Internal vs. External Benchmarking: The Saga

I hate to do it, but I'm going to rely on a tried-and-true metaphor to drive home the importance of setting realistic benchmarks for your survey program. Here we go. I constantly see walls of magazines in grocery stores with headlines like, “20 minutes to lose five pounds!” or “Slim down two sizes...read more

You're Not Lucky with Data Alone: Acting on Your Survey Data

You’ve set up a survey program. Good. You’ve sent out your survey. Great. You’ve received an overwhelming amount of responses. Even better. But just because your responses are overflowing doesn’t mean you’re lucky and can just start thinking about your next survey. Now you need to put your data into...read more

How to Make Your Survey Data Easier to Understand and Act On

Data is really having a moment right now. Not only has “big data” become a regular buzzword in business circles, data scientists are in high demand, and companies are becoming more reliant on analytics to make decisions. We're expected to know our consumer, employee, and attendee preferences better...read 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 the...read more

What the Biggest Political Polling Mistakes in History can Teach us about Surveys

Polls have been used to try and predict the outcome of important political races for centuries. The first poll was a modest straw poll conducted by the Harrisburg Pennsylvanian newspaper in attempt to determine the 1824 presidential election. Today, as we approach the 2014 mid-term elections, our...read more

[Infographic] Free Survey Tools vs. Paid Survey Solutions

If you’re looking to build a survey to collect feedback, you might find yourself searching phrases online such as ‘free survey creation,’ ‘free survey tools’ or something along those lines. And guaranteed, numerous options will appear in your search results. With so many free survey tools at your...read more

Radio Buttons vs. Dropdown Menus

Don’t push that button! Or should we? Research conducted by Marketing Experiments sheds interesting light on this design question. In this example there was a direct comparison in the form of an A/B factorial test of radio buttons versus drop down menus on an order form. The research question was...read more

How to Recruit 3 Types of Survey Support: Part 1

All successful survey programs have one thing in common—they need multi-tiered support to truly flourish. If you take a minute to think about the survey lifecycle, you can see why recruiting support on several different levels is important. Launching surveys takes time and money, especially during...read more

Measuring changes over time - tracking surveys part 2

Following up from the previous post – tracking studies can be used to measure the brand consideration funnel (unaided awareness to likelihood to recommend); product or service satisfaction; new customer characteristics; or any other combination of variables that management needs to see trends over...read more

What it Takes to Make Fortune’s “Best Places to Work” List

Ever since Fortune released its inaugural Best Places to Work list in 1997, the honor has only grown in significance, and not coincidentally, so have terms like “company culture,” “work-life balance,” and “office perks.” There are many reasons for the uptick in popularity experienced by these...read more
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