7 Secrets to Designing a Great Usability Test

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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 [...]

5 Critical Success Factors When Offshoring Market Research

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As project timelines and budgets shrink, outsourcing some research operations to lower cost providers becomes more and more attractive. I experienced this first hand a few years ago as I developed a relationship with Annik in India. What I learned from that experience is that creating a successful outsourcing relationship takes time, as there can [...]

Improving the Preference Question

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Community image studies have changed over the years with the advent of online technology as well as new analytical techniques. One thing that has not changed much over the years is the age-old preference question: “Overall, which hospital do you prefer most?” No matter how you word it, that question has seen a great deal of action in community image studies and is often [...]

How to Generate Ideas for Names

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The following is an excerpt from Stir It Up! Recipes for Robust Insights and Red Hot Ideas by Laurie Tema-Lyn. Published under license from Paramount Books. Mouthfeel This is a great exercise if you are working with a client on a name generation project. Getting the “feel” for a name by saying it out loud is particularly important now [...]

The N in Text Analytics: Text Mining with Different Sample Sizes

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Each day we’re counting down our Top 12 blog posts of 2014. Coming in at #12 is this interview originally published April 17. I recently had the opportunity to interview Tom H. C. Anderson, the founder of Anderson Analytics, about his ongoing application of text analytics to market research. Q: What’s the process for optimally [...]

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 [...]

Marketing to Lapsed Customers to Prompt Repeat Business

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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 [...]

An Interview with Howard Fienberg About Sugging

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One of the pleasures of volunteering on the Board of the Marketing Research Association (MRA) has been the opportunity to get to know Howard better. Howard Fienberg, PLC is the director of government affairs for the MRA and champions the needs of the industry to federal and state agencies and departments. I recently had the [...]

Survey Rewards: Best Practices

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In the quickly evolving world of survey rewards, staying on top of changes can be challenging. Here are six tips to optimize your rewards budget and maximize your response rate: Digital makes a difference – Comfort with digital rewards is at an all-time high. People routinely receive e-gift cards from loyalty programs, wellness challenges and survey [...]

Maximum Difference Scaling Provides Better Importance Data

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On October 28, Survey Analytics provided a glimpse behind the curtain into a not so new technique for getting into the mind of the respondent. We have long used rating scales to get at what consumers and prospects see as important, yet this approach is fraught with peril. This is where maximum difference scaling comes [...]