Big Data Accuracy Before Insights

Dora the Explorer

A friend’s recent Facebook post really resonated with me. “Why does United Airlines bother sending me emails telling me I can go this weekend to Moline, IL for a mere $271? or to Saskatoon for $351? Really? Does that sound like a good deal to them? Have I ever shown the least bit of interest […]

Mobile Data Visualization and Analytics

Mobile Data Visualization and Analytics

The mobile revolution is enabling more creative and useful ways of interacting with data. Touch-screen technology is allowing users to manipulate data right on their iPad, Android tablet, iPhone, Samsung Galaxy Note, Kindle Fire devices and more. Now users can access advanced analytics with beautifully visualized data on their mobile devices. On January 24th, Greg […]

Cutting the Cord: Implications for Market Research

Cutting the Cord

I cut the cord on my landline phone about five years ago. I never gave my home phone number to business contacts or friends. My home answering machine had become a receptacle for receiving telemarketing — and survey research — calls. I asked myself, “Why am I paying for this service?” Like me (and probably […]

Data in Action: A Data Innovator Profile Series

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We are proud to announce an exciting new series on Research Access called “Data in Action.” We will be profiling 12 of the most inspiring data innovators across diverse fields. Over the course of three months we will be publishing profiles of leaders in the use of data in business. The series will be convened […]

How to Increase Product Development Success with Ghetto Testing

Ghetto

In the movie Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner plays a farmer living in rural Iowa, who hears a voice while walking through his cornfield; “If you build it, he will come” (often misquoted “If you build it, they will come”) and sees a vision of a baseball field.  Kevin’s character Ray Kinsella plows under his corn […]

Ethical Marketing

To Thine Own Self - Honesty in Marketing

It’s hard to imagine a truly conscientious marketer who won’t be delighted and energized by the ideas in Romi Mahajan’s newest book, To Thine Own Self: Honesty In Marketing. Romi comes out slugging like George Foreman. He ruthlessly questions the marketing status quo: Should Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, the only US holiday that celebrates […]

7 Tips for How to Give a Presentation with Data

How to Give a Presentation with Data

Here are some suggestions for you to consider when you’re preparing to give a presentation that includes data. It doesn’t matter if you’re presenting to your company’s management, to clients, to industry colleagues at a conference – ultimately most people process data in a similar way. Subordinate the data to the story. When you’re describing […]

My Worst Market Research Experience

Man Yelling - My Worst Market Research Experience

What’s your worst market research experience? Mine was back in 1995. At that time I was working as a research analyst in Washington, DC for pollster Celinda Lake. I was in Los Angeles conducting research on behalf of a public affairs advocacy client. Specifically who the client was, I honestly can’t remember. Perhaps I’ve blocked […]

5 Things to Think About When It Comes To Innovation Incentives

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There is much discussion about community engagement when it comes to the business of innovation and idea management. But one of the things that it seems like there is not enough discussion of is the incentivization of the innovation process. There are numerous ways to reward participants when it comes to making improvements to businesses, […]

How to Do Your Own Retail Audit Using Tablets or Smartphones

Conduct 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. […]