BLOG ARCHIVE: ALL POSTS FOR June 2018

4 Hazards to Avoid in Question Wording

4 Hazards to Avoid in Question Wording

Question wording is the translation of the desired question content and structure into words that respondents can clearly and easily understand.  Deciding on question wording is perhaps the most critical and difficult task in developing a questionnaire.  If a question is worded poorly, respondents may refuse to answer it (item nonresponse) or may answer it incorrectly (response error).  Unless the respondents and the researcher assign the exact same meaning to the question, the results will be seriously biased or inaccurate.  By avoiding these 4 hazards in question wording, you can minimize these risks.

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Psychographics in Market Research

Psychographics in Market Research

Demographic data is an important aspect of targeting criteria, but they won’t always provide a complete understanding of your target audience. Typically, it is of interest for researchers to better understand the values, opinions, and beliefs that act as explanations of consumer behavior. Luckily, the collection of psychographics can help market researchers achieve such understandings. Where demographic data will explain who the buyer is, while psychographic data will explain why they buy.

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Product Testing Methods in Market Research

Product Testing Methods in Market Research

Whether you are testing a new product, packaging idea, creative design, or any other type of stimulus, you have probably been conflicted with which testing method is best. As in most research ventures, the optimal solution will vary based on the number of concepts you are testing, your budget, and your research objectives. There are many product testing design variations to address your unique situation.

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What’s in a Name: How to Name a New Product

What’s in a Name: How to Name a New Product

When it comes to determining what you should name a new product, service, brand, etc., there are many things to contemplate. Does the name sound similar to any existing products?  Is there a negative connotation people associate with the name?  If you plan to take the name global, will it translate into other languages?  How well does it roll off the tongue when used in audio soundbites for commercials and radio? Do you want it to evoke a certain emotion among consumers?

There is so much to consider when choosing a name and it shouldn’t be a decision that is made in a vacuum.  It is always a good idea to conduct a survey among your target market to get unbiased feedback before you invest in trademark fees, creative assets, packaging and everything else that goes into establishing a moniker.

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Understanding the International Research Environment

Understanding the International Research Environment

As economic conditions continue to improve globally, combined with the lowering of trade barriers, many companies seek expansion overseas outside of the U.S. This naturally leads to increased opportunities for market research companies to contribute significantly to the development of the new international marketing strategies needed for said expansion.

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Using Cluster Analysis for Market Research

Using Cluster Analysis for Market Research

In its most general definition, a cluster is a group of similar things or people positioned or occurring closely together.  In market research, a cluster is a collection of data objects that are similar and dissimilar to each other. The primary objective of cluster analysis is to classify objects into relatively homogeneous groups based on a set of variables considered.  These variables (demographics, psychographics, buying behaviors, attitudes, preferences, etc.) can be chosen according to the market research objectives; which problems are needing to be solved and which hypotheses need to be proven or debunked.

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AYTM Survey Editor 3.0 is Here!

AYTM Survey Editor 3.0 is Here!

For the past few months the development team here at AYTM have been heads down working on the most ambitious survey editor platform update in the history of the company. On the surface we have some new, improved features and functionality while on the back-end we have significantly upgraded our foundation for rapid development.

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Market Research Success with Culture

Market Research Success with Culture

Today we are living in an experience economy. Meaning that, a broad scope view of the marketplace supports the reality that consumers are after experiences more than ever before.  This definition of experience stretches further, into things like experiencing cultural connection. People defining themselves less by things that they have and more by their thoughts, passions, causes they support, and communities they are a part of. As a result, many brands feel an unprecedented pressure to deliver on this shift in order to survive, but more importantly to grow. This new challenge is about creating cultural value, and it requires a combination of market research, cultural marketing, and embracing change. Let’s explore cultural marketing and why it is a critical component to a successful brand in today’s world.

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How to Combat Social Desirability Bias

How to Combat Social Desirability Bias

Social desirability bias is a type of response bias in which people tend to answer questions according to how their answers will be viewed by others instead of answering truthfully. Respondents may give you answers that are more favorably acceptable or more in line with the popular opinion or politically correct response.  The answers they give may be inflated to reflect “good behavior” or under-inflated to hide “bad behavior”.

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IIEX 2018: Innovation for the Future

IIEX 2018: Innovation for the Future

The IIeX North America conference is coming up next week, June 11 – 13th and we hope to see you there! This is your chance to learn more about the innovative market research trends and technology that are disrupting our industry.

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