10 Ways to Make Time for Surveys

During the busiest time of the year, how will you get your target audience to find time to fill out your surveys? Even the simplest, most attractive surveys have...

Back to the Future: Why Planners Need Feedback at Every Stage

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 is “Back to the Future Day.” If you’ve not seen the movies, in “Back to the Future Part II,” Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel to this date to save his future children, who weren’t born yet in the film’s present, which was 1985, from a horrific future. Confusing. Yes, but


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What’s in It For Me? How to Use Survey Incentives Correctly

You’ve heard it all before: Fill out our survey and receive a gift card. Tell us about your experience and be entered to win a free iPad. Rate our product and we’ll send you a free T-shirt. The concept is simple and widely used by organizations looking to increase their survey response rates. They incentivize


Creating Categories from Open-end Responses

It is an alchemist’s blend of art and science when it comes to qualitative marketing research. The analysis of open-ended questions found on most surveys is indeed a qualitative endeavor. At its core this is an iterative process, even with the use of text analytics tools such as OdinText. Where do you start? In my


Say, Just What is a Likert Scale Anyway?

If you have been around survey research for any length of time you have come across the ubiquitous Likert scale. But, do you ever wonder what the Likert scale really is? This question format and its strongly agree to strongly disagree framework is a staple for in the pantry of questions we use on surveys.


Making the Most of Your Training Initiatives

Employee learning (training and development) initiatives are no small piece of the pie when it comes to organization’s budgets. According to ATD’s 2013 States of the Industry report, organizations spent $164.2 billion on employee learning in 2012. Of this, 61% was spent internally. Training and development initiatives differ from company to company, but the reason


Six Common Survey Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

There are six ways to turn a customer feedback survey into a colossal waste of time that consumes money and resources but tells your organization absolutely nothing useful. Without further ado, let’s get started! Too many chefs in the kitchen Marketing wants to know product preferences, customer service wants feedback on responsiveness, sales wants to


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Put Your Happy Guests on TripAdvisor

What is the first thing you do before booking a hotel? If you’re like me, I always go to TripAdvisor to see how other travelers rate the hotel. Cleanliness is my big thing, so if there’s negative reviews about the cleanliness of the hotel in general, I’m onto my next hotel to research. Online reviews


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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