Labor Day Resolutions to Engage Your Employees

The origins of Labor Day can be traced back to one of the most tumultuous decades for workers’ rights in U.S. history. At the height of the Industrial Revolution, manufacturing was booming and the demand for cheap labor was unrelenting. Faced with abominable working conditions, exploitive child...read more

How Does My Sample Compare to Reality: Ensuring Representative Samples

When it comes to sample selection we want to ensure that our respondents are representative of or look like the population of interest. How do we make sure this is the case? A keystone method in market research is to use Census data as a point of comparison. This is especially true in consumer...read more

Why You Need a Feedback Program: A Lesson from #TheDress

On a night, seemingly just like any other, the internet spun into a frenzy of discord. The culprit was a photograph of a dress, and not just any dress—#TheDress. Some people looked at the photograph and saw white and gold; others saw blue and black. The resulting confusion and disbelief from those...read more

Compare Your Survey Sample to US Census Data with Data Ferrett

The US Census is the go to source for data which allows us to compare our sample to larger populations to ensure representativeness. The Census Bureau has created a tool in Data Ferrett which will make this process significantly easier for market researchers to employ. Any discuss of...read more

Sample Wisely when Populating Research Panels

Sampling plans for populating research panels Panels represent opinions waiting to be shared. The question of the day is whom do we want to invite to the party? If your goal for 2015 is to create, manage and leverage a survey panel then careful thought needs to be given to deciding whose opinions...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

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
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