Do Timed Judgments of Associations Count as Implicit Research?

stopwatch in hand

I recently came across a technique that was described as modeling “neural networks” by measuring the strength of associations between attributes and brands through response latency techniques. It sounds fancy and has the sniff of scientific validity rising from the reference to neural networks and response latency, so I took a closer look. The technique [...]

The Mere Exposure Effect: Advertising to the Subconscious

Wayne's World screen capture

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 [...]

Conscious or Unconscious, That Is The Question

David Tennant as Hamlet with the skull of Andre Tchaikovsky as Yorick

Most marketing research relies on assessing consumers’ conscious reactions to marketing ideas, ads, commercials, etc., through questionnaires, surveys, and focus groups. It also often relies on evidence that the message was attended to by assessing recall of ad content. But market researchers make several faulty assumptions in taking this approach. One assumption is that respondents [...]

You Can’t Spell “Big Data” Without “V”

Venn Diagram of Velocity, Volume, Variety

If you’ve been alive and reading anything published in the last year, you’ve probably seen two terms – Big Data and The Cloud (a great name for an indie electronic synth-pop band, btw). I have to admit that every time I hear the term Big Data I picture a server room with network storage devices [...]

8 Customer Insights That Drive Growth

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Consumer insights information answers many questions for marketing, but none are more important than to identify the right growth opportunities, and to deliver a deep understanding of what matters most to your target consumers. Only 20% of marketers say they truly know their consumers. And, 81% of marketing decision makers are concerned about reaching the [...]

The Market Size of the Frivolity Economy

frivolity economy: person swinging 6 shopping bags

Over the 20th century, the US moved from an agricultural economy to manufacturing, then to a services economy. What’s next? Probably a frivolity economy. This often bothers people, on the left and the right. A standard complaint about capitalism is that it devotes enormous energy to producing things we don’t need and shouldn’t want. Many [...]

4 Reasons to Urgently Embrace Mobile Market Research

In the Moment book cover

Having talked to five research experts utilizing mobile in different ways, understood their perspectives on the pros and cons, I have come away with a clear sense that mobile really does offer MR something different. We need to take it seriously. Coming off the fence: yes, we should at least have a sense of urgency [...]

Advantages of Neuroscience Market Research

Market researchers have known for decades what new technology has been demonstrating relatively recently: that human beings are not fully aware of all the influences at work on them and that they often misreport what they have witnessed. Many biases including social pressure and convention may alter a respondent’s reactions and provide incentives for respondents [...]

MRA Working to Defend an Accurate U.S. Census

2014 Census Test

Recent news from Congress… House Guts Census Funding For FY2015 What Happened: Before passing legislation to fund the Census Bureau and dozens of other federal agencies in Fiscal Year 2015, the House of Representatives indiscriminately sliced and diced the Census budget. It included only $973 million for the Census Bureau, an amount likely insufficient to [...]

Community Management Is Like Gardening

community garden with mother and child

Everyone is talking about Generation Z these days.  You know them … they are today’s tweens and teens—the kids just behind the Millennials, to whom everyone wants to talk. And with the buzz about Generation Z come the inevitable suggestions on how best to reach this group of young up-and-comers for online market research. These [...]