Archive | Focus Groups

RSS feed for this section

The Curated Self: Part II

05 June

Part I of this series “Fact, Fiction and the Curated Self” explains how qualitative researchers explore the story people tell about themselves: their motivations, perceptions, desires, needs and beliefs. These stories are not about facts or behaviors. Behavioral data are observable in our digital footprints. On the other hand, the story people tell about themselves […]

Fact, Fiction and the Curated Self

10 May

That idea that people distort the “truth” when telling you about themselves is nothing new to seasoned qualitative researchers. My first research job out of grad school involved interviewing jail detainees about their drug and unsafe sex behaviors. Being let out of their cell to talk to the lady with the clipboard and drink the […]

Top 5 NEW Predictions for Market Research in 2017

30 January

It’s crystal ball time again. What will 2017 mean for market research? Some predictions seem to get trotted out year after year, like “Expect greater demand for actionable insights” or “Increased automation and more technology-based solutions will become the norm”. These are important deliverables and solutions, but demand for them isn’t cyclical, and never really […]

Focus Groups: Planning for Success

16 December

I was recently asked to answer this question about focus groups on Quora: What type of information do market research firms request from their clients to successfully conduct focus groups? What is the optimal format for this information? My answer may be useful for those of you who are considering conducting focus groups in the […]

Aziz Ansari’s Surprising Lessons for Marketers

11 November

Aziz Ansari’s Netflix series Master of None is being praised for its funny and thoughtful examination of race, family and gender dynamics. It’s so good it inspired me to take a second look at his book about love and relationships, Modern Romance. Or rather, take a second listen, since I have the audio book as […]