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Crowdsourcing Throughout the Research Process

While crowdsourcing has been used in market research for years now, it is often compartmentalized as an input method – an open way of gathering ideas from customers, prospects, and employees. In fact, crowdsourcing can – and often should – be used throughout the research process, as case studies from AllOurIdeas, InSites Consulting, AOL, and [...]

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From Dead Salmon to the Dot-com Bubble

What’s the difference between a dead salmon and a scientist? Apparently not much, if you’re scanning their brains. Craig Bennett, a post doctorate student in cognitive neuroscience at the University of California, Santa Barbara, simply wanted to conduct test runs on an fMRI brain scanner in 2009 to confirm some settings and calibrate the machine. [...]

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Consumer Insights Managers, Social Media Listening Is For You, Too!

A few months ago, I was presenting at an MRS conference. At the end of my presentation, a consumer insights manager from a blue-chip multinational came up to me and said: “My CEO has asked me if we can use social media listening for insights; what is your opinion, could we?” To which I responded [...]

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Wearable Market Research: Emerging Trend or Geeky Fad?

Google Glass, a Samsung watch, FitBit, those Disney MagicBands. Wearable technology is no longer science fiction, especially if the market grows at predicted: from $750 million in 2012 to $5.8 billion in 2018. It wasn’t too long ago that researchers pondered over how mobile would change the industry, and wearables are the next iteration of mobile. [...]

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The N in Text Analytics: Text Mining with Different Sample Sizes

I recently had the opportunity to interview Tom H. C. Anderson, the founder of Anderson Analytics, about his ongoing application of text analytics to market research. Q: What’s the process for optimally using text analytics with survey verbatim responses? A: Well, that patented process is something that we’ve obviously put a lot of time and [...]

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The Role of Fast Failure in Driving Innovation

Thomas Edison is famous for the quote “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Jack Matson, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Engineering at Penn State, takes this a step further, coining the phrase “Intelligent Fast Failure.” I recently read excerpts from his book called Innovate or Die: A Personal Perspective [...]

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How to Use Facebook for Market Research Surveys

It’s an understatement to say that there’s tremendous interest in using Facebook for market research.  Indeed, among the most popular posts on Research Access is one written last year by Survey Analytics‘ CEO Vivek Bhaskaran, entitled “Social Media Research – Using Facebook for Survey Invitations and Market Research.” What not everybody realizes is that companies [...]

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What Negative Results from Concept Tests Might Mean

Tens of thousands of new products are tested each year, as part of concept tests, NPD, and volumetric testing. Some products produce a positive result, and everybody is pretty happy, but many produce a negative result. A negative result might be that a product has a low stated intention to purchase or it might be [...]

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A Primer on the 4 Data Types You Can Collect in Your Market Research

Making a business research questionnaire is no big deal, but making one that successfully derives the information that is actually required by the business to improve its practices is something not every person can do. One of the things that help make an online survey more effective is the understanding of the different types of [...]

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Too Bad Social Media Brand Research Lies…

In many ways, the ever-expanding world of social media has been a market researcher’s dream – there are now tens of millions of willing subjects spending billions of hours telling us what they like and don’t like, and why. They share these thoughts — for free, no less! — in ways that marketers can quickly [...]

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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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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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Data Visualization Lesson 5: Ninth Grade Algebra Wasn’t Worthless After All

There are many things of which teenagers are “sure”: that they will never be like their parents; that the greatest artist of all time is (insert name of band of the moment); that pretty much any clothing is appropriate to wear in public (I’m talking to you, leggings-as-pants). Thankfully, with age comes wisdom. It would [...]

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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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Exaggerated Self-reporting of Mobile Phone Use

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 Ashley Richards was originally published June 27 for Survey Post. A recent article in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication examines the accuracy of self-reported [...]

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[VIDEO] Tap the Power of Social Advocates

This video was taken this morning at a panel at the 2012 Online Marketing Summit in Santa Clara, California. The session is called “Tap the Power of Social Advocates.” It’s hosted by moderator Scott Vaughan, CMO of UBM TechWeb, and the panelists include Nick Einstein of Extole, Tonia Ries of Modern Media, and someone quite [...]

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How to Do Your Own Retail Audit Using Tablets or Smartphones

As the marketing and market research world get more and more comfortable with mobile technology, there are opportunities to go beyond the traditional survey in this innovative realm. Sure, it’s easy to do your first few mobile surveys using tried and true surveys, such as a customer feedback survey or an attitude and usage study. [...]

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