Are we there yet? Treat your surveys like (well-planned) summer road trips

Banked vacation days, warm weather, the lure of the open road—as the summer sun intensifies, so does our collective appetite for adventure and discovery. Many will pack their bags, load up the car and embark on a vacation. But before you take to the highway, take a few cues from the traditional...read more

Divide and Conquer the Market with Segmentation

If one truth exists in the market it is that all customers are not the same. They do not consume products and services in the same manner, nor do they feel the same about your company. Their media habits are not constant, nor will they always recommend you to their friends and colleagues. Dividing...read more

If I knew then what I know now - multi-channel surveys

What I knew then… I heard a statistic yesterday that the average smartphone user is never more than three feet away from their phone. I am not sure I find this good, bad or I'm just indifferent, but it does play into our need as consumer and B2B market researchers to expand our delivery options. The...read more

Spending Your Time Wisely

Time well spent! Much has been said by me and others lately regarding time. Time is a resource, time is valuable, time slips away and so forth. One of the best uses of our time as consumer and B2B market researchers is to spend the time needed to pre-test our surveys before we launch them out into...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

The Art and Science of Asking Questions

Asking questions is what market researchers are trained to do, be they in the form of unstructured questions used in focus groups and in-depth interviews or in controlled survey questions designed to estimate likelihood of purchase. Our questions are the key to unlocking the vault in the consumer or...read more

Navigating the DIY Waters

We live in a do-it-yourself age. This DIY focus is what home improvement stores such as Lowes and Home Depot have built their empires on. The same is true for the countless auto part stores catering to the DIY guy (or gal). Online survey platforms of all shapes and sizes have brought the DIY fervor...read more

Jumping for Joy: It's All About the Experience

It’s all about the experience. First class resorts, restaurants, and even some amusement parks know this truth. Other companies, USAA comes to mind, also understand that it is mission critical to create a consistently positive customer experience across all touchpoints. This includes the “user...read more

Test Before You Send

After you’ve crafted what you think is a perfect survey, there’s one more thing you need to do before you send the masses – Test! This is the last and most important step before your survey goes live. It’s a good idea for someone (or a few colleagues) to double check the survey and look for any...read more

Slowing Down the Respondent

Ok it’s time to get out the fishing gear and catch us a few respondents. Well you may be thinking, fishing in December what are you crazy? In this case we are going fishing for a specific type of fish…the dreaded red herring. In the survey world a red herring is a question that is obviously made up....read more
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