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

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 be...read more

Scales Based on Multiple Response Questions

Not all scales in market research need be of the Likert, Semantic Differential, or Constant Sum variety. They don’t have to involve Bayesian theory like the extensions of Maximum Difference Scaling do. In fact, sometimes the simplest approach truly is the best. The multiple response format is a...read more

The Final Four: Ways to Collect Data in Survey Research

When we strip away the glamor, the surveys we create and administer are nothing more than data collection platforms. Novice researchers may focus on basic question types, but as we expand our skills the more astute researcher realizes there are many ways to capture data through the questions asked....read more

Uncovering the Sins of the Top Box Score

There comes a time when a direct marketing piece catches your eye. I was cleaning out some files recently and came across a white paper that covered one of my favorite topics - the use of the top box as a measure for conveying scale scores. If you are not familiar the top box score is the sum of...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

Keep it Short and Simple: A Guide to Respondent Engagement

My interest as of late as turned to surveys that support employee loyalty, however, today’s topic applies just as well to consumer or B2B market research. As a research professional I find it useful to keep my feet on the ground and participate in surveys where feasible. This keeps me grounded in...read more

Sliding Down the Funnel

Following up on a previous post regarding measuring awareness and familiarity there are other questions that need to be addressed if we are to create a funnel. Why a funnel you ask? Funnels are commonly employed in brand tracking studies. This form of research requires a structured questionnaire...read more

The Final Question: Likelihood to Recommend

The third and final iteration of the customer funnel story involves a topic we should be both aware of and familiar with. That is how likely is the respondent to recommend us to family, friends and colleagues? If you thought this sounded a bit like net promoter score then you are correct. There are...read more

Sample Survey Thursday: Meeting Planner Satisfaction Surveys

Today’s focus: post event meeting planner surveys According to Frost and Sullivan, the estimated hotel revenue associated with meetings and events totals $103 billion. Therefore, it’s critical that hotels provide meeting planners with a flawless and memorable experience that will make them want to...read more
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