Question: Are Your Samples Representative?

For both B2B and consumer market researchers the question that lies in the back of our minds is to what degree is our sample a reasonable measure of the population(s) we are interested in? All aspects of our projects can be spot on, but if the respondents do not form a representative sample then the...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

Using Weights to Give our Data a Workout

Previously, I spoke to the use of quotas to ensure a representative sample. Quotas are an ‘upfront’ approach as they specify the percentage of respondents from key sub-groups that will be allowed into the survey. For example: Quota 1 – Gender – 30% men and 70% women Quota 2 – Age – 40% under 25 and...read more

Surveying Decision Makers

Not all members of the community have equal value. I mean no prejudice with that statement, but at certain times, especially in the B2B marketing research space, our focus is on surveying decision makers. Individual contributors and those with influence on key purchase decisions are important, but...read more

Weight a Minute

It is not often we can correct mistakes after the fact. As market researchers, however, we do have a few tools that allow us to make corrections post-facto. When it comes to sampling and response it is best to draw samples that are representative of your desired population beforehand. However,...read more

Quota Design

Not all surveys will be applicable to all potential respondents. Targeting our survey efforts to those most likely to respond will increase our engagement levels and in theory provide a more interesting experience. How do we know who is most likely to respond? This is a question for the ages, but in...read more

Tasty Satisfaction Treats: Feedback Tips for Restaurateurs

If there were one industry that could truly benefit from consumer insight research, it is the restaurant industry. Granted there are the giants of the industry, e.g. McDonalds or Chik-fil-A, that have teams dedicated to dissecting every aspect of the customer experience, but the biggest gains can...read more

Using Invitation Forwarding to Grow Your Responses

As winter winds its way down and spring looms on the horizon, I was reminded recently of a sampling technique used in the old days that has taken on a new spin. It used to be called snowball sampling. Just as a snowball gets bigger as it rolls down the hill, this form of sampling builds up the...read more

How representative is my sample?

The question that lies in the back of any researcher’s mind centers on what degree is their sample a reasonable measure of the population of interest? All aspects of the survey project can be spot on, but if the respondents do not form a representative sample then all bets are off for the quality of...read more

Stretching the truth

Let’s now prepare for a return to the Political Silly Season. Sample size, confidence levels and intervals are critical to the public opinion polling process. However, another crucial aspect for consideration by researchers of all stripes is the nature of the sample and of the respondents.It is all...read more
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