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The State of Online Research: An Evolving Landscape

The traditional web survey is no longer the only player in the online research ecosystem.

Over the past few years, we have witnessed the emergence of:

  • Social Media Research;
  • Do It Yourself Research (DIY) and;
  • Mobile Research.

Traditional web surveys are not disappearing anytime soon. However, their results can often times be complemented by integrating new practices such as social media research, DIY and mobile research into the process.

The online research toolbox is getting richer and market research firms need to adapt to this new reality or risk losing ground to firms specializing in these new techniques.

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Les enjeux de la formulation : l'importance du comment!

Récemment,  l’humoriste Boucar Diouf a cité la blague suivante dans les pages débats du journal La Presse :

En 1985, année du fameux spectacle USA for Africa, on a posé la question suivante à la planète : Quelle est votre opinion sur l’état de la pénurie alimentaire dans le reste du monde?

Un sondage qui avait fait patate parce que les Éthiopiens interrogés ne savaient pas ce qu’est un aliment, les Européens ne savaient pas ce qu’est une pénurie, les Russes ne savaient pas ce qu’est une opinion et les Américains ne savaient pas ce qu’est le reste du monde!

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Blondes vs. Brunettes: A Weighting Story

In almost all quantitative studies, the final sample is weighted to better account for the population it seeks to represent. A target population always has specificities, be it in terms of region, age, gender, or any other target characteristic (i.e.: consumption of some sort of yogurt or membership to some financial institution).


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Google's DIY Market Research Tool: The good, the bad and the ugly.

DIY solutions are all the rage these days (DIY home renos, DIY hairdos, DIY jewelry, etc.). Human beings are looking for more and more ways to do things on their own. Our industry is no exception. In 2012, a “new” DIY market research tool threw its hat into the ring… GOOGLE!  We at Ad Hoc just had to try out Google Consumer Surveys

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