Merging market research data streams

As a trend watcher in the IT space, I have noticed a consistent drumbeat over the last few years. CIOs and their interest in analytics and business intelligence have been consistent if not increasing. This makes perfect sense as companies realize they need to leverage both internal and external data sources to better compete in […]

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Hey there…have you heard of me?

In consumer and B2B market research circles we are often asked to assess market awareness and/or familiarity with brands, products and spokespeople or causes. These two related, but separate constructs, represent the first steps on the pathway from prospect to customer. Awareness should be measured in two ways – unaided and aided. Unaided awareness is […]

Census Regions – What it means for Hispanic Sample

Census Regions

Census regions are probably the last thing you think about when procuring Hispanic sample. Language, acculturation, and country of origin are likely at the top of your list. However, census regions are linked to all of the above. The Hispanic population distribution in the U.S. is considerably different than the rest of the population. For […]

Sampling and Other Considerations for Mobile Research

In a prior post I highlighted an interesting statistic – for any given project market researchers can now expect up to 40% response on smartphones. This percentage will continue to increase. The question then becomes one of what do we know about mobile responders and can this be applied to our sampling plans? First and […]

Three keys for designing effective mobile surveys

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At the recent MRA Corporate Researchers Conference the training organization Research Rockstar presented a course on designing device agnostic surveys. The trend is clear that more and more surveys are being taken on smartphones and tablets. Desktop computers still account for the majority of responses, but for any given project market researchers can now expect […]

Top 2 Box Score – Avoid the Pitfall

Recently when giving my desk a much needed cleaning I came across an article by Jerry Thomas with the firm Decision Analyst. His whitepaper focused on the use of the top two box score as a measure for conveying scores to survey scales. The top box score is the sum of percentages for the top […]

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Respondents as Robots

We’re counting down our Top 10 blog posts of 2013. Coming in at #9 is this science-fiction inspired post originally published August 1. Besides leading questions, another common mistake I see in the draft questionnaires I’m sent is treating respondents like robots. Something about becoming a survey author inspires us to suddenly think of customers, […]

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Survey Rewards: Best Practices

In the quickly evolving world of survey rewards, staying on top of changes can be challenging. Here are six tips to optimize your rewards budget and maximize your response rate: Digital makes a difference – Comfort with digital rewards is at an all-time high. People routinely receive e-gift cards from loyalty programs, wellness challenges and survey […]

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Measuring the Effectiveness of Your Blog

After you’ve been blogging for a few months, it’s a good idea to take a step back, examine what’s worked, and refine your blogging strategy. Especially if you have only recently begun blogging, it’s important to frequently review your strategy and successes, to make sure that you are progressing toward your goals. This can be […]

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Meet the Data Triplets: Data, Metadata and Paradata

There are three sorts of data, and very often you need all three to understand and use the data you collect from your survey. Here are the three sorts: 1. The Data. The data is the data, that is the actually numbers, codes or open ended text that the respondent enters into the survey. There […]

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Projectable, Innovative or Simple? Pick Two

We asked some of our favorite bloggers to provide us a “lost gem” – a great article that deserved wider response than it received the first time it was published. This piece by Kathryn Korostoff was originally published April 15 on her Research Rockstar blog. “Cheap, fast or good. Pick two.” It’s a bit of dogma […]

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How to Collect Competitive Intelligence

At last week’s Insights & Strategies Conference of the Marketing Research Association, Sean Campbell of Cascade Insights discussed competitive intelligence in the age of search engines. Cascade Insights provides competitive research and market intelligence to B2B hardware, software, and high-tech services companies. Too often, companies obsess about their own customers. This blinds them to potential […]

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Review of Salesforce: Throw Away Your Prospect Spreadsheets

This post might be a little outdated for some of you, but I know that there are many small marketing research agencies out there that are still maintaining their client and prospect lists in Excel.  I know because I’ve been there, I’ve lived it, and I’ve talked to some of you who are still living […]

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Customer Segmentation – An Overview

This information is useful for people who are interested in matching the best messages or products possible to those customers or prospects most likely to buy them. Why Segmentation? If you make a product, have a service, market or sell, customer segmentation is important to you. The days of one-size-fits-all approaches are long over, and […]

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Data Visualization Lesson 6: The Ultimate List of Dos and Don’ts

As part of this Research Access lesson series, we’ve explored best practices in the art and science of data visualization.  Here, I round out that discussion with the ultimate list of dos and don’ts: Dos: Start with purpose.  Before you select a data visualization tool, take a moment to put in words what you hope to show […]

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Rewrite Agreement Scales to Eliminate Acquiescence

Agreement scales, measuring how much the public agrees or disagrees with a particular idea, are one of the most popular types of questions. Unfortunately, they are also one of the least reliable types of questions. Since respondents tend to exaggerate their actual agreement, other scales should be used instead. In fact, over 100 separate studies […]

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Why Panelists Abandon Surveys

If the greatest challenge of conducting market research is getting a qualified sample to respond to a survey instrument, the second greatest challenge has to be getting them to complete that instrument. In almost any survey any of us have ever conducted, we’ve seen the dreaded “Number abandoned” statistic, describing the number of people who […]