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

Tracking changes in the consumer's mind (part 1)

Market research studies serve many purposes. With each purpose comes its own set of unique survey questions and design challenges. The tracking study is one of those projects that are commonly employed in both consumer and B2B market research settings. Consistent with its name, researchers who...read more

Latest Aberdeen Report: Big Data as a Strategic Advantage

As customers increasingly use new technology tools and interaction channels to engage businesses (and one another), the role of Voice of the Customer (VOC) programs has elevated to new heights. This recent Aberdeen Group report, sponsored by Cvent Web Surveys, addresses how increasing customer...read more

If I knew then what I know now - multi-channel surveys

What I knew then… I heard a statistic yesterday that the average smartphone user is never more than three feet away from their phone. I am not sure I find this good, bad or I'm just indifferent, but it does play into our need as consumer and B2B market researchers to expand our delivery options. The...read more

Webinar Q&A: Crimes in Survey Design

Last Thursday, I hosted the Crimes in Survey Design webinar. We had many great questions come in that we unfortunately did not have time to get to, but have answered below! If you missed the webinar or would like to watch it again, the recording is available here. What is the ideal rating scale: 5...read more
Crimes in Design Webinar
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