What Do Gen Z Marketing Students Think of Research?

What Do Gen Z Marketing Students Think of Research?

Imagine a class of undergraduate students in business marketing taking their first—maybe their only—marketing research class. What is the toughest part of research for them? After one lecture and an assignment, we asked them, and nobody said math or statistics. We’ve just published the Versta Research Summer Newsletter and our feature article, What Do Gen…

The Rigors of Good Research: Three Examples from Thought Leadership

The Rigors of Good Research: Three Examples from Thought Leadership

One of the biggest challenges Versta Research faced during the first year of COVID-19 was a huge and puzzling spike in the amount of fraud on research panels. We saw many organizations falling victim to this fraud. There were obviously false studies with absurdly sensational headlines being published by the media and in scientific journals.…

How to Use Surveys for Thought Leadership on a Shoestring Budget

How to Use Surveys for Thought Leadership on a Shoestring Budget

If you need super-fast, super-cheap (but rigorous) research insights for thought leadership content, the just-published Versta Research Summer Newsletter is for you. It features an article, How to Use Surveys for Thought Leadership on a Shoestring Budget, that describes (in a video!) a new DIY process we used to launch ten extremely fast snapshot surveys…

The Best New Tool for Fixing Your Research Reports

The Best New Tool for Fixing Your Research Reports

Quite by accident, I just discovered the best new tool for reading and fixing research reports: the Read-Aloud function in Microsoft Office programs. It helps spot typos, missing or extra words, misspellings, grammatical mistakes and awkward phrases — everything I need to fix my writing before finalizing and sharing written text about research and surveys…

Why You Should Avoid Numeric Response Scales in Surveys

Why You Should Avoid Numeric Response Scales in Surveys — They Seem Scientific, but They Are Actually Ambiguous and Difficult to Report

If you read our article a few weeks ago about COVID-19, there were probably several statistics we cited that you (or maybe a colleague) misinterpreted. That’s because instead of reporting the percentage of respondents who did or said something, we reported the mean of all survey respondents’ answers to a numeric scale. We had no…

How to Trap Survey Trolls: Ask Them for a Story

How to Trap Survey Trolls: Ask Them for a Story

Telling stories is a natural human behavior, but also highly complex and difficult to imitate or automate. This means that, happily, trolls can’t tell stories. And asking survey respondents for an extremely brief story (even just a few words) about their experience related to a survey topic can help you differentiate real respondents from fake…