Are we there yet? Treat your surveys like (well-planned) summer road trips

Banked vacation days, warm weather, the lure of the open road—as the summer sun intensifies, so does our collective appetite for adventure and discovery. Many will pack their bags, load up the car and embark on a vacation. But before you take to the highway, take a few cues from the traditional...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

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

Autumn Trees Remind Me of Branchin Survey Logic

Now that autumn has arrived I spend a great deal of time watching leaves fall from the trees, slowly ever turning in the breeze. Soon the trees will be bare with their branches exposed. That’s where my mind shifts back from nature to the finer nuances of questionnaire design. A survey can be viewed...read more

The Customer Conversation: Setting the Stage for Effective Engagement

Increasingly, there is a lot of talk by experts about the need to collaborate with employees and customers; to have a conversation that leads to mutual benefit.  And these stakeholders want to talk, make no mistake about it. What they don't want to do, however, is to answer long lists of questions...read more

Testing the Web with Spider Charts

Visually appealing data can sway an audience. Data reported in bland columns and rows of a spreadsheet can put the same audience to sleep. Ok so that maybe true, but which chart to choose? This is a difficult question for most analysts who want to balance visual impact with ease of creation.One of...read more

What Was Missing at Content Marketing World (And 5 Content Suggestions)

What was missing from this week's Content Marketing World?  Data and Feedback Collection! I don't mean that they didn't collect feedback from attendees. They had a survey for every session in their mobile app. They incentived attendees to complete the surveys by gamifying them. Attendees were...read more

Unlocking a Research Panel

If you are considering building up a research panel of your own one of the key considerations is the nature of your profile survey. This will be the first survey, and hopefully not last, that a participant will see. Although the word ‘profile’ has mixed connotations, as in the negative context of...read more

A Gentle (or Not so Gentle) Reminder

There comes a time when we need to be reminded. Sometimes a gentle reminder will do, other times we may need to be more forceful. Survey participants are no different.Seldom will we achieve our desired number of completes without resorting to some polite arm twisting. The Cvent online survey...read more

Which is Best: One Pole or Two?

One pole or two is not a question commonly asked outside of market or survey research. In this case I am referring to survey rating scales which can be either unipolar or bipolar. With a unipolar scale we are asking respondents to think of the presence or absence of a quality. For example...read more
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