Alexander Dobronte

Build custom dashboards

An important phase of the research process is the presentation of results. One of the more engaging ways to present research results is through online dashboards. A dashboard provides a summary of the most important results or findings related to a particular subject in a visual way, arranged on a single web page.

Dashboards can be connected to live data that is automatically updated in real-time with results coming from one or more survey projects. So you are able to visualize and share key information, whenever you want and quicker than ever. A dashboard is easy to access via internet or intranet.

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How to embed a survey in a mobile app

Mobile app usage has exploded in the last few years. Just like their website counterparts, app makers need feedback from their users.
While there are great systems for tracking how your app is used, connecting that info to who those users are and finding out what their motivations are, is what surveys do well.

But how? You could reinvent the wheel and write custom code to get the answers or use CheckMarket’s powerful survey tool to generate a survey and then embed the survey in your app. Using the same kind of code you would use to request a review for the app store, ask users to fill in a survey. Since the survey is coming from our servers, you can change the questions without updating your app!

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The importance of socio-demographics in online surveys

In this new blog article we are looking into the use of socio-demographics in surveys. More specifically, we will try to answer three questions. First of all, should you ask about them and why (not)? Second, if you decide to ask about them, which ones should you ask? Third, if you ask about them, where do you put these questions in your survey?

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Give real-time feedback to respondents

The concept of “gamification” and “market research” has been gaining traction for several years. You can use gaming techniques to improve the quality of feedback from online research.

When you create a survey you want respondents to fill in your entire survey and to answer the questions correctly. Research shows that the more you engage with the respondent and the more respondents enjoy the experience, the better the quantity and quality of feedback.

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Mediafin changes strategy based on a survey among 16K readers

Mediafin and Trustmedia, the publisher and the media sales house of the Belgian financial newspapers De Tijd and L’Echo presented their new strategy, Trust 3.0.
The new commercial approach is in a nutshell, “from paper to pixel”.
To gain insights for their new strategy, they organized the Digital Newspaper Survey via the CheckMarket platform. This study asked more than 16.000 readers about their media usage (paper, pc, smartphone, and tablet).

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How to deal with sensitive topics in a survey?

Suppose you are the Employee Satisfaction Manager at a European multinational and you would like to conduct an employee satisfaction survey. More precisely, as you have heavily invested into an equal opportunities policy in the past year, you would like to find out if your investment is starting to pay off. In other words, if there are any differences in satisfaction between socio-demographic minority and majority groups. As a result, in order to be able to study this, you have to identify your minority groups. Consequently you have to ask your respondents/employees about some potentially sensitive topics such as sexual orientation, religious beliefs, … In other situations, subjects such as political preferences, income, various attitudes and behaviours, etc. are also considered to be sensitive issues.

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KBC and CheckMarket choose the most customer-oriented SME

For the fourth time in a row KBC Bank and Insurance teamed up with CheckMarket to award the prize for the most customer-oriented SME. In this project CheckMarket proved once more to be a reliable partner for full service survey projects. This year the prize was awarded to DOVY kitchens. A jury of experts awarded the prize after analysis of a satisfaction survey by all customers of the participating companies and an intense interview and audit with managers of the companies.

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Discover CheckMarket’s research services

CheckMarket is especially known for its powerful and user-friendly web-based survey tool, as you have been using it in large numbers. Nonetheless, it is less known that we also provide many of our customers with complex analyses and presentations of the research findings. This is something we would like to change. After all, CheckMarket also wants to be your partner concerning more advanced analyses.

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Likert Scales vs. Slider Scales in commercial market research

The Likert Scale – in its various formats – is widely used, for instance in psychology, social sciences but also in commercial market research. Respondents may be asked about their attitudes, perceptions or evaluations of organisations, services or brands. The use of Likert Scales, however, has come under scrutiny. It is argued that the traditional 5-point rating scales are boring, repetitive and overly long. The proposed alternative is the Slider Scale. The question then is this: are Slider Scales really better than Likert Scales?

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Manage the follow-up of dissatisfied respondents

In this day and age of social media, where unhappy customers tell the world about their bad customer experience with a click, it is imperative to quickly and efficiently handle complaints and negative responses from surveys.

