Archive: June, 2015

  • What does the future hold for my website?

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    In late November 2014, the Wall Street Journal wrote an article entitled “The Web is dying; apps are killing it” emphasising the continued rise and strength of apps in modern technology. But this isn’t a recent observation - Steve Jobs was noting the increased reliance on apps back at the...

  • 10 ways to get ahead in your career

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    It’s on you, go get it! 1. It’s up to you to make it happen, training, pay rise, promotion – it’s your career steer it where you want. It is 100% your responsibility, don’t wait around for someone else to hand you the career you want. The most important thing I’ve...

  • Tired of the trialing tech

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    When I discovered Tesco had teamed up with Unilever to trial iBeacon technology in 270 of its ‘Express’ stores, with offers for Magnum’s latest Black and Pink ice-creams, I found myself strangely sceptical of the idea. Here’s how it works: Transmitters detect nearby smartphones. If the relevant retailer’s app has been...

  • Step into research

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    Just how many steps do modern market researchers take on a day to day basis? Inspired by this question, and by the interest expressed by my colleague in his musings last month I have been giving this some thought. We are seeing that wearable fitness devices are growing in popularity, and it...

  • How has Google's mobile algorithm impacted membership organisations?

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    I can’t help wondering how Google’s recent algorithm update to boost the ranking of mobile-friendly pages on mobile search results is impacting membership associations. I specifically mention these associations because many of them are either registered charities or operate in the not-for-profit sector where expenditure is watched very carefully by...

  • Moderating focus groups - a beginners perspective

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    Having recently had the opportunity to take part in a qualitative training day focusing on moderating skills, hosted by Joanna at QualitativeMind, it’s fair to say I learnt a lot. The session started off with a quote: “Interviewing is rather like a marriage: everybody knows what it is, an awful lot...

  • When is direct advertising too direct?

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    A recent article from Marketing Week discussed how Macmillan Cancer Research is using direct, targeted adverts to increase fundraising for the charity, using; 'social pressure… showing how many people are donating on that day in [your] location.’ In a world where we’re constantly connecting and sharing more than ever, where...

  • How can you manage drop out rate from your survey?

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    I’m sure many researchers will agree when I say keeping respondents engaged within a survey is easier said than done. This is unsurprising when you discover that the average attention span of an adult is only 20 minutes. Recently, I listened to a webinar by Pete Cape (Global Knowledge Director, SSI*)...