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

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 more

Uncovering the Sins of the Top Box Score

There comes a time when a direct marketing piece catches your eye. I was cleaning out some files recently and came across a white paper that covered one of my favorite topics - the use of the top box as a measure for conveying scale scores. If you are not familiar the top box score is the sum more

Three Tips to Keep Customers Satisfied During the Holiday Shopping Rush

With the holidays in full swing, retail stores are experiencing their biggest rush of the year with holiday shoppers looking for the perfect gifts for their family and friends. And retailers are hoping for a major uptick in their sales. But, in order for that to happen, they need to ensure they 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: more

NPS Needs a Little Help from its Friends

The Net Promoter Score (NPS) continues to receive a large volume of press coverage in the business and financial media. Originally, it was touted as the one number businesses needed to grow. However, time has not bared that out. Brand managers that focus solely on NPS often receive a wake-up more

Customer Experience ≠ Customer Satisfaction

There comes a time when those of us in consumer and B2B market research realize that we are not just the messengers, the conduit for the voice of the customer, but we also are the change agents. This realization came to me some time ago, but was reaffirmed while reading the book Outside In by more

Customer Profitability Requires a Good First Date

The season of Valentine’s brings out the best in some and the worst in others. Many of us find ourselves reminiscing about first dates and whether or not the date led to a meaningful relationship. The same romantic wonderings can be applied to the customer – company relationship. When cast in more

What is Loyalty?

LinkedIn can be an excellent platform not only for networking, but also for holding meaningful discussions with others in your line of work. A member of the Customer Experience Management LinkedIn Group posed this discussion question to her fellow CRM-minded members: How are we actually more

Adding Questions to the Matrix

On occasion a survey comes my way that illustrates, either with excellence or lack of vision, good online survey design. The illustration below comes from a customer satisfaction survey provided by a regional grocery store to their online community. The table speaks to one dimension of more
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