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…

How Customers Want to Be Surveyed

How Customers Want to Be Surveyed

Let’s suppose that customers want to be surveyed. What is the best way to do it? Should we call them, send email, use text messaging, push surveys through mobile apps, or send old-fashioned paper surveys through the mail? This is a question we rarely ask in market research, because for most survey research we desperately…

The Error in Your Smartphone Surveys

The Error in Your Smartphone Surveys

Any good researcher should agonize over mode effects in surveys. Mode effects are differences in statistical estimates caused by the “mode” through which respondents take a survey. If there are mode effects, then how the survey is conducted (by telephone, online, through a smartphone app, in person, or by mail) will affect the results, requiring…