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…

Here Is a Video Report That Engages Its Audience with Animation and Insight

Here Is a Video Report That Engages Its Audience with Animation and Insight

We have experimented with different styles and formats for reporting research results over the years, including traditional report decks, animated PowerPoint, infographics, headline reports, whitepapers, and live (sometimes video-recorded) presentations. But we have never quite taken the step of creating a video report as the primary presentation of research findings. A client just did it…

Polish and Revise Your Sentences to Make Your Research Reports Better

Polish and Revise Your Sentences to Make Your Research Reports Better

Our school teachers were right: Learning how to write effectively makes a huge difference if your job involves communication. This applies to market research and marketing. Improving your writing will help you write better reports, better surveys, and better campaigns. It’s not that hard. You need not learn the art of essays, novels, dissertations, or…

How Random Correlations Ruined a Gender Story

How Random Correlations Ruined a Gender Story

The problem with most business approaches to “analytics” is that they rely on automated, unthinking algorithms. The algorithms scan boatloads of data and generate correlations that are surprising and, therefore, presumably deeply insightful. But in most cases the correlations are not insightful. They are random coincidences, which unfortunately does not stop humans from sharing with…

Grab Attention with a Research Infographic

Yesterday I was delighted to share the stage with Kate Morris at the Corporate Researchers Conference in Chicago, talking about the power, the potential, and the “how-to” of spectacular infographics for market research. Kate spent many years in the research group at Fidelity Investments, and it was for Kate that Versta Research first tried its…