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Explore industry trends, research methods, and tips for your own research projects in the Versta Research Blog. All opinions are our own, and some may change over time.

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Optimize Your PR—Don’t Do Silly Surveys

We are strong advocates of using surveys for public relations outreach.  Commissioning surveys that answer interesting questions to help drive news stories and other types of communication can build a credible foundation so that journalists and other audiences take note and listen.  But we are not fans of silly surveys that rely on outlandish, sexy,…

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Tips on Easy Data Visualization with Excel

At its core, data visualization is about using visual techniques as shortcuts to understanding patterns in data.  Some of the newer tools available in common programs like Excel provide an excellent means for visualizing data.  This can save you time and it can point you in the right direction for rigorous analysis. Here is an…

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Bad Decisions with Better Graphics

Does data displayed in charts and graphs, rather than tables, lead to better decisions?  Not according to the latest research reported in this month’s Journal of Marketing Research. The authors looked at various types of biases that creep into business managers’ decisions when based on data presented to them.  They did this by conducting experiments…

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The Age of Algorithms

Doing “statistics” strikes fear in the hearts of many, so how about if we talk about “algorithms” instead?  It’s a safer word because most people in the worlds of business and market research never have to take (or fail) a course in algorithms. Algorithms are central to the work that we do in business and…

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Social Media and Customer Satisfaction Research

This past Monday I moderated a panel of thought leaders in market research to ponder the question: “How Will Social Media Change Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty Research?” The event was sponsored by the American Marketing Association, and included participants from GfK, Maritz, MARC, SAS, Market Tools, and Versta Research. One of the fascinating insights to…

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Using Mobile Technologies in Research

One critical trend that is transforming the research industry is the rapid adoption of mobile technologies, especially smartphones.  It transforms research in multiple ways.  It means that people disconnect their landlines, so we have to adjust our methods for phone polling.  But more importantly, it means people are accessible in multiple ways (text, phone, email)…

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Bridging the Quantitative-Qualitative Gap

The summer 2010 newsletter from Versta Research focuses on how to bridge the gap between quantitative research and qualitative research, whether it be market research or academic research.  Both methods give rich insights, and both offer compelling ways to summarize and communicate data.  But rarely does each method draw upon the strengths of the other.…

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