Archive for the ‘mobile market research’ tag
By Edan Portaro, EVP Global Business Development and Mobile Innovation
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.
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.
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.
By Allen Vartazarian, Vice President of Product
Imagine using location-detection software to help locate when shoppers are leaving certain department stores during the height of Black Friday, or contacting customers as soon as they’re walking out of a movie to survey their experience. Geofencing—a virtual way of geographically setting a perimeter around a particular point—allows market researchers to follow the foot traffic anywhere from an entire city block to one retail store. By determining the longitude and latitude of a particular location and then setting a radius around—for instance, a coffee shop—geofence technology can track the date and time of when and how a person moves across a geographic location.
By The Editors
With the massive move to mobile, online surveys must evolve to meet consumers’ usage. Patrons no longer want to fill out lengthy questionnaires on their computers. The trend is pushing toward fun, visual elements.
By The Editors
Even in low-income rural countries, mobile phones are ubiquitous. In this post at GreenBook, Ray Poynter, author of the Handbook of Online and Social Media Research, highlights that ubiquity as a key component in the growth of mobile market research because 70 to 80 percent of adults around the world own a mobile phone—and that rate is likely to increase.
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.
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:
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.
By Tina Day, Director of Organizational Development and Quality
Not to be confused with everyone’s favorite pancake house, an “IHUT,” or simply “HUT,” is, at its most basic, a type of in-home study that involves consumers using and evaluating a product. IHUT stands for in-home usage test, and it has long been one of researchers’ go-to studies for detailed, in-context consumer feedback on anything from pillow cases to, well, pancake mix.
As the name implies, IHUTs are used to test products with real consumers in their homes. This type of study is particularly useful for testing prototypes before they hit the market, newly released products, or existing products that may be in need of a redesign.