What the Biggest Political Polling Mistakes in History can Teach us about Surveys

Polls have been used to try and predict the outcome of important political races for centuries. The first poll was a modest straw poll conducted by the Harrisburg Pennsylvanian newspaper in attempt to determine the 1824 presidential election. Today, as we approach the 2014 mid-term elections, our...read more

Measuring the Top and Bottom

When we present survey data we have choices in how that data is presented. As survey analysts it is our role to present the facts in an unbiased manner which facilitates decision making. When we work with scaled questions, “e.g. How likely are you to recommend Acme, Inc.?,” we have numerous options...read more

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

Swipe Right: Survey Lessons from Tinder

Tinder, the prolific online dating app that found its way onto the phones of millions of Americans searching for romance in one form or another, has revolutionized the dating scene for better or worse. And it’s really a simple concept. The app integrates with Facebook, pulling in users’ Facebook...read more

Steve Jobs: Customer Service Agent

Today, Apple – Live introduced the next line of Apple products to the world from their home base in Cupertino, California. Products that seem…a little familiar.  It’s not exactly outrageous to say Apple’s innovation streak has cooled in the years since Steve Jobs left us, but in many ways he still...read more

Survey Crime: Improper Use or Failure to Use Logic

Failure to use proper logic or improper use of logic in survey design is a felony punishable that will result in data integrity problems. Without logic, surveys are not personalized for the respondent. It’s important to remember when designing a survey that not all respondents are capable of...read more

Part 2: How to Recruit 3 Types of Survey Support

  In Part 1 of this two-part blog series, we discussed the importance of recruiting the support necessary for your survey programs to succeed. The first part focused on recruiting executive buy-in and a project owner. The final type of support you need is from your survey respondents. Here is how...read more

Radio Buttons vs. Dropdown Menus

Don’t push that button! Or should we? Research conducted by Marketing Experiments sheds interesting light on this design question. In this example there was a direct comparison in the form of an A/B factorial test of radio buttons versus drop down menus on an order form. The research question was...read more

Employee Engagement Fireworks: Why Cvent Employees #RedWhiteandBleedBlue

As our nation commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July, people across the U.S. will show their patriotism by fervently taking part in customary American celebrations like going to baseball games, watching fireworks, throwing backyard barbeques and attending...read more

Big data possibilities - bridging surveys with CRM data

If I knew then what I know now, I would have _______ when getting started with Cvent”? The answer to this one is fairly simple. I would have spent more time getting to know the ins and outs of using the reference ID (RefID) field. It certainly isn’t a sexy aspect of the platform (as compared to...read more
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