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Research In-Context: A Primer for
Marketers

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By Edan Portaro, EVP Global Business Development and Mobile Innovation

In-context research

With the growth of mobile technology and online research platforms, in-context research is changing. Conducting onsite research no longer requires hiring staff, training them and transporting them to a specific location to survey a store’s patrons. Instead, the latest market research technologies leverage mobile devices, smart strategies like QR codes that let participants self-select into research with a smartphone scan, and even geolocation capabilities. With the proliferation of different contextual research techniques, it can be challenging to determine which one is right for your specific needs. Here’s a closer look at the different types of in-context research and how to determine which approach is the right fit for your research goals.

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October 21st, 2014

Around the Web: Capturing Mobile
Market Research in the Moment

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By The Editors


Trying to target market research through traditional focus groups or online surveys is showing less impact than real in-the-moment mobile research. At the Marketing Research Association’s Corporate Researchers Conference, Ryan Backer, who oversees Global Insights for Emerging Tech at General Mills, shared some mobile market research insights gained from General Mills researchers.

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October 6th, 2014

Sample Wars, Smart Technology and
the Future of Data Quality

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By Alan Gould, CEO

 

Over the last six months in particular, our uSamp and Instant.ly teams have built and launched exciting new products, improved existing products, hired top talent and opened new markets. We are moving faster than ever, working harder and leaving our competitors breathless. What we are attempting to do—provide great, advanced market research products for an industry that historically has been slow to change—is not easy. I want to share some of my thoughts about what success for us will look like and how we are going to get there. So, let’s start with the business of selling online sample, our core business. We are justifiably proud of how fast we have become a major player in the space but there are trends that we need to get out in front of if we want to continue to prosper.

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October 3rd, 2014

5 Things Every Survey Programmer
Wishes You Knew About Mobile Research

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By Joe DiGregorio, Senior Director, Global Programming

As is the case with any trend in market research, large or small, the rapid growth of data collection on mobile devices has brought with it countless new tools and methodologies.

Having started my career at the dawn of the transition from computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) to online as a method for data collection, I’ve lived through many of the challenges associated with this type of transition before. There’s a game-changing medium in town, and (almost) everyone wants a part of it. Clients are told they need it but not all of them know why or how to use it. Research methodologists brainstorm how to transition the old methods to the new without impacting historical data, and they invent brand new methods never before feasible with the old research methods. Developers race to create every new application they can think of, hoping enough people can be convinced they are useful. Some of them stick and become part of new way of doing research.  Some of them gather dust as they are replaced or fail to prove their worth.

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September 4th, 2014

Choosing a Sample Partner: Three Tips
for Vetting Your Vendors

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By Joe Jordan, Vice President of Panel Operations

In my many years of managing custom market research projects in all study type varieties, one issue constantly lurked in the underground of all sample providers: Where is this sample being sourced?

Many times I discovered that the sample vendor I chose for my high-priority, top secret, critical study was just a mere middle man to other various sample vendors I specifically did not choose because they had wronged me in the past. Much like elephants and the IRS, researchers never forget vendors who have failed them at the final hour. They have nightmares of that 4 a.m. email the day a study should close, saying “We are reaching out to other partners” on a “best efforts basis.” It makes finding a sample provider for your next project all the more daunting.

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Leveraging Mobile and Online
Communities to Gauge Customer Context

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By The Editors

How do your customers view your products and services? In a marketplace where constant change is the new normal, being able to see the world through your customers’ eyes is essential to growing your business and finding new and retaining existing customers. In the video below, “Mobile Research Communities: An Agile Approach to Customer Context,” Allen Vartazarian, VP of product at uSamp, and Julie Vogel, VP of Communities at Morpace, discuss the following:

  • How new mobile research capabilities let you interact with your customers in-the-moment
  • How online research communities can help you build customer partnerships that strengthen and deepen your understanding of customer context
  • Why one Fortune 500 company changed its approach to a target audience based on a combination of these research approaches

Mobile Research Communities Webinar: An Agile Approach to Customer Context from uSamp on Vimeo.

June 13th, 2014

Posted in Mobile

Removing Respondent Bias from
the Research Equation:
Why Mobile Makes Us More “Honest”

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By The Editors

At MRMW this year, Justin Wheeler shared fascinating research in a presentation that probed one seemingly simple question: Are mobile respondents more honest? Wheeler’s research is trying to get at the twin problems of social desirability bias and consumer satisificing. The former describes the phenomenon of respondents providing answers that they think researchers will want to hear or that they think will make them appear in a more positive light in researchers’ eyes. The latter describes the mental shortcuts or paths of least resistance consumers will unconsciously take when asked to recall specifics of advertisements or products in an online survey. Wheeler’s research indicates that mobile could be an antidote to both of these problems. How? In-context mobile surveys remove interviewers from the equation, mitigating the influence of social desirability, and also eliminate the need for consumer recall.

See below for a video of Wheeler’s entire presentation at MRMW:

uSamp’s Justin Wheeler discusses why mobile research is better from uSamp on Vimeo.

June 2nd, 2014

Posted in Events,Mobile

Being Pulled into the Future:
A Review of MRMW

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By Jacob Tucker, Senior Analyst of Insights and Strategy

The Market Research in the Mobile World conference in Chicago was filled with emerging technologies, new capabilities, and aspirations to push the limits on the type of data we can collect. Be it simply adapting online surveys to mobile, using geolocation technology to intercept shoppers during purchase decisions, or experiencing personal moments with consumers through wearable computers like Google Glass, it is clear that many organizations in the market research industry are trying to pull us forward into the future. As I took in presentation after presentation, a few common themes emerged.

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June 2nd, 2014

Posted in Events

9 Tips for Designing Better Research Questionnaires

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By The Editors

Designing an effective market research questionnaire is all about approach – a backwards one, that is. Before you can delve into the question-writing process, you need to conceptualize your ideal answers in order to derive the appropriate measurements. Check out this 9 tips for improving your questionnaire.

9 Tips for Designing Better Research Questionnaires from uSamp

May 29th, 2014

Satisficing and Social Desirability Bias:
Is Mobile Poised to Solve These Problems?

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By The Editors

Are mobile respondents more honest? We know that mobile lends itself to in-context surveying, but mobile devices themselves may have an enormous impact on how honestly consumers answer questions. Why? Research shows that respondents will often take the path of least resistance when answering difficult survey questions, a phenomenon called satisficing. Additionally, traditional in-store market research requires positioning researchers on-location to ask consumers questions, and that face-to-face interaction causes consumers to want to give the answers they expect researchers want to hear – versus what they really think, a problem known as social desirability bias.

The good news? Mobile helps us get answers while consumers remain in the store, in front of the products, but adds a level of privacy that at-home research provides. Additionally, with the ways that smart phones have become a natural part of our everyday lives – studies show that we look at our smart phone once every three minutes – consumers don’t find mobile surveys to be disruptive. Therefore, mobile may just provide the key to unlocking two of market researchers’ thorniest data quality problems.

In this video, Justin Wheeler explains more about how mobile may be poised to solve these problems.

To learn more about this study, visit uSamp at the Mobile Research in the Mobile World event May 27-30th in Chicago, or stay tuned for a post-event recap.

May 12th, 2014

Posted in Events,Mobile