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Thoughts from a Marketer in Market Research

Posted by Becki Southern on Jan 17, 2017

The role of marketers in today’s global, complex organizations is changing. Adapting to technology platforms, expanding client needs and diversified user preferences can pull marketers to alter, modify and adjust directions with regular occurrence. From relationship marketing to automation, marketers need to look beyond the usual brand channels to reach their audiences effectively.

Today, 22% of the world’s total population uses Facebook and LinkedIn boasts more than 450 million user profiles, but moreover, almost 80% of time spent on social media platforms happens on mobile. Marketers need to be able and willing to track the changing behaviours and demographics to optimise opportunities with their audiences. As we start a new year, I, as a marketer working in market research, took a look at some of the marketing trends that will likely influence the requirements of our industry over the next 12 months.

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Topics: Data Driven Marketing, Market Research Trends, Digital Data Collection, Marketing Research

Go Mobile!

Posted by David Shanker on Nov 16, 2016

One thing mobile has taught us beyond a doubt: consumers are in control. The information they need to make decisions is now at their fingertips. They are more loyal to their own needs than to any particular brand. And consumers want to move onto the ‘next thing’ seconds after engaging. Never has it been more difficult for marketers to target consumers. Mobile created and enables this behavior, but only one in five surveys is 100% mobile compatible today. To truly ‘meet them in the moment’ their survey “experience has to be fast and frictionless.”

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Topics: Mobile, Data Driven Marketing, Marketing Research Data, data enrichment, data append

Appropriate Design and Evaluation of a Weighting Scheme

Posted by Susan Frede on Nov 1, 2016

In Debunking Weighting Misperceptions, our first post in the weighting data mini-series, we reviewed the benefits of weighting and debunked misconceptions. Now, we review how to appropriately weight and evaluate the weighting scheme.

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Topics: Data Driven Marketing, Marketing Research, weighting data

Why You Should Never Sample on Auto-Pilot

Posted by Susan Frede on Jun 16, 2016

Sampling often seems to be an afterthought with clients as many simply state they want a ‘nationally representative sample.’ The question is what does the client mean by a nationally representative sample? One client might think it means representation on age and gender only, while another might expect it to include controls on additional variables like region, income, education, etc.

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Topics: Data Driven Marketing, Online Sampling, Market Research

What Marketing Researchers Can Learn from Digital Marketing: Five Common Mistakes

Posted by Eric Lindner on Jun 8, 2016

I recently attended a webinar where Linda West, Director of Digital Marketing at Act-On Software, discussed five common digital marketing mistakes. After hearing what Linda had to say about the five common mistakes, it got me thinking about what we, as Marketing Researchers, can learn from digital marketing. While digital marketing strategies are laser focused on creating value for the consumer, we should have that same focus on our panelists. Panelists are a core part of what we do in the Marketing Research industry, and our panelists are people. These people’s voices and opinions are front and center in how we interact with them.  

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Topics: Data Driven Marketing, Market Research

Your Assumptions are Wrong; Three Ways Market Research is Changing…Again

Posted by Bridget Brinkofski on Apr 21, 2016

Change is the only absolute. After all, clichés are clichés for a reason. The marketing research industry itself is always moving, innovating, adapting. We’re reaching audiences in new ways and accessing new data sources to provide insights. There has never been a more exciting (or scary) time to be in the MR field. But what about the base assumptions we have about consumers? What data is important or the best way for advertising to be effective? We live in a changing world, and our assumptions need to change too.

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Topics: Data Driven Marketing, Market Research, emerging talent

Data-driven marketing and the privacy paradox

Posted by Terry Wiley on Apr 12, 2015

As our lives become ever more digital so too do the means of technologically amplifying our reach to consumers. Data driven marketing is now commonly accepted as standard practice for the industry. This is no surprise, as online intertwines itself with our physical world through the devices we have come to rely on.

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Topics: Data Driven Marketing

Technology Takeover or Take Off?: Data Driven Marketing

Posted by Becki Southern on Mar 17, 2015

What this means for data-driven marketing
Things have changed. You only need look around you to see just how far technology has come in the past decade alone. Whether you look at the Apple product suite, Google’s role in finding your local takeaway, solving who ‘that guy’ on TV is, or the new-age wardrobe must-haves such as Fitbits or Google glass - technology is now a life-essential.

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Topics: Data Driven Marketing

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