Ellie Osborne and Oliver Roberts, ESOMAR, Fusion, 2018
GlaxoSmithKline, a pharmaceutical company, used social listening to collect data findings that were grounded on naturally occurring consumer conversations about athlete's foot in the US and South Korea.
Melanie Revilla and Carlos Ochoa, International Journal of Market Research, Vol. 60, No. 4, 2018, pp. 352-365
Probability-based sampling is the gold standard for general population surveys. However, when interested in more specific populations (e.g., consumers of a particular brand), a lot of research uses data from non-probability-based online panels.
Christoph Beuthner, Maren Friedrich, Carsten Herbes and Iris Ramme, International Journal of Market Research, Vol. 60, No. 3, 2018, pp. 257-267
Modern social and marketing research relies heavily on surveys to collect data. At the same time, it is well established that survey responses are influenced by response style biases that vary across individuals, countries and cultures.
Robert A. Peterson, International Journal of Market Research, Vol. 60, No. 2, 2018, pp. 147-155
Many public opinion polls report a mythical margin of error. These reported margins of error are calculated on the basis of a nonexistent (fictitious) dichotomous poll question and are completely unrelated to the actual question responses in a poll.
Mingnan Liu and Laura Wronski, International Journal of Market Research, Vol. 60, No. 1, 2018, pp. 32-49
This study examines the use of trap questions as indicators of data quality in online surveys. Trap questions are intended to identify respondents who are not paying close attention to survey questions, which would mean that they are providing sub-optimal responses to not only the trap question itself but to other questions included in the survey.
Brian Carruthers, Event Reports, MRMW Europe, November 2017
Market research is changing; questionnaires lead to professional respondents rather than the true target audience – the solution for some has been to rethink research through gamifications and simulations of real world situations.
Jon Puleston, ESOMAR, Congress, 2017
This paper is a summary of analysis of an international database of over 30,000 polls from 473 elections between 1936 and 2017, to assess accuracy trends within opinion polling in light of recent criticism.
NEW YORK: Elections provide the forum where research and polling get the most exposure, and while flawed 2016 forecasts in the US and UK delivered powerful blows to the credibility of the practice, the main issue seems to be one of "pilot error".
Roger Mortimore, Paul Baines, Robert Worcester and Mark Gill, International Journal of Market Research, Vol. 59, No. 3, 2017, pp. 285-300
This Forum article considers the unsatisfactory results of pre-election opinion polling in the 2015 British general election and the BPC/MRS enquiry report into polling by Sturgis et al., providing a response from Ipsos MORI and associated researchers at King’s College London and Cranfield Universities.
Chunyu Li, Ling Peng and Geng Cui, International Journal of Market Research, Vol. 59, No. 3, 2017, pp. 335-354
This paper describes how, based upon item response theory (IRT) and its differential item functioning (DIF), two studies were designed to address two important issues – adopting effective items or inviting proper respondents – involved in the identification of successful new concepts, to test new concepts with different levels of newness.
MRS Awards, Finalist, Advertising & Media Research, 2016
This article details research by Thinkbox, a body that represents TV as an advertising medium in the UK, and the media agency MediaCom into consumer responses to TV advertising, particularly investigating how communication works in the minutes, days, weeks and years post exposure.