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Your customers are like Mr. Spock from Star Trek. (Leonard Nimoy, rest in peace.) In popular culture (as opposed to geek culture), Spock has become a synonym for cold-blooded logical thinking. But, as the true geek knows, Spock’s father was from Vulcan and his mother was from Earth. Talk about an identity crisis! Spock is [...]

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How Targeting Requirements Impact Market Research Feasibility

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One of the key factors that impacts market research feasibility is the targeting requirements for your survey sample. What details are you specifying in terms of demographic requirements, behavioral profiling, and sample size? For market research, these are essential questions to ensure that surveys are both statistically significant and truly representative of the market. The [...]

7 Secrets to Designing a Great Usability Test

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Usability testing is a great way to get a close-up look at your audience’s perceptions and expectations, but if you don’t have a lot of experience setting up user tests it’s easy to make mistakes or simply leave things out. Doing so undercuts the value of your testing and wastes both your time and that [...]

Using Margin of Error with Non-Probability Panels

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On January 28, Annie Pettit, chief research officer for Peanut Labs, moderated a four-member panel that discussed the use of a probability measure (margin of error) with non-probability panels. The panelists were from Ipsos, Toluna, Research West, and Marketing Systems Group. The first question posed had to do with the awareness of margin of error [...]

Chart The Future Of Research: Take the GRIT Survey

GRIT: Let's look into the future of the market research industry

Yep, it’s that time of year again folks: time to participate in the newest wave of the GreenBook Research Industry Trends (GRIT) survey. We’d like to invite you to share your experiences and perspective with us in the Q1-Q2 2015 GreenBook Research Industry Trends (GRIT) Survey. As our industry changes rapidly, it’s more important than ever [...]

5 Critical Success Factors When Offshoring Market Research

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As project timelines and budgets shrink, outsourcing some research operations to lower cost providers becomes more and more attractive. I experienced this first hand a few years ago as I developed a relationship with Annik in India. What I learned from that experience is that creating a successful outsourcing relationship takes time, as there can [...]

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“How To” Posts

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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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3 Phases of Collaboration Throughout the Innovation Lifecycle

When companies or individuals consider crowdsourcing as a component of ongoing innovation for their organization, they often think that their network is only involved in the initial phase: ideation or idea gathering. This phase of crowdsourcing is often referred to as open innovation. And although numerous innovation software solutions provide this base level of functionality, [...]

TURF Analysis

How to Do TURF Analysis

Springtime is here! What better time to dust off your tools, including a nifty but underutilized method called TURF Analysis? No, I’m not talking about something in your yard or garden. I’m talking about the market research analytical technique called TURF Analysis. TURF is an acronym which stands for “Total Unduplicated Reach and Frequency.” TURF [...]

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How to Ensure a Great Customer Experience: Keep it Simple

In my previous post, I sang the praises of OpenTable, the online restaurant reservation service that I believe has helped both diner and restaurant by establishing such an easily managed relationship between the two. I’m still praising OpenTable, but this time around, I’d also like to offer the company a gentle admonition: Stick to what [...]

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10 Tips for Optimizing Market Research within Your Organization

Now more than ever, with many companies decentralizing marketing research, sharing information and insights is crucial to getting the best return on your marketing research investments. I have worked with numerous organizations that live by the value of their market insights, and there are commonalities in how they encourage a consumer focus throughout their companies.  [...]

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How to Link Your Customer Experience Program to Business Outcomes

I recently attended the CXPA Conference in Atlanta, where I learnt that if we really want to obtain management’s long-term commitment to CX, we need to “Be Like Bob” – Bob Johnson, that is, President and Chief Service and Information Technology Officer at Sprint. Bob was the keynote speaker on Day 2 at the conference. [...]

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Ask Me No Leading Questions, and I’ll Tell You No Lies

The most common problem with the draft questionnaires that are sent to me is the use of leading questions. A leading question suggests the answer the survey author is looking for and often unintentionally reflects the author’s bias. As a result, the answers to such questions overstate actual support for the item being researched. Leading [...]

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Global Mobile: It’s Here, But Are Your Surveys Ready?

The ubiquity of mobile devices has opened up new opportunities for market researchers on a global scale. Think: biometrics, geo-location, presence sensing, etc. The emerging possibilities enabled by mobile market research are exciting and worth exploring, but we can’t ignore the impact that small screens are already having on market research. For example, unintended mobile respondents make up about [...]

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Recruit Your Own Survey Panel

Sometimes a survey panel is exactly what you need — and for that, you can use any number of panel providers such as Peanut Labs or EMI. But sometimes, a panel can be overkill and just too expensive for your project, in which case, it’s a good idea to have recruited a panel of your very own. [...]

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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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QR Code-Enabled Mobile Surveys: An Example

                      [Editor's Note:  this post was originally published on the Survey Analytics Blog.] My friend Scott Liang from Parametric keeps telling me – the quicker you collect feedback from the Point-of-Transaction, the better the recall and quality is. While I have absolutely no way of [...]

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