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

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

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

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 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 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 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 more

Awareness Questions in Surveys

Hey there…have you heard of me? In consumer and B2B market research circles we are often asked to assess market awareness and/or familiarity with brands, products and spokespeople or causes. These two related, but separate constructs, represent the first steps on the pathway from prospect more

MarketingProfs Guest Post: The Changing Face of Feedback

Survey Innovation Series Part 1 It used to be that paper and postcard surveys were the way to go for gathering event feedback. The challenge with this approach? Receiving attendee feedback after the fact when the excitement has worn down and specific details are faded from memory. These days, more

Going, Going, Gone to Mobile

Pete Townshend once sang about goin’ mobile. Now marketers and researchers are singing the same tune. The trend toward all things mobile continues unabated. This is one of those trends I certainly agree with, but as researchers we need to approach it with respect and understanding. It is not a more
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