Survey Crime: Leading the Respondent

The purpose of a survey is to gather opinions, thoughts, viewpoints, etc., not for you to include your personal bias and try persuade the respondent to answer a certain way. If you include loaded or leading questions, your data can be easily skewed and the accuracy of your results will be...read more

Webinar Q&A: Crimes in Survey Design

Last Thursday, I hosted the Crimes in Survey Design webinar. We had many great questions come in that we unfortunately did not have time to get to, but have answered below! If you missed the webinar or would like to watch it again, the recording is available here. What is the ideal rating scale: 5...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

Communication is a Two-Way Street

Communities are a key component to a successful life and modern society. Nowhere is this truer than in marketing and especially so in consumer and B2B marketing research. Online survey platforms, at least the lower end of the market, have been great for driving one off projects. It isn’t until you...read more

Matching Distributions with Quotas

Since very few of us have the option to conduct a census of our customers, prospects or panelists we need to rely on the sampling process. For most consumer and B2B market research studies, one of our goals is to provide data that mirrors the population(s) of interest along the lines of these...read more

Top 15 Blog Posts of 2013

I can’t believe 2013 is almost over! There are so many great blogs that we’ve posted over the past 12 months, that I wanted to keep up with tradition and give all of our readers a recap of the most popular blog posts of 2013! Enjoy! Samples at Random Sometimes being random is exactly what your...read more

3 Types of Employees & 4 Ways To Curb the Not-Engaged and Actively Disengaged Problem

Employee engagement (or lack thereof) has been a popular topic of conversation recently, as this issue is not something companies can afford to take lightly when 70% of Americans don’t show up to work committed to delivering their best performance, according to Gallup. I’ve wrote about the poor...read more

Autumn Trees Remind Me of Branchin Survey Logic

Now that autumn has arrived I spend a great deal of time watching leaves fall from the trees, slowly ever turning in the breeze. Soon the trees will be bare with their branches exposed. That’s where my mind shifts back from nature to the finer nuances of questionnaire design. A survey can be viewed...read more

Cleaning House

Cleaning house is one of those things, that although not glamorous, just needs to be done. I am of the opinion that a good cleaning in spring and fall is in order. The same can be applied to our surveys. If you are like me then the list of surveys grows ever longer. Periodically the herd needs to be...read more

The Customer Conversation: Setting the Stage for Effective Engagement

Increasingly, there is a lot of talk by experts about the need to collaborate with employees and customers; to have a conversation that leads to mutual benefit.  And these stakeholders want to talk, make no mistake about it. What they don't want to do, however, is to answer long lists of questions...read more
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