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

The Price is Right

How as market researchers can we help our brethren in marketing, sales and product development assess whether or not our price in the ballpark? There are numerous ways to test price including market experiments designed to measure elasticity up through several survey-based techniques. A key question...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

Redirecting Traffic Using the Reference IDs

Which way did he go? As professional market researchers we spend a great deal of time and energy focused on getting participation for our surveys, and ensuring they have a positive experience, all the while keeping our fingers crossed that meaningful data is collected. We also need to consider where...read more

Building a research community

Building community is an integral component of a successful life. Such is definitely the case when considering ways to capture and leverage input from customers, prospects, donors or just about any other group of interest. Online survey platforms, at least the lower end of the market, were great for...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

The Open-Ended Possibilities of Survey Text Analysis

Surveys are powerful research tools for collecting feedback. When crafted correctly, they illuminate valuable firsthand insights that would not have otherwise been discovered. Whether your organization uses surveys to measure customer satisfaction, gauge employee engagement or conduct training and...read more

Spending Your Time Wisely

Time well spent! Much has been said by me and others lately regarding time. Time is a resource, time is valuable, time slips away and so forth. One of the best uses of our time as consumer and B2B market researchers is to spend the time needed to pre-test our surveys before we launch them out into...read more

Many versus The One

Should you be looking at multiple channels for your research efforts? Single deployment channels such as online, paper, phone or mobile may no longer get you the quantity and quality of responses you need. A working definition of multi-channel research involves using two or more deployment...read more

Raise your Survey Response Rates

Organizations use surveys to achieve many different goals. Whether they want to measure employee satisfaction, conduct market research, administer training assessments or gauge customer satisfaction, a well-executed survey is an important business tool for making more informed decisions. However,...read more
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