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  It looks like it’s going to be spooky in Saskatchewan for Halloween 2018. We ran an OnTopic survey with 800 people from all over Saskatchewan on our online panel, SaskWatch Research®, earlier this month to find out how Saskatchewan residents plan to spend their Halloween in 2018 – and we found out that more than half of Saskatchewan residents (59%) plan to celebrate the spookiest holiday this year. This is less than the 66% who planned to celebrate Halloween in 2017. We also found out that about the same amount of men (60%) and women (58%) plan to celebrate Halloween in 2018, and that more folks with more than one kid in their household (77%) plan to get in on the fun than those without any children (48%). Saskatchewan residents of Indigenous ancestry (70%) are also more likely to plan to get in on the Halloween festivities.   What will they get up to for Halloween 2018? When we asked Sask. residents who said they planned on celebrating Halloween 2018, we got a whole range of responses. According to our survey, it looks like Saskatchewan residents are planning a traditional Halloween this year. The top responses we received were: hand out candy (75%), decorate (49%), take the kids/grandkids trick or treating (46%), dress up in a costume (38%), watch a scary movie/TV show at home (27%), eat the kids’ candy once they’ve gone to bed (23%), go to a haunted house (15%) and dress up the family pet in a costume (12%). Is it possible to be a Halloween Grinch? Maybe – as 1% of residents who plan on celebrating Halloween also plan to turn off the lights and hide when the doorbell rings.  Where will Saskatchewan trick or treat this Halloween? Saskatchewan residents have a whole lot of choices when it comes to where they plan to trick or treat this October 31. Of the folks who stated they were planning to take the kids or grandkids trick or treating, 38% said they plan to stick to their local neighbourhood/close to home, 17% said an unspecific neighbourhood, 14% stated they plan to trick or treat at friends’/families’ houses, 10% had a specific neighbourhood in mind and almost one in ten (9%) said they plan to hit up malls/businesses for their candy.  Stop trick or treating? At what age? We asked everyone who completed our survey what age they thought it was appropriate to hang up the pillow case for good and stop trick or treating. What we found out was that almost one third (31%) of Sask. residents think that you are never too old to trick or treat. Respondents between 18 – 34 years old (41%) and between 35 – 54 years old (35%) are more likely to hold this view than those over the age of 55 years (19%). Also, women (34%) are more likely to agree to the statement than men (28%). Of those who thought that trick or treating should have some age limit placed upon it, 28% believe that pre-teen (11 – 13 years old) is the age to give up the candy hunt. Grandma and Grampa agree – 36% of those over the age of 55 years think pre-teen is the right age to give up trick or treating. In descending order, here were the other responses to the question of what is the appropriate age to quit trick or treating: 14 years old – 23% 15 years old/16 years old – 6% 10 years of age or younger – 5% Kids shouldn’t be trick or treating anyway – 2% (What?! Come on folks!)    Lots of Halloween fun on the way for Saskatchewan! It turns out that many Saskatchewan residents are planning on getting in on the fun this Halloween. And many of those planning to celebrate Halloween have a range of plans for activities. Trick or treating remains a relatively popular activity, judging by the number of residents planning to hand out candy this year and take the kids or grandkids trick or treating - and the places they plan to go to get that candy are quite varied. What are you getting up to for Halloween 2018? Let us know through our SaskWatch Facebook account or on our Instagram account. We’d love to hear your plans! For more information, please contact: Marketing & Communications Coordinator Email: info@insightrix.com  Telephone: (306)657-5640 Ext. 240 About SaskWatch Research Insightrix began developing its SaskWatch Research® online market research panel in 2007. Presently, there are over 18,000 active panel members, representing all regions of the province and distributions of the general population. Panel membership closely matches the 2016 Census, based on age, gender, household composition, household income and education. Optimize your research using Insightrix OnTopic® Omnibus Surveys Omnibus research is a quick and cost-effective effective research tool that doesn’t break the bank. Our monthly omnibus sample is random and representative: we set quotas by region, age and gender to ensure the sample matches the distribution of the population.  We provide guidance on question wording and ensure the results from your questions remain confidential and available only to you. ...
 

Lang will be giving a presentation relating to specific research done for Saskatchewan Polytechnic in regard to enhancing the experience of international and permanent resident students. In his presentation at the 2018 CIRPA Conference, Effective Integration of International and Permanent Resident Students, Lang will describe some of the insight gained from a recent project with Saskatchewan Polytechnic aimed at enhancing the experience of international and permanent resident students. During the project, Insightrix conducted in-person in-depth interviews with identified international and permanent resident students attending Saskatchewan Polytechnic campuses throughout the province to understand the challenges these students face. The presentation will focus on student interviews and identify challenges students face from the student perspective, from initial arrival to integration and the institutional supports required to make their transition successful. Insightrix is proud to be a Silver sponsor of the 2018 CIRPA Conference. The presentation will be held at 11:40 AM in the South Ballroom of Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire in Calgary, Alberta on October 22. CIRPA The Canadian Institutional Research and Planning Association (CIRPA) is a national association created to promote and advance the study and practice of institutional research and planning across Canada. Each year, CIRPA hosts an annual conference at which institutional research professionals meet to learn best practices, exchange information and ideas and network with colleagues. CIRPA Conferences comprise a range of workshops, presentations and panel discussions on varied topics pertaining to institutional research in Canada. This presentation will be the third presented by Insightrix at a CIRPA Conference since 2014. If you'd like to know more about the 2018 CIRPA Conference, or about the organization itself, visit the CIRPA website. ...
 

