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Achieving Success in Today’s Emerging Research Markets

SSI’s regional expert, Sylvain Rouri, Flavio Thome, Mani Padmanabhan and Jackie Lorch, discuss some of today’s fastest-growing research markets, and the keys to research success in these rising regions. You’ll learn about the demographic and economic forces driving rapid research growth in markets such as Turkey, Indonesia, India, Mexico and Brazil. As well as, essential information when planning research in these key markets and common mistakes and misunderstandings – and how to avoid them.

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Best Online Survey Design Means High Quality Survey Respondents


Getting High-Quality Survey Respondents Means Having the Best Online Survey Design


For High-Quality Survey Respondents – Experience Matters

Survey experiences can run the gamut from positive to negative; with a host of reasons contributing to each of these experiences. Taking a closer look at what makes a respondent extremely satisfied with their survey experience is worth exploring. Obviously, researchers want respondents to have a pleasant experience, one that will prompt them to be fully engaged now and as a future participant.

Crafting the Best Online Survey Design

To get a better understanding of how respondents honestly feel about their personal survey experience, SSI examined responses from 600 respondents’ feedback. In addition to providing a rating, the respondents were asked why they gave the rating they did. Many respondents reported that the survey was easy, fast, relevant, interesting, intuitive, relatable, unique, and fun. These eight characteristics offer a snapshot of what makes the best online survey design and what made the survey experience a positive one. Additionally, the constructive feedback blatantly shows that people appreciate a swift and simplified survey process, as well as one that resonates with them on a personal level.

What High Quality Respondents Prefer

The best online survey design means having a connection to the survey respondent through thought provoking questions that are also informative and enlightening, should not be taken for granted or overlooked.

Finally, it is clear that the need to make each respondent feel like they are a valuable part of the experience, where they participate not just for tangible reasons is something that the industry needs address.

Goal: Best Online Survey Design = High Quality Survey Respondents

Having a greater awareness of what motivates human behavior will help in producing surveys that will secure high-quality survey respondents to call upon for future research studies. This is the ultimate goal.

Consumer Market Research | Survey Respondent Behavior


Survey Respondent Behavior in Consumer Market Research

Consumer Market Research Scientists continually strive to understand human behavior, and the motivation behind how they react to products and services. Survey respondents are imperative to gathering critical key data. How a respondent feels and what they think about their survey experience matters greatly and should be on the radar of both panel companies and researchers.  It seems surprising that many consumer market researchers pay so little regard to survey respondent behaviors and their motives as related to the overall survey-taking experience.

Positive Experience for Survey Respondents

Why is this so important? Mainly because research has shown that respondent-centric thinking produces stronger answers and more accurate data. Since a survey respondent spends much of their survey-taking time answering questions via the researcher, it becomes apparent that the consumer market researcher is quite influential in how a respondent performs. The researcher’s influence also extends the likelihood that the survey respondent will be a willing and eager participant in future projects.

Better Consumer Market Research Results

It is interesting to examine the differences between a respondent-centric questionnaire design, which offers survey respondents a greater number of choice versus a design that is more restrictive.  In an effort to get a better grasp on human behavior, SSI noted the distinctions in a test comparing these two survey designs. In one version, survey respondents were only allowed to provide a specific amount of answers while the other version did not have any limitations at all.  Interestingly, when people were instructed to provide three consumer brand names, they complied accordingly, resulting in a group average of 2.998 names. The group that had the freedom to provide as many or as little names as they desired yielded a total group average of 2.13. However, even though the first group provided more names, these names were brands that either they did not know or would not choose. Although the survey respondents who had free range with their answers had a lower collective average, their overall data was more precise, and more accurate consumer market research results.

Quality vs. Quantity

Having a better understanding of the unique dynamic between consumer market researchers and survey respondents will provide greater insight into the entire process, while helping to foster positive change.

ASAE Annual Blog


From August 9th through August 12th I had the pleasure of taking part in the ASAE annual conference in Nashville, TN.  ASAE stands for the American Society of Association Executives.  That’s right; the dedicated professionals who run the association you are a member of have an association of their own.

Walking through the enormous exhibition hall, which contained over 500 exhibits for the 5,000+ attendees, a lesson in conference exhibiting was on display.  The visual appeal of many of the booths was stunning and the giveaways were very generous.  Many of the exhibitors represented convention centers, cities, and popular hotel chains.  An attendee tried to sum it up simply for me “it is the conference for meeting planners”.   But it’s actually more than that.  The conference is attended by all types of executives within an association.

This conference is one of the most sought after conferences in the country.  A city hosting the conference sees it as an investment for potential future conference bids from a variety of associations.  Nashville lived up to its promise.  The new Music City Center was impressive, with large rooms, new features, and in a great location in downtown Nashville.  The conference organizers made sure to fill the evening events with performances from many famous Nashville singers (such as Dierks Bentley, Phil Vassar and even a special performance from Lady Antebellum for an additional fee).

