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.
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!).
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.
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.
We define a “mobile friendly survey” different from a “modern survey.” A modern survey involves more than a device agnostic design; all components of a modern survey are designed specifically with consumer’s time and experience in mind. Here are five tips for going modern:
In 2009, the year following the iPhone’s release, eBay conducted $600 million in mobile transactions. Out of the gate eBay’s elegant app minimized friction throughout the acts of buying and selling. Ten years on, market research still struggles to keep pace. Why are links to 30-minute, even one hour plus surveys being emailed to potential respondents? What many refer to as the glacial pace of market research’s migration to mobile is not for lack of trying. Players new and old across the research project service arc have started entire companies, released new products, published parallel test findings and worked diligently to develop tools allowing the process of taking a survey on a smartphone to be as easy as booking a ride on Lyft. Many brand trackers have been redesigned and shortened without any changes to the valuable trend data and normative measures marketers use to make decisions.
Today’s consumers already have a voice online; they publish opinions, build their own sites, post videos and share content. Technology is enabling an increase in mobile activity – allowing people to connect everywhere and at any time. Because of this, it stands to reason that that the way we’re interacting with respondents is shifting. Market researchers are now facing the challenge of being on the consumer’s terms and competing for time with them.
By engaging with consumers in meaningful ways, you’ll capture data on what they think, what content they see and what they do. Our Modern Survey Design techniques enable you to know more by asking the right questions in the right way.
Technology has a way of improving tried-and-true methodologies in many industries, and as we’ve seen in this data series, marketing research is no exception. Where at one time qualitative best practices included 20 to 40 minute online surveys (e.g., jam-packed full of single response, open-ended and grid questions), respondents are no longer completing that type of research. Many (time-poor) consumers want to provide brands their feedback, but they expect the conveniences a smartphone provides them and activities that fit into their every-day life. They also don’t want to be bogged down with mundane, repetitive questions such as, “What brands do you like? Can you rate these brands? What stores do you think of when you need this product?”
Survey respondents have a digital life outside their online panel community; a life as a consumer, an influencer and a potential buyer. But technology is evolving, and so is digital usage. Consumers are leaving a bigger digital fingerprint that increases exponentially by the minute, if not by the second. It expands by source, by type and by size. It is creating an ocean sized pool of third party data, which we are still learning how to best utilize in our data collection and analysis.
In our Marketing Data Integration series, we first touched upon how to get the best data output from your survey questions, now we will look at integrating third party data. How can we access this data pool? How do we link survey data to it for a holistic, enriched view of our customers and non-customers? Let’s explore…