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

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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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How to Plus or Minus: Understand and Calculate the Margin of Error

Sometimes in the day-to-day work of conducting and interpreting market research, it’s easy to forget that many people who work with surveys on a daily basis have not had formal training in statistics. Even for those who have been trained, it can be useful to have a refresher from time to time. UNDERSTANDING MARGIN OF […]

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Use Multiple Text Boxes for More Productive Respondents

A perennial problem with open-ended survey questions is that respondents are lazy. It takes time and effort to think of good answers. And if the survey is self-administered online or on paper, it takes time and effort to write them out. But there are several things a savvy researcher can do. One of them is […]

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How to Moderate Bulletin Board Focus Groups

Portions of the following are excerpted from Qual-Online The Essential Guide: What Every Researcher Needs to Know about Conducting and Moderating Interviews via the Web by Jennifer Dale and Susan Abbott. Published under license from Paramount Market Publishing, Inc. This post is an edited extract from Chapter 10, “Extended-Time Moderating Online.” No matter how good your online discussion […]

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How to Use Polls as Part of Your Market Research Plan

Polls are an outstanding way to collect feedback and engage with your audience.  Polls have become more popular for two specific attributes: first — they don’t take much time.  You can read a poll and answer a poll in less than 10 seconds and that increases response rates.  The second reason is that polls often […]

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QR Code-Enabled Mobile Surveys: An Example

                      [Editor’s Note:  this post was originally published on the Survey Analytics Blog.] My friend Scott Liang from Parametric keeps telling me – the quicker you collect feedback from the Point-of-Transaction, the better the recall and quality is. While I have absolutely no way of […]

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How to Control Your Customer Satisfaction Scores

We tend to measure customer satisfaction after the customer experience has already happened.  But that isn’t when the opinion about the experience is really created. Customer experiences are actually created long before your customer ever reaches your doorstep.  They often start with impressions and perceptions created when your potential customer interacts with friends and colleagues […]

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

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 […]

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How Not to Get Market Research Clients

I’ve worked in many roles in market research, but never as an in-house market researcher in a corporation.  I’ve always felt bad for them in that I know they get a constant stream of suitors among would-be market research suppliers.  In particular, at conferences as it appears they’re being accosted left and right by hungry supply-side […]

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A Gentle Introduction to Concept Development

The following is an excerpt from Marketing Concepts That Win! Save Time, Money and Work by Crafting Concepts Right the First Time by Martha Guidry. Published under license from the author. Behind every successful product or service lies a powerful concept. It is really that simple. Product and service offerings that win in the marketplace […]

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How to Use Facebook for Market Research Surveys

It’s an understatement to say that there’s tremendous interest in using Facebook for market research.  Indeed, among the most popular posts on Research Access is one written last year by Survey Analytics‘ CEO Vivek Bhaskaran, entitled “Social Media Research – Using Facebook for Survey Invitations and Market Research.” What not everybody realizes is that companies […]

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5 Ways to Avoid Creating Dead Robot Respondents

“When the individual’s behavior and consciousness get hooked to a routine sequence of external actions, he is a dead robot, and it is time for him to die and be reborn. Time to ‘drop out,’ ‘turn on,’ and ‘tune in.’ – Dr. Timothy Leary OK, it’s no longer the 1960s, but the words of Dr. […]