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Hotel Customer (and Staff) Feedback can be Hell

Filthy rooms, paint peeling from the walls, inedible food in the dirty restaurant, and an overall lack of accountability from leadership and staff. These are just a few of the wonderful surprises in store for world renowned chef Gordon Ramsay on his hit series, “Hotel Hell.” In it, Chef Ramsay visits a struggling hotel and

Raise your Survey Response Rates

Organizations use surveys to achieve many different goals. Whether they want to measure employee satisfaction, conduct market research, administer training assessments or gauge customer satisfaction, a well-executed survey is an important business tool for making more informed decisions. However, surveys are only as good as the responses they collect. For the most accurate sampling of

A Gentle (or Not so Gentle) Reminder

There comes a time when we need to be reminded. Sometimes a gentle reminder will do, other times we may need to be more forceful. Survey participants are no different. Seldom will we achieve our desired number of completes without resorting to some polite arm twisting. The Inquisium survey platform offers survey invitation capacity. In

Looking Beneath the Surface

Market research, and by association survey research in general, was not designed to be a random fishing trip. This is not to say that randomness isn’t important to our cause, but is not the key driver if you will. Yet, it seems as if so many projects occur at the whim of a CMO who

5 Key Tips for Stakeholder Surveys

At some point throughout the year, you need to reach out to your stakeholders to increase your organizations’ understanding of their opinions, knowledge and attitudes in order to optimize success. “A survey is the natural way to go about this, but while the survey concept is straightforward, effective execution requires a bit of finesse,” according

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Data Types: Using Nominal Data in Survey Research

Earlier this week, I outlined four types of survey questions, one of which is nominal data. There is nothing marginal about nominal data. In fact the majority of survey questions are nominal in nature. That is they are categories with numbers assigned to them to facilitate analysis. In most research courses they are introduced as

Unipolar Meets Bipolar

Market researchers may often be considered ‘mad’ by our colleagues in other departments, but when I speak of bipolar and unipolar I am not referring to a psychiatric disorder. Instead my thinking is on scales, those oft employed measurements of attitudes and perceptions that we as survey authors create to uncover what our customers, prospects,

Online Survey Pitfalls: Double Barreled Survey Questions

This is our last post in this week’s series of online survey pitfalls as it refers to how to write a survey. Be sure to review the other four no-no’s for writing survey questions: • Complex questions • Ambiguous questions • Leading questions • Loaded questions Double barreled questions A double barreled question is when

Online Survey Pitfalls: Ambiguous Survey Question Writing

Today we’ll look at how to spot and correct ambiguous questions when writing satisfaction questionnaires. Ambiguity Let’s use the following examples to show different ways a survey question can be ambiguous. Sample Market Research Survey Question Are you asking the survey respondent if they personally did care repairs or took it to a mechanic? You’re