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

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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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Excerpts from David F. Harris’s New Book

Portions of the following are excerpted from, The Complete Guide to Writing Questionnaires: How to Get Better Information for Better Decisions, by David F. Harris. The Framework for Writing Questionnaires My purpose in writing this book is to provide a user-friendly, comprehensive guide for planning and writing questionnaires. This book offers a framework for writing […]

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Don’t Let a Concept Test Kill the Concept

A traditional concept test is often used to predict the success of a new product or service idea before going to market. Unfortunately, many really novel concepts would not have been well received if subjected to the typical “go/no-go” quantitative test. Think about some of the things we use today that were not immediately embraced: […]

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How to Use Barcodes for Retail Competitive Intelligence

Did you know you can document your position – and your competitors’ positions – on shelves across thousands of retail locations with a super-simple technique using one of the oldest pieces of modern retail technology – the barcode? For distributors and manufacturers, having the right space on the shelf is a matter of business survival. […]

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What To Expect From A Focus Group

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. We wrap up our series with this piece by Lisa Steckert, which was originally published here on May 3.   If you were to ask […]

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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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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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Election Polls: 5 Tips For Navigating the Clutter

Tomorrow is Election Day here in the States.  The big vote (for President) isn’t until next year, but we have the usual spate of races for local offices as well as a wide range of citizen-initiated referenda on everything from the mundane (bond measures) to the highly divisive (social issues). As the expected avalanche of […]

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Use Multiple Text Boxes for More Productive Respondents

A perennial problem with open-ended survey questions is that respondents are lazy. It takes time and effort to think of good answers. And if the survey is self-administered online or on paper, it takes time and effort to write them out. But there are several things a savvy researcher can do. One of them is […]

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4 Kinds of Survey Error: Sampling, Measurement, Coverage and Non-Response

There are 4 generally-accepted types of survey error.  By survey error, I mean factors which reduce the accuracy of a survey estimate. It’s important to keep each type of survey error in mind when designing, executing and interpreting surveys.  However, I suspect some of them are more ingrained in our thinking about research, while others […]

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The Beginner’s Guide to No-Cost Market Research

I have a client I’ll call Sandy, who is starting a new business. She’s been running a successful non-profit organization for 4 years and she’s been freelance writing for at least a decade, but as she was moving into a more product-centered business, she was floundering. She scheduled a couple events that didn’t fill and […]

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How to Use Crowd Sourcing Tools to Enhance or Replace Focus Groups

Focus groups are probably the most important, yet most overlooked component of a market research plan.  Having a group of people in a room where you can watch their body language and watch their subtle reaction to questions, topics and situations is priceless when it comes to deciding which directions you will take with your market […]