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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Managerial Economics For Dummies

The following is an excerpt from Managerial Economics for Dummies. Published under license from John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Successful businesses satisfy consumer desires. Knowing how consumers decide which desires to satisfy and which to leave unsatisfied is an important component in your managerial decision-making. Consumer theory describes how customers determine the purchases they make. […]

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10 Things Survey Researchers Should Know About Twitter

We’re counting down our Top 10 blog posts of 2013. Coming in at #4 is this post originally published July 31. Over the last couple years, I’ve been looking at Twitter’s potential in survey research.  Why Twitter?  Because it’s vast, it’s fast, and it’s cheap.  Recently, at the 2013 FedCASIC Workshops, I presented ten things survey […]

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What To Expect From A Focus Group

We asked some of our favorite bloggers to provide us a “lost gem” – a great article that deserved wider response than it received the first time it was published. We wrap up our series with this piece by Lisa Steckert, which was originally published here on May 3.   If you were to ask […]

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Ask Me No Leading Questions, and I’ll Tell You No Lies

The most common problem with the draft questionnaires that are sent to me is the use of leading questions. A leading question suggests the answer the survey author is looking for and often unintentionally reflects the author’s bias. As a result, the answers to such questions overstate actual support for the item being researched. Leading […]

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Data Visualization Lesson 2: Think of Grandma

As the old composition adage goes, if it doesn’t make sense to the reader, it’s usually the author’s fault. The same applies to data visualization. Much like written or spoken communication, visuals invite the audience to extrapolate information, draw inferences, and make judgments or decisions. If a picture is indeed worth a thousand words, it […]

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Order Bias Is a Larger Source of Error Than You Think

Last week I was writing a questionnaire for a client using their survey software account, and I was chagrined to discover that it lacked the ability to randomize the display of items in a choice list. This is a common capability of all modern survey software applications, including QuestionPro, Survey Analytics, Google Consumer Surveys, and […]

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Asking Questions When You Should Know the Answers

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 […]

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5 Areas Where B2B Customer Experience Disappoints

Ineffective and disorganized processes catering more to the company than its customer not only cause difficulty and frustration for customers, they detract from a company’s ability to be efficient – and in the end, more profitable. What will it take for firms to be more successful at “simple?” To help answer this question, Walker queried […]

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How to Write a Market Research Plan

In the past, we BUDGETED for market research.  This usually included our annual customer satisfaction survey and then we simply looked at our marketing plan an set aside a budget for the new product research we were going to do in the next year. These days things are a little different.  I find myself recommending […]

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How To Monitor the Quality of Respondent Answers

On March 19, 2015, the esteemed Annie Pettit of Peanut Labs led us through a brief but insightful presentation on data quality lessons from the survey design perspective. As researchers who are actively engaged in survey implementation, we want to ensure that the responses we are collecting are as accurate as possible. This requires a […]

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Econometrics for Dummies

The following is an excerpt from Econometrics for Dummies. Published under license from John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Econometric techniques help you make estimates about economic relationships. For example, you can use your knowledge of economic theory to predict that having more disposable income leads to increased consumption for normal goods, but you need econometrics […]