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 survey...read more

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

It’s all about semantics

There are numerous ways to measure attitudes and beliefs. Many have been covered in this blog previously. One of my favorites is the semantic differential. Unlike Likert scales, which measure level of agreement, the semantic differential exposes the respondent to a series of paired statements and...read more

Concept Testing: Which Path to Choose

Testing 1,2,3 Online survey platforms have enabled both B2B and consumer market researchers the ability to conduct concept tests with a greater degree of ease than found in previous generations. Gone are the days of filling auditoriums to test commercials embedded between pilot TV shows. This begs...read more

What’s in It For Me? How to Use Survey Incentives Correctly

You’ve heard it all before: Fill out our survey and receive a gift card. Tell us about your experience and be entered to win a free iPad. Rate our product and we’ll send you a free T-shirt. The concept is simple and widely used by organizations looking to increase their survey response rates. They...read more

Is your data quality suffering?

How long is too long? This is a question being asked more frequently in market research circles. It is certainly a topic I have devoted much time to, for the simple reason that lengthy and complex surveys make it more difficult for all researchers to collect valid and reliable data. I delve deeper...read more

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

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 is...read more

A Recap of CX Week

  Bike to Work Day. Teacher Appreciation Week. American Heart Month. Lately, there is an observance for nearly every major cause and CX Week (May 11-15) is no exception. Every year in May, customer experience professionals from around the world unite to celebrate their love for customer experience –...read more

Advancing the State of Survey Logic

Every survey has some form of logic inherent to it. I posit the following definition: Surveys are an ordered, logical set of questions presented to respondents, who meet basic criteria, for the purpose of informing a broader set of decisions. As survey authors we establish the logic used in our...read more
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