Dark Data: Why You Need Scary Feedback

As surveys from your customers or employees begin to pour in, both good and evil reviews join forces to create a bubbling stew of untapped power. Negative feedback can blind your judgement and unearth inner demons by highlighting imperfections that demand your attention.  In the dreadful age of Dark...read more

Labor Day Resolutions to Engage Your Employees

The origins of Labor Day can be traced back to one of the most tumultuous decades for workers’ rights in U.S. history. At the height of the Industrial Revolution, manufacturing was booming and the demand for cheap labor was unrelenting. Faced with abominable working conditions, exploitive child...read more

The Importance of Customer Feedback

Being in business means more than just selling your services or goods. According to a study, being in business today means selling, monitoring, engaging, social sharing, online reviewing, reputation managing, generating, and -- most importantly -- listening. Surveying your customers regularly and in...read more

Internal vs. External Benchmarking: The Saga

I hate to do it, but I'm going to rely on a tried-and-true metaphor to drive home the importance of setting realistic benchmarks for your survey program. Here we go. I constantly see walls of magazines in grocery stores with headlines like, “20 minutes to lose five pounds!” or “Slim down two sizes...read more

Why Netflix is Upping the Employee Satisfaction Game

  I’m sure you read the headlines last week. In an unprecedented move, Netflix announced that employees can now take unlimited parental leave in the first year that a child is born. Queue the Hallelujah Chorus. This is huge. This is a game-changer and I bet the strategic move came directly from...read more

Sample Survey Thursday: Customer Satisfaction

  Today’s focus: customer satisfaction surveys The proof is in the numbers. According to Gartner Group, a 5% increase in customer retention can increase a company’s profitability by 75%. Therefore, it truly pays off to listen to your customers. Most companies today say they are customer centric in...read more

What are your plans for that data?

What will you do with those results? If there was ever a question to be asked, this would be it. If there is a likelihood that the results you generate will not be acted upon, then why would you conduct the survey to begin with? During my time in the market research space, I have seen many studies,...read more

Avoiding the Yes Men

As market researchers, and survey researchers in general, it is our job to ensure the instruments we create are as free of potential bias as possible. This is accomplished through diligence in survey and sample design. Yet, as hard as we try it is often difficult to avoid all forms of potential...read more

Further Engage Guests with Branding

During your hotel guests’ stay, you want to make them feel at home. After all, they chose to spend money at your property instead of staying in the comfort of their own home. Every interaction you have with a guest during their stay is a reflection on your brand. It’s how they will remember you....read more

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
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