What are your plans for that data?

What will you do with those results? If there was ever a question to be asked, this would be it. If there is a likelihood that the results you generate will not be acted upon, then why would you conduct the survey to begin with? During my time in the market research space, I have seen many studies,...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

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

What is in a Dichotomy?

By definition a dichotomy has two parts. In the framework of survey design, dichotomous questions have two possible answer choices. The most common being the Yes/No dichotomy. Other options include: True/False Male/Female (although it is becoming increasingly common to see transgender) Up to 45/Over...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

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

Measuring Frequency of Usage

Usage frequency is a critical variable to marketers. Frequent users of our products and services tend to look and feel different than lower frequency users. Understanding these differences can help guide strategy that maximizes revenue and profitability. The question at hand then becomes how do we...read more

The New World: The Original Corporate Pivot

Happy Columbus Day! In honor of Christopher Columbus we're going to take a look at the first American business pivot. Christopher Columbus, subject of the hit nursery rhyme “In 1492 Columbus Sailed The Ocean Blue” is often hailed as a hero despite failing at his intended goal. The mariner famously...read more

Swipe Right: Survey Lessons from Tinder

Tinder, the prolific online dating app that found its way onto the phones of millions of Americans searching for romance in one form or another, has revolutionized the dating scene for better or worse. And it’s really a simple concept. The app integrates with Facebook, pulling in users’ Facebook...read more
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