Brett Watkins

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25 May 2017

Virtual Reality in Marketing Research

Few developments in technology are as compelling as Virtual Reality (VR). This technology represents a completely unique way to experience life. My first experience with VR was about 4 years ago at a conference. When I put the headset on, I experienced my own personal case study for System 1 and System 2. One part of my brain knew exactly where I was (standing on a floor in a boring conference room in just another conference hotel), the other part knew exactly where I was (60 feet in the air, standing on a small pedestal with no handrails) – and it was two separate places – with two VASTLY different emotions. 

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Tagged: Qualitative Research, Market Research, Virtual Reality

03 Dec 2015

GRIT Commentary: Killing the Error of Omission

We are wrong and we know it.  Marketing research has always been plagued by error and assumptions; random sampling almost never is, all kinds of bias – observer, response, fatigue, scale.  The list of issues goes on and on.  Just as importantly, marketing research has been wrong by omission; that is to say that we could only ask questions – and evaluate the answers. At the end of the day, it is a calculated and reasonable “wrong”. 

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Tagged: Marketing Research, Qualitative Research

04 Jun 2015

Play with All of Research's New Toys, But Don't Dismiss Qualitative Research

“If you could do only one type of research, would it be qualitative or quantitative?”

I was once asked this question in an interview for a corporate job. I paused at this question for two reasons. First, because it was a bit ludicrous.  Second, it made me think about the role of each of these and how they’re applied.

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Tagged: Marketing Research, Qualitative Research