The Final Four: Ways to Collect Data in Survey Research

When we strip away the glamor, the surveys we create and administer are nothing more than data collection platforms. Novice researchers may focus on basic question types, but as we expand our skills the more astute researcher realizes there are many ways to capture data through the questions asked....read more

Measuring Frequency of Usage

Usage frequency is a critical variable to marketers. Frequent users of our products and services tend to look and feel different than lower frequency users. Understanding these differences can help guide strategy that maximizes revenue and profitability. The question at hand then becomes how do we...read more

Hotel Customer (and Staff) Feedback can be Hell

Filthy rooms, paint peeling from the walls, inedible food in the dirty restaurant, and an overall lack of accountability from leadership and staff. These are just a few of the wonderful surprises in store for world renowned chef Gordon Ramsay on his hit series, “Hotel Hell.” In it, Chef Ramsay...read more

Digging the Most Out of the Qualitative Data Mine

Data quality is directly related to question quality. Nowhere is this truer than with open-ended questions. Qualitative research draws deeply from the well of consumer thought. The use of unstructured questions on surveys is an attempt to elicit that depth of feeling and emotion and harness it for...read more

Going, Going, Gone to Mobile

Pete Townshend once sang about goin’ mobile. Now marketers and researchers are singing the same tune. The trend toward all things mobile continues unabated. This is one of those trends I certainly agree with, but as researchers we need to approach it with respect and understanding. It is not a trend...read more

Comment Card Fail: Restaurants

I was listening to the radio this morning and the show hosts were talking about a comment that was left on a comment card. If you’ve ever been to an Outback Steakhouse (locations worldwide), you know it is an Australian themed restaurant, most famous for its bloomin’ onion and other Aussie-Tizers...read more

Webinar Q&A: Crimes in Survey Design

Last Thursday, I hosted the Crimes in Survey Design webinar. We had many great questions come in that we unfortunately did not have time to get to, but have answered below! If you missed the webinar or would like to watch it again, the recording is available here. What is the ideal rating scale: 5...read more

Jumping for Joy: It's All About the Experience

It’s all about the experience. First class resorts, restaurants, and even some amusement parks know this truth. Other companies, USAA comes to mind, also understand that it is mission critical to create a consistently positive customer experience across all touchpoints. This includes the “user...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

The Magic of Survey Logic

Engaged respondents are more likely to take your survey seriously and provide truthful response. Using dynamic logic is one of the easiest ways to engage a respondent and make his or her experience more memorable. This is important to your project because engaged respondents are more apt to provide...read more
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