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

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

The Time Machine

If we only had a machine that allowed us to effortlessly travel back and forward in time. The concept of time is as important to marketers as it is scientists. The company that is late to the market will indeed miss the sales opportunity. This brings up the question of how do we ask more

Getting into the Trenches: Why Observing Customers is a Must

One of the lessons I learned early on as a market researcher is the need to get down into the trenches. It is absolutely necessary if you want to be able to understand the journey a prospect takes  to become a customer. This is especially true for quantitative researchers who see life through more

It’s all about semantics

There are numerous ways to measure attitudes and beliefs. Many have been covered in this blog previously. One of my favorites is the semantic differential. Unlike Likert scales, which measure level of agreement, the semantic differential exposes the respondent to a series of paired statements 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

Staying on Point: The Art of the Invite Part 2

If you have crafted a subject line that is compelling and mitigates any potential trust issues, then it is up to the invitation to convert them from prospect to survey respondent. Opening the invitation is the job of the subject and from lines. Getting the prospect to move forward and click on more

Advancing the State of Survey Logic

Every survey has some form of logic inherent to it. I posit the following definition: Surveys are an ordered, logical set of questions presented to respondents, who meet basic criteria, for the purpose of informing a broader set of decisions. As survey authors we establish the logic used in more
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