Sea Island: Exemplifying the Employee Customer Link

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Last year I had the pleasure of working with Sea Island to measure employee/team member perceptions of working for Sea Island.  Sea Island is an amazing resort on the coast of Georgia where the rich and famous go to vacation.  I was out there last week to present the team member survey results to some […]

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5 Lessons Your Brand Can Learn from Uber

Since its launch in 2009, Uber, a transportation network company operating in more than 200 cities worldwide, has challenged the traditional taxi service model. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through its apps, Uber is making cities more accessible – and turning a lot of heads. Did you know that Uber has a market capitalization […]

Emotions Have a Place in Customer Experience Management

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It’s about the emotions, or is it? On June 4, 2015 Michael Allenson and Jen Rubin, both of Maritz CX, raised questions about how well are emotions integrated into the typical CX program. Much as we would like to think of ourselves as rational beings we each have emotions and they do impact us on […]

How Will Incentives Affect My Response Rates?

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Offering market research incentives can be a major boon to response rates, getting you more completions more quickly. And the good news is that “almost all studies that have evaluated the effect of incentives on quality of response have found no effects”(1). However, before committing administrative and financial resources to market research incentives, understanding how […]

Beware, Predictive Analytics Can Make You Look Like an Idiot

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If you apply predictive analytics to help make important decisions in your organization, I can guarantee that many people will think the predictions are wrong. In their mind, you (or your model) will be an idiot. So, who would want to use predictive analytics?!? The people who are focused on the big, long-term wins and […]

Dispatches from E3 – The GAEMS Effect

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The last two weeks hanging out with the GAEMS team has been amazing.  First of all, kudos to them and their partners Moses and Advaiya for launching an amazing website.  And that too just in time for E3, where I was earlier today.  Though I’ve admired GAEMS for a long time, this is the first […]

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All Hail the Humble Median

At the 2013 Inbound Marketing conference, Nate Silver said, “The average is still the most useful mathematical tool ever invented.” I agree that it is powerful, but I would argue that in fact it is the median that is the most useful mathematical tool ever invented. This lesson was brought home to me as I […]

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A Gentle Introduction to Concept Development

The following is an excerpt from Marketing Concepts That Win! Save Time, Money and Work by Crafting Concepts Right the First Time by Martha Guidry. Published under license from the author. Behind every successful product or service lies a powerful concept. It is really that simple. Product and service offerings that win in the marketplace […]

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Data Visualization Lesson 3: Abela’s Rubric

Kudos to cartographers, glory to graphic illustrators, and applause to artists of the digital kind:  I give thanks and praise that I don’t have to draw original data graphics by hand.  (I might be the only person in America who can manage to draw a crooked bar graph using both a ruler and a level). […]

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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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Kano Surveys Explained

Looking for a way to identify must haves, delighters and don’t need to do requirements – and are Likert scales just not doing it for you? Try a Kano survey. There is a scene in the movie Fiddler on the Roof, when the Rabbi is asked who’s right about an argument between two villagers. One […]

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Think Beyond iPad for Tablet Surveys

Researchers, when you read about companies equipping their employees with iPads, I know you’re dreaming about beautiful, feature-rich, touch-based surveys for the B2B market.  In fact, this type of tablet-based survey is already being done today by the likes of SurveyPocket and others. You need to start thinking beyond just the iPad, though.  The corporate […]

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How Social Media Is Changing Market Research

Social media networks have drastically changed the way some businesses conduct market research, due to their increased ability to access information. This allows you to understand your ideal customer and learn effective ways to connect with him or her. Below are a few tactics that will help you utilize social networks to cut down on […]

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How to Do Proper Strategic Planning With Market Research

Are you looking to improve your business runs on a day-to-day basis? Then it may be time for you to focus on strategic planning with market research. Identifying how and by whom strategic decisions are made, what information is used to inform those decisions, and how to better use the data you have on your […]

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Avoiding Confirmation Bias

One of the key skills in the sphere of market research and consumer insights is avoiding bias in the research. As we know, bias is a result of subjectivity. It’s the personal subjective lens used to view the world and is often based on certain intrinsic parts of character (gender, race, age, etc.) as well […]

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Asking Questions When You Should Know the Answers

One of the best ways to have respondents (e.g., customers, students, employees, members or others whose feedback you need) ignore and delete your surveys is asking questions for which you should already know the answers.  Here are excerpts from a survey a friend received some months ago (with her approximate thoughts noted):    “Dear Alumna/Alumnus:”… Gee, that’s […]

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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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