Asking Questions When You Should Know the Answers

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One of the best ways to have respondents (e.g., customers, students, employees, members or others whose feedback you need) ignore and delete your surveys is asking questions for which you should already know the answers.  Here are excerpts from a survey a friend received some months ago (with her approximate thoughts noted):    “Dear Alumna/Alumnus:”… Gee, that’s [...]

7 Things to be Thankful for in the Market Research Industry

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Today’s the American holiday of Thanksgiving – my favorite holiday. Free of the commercialism of Christmas, it is a simple, unadorned day of celebration, centering on food and family and thankfulness. I’m thankful for Thanksgiving itself. When I lived in Europe, I missed celebrating it with family. So it seems appropriate to share what I’m [...]

It’s a Myth That All Mobile Users Are Distracted

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A lot of researchers and moderators we speak are concerned that consumers using mobile phones are typically on-the-go, that is to say they are moving or en route somewhere and using their mobile to fill in time. But research shows that this is stereotype is unjust. Consumers aren’t suffering Mobile User Attention Deficit Disorder! Mobile [...]

Don’t Let a Concept Test Kill the Concept

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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: [...]

Why Millennials and Co-Creation Are a Perfect Match

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Selfish, spoiled, and egotistical are commonly used to describe Millennials. As a Millennial myself, I find these words harsh. It’s difficult to compare generations, when each cohort has different circumstances to face. As we all know, times have changed drastically, including, most notably, the Great Recession that left the majority of Americans struggling to make [...]

The Data Indicated…

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After attending the WAPOR Annual Conference, the ESOMAR Annual Congress, and the MRA Corporate Researchers Conference last month, I was flipping through the notebook of rants and raves that I create as I listen to speakers. Interestingly, even at these conferences, where the best of the best speak, I heard a certain phrase repeatedly. “The [...]

Too Much Data Is Not the Problem

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Enough already. I’m tired of presenters complaining that we show too much data in presentations, and I’m tired of research users saying there are too much data in reports. Data is massively important. Without data, we would not be able to draw any conclusions. Without data, we would not understand consumers. Without data, researchers would not [...]

NPS Requires Much Larger Sample Sizes Than Alternatives

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At Market Strategies, we receive all sorts of questions about Net Promoter Score (NPS): Where did it come from? What are its major pros and cons? Is it the Holy Grail of marketing research or not? I answered many of these three years ago in an article for the AMA’s Marketing Research Magazine. This post addresses the surprising [...]

You Are Not Steve Jobs

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There was an interesting post recently on LinkedIn by Gregory Ciotti about Why Steve Jobs Didn’t Listen to His Customers. I’ve heard the Jobs quote that bashes focus groups a million times… and the Henry Ford quote about faster horses that again rejects the notion of soliciting feedback to inform new ideas. I get it. However, the [...]

Surveys a Century From Now

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In a post entitled “No more surveys in 16 years?” Ray Poynter writes: Back in March 2010, I caused quite a stir with a prediction, at the UK’s MRS Conference, when I said that in 20 years we would not be conducting market research surveys. I followed my conference contribution with a more nuanced description [...]