Are You Using More Than One Barrel? Tips for Question Writing

When is two not better than one? In survey design two is certainly not better than one. In this case it refers to the use of double-barreled questions. Those with little research training often do not realize they are combining two distinct elements into one question. The best practice is to...read more

The Fine Line: Required Survey Questions

There is a fine line between requiring respondents to answer a question thus avoiding missing data, and pushing them to a place where they decide to exit the survey before completion. As the survey author you have the ability to specify whether or not a question is ‘required’ or alternatively a...read more

Revisited: Executive Summary Report Writing Tips

Last Friday, National Tell a Story Day, inspired this month's Throwback Thrusday because survey reports and analysis is just that: Telling a Good (Compelling) Story. Whenever you tell a story, you have to start by setting the stage. The same is true with research reports whether you're working on...read more

Advice for Writing Survey Questions: Choose yourds wisely

Like it or not, as researchers we are in the wordsmithing business. Either we are developing questionnaires to probe into constructs such as advertising awareness or customer satisfaction, or we are analyzing respondent comments for depth and tonality. At the end of the day we take these words and...read more

Survey Analysis Shouldn't be a Fishing Expedition

As a market research professional and long-time survey guy, I have come across many clients who could be classified as unwieldy. Although I have nothing against them personally, their thoughts about survey development and the kind of information needed are enough to make one flinch. A few...read more

Revisited: Additional Comments are a Survey MUST

Just like the 2009 Mountain Dew Throwback campaign, I'm bringing back the sentiments from this post: Offering An Additional Comment Section Is An Online Survey Must Have additional comments, concerns, ways for us to improve? Let us know! Seems super simple to add this example survey question to any...read more

Revisited: The 6 Steps of the Market Research Process

A few years ago, I wrote a post titled, Market Research Process: 6 Steps to Project Success. It's one of those posts that is constantly one of the most viewed posts on the blog. Because it's one of the most popular posts of all time, I think it's time to give it a refresh. So for our first Throwback...read more

Data Types: Using Nominal Data in Survey Research

Earlier this week, I outlined four types of survey questions, one of which is nomincal data. There is nothing marginal about nominal data. In fact the majority of survey questions are nominal in nature. That is they are categories with numbers assigned to them to facilitate analysis. In most...read more

Survey Design Faux Pas: Stating the Ambiguous

One of the more difficult tasks in survey design and development is keeping focused on the objective and not the ambiguous. By this I mean keeping your questions in a format that is clear and understandable by your projected audience. Questions that are poorly written will lead to inaccurate data...read more

Capturing Lifestyle Information

Ah the sweet life…marketers in the entertainment, culinary and travel industries do their job with vigilance to remind us what the good life really is. In order to do this effectively, the researchers that support these marketers need to embrace lifestyle questions in our consumer surveys. Hard core...read more
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