We’re getting creative with research. Classic quantitative and qualitative techniques no longer fit every research project, whether that be due to time, budget or resources. Thankfully, technology is helping bridge the gap between quantitative and qualitative research practices by offering more in-depth ways to connect with consumers.
Recently I was privileged to present at the MRSI Annual Market Research Seminar in Mumbai on ‘Keeping Up With Today’s Connected Consumers’. More specifically, we took this opportunity to explore how research can leverage today’s connected consumer to better understand audiences during a time of technological evolution.
As researchers, we have a wide range of people to please, from internal stakeholders, to external clients, to our consumers. We have budgets to be mindful of, investments to defend and respondents to satisfy (so they continue providing us valuable information!).
Consumers live in the now; they are connected to hundreds of friends and followers through an endless number of devices. Few marketing challenges are trickier than trying to identify and recognize what drives their attitudes and behaviors. What they do and what they say can be vastly different in today’s mobile world.
With more credit cards now offering up to 5X rewards on dining purchases (Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express Hilton Honors, Capital One Savor), does restaurant spending get a big boost? The answer is yes -- for several leading rewards cards.
Conducting quantitative and qualitative research can be a unique process when targeting healthcare audiences, such as physicians, payers, KOLs and patients. Best practices and techniques we use for consumer research can also be applicable to these audiences.
“You need to allow smartphone respondents into your survey!" Those of us in the business of survey design and panel management have been telling researchers this for years now, but we need to show you and not just tell you why.
In our latest Q&A, Chris Stevens, Chief Research Officer at Lightspeed, reviews some of the sticking points around this.
In 2019, we’re seeing consumers health habits evolve. For many, formal diets and exercise fads are being deprioritized with the desire to form more sustainable healthy lifestyles. Gone is the importance of the fat-free or zero-calorie version of a product; consumers want whole, clean ingredients in their food and beverages. They are placing a new level of importance on the clarity of what they’re putting in their bodies that extends beyond calorie, sugar and fat intake.
The Consumer Insights industry is one that is evolving at an exponential pace. Change of this magnitude is giving us reason to modernize our survey designs, evaluate how we’re sampling and sourcing respondents and pushing us be creative with connecting data sources that maximize research funds and extend the value of the insights we uncover.
There is no denying that marketing research is evolving. New technologies, the abundance of data available and consumer dependence of smartphones being the biggest contributors. But how does this change the way we sample via online research? And source permission-based, quality respondents?