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

Superior Data Through Closed Doors

Have you ever caught yourself telling a white lie? If you have, it probably wasn’t during a situation where you felt anonymous. Let’s face it, anonymity fosters honesty and candor. A quick scan of any Internet message board or review site could tell you that. When people aren’t tied to their...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

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
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