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Strong Brands Have Weak Drivers

Strong Brands Have Weak Drivers

Is it true that a survey respondent can race through a survey, giving identical high or low ratings on all questions, and still provide valid data? Absolutely, which is why we argue against coaching respondents to give “more thoughtful” and varied answers when filling out surveys. In fact, our post last week (Don’t Stop Your…

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Don’t Stop Your Straight-Liners

Don’t Stop Your Straight-Liners

Some respondents answer survey questions with the same answer over and over again. They agree to everything, or they give identical numeric ratings to all items. It’s called “straight-lining,” and we often consider this a sign of poor data quality. I was intrigued by an approach to mitigating the problem I learned last week, shared…

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9 Is Not Fine with NPS Scores

9 Is Not Fine with NPS Scores

Maybe you got one of these printed notes from a cashier at Walmart, like I did: $1000 You can win a $1000 Gift Card and we can improve your shopping experience! Please follow the instructions on your receipt. “9” is NOT fine… We’re focused on an excellent experience. Please give us a “10” when we’ve…

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Video Introduction

Research Reveals When Videos Work

As we put the finishing touches on our recently produced video introduction to Versta Research (see the video below!), I kept wondering whether videos really matter. I don’t jump on bandwagons without strong reasons to believe the wagons are going where I want. So it was a happy coincidence to come across research just published…

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Consumers Who Help Predict Failure

Consumers Who Help Predict Failure

Early customer feedback, especially in multiple forms and from multiple channels, can make or break the success of a new product or service. But it turns out that not all customer feedback is created equal. Some people have a knack for grasping new ideas, seeing how products might be used in novel ways, or imagining…

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Be It Resolved: Revise Your Business Prose!

Be It Resolved: Revise Your Business Prose!

If you’re looking for a career-oriented new year’s resolution, there is no better way to improve your professional skills right now, including your research and marketing skills, than to write better. You will write better proposals and better reports. You will turn data into stories that people actually want to read. And with some practice…

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Better Cell Phone Sampling

Better Cell Phone Sampling

There are good reasons to avoid phone surveys if you can. But if there is no alternative, it is critical to think about strategies for integrating cell phones into your outreach and sampling. Almost half (48%) of U.S. adults have no landline telephone service, while fewer than one in ten (9%) have no cell phone…

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Does This Phone Survey Flatter Me?

Does This Phone Survey Flatter Me?

The evidence continues to mount that phone surveys should be a method of last resort. Pew Research Center has released results of an experiment conducted in 2014 to test mode differences in how surveys are administered. The research question was whether people answer survey questions differently when responding to a real person on a telephone…

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