Category: Surveys

  • “Thank you for putting me in touch with people who live and breathe the same challenges as me” – The role of market research in the Member Engagement matrix

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    Many membership organisations grapple with how to encourage more of their members to engage or interact with them. This is a challenge we hear again and again from the organisations we work with – most evidence of members interacting with their professional association comes from an ‘engaged minority’ and the...

  • The impact of 'speeders' in online surveys

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    ‘Speeders’ are respondents who complete a survey, in what is perceived to be, an impossibly quick time. How these speeders affect the quality of data is often in debate. It has always been my view that speeders should be removed from the data; how can a respondent completing a survey too...

  • Market research in pop culture. Trust us it's everywhere!

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    For those avid readers of our blogs… We know you’re out there… You might have seen our recent blog on the use of a focus group during the dramatized series of The People vs. OJ Simpson on BBC2. And it got us thinking… How many times has market research infiltrated pop...

  • Mobile madness or throwback to traditional surveys?

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    Mobile is important in research – but don’t forget about traditional survey platforms! We are already glued to our mobiles in many walks of life; we call, text, search, tweet, like, comment, navigate, shop, take photos, record videos, play games, use apps and generally hate to be parted from our electronic...

  • Market research placement

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    As research was an integral component of my social policy degree, I gained an insight into both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies within a social context. Thus, after graduating I thought it was essential to apply my classroom knowledge into a working environment. Initially, I was very anxious about entering an...

  • What affects online survey response rates?

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      According to the Pew Research Center, the gold standard for surveys, online response rates are on a downward spiral. With so many more things to do online than just a couple of years ago, declining attention spans and smaller, mobile handsets dominating web use, it’s little wonder fewer respondents are...

  • Barriers to consumers installing underfloor heating in their home.

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    If, unlike Birmingham, you are experiencing a summer holiday heatwave you might think the topic of underfloor heating is a little out of place. But evidence suggests that summer is actually the season when many of us make use of the warmer, drier weather to undertake home improvements.  One area of...

  • The truth behind databases used for market research

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    Recent research by Verve has found that consumers are deliberately giving false information to brands, such as fake addresses, date of births and email addresses, concluding this is devaluing the databases brands work hard to collate. The study, which surveyed more than 2,400 consumers, found that six in ten consumers intentionally...

  • Easy ways to gather customer feedback

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    Putting the customer at the heart of everything, how do you gather feedback from the people who matter the most?  Through our recent work evaluating levels of satisfaction of those working within NHS buildings, we learned of the “Friends and Family Test” – a single-question survey asking patients whether they would...

  • Survey highlights reaction to bad table manners

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    Recently the Times reported that one in five people has been embarrassed by their partner when eating out. Their misdemeanours were not listed in the article in full but given by way of examples: mispronouncing menu items, clicking fingers, ordering while on the phone and speaking with a mouth full. I agree...

  • 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 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*)...