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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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How to Conduct a Telephone Survey for Gold Standard Research

Telephone surveys are still considered the gold standard for rigorous public opinion polling and market research.  The reason is that virtually every household in the U.S. can be reached by telephone, and therefore we have careful methods of determining the probability that any individual person is included in a sample to be surveyed.  Knowing this…