Time is of the Essence

As the saying goes time is of the essence. It is the one resource that we cannot recover. In market research it also plays a big role in the likelihood to respond to a survey invitation and the quality of the data received from said survey. Let me explain. The timeliness in which we invite a...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

Employee Retention is the New Black

When the word retention comes to mind we often turn to customer retention first. After all, retention management programs are a key component to successful growth of the customer base. However, as the economy continues to slowly move out of the depths, another version of retention is becoming...read more

Extending the Brand Through Research

Brands are living entities. They rise and fall according to consumer interest in them, which is driven in part by marketing’s efforts to extend the life of the brand. This is where market research comes into play. Whether you are a brand manager for a multi-million dollar consumer brand or the owner...read more

Know Thy Competition!

The number of true monopolies in the global economy is not that large. What this means to the rest of us is that we have to compete to sell our products and services. Competition can come from both global competitors and those homegrown in your back yard.To grow in a soft economy companies must be...read more

Measuring Feelings with the Semantic Differential

When it comes to generating consumer insights market researchers have many options in their toolkit. The types of data that can be created run the gamut from nominal (e.g. city, hair color, etc.) to ratio (age, income, home prices, etc.) The scales we implement in our surveys include Likert scales,...read more

Customer Profitability Requires a Good First Date

The season of Valentine’s brings out the best in some and the worst in others. Many of us find ourselves reminiscing about first dates and whether or not the date led to a meaningful relationship. The same romantic wonderings can be applied to the customer – company relationship. When cast in this...read more

Customer Experience ≠ Customer Satisfaction

There comes a time when those of us in consumer and B2B market research realize that we are not just the messengers, the conduit for the voice of the customer, but we also are the change agents. This realization came to me some time ago, but was reaffirmed while reading the book Outside In by Harley...read more

Adding Questions to the Matrix

On occasion a survey comes my way that illustrates, either with excellence or lack of vision, good online survey design. The illustration below comes from a customer satisfaction survey provided by a regional grocery store to their online community. The table speaks to one dimension of the...read more

Minimizing Buyer's Remorse

'Tis the season for major purchases. It is also the season of events that can trigger either deep satisfaction and joy or dissatisfaction and regret. Let’s look at this latter emotional state. How we feel about a purchase, after we have got it home and in the coming weeks is critical to our...read more
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