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Market Research Mythbusters: Research reports aren’t useful!

When you’ve invested thousands of dollars into a research study, the report should be useful and actionable, one that is regularly studied and referred to. And, if there is a paper version, dog-eared and bookmarked, and weathered with love. With … Continue reading

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Conducting research is easy… if you understand hundreds of cognitive biases!

If you’re equipped with excellent written or interpersonal communication skills, conducting research is easy. You identify hypotheses, develop questions or discussion guides to address them, and you’re done! Except you’re not done.People come prewired with literally hundreds of cognitive biases … Continue reading

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The good, the bad, and the ugly of the NPS score

The Net Promoter Score (NPS) is a common metric used by management to gauge customer relationships. It consists of a single question that asks about likelihood to recommend. But there is wide disagreement about whether the Net Promoter Score is … Continue reading

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Can market researchers ditch the p-value?

Among quantitative researchers, p-values are a much desired yet disputed topic. P-values help us by identifying the likelihood that two (or more) numbers in our research results would be different by chance, thereby allowing us to identify which products and … Continue reading

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What are the different types of marketing segmentation?

In the marketing world, segmentation research involves identifying subgroups of people within a larger population so that each subgroup has similar needs or desires. Understanding the various segments of people within a product or service category allows marketers to design … Continue reading

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Survival Guide for Attending Market Research Conferences

Conferences can be exhilarating and tiring but if you do a bit of planning ahead, you just might survive. Here are 9 tips to help you survive your next conference!Register early. Ideally, pick up your registration package the day before. … Continue reading

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Chunking: What shall we do with a questionnaire that’s too long?

You have many options when a questionnaire is simply too long to start programming and fieldwork because it will generate poor response rates and poor data quality. You can cut answer options. You can cut questions. You can vastly increase … Continue reading

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Correlation vs Causation and the Battle for Relevant Brand Research Conclusions

The difference between correlation and causation seems fairly straightforward. Correlation means there is some kind of relationship between the variables but it’s impossible to determine if one is the root cause of the other. Causation means there is a predictable … Continue reading

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Why are Twitter Polls a Bad Idea?

To be fair, we occasionally run Twitter polls. We’ve asked about brand trackers, personal use of cannabis, Thanksgiving food, and a variety of other research topics. Twitter polls are a fun way to encourage people to think about a topic, … Continue reading

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How Will StatsCan’s New Definitions of Sex and Gender Affect Your Research?

Though some cultures have long appreciated the fluidity of gender, it’s only been in recent years that Western cultures have considered it more broadly and with more acceptance. Some people continue to feel that sex and gender must mean the … Continue reading

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