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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Voice of the Competitor Research Must Listen to Partners

Outside of the competitor’s customers, what other voice do we need to hear from when conducting Voice of the Competitor (VOTC) research? A competitor’s partners. This may seem an interesting choice given these organizations are not strictly customers per se. However, the role these organizations play as an information broker is vital. The ability of […]

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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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The Paradox of Surveys of Small Population Sizes

Unfortunately for market researchers, the science of sampling error is often counterintuitive. For instance, the public considers convenience samples with tens of thousands of responses to be more accurate than random samples with 400 responses, not realizing that the random sample is far more accurate. Surveys of small populations are similarly counterintuitive, as some of […]

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How to Ensure a Great Customer Experience: Keep it Simple

In my previous post, I sang the praises of OpenTable, the online restaurant reservation service that I believe has helped both diner and restaurant by establishing such an easily managed relationship between the two. I’m still praising OpenTable, but this time around, I’d also like to offer the company a gentle admonition: Stick to what […]

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What to Consider When Selecting Markets for Qualitative Research

Originally published in Alert!, the magazine of the Marketing Research Association. Pittsburgh or Portland? Los Angeles or Las Vegas? San Antonio or San Diego? Where should you hold your next focus groups? If you’re a local car dealer in Omaha, the answer is pretty obvious. But what if you’re doing research for a national organization? […]

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Is That Rating Scale Just Cute Or Actually Effective?

As the Marketing Manager for an online survey software company, I see a lot of surveys: our own research projects, competitor surveys, our customers’ surveys, surveys from businesses I buy from, and more. In fact, when it comes to online research my ‘reticular activator’ is in overdrive and I can’t help but notice myriad opportunities […]

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The Advantages of Cell vs. Column Comparisons in Crosstabs

Consider the following table, which shows the relationship between preference for different brands of cola and age: Which cells on this table are worth examining more closely? The first answer to this question is that we should look at any cells that relate to existing hypotheses. However, more often than not, we have no hypotheses. […]

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How to Create an Informal Survey Panel

These days researchers are looking for quicker and cheaper ways to get data. The arrows in their quiver often include more expensive resources like syndicated databases (Nielsen, IRI, etc.), as well as some form of primary survey research tool – or access to that type of data through a vendor. One easy and affordable idea […]

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What Negative Results from Concept Tests Might Mean

Tens of thousands of new products are tested each year, as part of concept tests, NPD, and volumetric testing. Some products produce a positive result, and everybody is pretty happy, but many produce a negative result. A negative result might be that a product has a low stated intention to purchase or it might be […]

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4 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Mobile Research

1. Collect video narratives about consumer experiences. Most people like telling stories, but hate to write open-ended responses. Many can’t be bothered to put forth the time and energy that writing requires. This is part of the reason open-ended questions can yield lackluster answers. People are naturally oral storytellers, and mobile video or audio diaries […]

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How to Set Marketing Research Goals and Objectives

In a previous post, I laid out a marketing research plan.  The first steps of the marketing research plan was setting goals and objectives.  You might think that this is a same-old, same-old process.  But it isn’t.  I’m going to approach this in a different way that will get you better results. Begin with the END […]