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

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

How Does My Sample Compare to Reality: Ensuring Representative Samples

When it comes to sample selection we want to ensure that our respondents are representative of or look like the population of interest. How do we make sure this is the case? A keystone method in market research is to use Census data as a point of comparison. This is especially true in consumer...read more

Compare Your Survey Sample to US Census Data with Data Ferrett

The US Census is the go to source for data which allows us to compare our sample to larger populations to ensure representativeness. The Census Bureau has created a tool in Data Ferrett which will make this process significantly easier for market researchers to employ. Any discuss of...read more

Don’t Click Send Just Yet

What’s the last thing you should do before you send out your survey to the masses? TEST! This is the most important step so you can double check your work to ensure everything looks and is running A-okay. After you’ve been looking at the survey for days, it’s easy for you to miss an error so having...read more

Three Things to be Thankful For (When it Comes to Surveys)

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we have a lot to be thankful for. In the world of feedback, it might seem like we couldn’t be thankful for anything more than feedback itself. Well, even though getting feedback is great, it’s all about how we collect it, what we do with it and how we...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

Question: Are Your Samples Representative?

For both B2B and consumer market researchers the question that lies in the back of our minds is to what degree is our sample a reasonable measure of the population(s) we are interested in? All aspects of our projects can be spot on, but if the respondents do not form a representative sample then the...read more

[Webinar] The Holistic View of Measuring Customer Engagement

Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014Time: 2:00pm ETDuration: 1 hour The current Customer Experience Management (CXM) concept is the product of a long evolution of database marketing, customer relationship management, Net Promoter Score and now managing the overall customer experience through a myriad of...read more

Big data possibilities - bridging surveys with CRM data

If I knew then what I know now, I would have _______ when getting started with Cvent”? The answer to this one is fairly simple. I would have spent more time getting to know the ins and outs of using the reference ID (RefID) field. It certainly isn’t a sexy aspect of the platform (as compared to...read more
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