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

Survey Reporting Tips

The primary reason to run surveys is to get the right information and insights from your respondents – the feedback that matters. Therefore, the most important part of your survey is the data you collect, and our goal is to ensure that you’re confident with that data, and can use it to drive...read more

Keeping the Project on Track

It is the best of times; it is the worst of times. For as much science as we put into our research efforts there is always a bit of the human element to contend with. It is this human element that can derail a project and send it back to “Go” without collecting $200 (pardon the Monopoly reference)....read more

Welcome to the Show

“Welcome to the show!” so the ringmaster said. We could also say welcome to the survey, and that would be the function of the welcome page in the Cvent online survey platform. The platform allows the researcher to create not only an invitation, but also a welcome and a thank you page. How...read more

Getting Back to the Trenches: Getting too Far Removed from the Customer Experience

Some days as a B2B market researcher, and in my previous lives in consumer research, I find myself becoming more intimate with SPSS files and questionnaires than with our customers. Ah, you might say, such is the life of a quant junkie. Well that may be true, as I do love working with the data that...read more

Using Chapters to Score Assessments

Chapters in a book are self-contained entities which could stand alone, but are better suited to be part of a larger whole. The new revision to the Cvent online survey platform allows the researcher to group questions into a chapter. This new feature is well adapted for scoring sections within an...read more

Time is an Element Worth Considering

Measuring customer loyalty and satisfaction is a primary task for both consumer and B2B market research professionals. Today’s question is a matter of time as in a snapshot (one period in time) or a trend (measurements over a period of time.) Should satisfaction, awareness or other measures be...read more

Customer Experience ≠ Customer Satisfaction

There comes a time when those of us in consumer and B2B market research realize that we are not just the messengers, the conduit for the voice of the customer, but we also are the change agents. This realization came to me some time ago, but was reaffirmed while reading the book Outside In by Harley...read more

Don’t Train Your Employees – Educate Them!

Poor customer service could land you a prime time spot filled with bad reviews on various social media channels for everyone to see. Customers have power, which means they can and will publicize both good and bad experiences, so exceptional customer service is necessary. You probably already know...read more

How Optimistic are You Feeling?

Optimism, or lack thereof, is a key driver to both current and future spending. Practitioners in both consumer and B2B market research have known this for some time. There are numerous ongoing tracking studies which measure consumer sentiment and/or sentiment amongst purchase managers. Both have...read more
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