14 Apr 2016

In Qualitative Research, Size Does Matter!

In qualitative research, variety is the spice of life. Moderators are particularly sensitive to the number of participants in their groups. Some firmly believe that twelve is the right number. Others are more comfortable with eight. The reasons for these preferences include:

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Tagged: Focus Groups, Marketing Research, Moderators, Qualitative Research, Focus Group Facilities

13 May 2015

Insights from Qual 360

By guest writer: Jen Ignacz
(This post originally appeared on the Topp blog)

As a UX researcher, I have found out over the years that there are far fewer qualitative researchers than quantitative researchers in the business world. This makes sense based on the ratio of qualitative and quantitative research conducted in businesses; according to ESOMAR Global Market Research Annual Reports the last several years, between 75% and 85% of global research has been quantitative year after year – but the truth isn’t always in numbers.

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Tagged: Focus Groups, Marketing Research, Recruiting, Moderators, Qualitative Research

28 Apr 2015

Moderator, Teacher, Traffic Cop, Idea Protector, Listener: Conducting Qualitative Research with Kids

Everyone knows kids are different from adults. But have you ever thought about how those differences translate to marketing research? In the early days of marketing research (let’s say the “Mad Men” era), marketers assumed that you couldn’t do research with kids because they were too unpredictable and unreliable. So marketing research – and hence, marketing – focused mostly on parent’s opinions and perceptions.

Today, with kids having (1) a huge influence on family purchases, and (2) their own purchasing power, understanding kids is critical for effective marketing.

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Tagged: Focus Groups, Workshops, Marketing Research, Moderators, Qualitative Research

24 Oct 2014

Building a Great Partnership with your Moderator

If you’re doing qualitative research, then you’re working with a moderator. As much as their skill and experience, the way you work with them – before, during and after your project – will determine your project's success.

Our new eBook, Getting the Most Out of Qualitative Research: 35 Tips for Building a Great Partnership with your Moderator, explores how to most effectively work with your moderator or QRC and ensure you get the most out of your research dollars. To bring the most useful insights to you, we talked with moderators across the country to gather their input for this eBook.

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Tagged: Focus Groups, Marketing Research, Moderators

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