When we introduced real-time alerts in 2011, we had no idea how popular it would become. Now, a lot of best practice has surfaced and one of these is how to manage, track and report the follow-up of alerts.

Let’s take a look at a structured follow-up method, using CheckMarket’s platform itself.

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3 market research trends from The Hague

Early February the Marketing & Information Event (MIE) 2012 took place in The Hague.

During these two days, inspiring speakers and workshops gave an overview of the latest trends and developments in the field of market research.

The 2300 visitors had more than 90 workshops to choose from. CheckMarket was there too. For those of you who did not attend the event itself, we would like to share what we have learned. We selected three trends.

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Why there needs to be a European variant of the Net Promoter Score

The popularity of Net Promoter ScoreSM is staggering. We see it used constantly in both B2C and B2B surveys. Its utter simplicity is extremely attractive to managers sick of the overly complex reports they are used to getting from the market research industry. What I want to talk about is the impact of culture on NPS®. I started thinking about it when a long-time client of ours in the Netherlands was acquired by an American company. The American company placed great importance on NPS even basing bonuses on it. The American company was surprised at what a low NPS score the Dutch Company was getting. The score wasn’t low, it was just above 0 which in NPS terms is actually neutral.
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Automated alerts: Listen – Act – Win

Surveys can seem like rather one-way communication to respondents. They give their time and effort to complete a survey and too often don’t receive any feedback about their answers.

Automated alerts give you the opportunity to break that perception and quickly interact with your respondents. Alerts, used correctly, can win back at-risk customers. They allow you to communicate with dissatisfied customers to learn and repair damaged relationships through coordinated follow-up.

For example, you can identify disappointed customers automatically based on an NPS® or general satisfaction question and push an email alert to their account manager for immediate follow-up.

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CheckMarket now also in Arabic

The CheckMarket survey interface is now available in Arabic. We now have it in 34 languages.

The tool offers you and your respondents:

So if your customers speak Español, or maybe العربية or even ελληνική γλώσσα, they can easily fill out your survey in their own language.

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Member of ESOMAR

Since October 2010 CheckMarket has become member of ESOMAR.

ESOMAR is an international market research organization with more than 4.800 members in over 120 countries.

This association was founded in 1948, and has as a mission to encourage, advance and elevate market and customer research worldwide. ESOMAR’s main objective is to promote the importance of market and opinion research as a way to gain insight into specific topics and issues in order to make effective business decisions. To achieve this ESOMAR offers a wide range of sector-specific conferences, publications and communication platforms.

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Market research gone bad

The CheckMarket team isn’t just a well-oiled machine; we have a great deal of hidden (acting) talent in our ranks. A short while ago we took the initiative of highlighting CheckMarket’s qualities via a short, light-hearted film. Our members of staff put their best feet forward to demonstrate how market research should definitely not be carried out.

It probably won’t get an Oscar nomination but after a great number of takes we can finally show you the results.

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Market Research in the age of social media

There’s no getting away from social media on the media landscape these days. A question that often comes up is when and how can social media be used in the framework of an online survey. Sites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are particularly effective when used to link respondents to a survey.

Depending on your objectives when compiling your research project you choose one or more target groups. Facebook fans or Twitter followers are possible populations. Social networks have huge potential. Below you will find some key figures for the big three

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Avoid having your email invitation end up in the spam box

Our helpdesk sometimes gets questions from users afraid that their email invitation won’t reach their panel or that it will end up being marked as spam. Of course CheckMarket does all it can to make sure that your invitations and reminders reach your mail every time. But in these days of ever stricter spam filters taking precautions and testing is well advised.

These days, email providers are utilizing increasingly more advanced filtering technology all the time and what is new is how much importance is paid to the content of the mail.

The following tips can help you avoid the jaws of spam filters.

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Dealing with open questions

CheckMarket offers fifteen different types of answers when you draw up your questionnaire. A frequent application in this list is in particular the use of open questions. This gives the respondent full freedom, albeit limited to a certain number of characters, to react to a given question or position.

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How to conduct a better survey?

Online surveys are undoubtedly one of the most powerful and cost-effective internet marketing instruments available. It’s just that many of us have become enamoured with their speed and ease-of-use. We don’t always take the time needed for a good preparation. Taking time to design and write a survey that yields valid and clear results is an absolute must.

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