Category Archives: Consumer Research

Notebook vs. laptop: study shows back-to-school spending trends

Let’s face it, shopping for back-to-school has gotten a lot more complicated since the pencil, pad and paper days. As always, today’s parents and educators look to give students a leg up when they head back to school – but … Continue reading

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Security and privacy: Are top consumer Web sites making the grade?

Editor’s note: The complete 2014 Audit & Honor Roll report and methodology can be accessed here. All quotes come from an OTA press statement. OTA used a combination of resources, including Alexa, comScore, the FDIC, government rankings and Internet Retailer … Continue reading

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E-com earning trust? Social networking has a ways to go

Consumers don’t trust and don’t use social networking sites when it comes to e-commerce, new research for YouGov shows. The “E-commerce: Trust in online transactions” report shows that 55 percent of online shoppers say a store having a presence on … Continue reading

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Q&A: How research partners can take advantage of big changes in MR

In conjunction with his speaking appearance at its Research Asia Interactive Conference in June, the Asia-based magazine Marketing published an interview with Tyrone Almeida, director, insights and planning, Asia Pacific/S.S. Africa, Kellogg Company, to find out how Kellogg’s has taken advantage … Continue reading

Posted in Big Data, Consumer Research, Product Research, Promotion Research, Research Industry Trends, Social Media and Marketing Research, State of the Research Industry, The Business of Research | 2 Comments

Relocating consumers look to relieve stress and build new relationships

In today’s world, a move to a new home may damage more than your personal belongings. A new national survey commissioned by Our Town America reveals moving also scars personal relationships as couples fight over why and where they moved … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Psychology, Consumer Research, Lifecycle/Lifestyle Research | Comment

Lily Allen deems MR ‘totally unhelpful’

Though she may not have the late Steve Jobs’ clout, British singer Lily Allen is yet another celebrity who’s spoken out to publicly criticize the value – and validity – of marketing research. According to an April 24th interview (warning: explicit … Continue reading

Posted in Brand and Image Research, Consumer Research, Focus Groups, Market Research in the News, Qualitative Research | 9 Comments

Versatility makes ranch the granddaddy of today’s flavors

Back in 2002, a friend and I were having lunch at a TGI Friday’s in Wisconsin. We’d both ordered burgers and when they arrived, my friend asked the server for a side of ranch dressing. Having seen people use ranch … Continue reading

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Poor response rates perturb party-throwing parents

Sorry to bombard all of my faithful readers with so many parenting-related blogs but that just so happens to be what’s on my mind these days. (Would you rather I get back to talking about TV and shopping? Let me … Continue reading

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Infographic: 5 MR methodologies and how to use them

When it comes to selecting the right methodology for a project, the options are seemingly limitless but there isn’t one cure-all for every marketing problem. In most cases, a mix of several techniques will take you the closest to the … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer Research, Data Processing, Focus Groups, Market Research Best Practices, Market Research Techniques, Online Surveys and Research, Qualitative Research, Quantitative Research, The Business of Research | Comments Off

Consumers won’t pay to preserve ‘priceless’ memories

Back in the day, when capturing moments in time meant using film and paying to have the photos developed, I was notorious for having dozens of old shoe boxes full of loose photos in my closet – alongside dozens of … Continue reading

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