Back to the Future: Why Planners Need Feedback at Every Stage

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 is “Back to the Future Day.” If you’ve not seen the movies, in “Back to the Future Part II,” Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to this date to save his future children, who weren’t born yet in the film’s present, which was 1985, from a horrific future. Confusing. Yes, 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

Internal vs. External Benchmarking: The Saga

I hate to do it, but I'm going to rely on a tried-and-true metaphor to drive home the importance of setting realistic benchmarks for your survey program. Here we go. I constantly see walls of magazines in grocery stores with headlines like, “20 minutes to lose five pounds!” or “Slim down two 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

Cvent Web Surveys is now Inquisium

Tuesday, June 2 was a big day Cvent Web Surveys and we announced that we rebranded as Inquisium. Derived from the word "inquisitive," we help organizations of all sizes build feedback programs that provide reliable, first-hand insights for smart decision making. This rebranding will help us more

Getting to Know You

I heard a recent episode on NPR that referred to the importance of social media for promoting “mom and pop” businesses. It has been a long held belief of mine that smaller organizations, even solo practitioners, can benefit from the analytics practices that larger organizations. After all data 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

Creating Categories from Open-end Responses

It is an alchemist’s blend of art and science when it comes to qualitative marketing research. The analysis of open-ended questions found on most surveys is indeed a qualitative endeavor. At its core this is an iterative process, even with the use of text analytics tools such as OdinText. Where 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
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