Category Archives: Market research industry

Z at the zoo: a shift in perspective

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A few weekends ago, I decided to take my son to the zoo. Now that he’s old enough to actually appreciate seeing all the animals, it was a total blast watching his excitement over just about every animal there. We took our time at various exhibits, tried to follow the map to get to the exhibits he wanted to see… Read more »

Survey replacements – are they really ready?

I was recently part of a marketing training class where the teacher answered a question about surveys being conducted to garner audience perceptions and experiences with, “Stop doing surveys! Everyone who takes them lies.” Of course, being me, I offered, “Well, now that you’ve obliterated my profession, what do you propose we do to collect that information?” His answer was… Read more »

3 ways we fail our audiences and how to turn the ship around

Before I get going, I want to start by defining “audiences.” In this context, the audiences in question are those who we are asking to participate in our market research studies. Typically, the failure is happening with quantitative studies, not qualitative studies (at least, in my experience, this is the case). In quantitative surveys, we find bloated surveys, biz-speak language,… Read more »

Why are we failing our audiences?

I was just reading a couple of posts from March about how we are not doing well by our research participants. First, there was Annie Pettit’s post about how we sometimes use YouTube videos to help make a point in a presentation — without asking for permission from the original poster first. Second was an article by Melanie Courtwright on… Read more »

Wait….I thought YOU were the one…?

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I recently learned in a staff meeting that the marketing research team was meeting with a group of their clients, discussing the plans for the coming year. One of the big questions for one of the trackers: are we even measuring the right metric any more? I don’t know the details of what happened, except that, at one point, the… Read more »

Market research self-reflection

In the past year, two main items have come forward that has caused me, at least, to step back and reflect a bit on the market research industry as a whole. The first item: an article about reproducing psychology studies and how those replicated studies produced different results than the originals. The second item: an article about a bug in… Read more »

Want more innovation? Ask the younger crowd.

One of the topics I’ve seen recently on the market research blogosphere has to do with innovation in our industry. I think this question of how to continue to innovate isn’t a new question, but the answer can often feel elusive. When I worked at a national laboratory years ago, one of the concerns that often surfaced was that of… Read more »

Give them conferences, too!

Last year, Annie Pettit wrote a blog post that, frankly, has been on my mind ever since. The post was titled simply, “Where are the millennials of market research?” Depending on the date range for millennials being used, I’m either GenX or I’m a millennial. I’m also in a somewhat senior role with my company. This has caused me to… Read more »

Market research lessons from cycling

The cyclist journeys home The story begins with a traveler cycling home from work. All the way, the cyclist kept being passed by other cyclists, and couldn’t help but wonder, “I’m exerting so much effort, but I keep getting passed! I know I’m slower than most, but this is starting to feel silly.” The cyclist then did a quick analysis… Read more »

Changing surveys one step at a time…

The market research industry is faced with a lot of change lately. From more people doing it themselves to increased telemetry availability to the increase in the number of people who are taking (or attempting to take) every survey on mobile, it can sometimes feel overwhelming to keep up. I read an article today about applying the kaizen principle to… Read more »