The Top 20 Consumer Market Research Questions

Over the past few years, market research has taken off and become an industry norm, from start-ups to fortune 500 companies. It is in such demand there are businesses that operate exclusively to provide market research – so it’s no longer a matter of knowing market research is important, it’s a...read more

Zero to 100 - Using Numeric Scales in Survey Design

When considering the type of data needed from a survey question we have several choices; nominal, ordinal, interval and ratio. In addition to the type of data, most survey platforms offer the survey author a wide variety of visual presentations. This post focuses on the use of numerical scales...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

Steve Jobs: Customer Service Agent

Today, Apple – Live introduced the next line of Apple products to the world from their home base in Cupertino, California. Products that seem…a little familiar.  It’s not exactly outrageous to say Apple’s innovation streak has cooled in the years since Steve Jobs left us, but in many ways he still...read more

Survey Crime: Unlawful Use of Bias

Most surveyors are constantly looking for ways to reduce survey bias that naturally sneaks into their questionnaires. One way to help reduce bias is to randomize survey question answer choices. Failure to randomize answer choices can result in order bias because there is a natural tendency to select...read more

Survey Crime: Improper Use or Failure to Use Logic

Failure to use proper logic or improper use of logic in survey design is a felony punishable that will result in data integrity problems. Without logic, surveys are not personalized for the respondent. It’s important to remember when designing a survey that not all respondents are capable of...read more

Part 2: How to Recruit 3 Types of Survey Support

  In Part 1 of this two-part blog series, we discussed the importance of recruiting the support necessary for your survey programs to succeed. The first part focused on recruiting executive buy-in and a project owner. The final type of support you need is from your survey respondents. Here is how...read more

The Motivation Gap: How to Keep a Multi-Generational Workforce Engaged

Inter-generational differences between Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y are especially pronounced in the workplace. It’s not hard to see why. The sheer range of communications styles, skill sets, aspirations, and values of different employees sitting side-by-side, confined within the...read more

Surveying with The King (of Comedy)

All right team, name a popular game show in which surveys are central to its premise. Survey says… Family Feud! That’s right, the game show that dominates most of the Game Show Network’s programing has been collecting and sharing the opinions of thousands of Americans per episode for decades. ...read more

Radio Buttons vs. Dropdown Menus

Don’t push that button! Or should we? Research conducted by Marketing Experiments sheds interesting light on this design question. In this example there was a direct comparison in the form of an A/B factorial test of radio buttons versus drop down menus on an order form. The research question was...read more
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