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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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Living in a World of Significance

Guess what? It’s 2014! The year of Super Bowl XLVIII©, the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and a whole host of other, generally not-that-impactful events, anniversaries, and changes. One event that will happen in 2014, though, is something which happens every two years: U.S. national elections. [...]

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Is That Rating Scale Just Cute Or Actually Effective?

As the Marketing Manager for an online survey software company, I see a lot of surveys: our own research projects, competitor surveys, our customers’ surveys, surveys from businesses I buy from, and more. In fact, when it comes to online research my ‘reticular activator’ is in overdrive and I can’t help but notice myriad opportunities [...]

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FiveThirtyEight.com – The Imperfection of Data

The relaunched FiveThirtyEight.com – founded by former New York Times’ data-phile Nate Silver and recently bought by ESPN – was met with a deluge of critical reviews in March. The criticism generally fell into three categories: Those who argued that ideology-free reporting and data neutrality are a farce. Those who argued that the data and [...]

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Are Customers Emotionally Connected To Your Brand?

This week Tom Ewing (BrainJuicer) and Steve Thomson (Keller-Fay Group) came together to discuss tracking emotion and its relationship to word of mouth or a consumer’s likelihood to chat about their brand choice with a family member, friend or colleague. The combination of each provider’s unique measuring focus made for a fascinating webinar. Both presenters [...]

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Using a Balanced Scorecard to Focus Your Business on What Matters

Forget what you know about the Balanced Scorecard approach. Most guides don’t really get to the point, as all they talk about are the “four perspectives” that you need to have, business objectives, and KPIs. All that is important, but what is more important is a coherent approach to using these business tools. Goals and [...]

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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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5 Smart Ways to Use Polling

Editor’s Note: As a follow-up to our recent interview with QuestionPro President Erik Koto about that company’s acquisition of PollBob, I asked QuestionPro Marketing Director Elizabeth Larned to share her recent post announcing QuestionPro’s new polling product and including an excellent list of 5 use cases for web polling.  If you’ve logged into your QuestionPro [...]

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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, [...]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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5 Ways to Avoid Creating Dead Robot Respondents

“When the individual’s behavior and consciousness get hooked to a routine sequence of external actions, he is a dead robot, and it is time for him to die and be reborn. Time to ‘drop out,’ ‘turn on,’ and ‘tune in.’ – Dr. Timothy Leary OK, it’s no longer the 1960s, but the words of Dr. [...]

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