But the real ASAE experience came during the day, when we were able to meet with conference attendees, attend learning labs, and visit the exhibition hall.  It was interesting to hear the common themes of our market research industry brought up within a different context.  Many of the presenters had done their own pieces of research.  They spoke of sample, base sizes, and representivity.  Not all of the presentations had research, but a good amount of them did.  Many of the challenges our industry faces were also common topics during the conference, such as big data, customer retention, and the shorter attention spans.

I had the pleasure of presenting alongside of Patrick Glaser from McKinley Advisors and Curtis Nunley, CAE from the American Society of Civil Engineers.  We presented on a joint piece of research that has been in the works for over a year.  The research included a MaxDiff exercise to uncover what benefits are truly important to business professionals when deciding whether or not to join an association.  When asked what one word comes to mind when they think of professional associations, our survey participants were most likely to say “networking”, but our MaxDiff exercise showed that “expert advice” mattered most to participants.   Curtis replicated this study among his association members and compared and contrasted the results during the presentation.  It was a great all around experience.

Viewership Survey | Mobile Marketing Surveys

World Cup Viewership Survey: Mobile Marketing is the Real Winner

World Cup Viewership Survey: Mobile Marketing is the Real Winner

Many recent news items have highlighted the record-breaking viewership that this years’ football World Cup delivered. ESPN and ABC saw viewership in the US grow almost 40% over the numbers four years ago, while Univision’s viewership grew 65%.

A viewership survey SSI fielded a month before the World Cup began signaled that a huge increase in viewership was likely.  The viewership survey, using the SSI blend online sample, asked respondents which previous World Cups they had watched and whether they intended to watch the 2014 event. 60% more people in the US said they planned to watch this year’s World Cup than said they had watched it in 2010.

Viewership Survey Results:

Viewership survey results

What does it mean for Mobile Marketing Surveys?

Univision has reported that among their Hispanic viewership football itself is not the only winner to come out of the World Cup – mobile is another big winner. 87% of Univision UCI’s World Cup traffic came from a mobile device, compared to 37% four years ago.  10 million viewers watched via live streaming, four times the number in 2010; and those viewers who live streamed spent an average of three hours watching the games that way.

Univision also noted that download numbers for their Deportes app made the mobile app the #1 free sports app in the Google Play Store for 12 consecutive days during the World Cup.

“Each of these insights reveals fast-paced momentum for all things mobile,” says Univision.

Mobile Marketing Surveys are a Necessity!

These viewership survey results are yet another signal that in order to access opinions from the largest and most diverse sample of the US population, especially the Hispanic population, questionnaires need to be made available to mobile respondents.

Making the Media leap

Making the Media leap

This week, my household made the big leap. For starters, we are now officially a cell only household.  We also gave up TV (cable). While many people that I’ve told this to have gasped at the fact that I gave up TV, I am excited to see what comes as a result of this change.  For one, I hope to be much more productive in terms of housework, health, exercise, school, etc., but I am also excited to see what new forms of media I learn about and adapt in my life. Already people are telling me about Smart TVs and how they come preprogrammed with apps such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, YouTube, etc where we can watch our favorite TV shows and rent movies easily.  But it makes me wonder what I am going to miss.  How many new shows will I miss because I don’t just flip by and start watching them? What types of advertisements will I miss? Will I now have to rely more on my friends and family for local information and news?

As it is while writing this, I’ve checked out my local news station’s website and chose which of the day’s headlines I wanted to look at. Browsed a few online shopping sites, caught up on my social media, took one of those crazy Facebook quizzes that told me what Disney character I should be, and now I’m heading to YouTube to check out some cute cat videos.  My life as a “different” media user begins now.

Speeders | Mobile Survey | Accurate Market Research

Mobile Survey | Accurate Market Research

When measuring data quality for accurate market research results, researchers often use a speeder check to flag respondents who completed a survey too quickly.  At SSI, based on previous research we define “speeders” as anyone who has completed a survey within .48% of the median time – a simple calculation that indicates that we may need to look at this respondent’s survey behavior a little closer.  But what happens when a survey respondent is flagged for speeding because of the device they are using to take the survey?

Mobile Survey Respondents Average Time

To maintain the most accurate market research results, SSI conducted a survey and  found that mobile survey (phone and tablet) respondents take longer to complete a survey than respondents who access their survey with their laptop or desktop computers.  The overall median time for this survey was 9 minutes.  However, mobile phone respondents took 12 minutes to complete the mobile survey, tablet respondents completed the survey in 10 minutes, and laptop/desktop respondents finished the survey in 8 minutes.

Flagging ‘Speeders” for Accurate Market Research

At first glance, one would think to base their speeder rule on the overall median time of 9 minutes.  So anyone who completed the survey in less than 4 minutes should be flagged as a speeder for accurate market research results.  However as displayed in the chart below, the use of the overall median time disproportionately flags respondents who utilize a tablet or laptop/desktop to access the mobile survey.

Mobile Survey Respondents took longer to complete the survey

Maintaining Accurate Market Research Results

When we created a speeding rule for each device, flagging those who completed in less time than the median time for each device, we found that we flagged approximately the same percentage of respondents for each device. Thus, demonstrating that creating a speeding rule per device is a more accurate way to flag respondents who may be behaving inappropriately during a survey.

speeding rule per device proves more accurate market research results