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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How to Do Proper Strategic Planning With Market Research

Are you looking to improve your business runs on a day-to-day basis? Then it may be time for you to focus on strategic planning with market research. Identifying how and by whom strategic decisions are made, what information is used to inform those decisions, and how to better use the data you have on your […]

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Four Collaborative Steps to Innovation

Open innovation is the practice of collecting data from a wide audience in order to solve problems or evolve. And this practice is being utilized in every industry, from government to nonprofits to enterprise-level companies to universities, with numerous different end goals and objectives. Marketers are using it for research, product managers are using it […]

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How to Do a Survey

This brief tutorial outlines the key steps involved in conducting a survey. So, you want to do a survey. Maybe you haven’t conducted a survey before. Maybe you have. Either way, that’s OK. Here are the essential steps to success. 1. Decide who will take your survey The most likely scenario for a business or […]

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NPS Requires Much Larger Sample Sizes Than Alternatives

At Market Strategies, we receive all sorts of questions about Net Promoter Score (NPS): Where did it come from? What are its major pros and cons? Is it the Holy Grail of marketing research or not? I answered many of these three years ago in an article for the AMA’s Marketing Research Magazine. This post addresses the surprising […]

Conduct Your Own Retail Audit Using Tablets or Smartphones

How to Do Your Own Retail Audit Using Tablets or Smartphones

As the marketing and market research world get more and more comfortable with mobile technology, there are opportunities to go beyond the traditional survey in this innovative realm. Sure, it’s easy to do your first few mobile surveys using tried and true surveys, such as a customer feedback survey or an attitude and usage study. […]

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Survey Rewards: Best Practices

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 […]

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All Hail the Humble Median

At the 2013 Inbound Marketing conference, Nate Silver said, “The average is still the most useful mathematical tool ever invented.” I agree that it is powerful, but I would argue that in fact it is the median that is the most useful mathematical tool ever invented. This lesson was brought home to me as I […]

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Excerpts from David F. Harris’s New Book

Portions of the following are excerpted from, The Complete Guide to Writing Questionnaires: How to Get Better Information for Better Decisions, by David F. Harris. The Framework for Writing Questionnaires My purpose in writing this book is to provide a user-friendly, comprehensive guide for planning and writing questionnaires. This book offers a framework for writing […]

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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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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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Conjoint Analysis Myths

The use of conjoint analysis methods has increased over the years in different industries, and as Chris Chapman, from Google, indicated in his presentation at the 2013 Sawtooth Software Conference, this family of techniques has been successfully used to: Determine feature preference Predict market share Find unmet needs in product portfolios Determine likely response from […]