of interest. Online survey platforms, at least the lower end of the market, were great for...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

Keeping Profile Questionnaires Current

January is a perfect time to review ongoing surveys that you plan to use in the coming year. If you are planning to develop a survey panel, or have one in existence, then it is time to review your profile questionnaire (PQ). This is the first survey panelists will encounter, and the results it...read more

Capturing Numerical Data

There are many ways to get to the truth. This is certainly the case when it comes to questionnaire design. One of the areas I am frequently asked to comment on is the best method for capturing numerical data such as income or weekly budget for groceries. This nugget of truth has many paths leading...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

Close the Screen Door

Living in the Southeast one has to accept that mosquitoes will be a big part of your spring and summer equation. However, the smart individual who invented screening for windows and doors really had a brilliant idea. This simple product makes it easy to keep creatures out of your living spaces. We...read more

Where the Wild Things Are

Seldom is there a customer experience that doesn’t have an underlying emotional dimension. Harnessing this fact is an issue that Big Data has yet to fully resolve. However, for decades those in the consumer behavior camp have understood this. The emotional component to a decision or experience is...read more

Are You Using More Than One Barrel? Tips for Question Writing

When is two not better than one? In survey design two is certainly not better than one. In this case it refers to the use of double-barreled questions. Those with little research training often do not realize they are combining two distinct elements into one question. The best practice is to...read more

Has Your Data Gone MIA?

Missing data can quickly  turn your actionable consumer insights into a lackluster pile of data. It is an issue that both consumer analytics professionals and B2B market researchers face on a regular basis. It is also an issue with which database marketers must contend. In essence, data is missing...read more

Keep it simple, but also make it fun!

There is no doubt that our job as market researchers has become easier due to the advent of online questionnaire design. The tools available to us now have also made it less challenging to create surveys that are engaging to the respondent which benefits the overall quality of the data we collect....read more
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