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

Navigating the DIY Waters

We live in a do-it-yourself age. This DIY focus is what home improvement stores such as Lowes and Home Depot have built their empires on. The same is true for the countless auto part stores catering to the DIY guy (or gal). Online survey platforms of all shapes and sizes have brought the DIY fervor...read more

Keeping Profile Questionnaires Current

January is a perfect time to review ongoing surveys that you plan to use in the coming year. If you are planning to develop a survey panel, or have one in existence, then it is time to review your profile questionnaire (PQ). This is the first survey panelists will encounter, and the results it...read more

Reading the Lay of the Land: Demographics and Awareness

Those of us involved in B2B market research are often called upon to provide a “lay of the land” through survey data, focus groups and competitive intelligence. This approach provides decision makers with a view of marketing opportunities by key target segment. In addition to survey results, this...read more

Q and A is Every Researcher's Job

Incentivized panels are a fact of life for consumer and B2B market researchers. As we look for new and innovative ways to meet our sampling needs many of us have turned to panels to fill our project goals. The majority of these panels incent their members for response. Research bodies such as ESOMAR...read more

Samples at Random

As I have mentioned before randomness can be a very useful tool in survey research. Online survey platforms such as Cvent allow the survey designer to add a level of randomness to the question design process including: Randomize categories within a question to prevent order bias (there is an...read more

The Emotional Dimension

In a previous post I discussed the basics for conducting online advertising testing. With the advent of online survey platforms the ability to test various advertising messages and formats is easier than ever. Gone are the days of renting large rooms and embedding ads in mock programs. The current...read more

Ad Testing 101

There was a day not long ago that advertising testing involved sitting large numbers of people in a room and showing them ads embedded in pilot television shows with a pre-exposure survey and a post-test assessment following the programming and ad exposure. My how things have changed! With the...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

Time is an Element Worth Considering

Measuring customer loyalty and satisfaction is a primary task for both consumer and B2B market research professionals. Today’s question is a matter of time as in a snapshot (one period in time) or a trend (measurements over a period of time.) Should satisfaction, awareness or other measures be...read more
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