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

Testing Ads Before they Launch

One of the major advances offered by online survey platforms, such as Cvent, is the ability to incorporate multi-media. In days gone by you would have had to recruit members of your target market(s), invite them to attend an event and then expose them to the proposed ads, pilot television shows or...read more

If I knew then what I know now - multi-channel surveys

What I knew then… I heard a statistic yesterday that the average smartphone user is never more than three feet away from their phone. I am not sure I find this good, bad or I'm just indifferent, but it does play into our need as consumer and B2B market researchers to expand our delivery options. The...read more

A Nickel Here a Dime There

Surveys can be used to assess opinions on our messaging and the propositions we put forth into the market. It makes sense that we would want to leverage statements that resonate with the thought process of our consumers and prospects. This is where consumer and B2B market research can inform the...read more

Using the Van Westendorp Pricing Model

Organizations tasked with making a profit operate under a strategy which is dependent upon multiple factors including market share; volatility; brand position; and other factors including the current state of the economy. The primary goal here is to maximize the profit generated by the firm....read more

Testing Prices One at a Time

As mentioned in a previous post there are several survey-based methods for testing the market’s perception of price. Monadic price testing in one such method. In monadic price testing the respondent sees one price and is asked to state his or her purchase intention at that price point. This design...read more

The Magic Behind Creating Averages from Categories

In a recent post we examined the use of numerical data versus ordered ranges. Both methods certainly have their advantages and limitations. Numerical data allows you the ability to apply a full range of statistical tests and the option of creating numerous categorical ranges. In short, it is a...read more

Capturing Numerical Data

There are many ways to get to the truth. This is certainly the case when it comes to questionnaire design. One of the areas I am frequently asked to comment on is the best method for capturing numerical data such as income or weekly budget for groceries. This nugget of truth has many paths leading...read more

Survey Design Tips: Validate if Respondents Can See and Hear Your Media

One of the major advances offered by online survey platforms, such as Cvent, is the ability to incorporate multi-media. In the old days, actually not that long ago, you would have had to recruit members of your target market(s), invite them to attend an event and then expose them to the proposed...read more

Quant Meets Qual

You have heard me state many times that quantitative research benefits greatly from the depth you can achieve via qualitative research. How many times have you had clients state they wish they knew more about why respondents went one way or another? We, as survey designers, can obtain that depth of...read more
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