Throwback Thursday: Back to the Hits of 2012

What better way to bring in the New Year than to look back and see what we’ve learned in the past four? Here’s a #TBT tribute to the posts that were a hit in 2012, plus some added questions for you to consider. Read on and explore how things have changed for your business over the years. more

Be Thankful for Feedback: Good, Bad and Indifferent

The ebbs and flows of sales in the retail world, specifically during the holidays, can keep a lot of store owners up all night. What worked once in the past might be a disaster today. This goes for both large chains, and small businesses. Recently, we’ve seen many large retailers make big more

Are your Surveys Creating Dissatisfaction?

Tell me how you really feel. Up to 95% of customers will give you a second chance if you handle their complaint successfully and quickly, but actually getting those responses is one of the biggest challenges survey planners face. Feedback is a staple of the customer experience and the very best more

Trick or Treat: Avoiding a Mixed Bag of Feedback

Ahhh Halloween. The time of year when neighborhood kids dressed in costumes come in droves, knocking on your door looking to fill their little bags with sugary sweets. All for free. BUT, don’t deliver on the promise (fun size?!, apples?, granola?!) and you’re risking getting some bad, more

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 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 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 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, 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 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 more
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