Reaching the Constant Sum

Increasingly, the constant sum question format is becoming one of my go to question styles. It allows the respondent to divide their “sum” across a fixed number of categories creating metric data. To clarify the “sum” portion of constant sum does not have to be 100 (as in 100 percent). It could be...read more

What is in a Dichotomy?

By definition a dichotomy has two parts. In the framework of survey design, dichotomous questions have two possible answer choices. The most common being the Yes/No dichotomy. Other options include: True/False Male/Female (although it is becoming increasingly common to see transgender) Up to 45/Over...read more

Getting the Clickthrough: The Art of the Invite – Part 1

Let’s face it, qualified respondents who have nothing better to do than to complete our survey accurately, truthfully and in a timely fashion are a rare breed. In today’s crowded email inbox our survey invitations are competing for attention – of course that assumes they didn’t receive a one-way...read more

Merging the Streams of Market Research and Business Analytics

As a trend watcher in the IT space I have noticed a consistent drumbeat over the last few years. CIOs and their interest in analytics and business intelligence has been consistent if not increasing. This makes perfect sense as companies realize they need to leverage both internal and external data...read more

Scales Based on Multiple Response Questions

Not all scales in market research need be of the Likert, Semantic Differential, or Constant Sum variety. They don’t have to involve Bayesian theory like the extensions of Maximum Difference Scaling do. In fact, sometimes the simplest approach truly is the best. The multiple response format is a...read more

Creating Categories from Open-end Responses

It is an alchemist’s blend of art and science when it comes to qualitative marketing research. The analysis of open-ended questions found on most surveys is indeed a qualitative endeavor. At its core this is an iterative process, even with the use of text analytics tools such as OdinText. Where do...read more

Know Your Rows and Columns: How to do a Cross Tabulation Analysis

Data can be analyzed in numerous ways. There are a few go to methods that every researcher needs to be proficient with. The tool of choice for diving into survey data is the crosstabulation. There are fancier multivariate techniques, and those have their place, but for everyday use the crosstab is...read more

Say, Just What is a Likert Scale Anyway?

If you have been around survey research for any length of time you have come across the ubiquitous Likert scale. But, do you ever wonder what the Likert scale really is? This question format and its strongly agree to strongly disagree framework is a staple for in the pantry of questions we use on...read more

Keep it Short and Simple: A Guide to Respondent Engagement

My interest as of late as turned to surveys that support employee loyalty, however, today’s topic applies just as well to consumer or B2B market research. As a research professional I find it useful to keep my feet on the ground and participate in surveys where feasible. This keeps me grounded in...read more

You're Not Lucky with Data Alone: Acting on Your Survey Data

You’ve set up a survey program. Good. You’ve sent out your survey. Great. You’ve received an overwhelming amount of responses. Even better. But just because your responses are overflowing doesn’t mean you’re lucky and can just start thinking about your next survey. Now you need to put your data into...read more
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