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

Census Regions

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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My First In-Home Ethnography

Come On In, Stranger! Ever wonder what type of person allows market researchers into their home to observe and study them? Well, surprise to me, they’re normal people!  I was convinced only “whack-a-dos” would open up their doors to us.  In short, I was proven wrong.  With each new research methodology I am exposed to, […]

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Turning NPS Detractors into Promoters

If you’ve been following my blog recently, you know I’ve been exploring Net Promoter Score, a system of measuring customer loyalty developed by Fred Reichheld and described in his 2006 book “The Ultimate Question.” You also know I think it’s an invaluable tool for improving your business and building client loyalty. In this post, I’d […]

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What Apple Got Wrong with Its Question about the 5c

The most popular research tweet on the Twitter #MRX hashtag in the past fortnight was Tom Ewing’s tweet of this screencap: Cor, I can see why Apple don’t make a big thing about their market research – pages of grids, stone age stuff. #mrx pic.twitter.com/uV1rbPDTSq — To Mewing! (@tomewing) May 1, 2014 Some folks on […]

Customer Journey Mapping and How to Keep Customers on the Purchase Path

How the Customer’s Path to Purchase Has Become More of a Winding Road For years now, the customer journey has been discussed via the model of a funnel, through which customers would travel through various stages (awareness, consideration, evaluation, and purchase, generally). Using a funnel model meant that marketers accepted that customers traveled in a […]

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7 Tips for 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 […]

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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 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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The Mere Exposure Effect: Advertising to the Subconscious

A recent Adweek column bemoaned the absence of brand names from the first 29 seconds of many 30-second ads. It advised introducing the brand earlier and mentioning it more often, as the author explained that otherwise people forget the name of the brand. The author offered the right advice but for the wrong reasons. He […]

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Marketing to Lapsed Customers to Prompt Repeat Business

Though brand switchers are often the target of sales, I find that the biggest boost can come from brand loyals. What are ways to bring back customers whose interest has waned? As part of a project with a medical supplies company, I took aim at just that group. At the time of the study, the […]

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5 Awesome Free Online Data Tools from the U.S. Census

Too often in the day to day business of research, we forget that there’s an astounding set of data resources provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Doubtless other U.S. federal agencies and statistical agencies in other countries have some nice data goodies for us, but the U.S. Census Bureau is the treasure trove. Here are […]

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Data Visualization Lesson 4: The Best Pies Are Desserts

Staring bleary-eyed at a spreadsheet of data and a report that still needs visual content, have you ever felt a bit underwhelmed at the prospect of using a simple graphic? Sure, a bar graph or histogram or line chart would show the data… but sometimes they seem, um… well… a little boring? It’s easy to […]