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What now? Looking at voter feelings after the same sex marriage vote results

Posted by Alex Wheatley on Dec 6, 2017

During the same sex marriage vote, we asked Australians about their voting intentions as well as surrounding feelings to the decision-making process. Not only was this an interesting comparison of the 'for' and 'against' camps, but the results of the survey matched the real voting outcome exactly, with 62% for and 38% against.

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Topics: Mobile, Market Research

The Seasons of Change: How Does Global Warming Impact Consumer Behavior?

Posted by Jacqui Amaral on Oct 26, 2017

Does the Atlantic hurricane season seem more intense this year than it has in recent years?

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Topics: Market Research, Consumer Insights

Rebuilding the Brand of Market Research

Posted by Laura Jasinski on Oct 24, 2017

“Groups often make better decisions than individuals, but you need to create an environment in which people can express themselves and in which other people are prepared to genuinely listen to alternative points of view,” stated Eric Salama in a recent blog post. He went on to say, “Marketing can be an enormous force for good. The industry should remind itself more often of the impact it can and does have.”

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Topics: Market Research Trends, Market Research

The differences between Australia’s Marriage Equality Voters

Posted by Alex Wheatley on Oct 20, 2017

“Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”

This is the question many Australians are now answering. And it’s not a simple yes or no response; the debate on same sex marriage is complicated. With the divides being multidimensional and diverse, Lightspeed conducted a survey of more than 1,000 Australians to reveal their reasoning behind their votes.  

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Topics: Market Research

A Look at Insurance Providers in Australia

Posted by Eddie Hertz on Jan 25, 2017

Insurance is applicable across many facets of consumers lives and therefore for many groups. It is an overcrowded space in Australia with multiple providers from banking institutions extending their offer to small online newcomers.

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Topics: Market Research

SAMPLE 101

Posted by Ellen Pieper on Dec 15, 2016

I recently had the opportunity to lecture at a class of students in the Masters of Market Research program at the University of Texas Arlington. Despite working for years in an industry where I live and breathe sampling every day, I looked back at my old textbook to see what it said about sampling. I noticed a scribbled note I had taken years ago: “No one thinks about sampling, until it goes wrong!!”

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Topics: Online Sampling, Market Research

What Market Researchers Can Learn from New Orleans Jazz

Posted by Rebecca Smith on Oct 10, 2016

New Orleans Jazz represents a mix of individualism and cooperation - a merger of tradition and progress. It has an emotionally-evocative sound, with the ability to express a full range of sentiments reflecting the city’s rich and sometimes difficult history.

I recently attended ESOMAR Congress as a Corporate Young Professional representative from LiGHTSPEED. Peppered throughout the conference were the sounds and tastes of New Orleans, giving the global market research audience in attendance a sense of New Orleans culture and history while we learned about market research being conducted across the world. One such “sound” was keynote speaker Dr. Michael White, an acclaimed jazz musician and historian. I encourage you to check out some of his work here

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Topics: Market Research, esomar

The Beginner's Guide to Data Appends

Posted by Kelli McIvor on Oct 5, 2016

Often, we overlook the hidden value of marketing research data. We explore how to engage consumers in a long-term, sustainable way, but how do we get more consumer insights with shorter surveys? Our clients demand that we dig deeper, but they are also tasked with the challenge of asking fewer and less tedious questions in the process. By bringing in third party data, we have the opportunity make surveys more enjoyable and engaging while still digging deeper.

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Topics: Market Research, data append

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

Why Audience Targeting is something Market Researchers need to Familiarize Themselves With

Posted by Tiama HD Fowler on Jun 15, 2016

Historically and simplistically speaking, market research is often a tool used to help clients make informed decisions relative to media buying. The typical scenario used to look like this:

Our clients would buy media based on a series of inputs; survey data being just one. If a client wanted to advertise their new sports product, they’d likely purchase an ad spot in the sports section of a newspaper or on ESPN.com. If a second client wanted to promote the upcoming season of their TV show, they might advertise for it on a series of entertainment focused websites. In this model, media content was a proxy for media buying. The decision was likely influenced by several data points, i.e. survey data, viewership information or market trend data. The assumption was if a consumer was looking at ESPN.com or reading the sport section of a newspaper, they may be interested in the first client’s sports product. If a consumer is surfing one of those entertainment websites, they may be more interested in the upcoming season of the second client’s show.

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Topics: Market Research, media buying, audience targeting

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