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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How to Use Polls as Part of Your Market Research Plan

Polls are an outstanding way to collect feedback and engage with your audience.  Polls have become more popular for two specific attributes: first — they don’t take much time.  You can read a poll and answer a poll in less than 10 seconds and that increases response rates.  The second reason is that polls often […]

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7 Secrets to Designing a Great Usability Test

Usability testing is a great way to get a close-up look at your audience’s perceptions and expectations, but if you don’t have a lot of experience setting up user tests it’s easy to make mistakes or simply leave things out. Doing so undercuts the value of your testing and wastes both your time and that […]

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The Importance of the Voice of the Competitor (VOTC)

Why do so many organizations fail to listen to the voice of the competitor? Hubris. And while hubris is not new, whether we are talking about Roman Emperors or Business Leaders in the 21st century, it is clear that Hubris is still an organization killer. But what can inoculate us from the disease? I believe […]

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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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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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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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Digital Qual Activities that Explore ‘Brand’ as a Relationship

Prophet’s David Aaker, who has dedicated his career to understanding the phenomenon of brands, stated, “Brand is typically the most important driver of customer purchase in both B2C and B2B.” Going with Aaker’s argument, it follows that the first step at assessing brand as a driver of purchase is to come to an agreement on what […]

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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 […]

How to Choose Among Market Research Conferences

How to Choose Market Research Conferences

Market Research Conferences are Proliferating It used to be there were just a few major market research conferences every year. The decision about which ones to attend was pretty easy. Not anymore. Market research conferences have proliferated in a big way. Why? In a word – money. The conference business is big business. Well run, […]

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Standardizing UX Feedback with the System Usability Scale

Usability testing fills a critical need in understanding users’ responses to your website’s UX, but the inherent subjectiveness of the video/audio feedback format means that it can be difficult to distill meaning from a large number of responses. Your testers are writing you a novel with their words – the plot is no secret, but […]

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How to Do Proper Strategic Planning With Market Research

Are you looking to improve your business runs on a day-to-day basis? Then it may be time for you to focus on strategic planning with market research. Identifying how and by whom strategic decisions are made, what information is used to inform those decisions, and how to better use the data you have on your […]