Getting into the Trenches: Why Observing Customers is a Must

One of the lessons I learned early on as a market researcher is the need to get down into the trenches. It is absolutely necessary if you want to be able to understand the journey a prospect takes  to become a customer. This is especially true for quantitative researchers who see life through the...read 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 data...read 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 on...read 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 to...read more

Maximizing Reach with TURF Analysis

TURF Playbook So just what is TURF analysis? Does it have to do with the kind of grass we plant in our football fields? In this case it has nothing to do with football, but it does have numerous uses in media as well as product and services research. TURF, also known as total unduplicated reach and...read more

What the Biggest Political Polling Mistakes in History can Teach us about Surveys

Polls have been used to try and predict the outcome of important political races for centuries. The first poll was a modest straw poll conducted by the Harrisburg Pennsylvanian newspaper in attempt to determine the 1824 presidential election. Today, as we approach the 2014 mid-term elections, our...read more

The Price is Right

How as market researchers can we help our brethren in marketing, sales and product development assess whether or not our price in the ballpark? There are numerous ways to test price including market experiments designed to measure elasticity up through several survey-based techniques. A key question...read more

Digging the Most Out of the Qualitative Data Mine

Data quality is directly related to question quality. Nowhere is this truer than with open-ended questions. Qualitative research draws deeply from the well of consumer thought. The use of unstructured questions on surveys is an attempt to elicit that depth of feeling and emotion and harness it for...read more

The Top 20 Consumer Market Research Questions

Over the past few years, market research has taken off and become an industry norm, from start-ups to fortune 500 companies. It is in such demand there are businesses that operate exclusively to provide market research – so it’s no longer a matter of knowing market research is important, it’s a...read more

Zero to 100 - Using Numeric Scales in Survey Design

When considering the type of data needed from a survey question we have several choices; nominal, ordinal, interval and ratio. In addition to the type of data, most survey platforms offer the survey author a wide variety of visual presentations. This post focuses on the use of numerical scales...read more
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