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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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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3 Phases of Collaboration Throughout the Innovation Lifecycle

When companies or individuals consider crowdsourcing as a component of ongoing innovation for their organization, they often think that their network is only involved in the initial phase: ideation or idea gathering. This phase of crowdsourcing is often referred to as open innovation. And although numerous innovation software solutions provide this base level of functionality, […]

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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 […]

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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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Data Visualization Lesson 3: Abela’s Rubric

Kudos to cartographers, glory to graphic illustrators, and applause to artists of the digital kind:  I give thanks and praise that I don’t have to draw original data graphics by hand.  (I might be the only person in America who can manage to draw a crooked bar graph using both a ruler and a level). […]

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My First In-Home Ethnography

Come On In, Stranger! Ever wonder what type of person allows market researchers into their home to observe and study them? Well, surprise to me, they’re normal people!  I was convinced only “whack-a-dos” would open up their doors to us.  In short, I was proven wrong.  With each new research methodology I am exposed to, […]

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How to Generate Ideas for Names

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 […]

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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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How To Create Infographics: Tips & Tools

Not since the invention of online surveys has something sparked the imagination of our industry like Infographics. Sure, we haven’t mastered the art of making them, and we aren’t quite sure how to define them.  Yet most of us know a good infographic when we see it (or think we do). I want to take a few […]

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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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The Beginner’s Guide to No-Cost Market Research

I have a client I’ll call Sandy, who is starting a new business. She’s been running a successful non-profit organization for 4 years and she’s been freelance writing for at least a decade, but as she was moving into a more product-centered business, she was floundering. She scheduled a couple events that didn’t fill and […]