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 potential...read 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 be...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

The Final Four: Ways to Collect Data in Survey Research

When we strip away the glamor, the surveys we create and administer are nothing more than data collection platforms. Novice researchers may focus on basic question types, but as we expand our skills the more astute researcher realizes there are many ways to capture data through the questions asked....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

How to Avoid Survey Fatigue

Ever get tired of eating leftovers for three days in a row? Well, just like leftover fatigue, your customers can also get survey fatigue. With so many companies sending out surveys looking for feedback on a product that was just purchased or a service that was just completed, companies need to find...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

Millennials and the Customer Experience

We’ve talked before about how important it is to understand the generational gaps in the workforce because what keeps Generation X engaged, doesn’t necessarily keep Millennials (born between 1980 and 2000) engaged. And the same thing holds true when it comes to the customer experience. Millennials...read more

Surveying Seniors and Other Difficult to Reach Populations

Much of the change in the market research industry revolves around moving data collection online. Tools such as Cvent are excellent at collecting survey data interactively, yet they are also capable of producing easy to read print surveys. Why in this day of the Internet would you want to print and...read more

Using Binary Scales to Shorten a Survey

In consumer or B2B marketing research, as in life in general, there is typically more than one way to ask a question. Some of these methods are easier on the part of the survey respondent, while others although a bit more complicated yield richer results for our survey data analysis. When we are...read more
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