How will Saskatchewan residents be celebrating Thanksgiving this year?   For the most part, most of Saskatchewan will be celebrating Thanksgiving 2018! We ran an OnTopic® survey between September 17 – 20, 2018, with members of our SaskWatch Research® online panel in all parts of Saskatchewan to find out how residents of the province plan on spending their Thanksgiving 2018. We found out that most residents of the province (87%) plan to celebrate Thanksgiving in some way. We also learned that more women (90%) than men (84%) are planning to celebrate the holiday. Age seems to have some bearing on Thanksgiving plans, as well. Interestingly, more young residents are planning to celebrate Thanksgiving in 2018 than older residents of the province. Nine out of ten (90%) residents aged between 18 – 34 years old stated they plan to celebrate their reasons for being thankful – a full 7% more than those aged 55 years and older (83%). Less statistically significant, but still worth noting, 89% of those aged 35 – 54 reported they also plan to celebrate a Canadian Thanksgiving in 2018. How will Saskatchewan residents celebrate Thanksgiving 2018? By a great margin, it turns out that Sask. residents really enjoy eating with their loved ones over Thanksgiving. More than nine out of ten (94%) respondents who said they planned on celebrating Thanksgiving in 2018 reported that having a meal at home with friends and/or family was the way they plan on celebrating the holiday in 2018. While Thanksgiving dinner was by far the most popular planned activity in 2018, Sask. residents who said they plan on celebrating the holiday also said they plan to watch football (17%), decorate their homes (15%) or enjoy a meal out at a restaurant with friends and/or family (5%). Only 4% of those who plan on celebrating this year said they plan on decorating their places of work, 3% said they had other plans entirely – and 2% said they plan on enjoying the holiday all alone. What will Saskatchewan residents eat for Thanksgiving 2018? Now that we know that eating with friends and/or family is on everyone’s mind this year, let’s look at what Saskatchewan residents who plan on celebrating the holiday will be sitting down to at Thanksgiving dinner in 2018. Not surprising was that 85% of them stated they plan to go back to that tried and true Thanksgiving champion – turkey - for Thanksgiving dinner. This may be a case of not fixing what isn’t broken, as many of those reliable Thanksgiving dinner sides were also mentioned. Seventy-six percent (76%) stated they plan on enjoying some stuffing for dinner, 74% said they were looking forward to having gravy and 74% said they want to get some mashed potatoes in, as well. Pumpkin pie is looked forward to by 71%, and 45% anticipate cranberry sauce in their future. Dinner rolls are also looking like a popular choice (43%) and almost four in ten (39%) plan to partake in some ham rather than the more popular Thanksgiving turkey. Apple pie is once again dominated by the choice for its rival, pumpkin pie – only 29% of those who plan on celebrating Thanksgiving plan to eat it this year. Sweet potatoes are something that one quarter (25%) look forward to, 8% plan to eat wild game and only 2% are planning to choose fish for Thanksgiving dinner. More than one in ten (11%) of those who plan to celebrate Thanksgiving plan to eat something else entirely. Check out the word cloud below for some of these Thanksgiving dinner choices (responses depicted larger were more popular and smaller ones were less popular).  Thanksgiving dinner continues to be a big deal in Saskatchewan It looks like Thanksgiving remains something that many Saskatchewan residents look forward to and plan for – and younger residents seem to be embracing the holiday more than their older counterparts. Thanksgiving dinner is the most popular planned activity to celebrate the holiday by quite a large margin, but Sask. residents also plan to watch football and to decorate their homes.    We also learned that traditional choices beat out more unconventional ones when it comes to Thanksgiving meal planning in Saskatchewan in 2018. Pumpkin pie and turkey are still the people’s champions when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner choices, beating out apple pie and ham by quite a bit. There may be something to not fixing things that aren’t broken after all. To view the full infographic, click here.  Do you want to participate in fun and interesting research like this? You can! Register with SaskWatch Research® today and start participating right away. SaskWatch Research is Saskatchewan’s largest online research community, comprising over 18,000+ Saskatchewan residents from all over the province. When you become a SaskWatch member, you’ll have the opportunity to weigh in on important issues in Saskatchewan, and have your voice heard on concerns related to brands and businesses. ...
 

Episode 6 – Market Research Online Communities Stories of Market Research: The Insightrix Podcast is back with a new episode – Market Research Online Communities. What’s it about? The latest episode of Stories of Market Research: The Insightrix Podcast is all about market research online communities - one of the most powerful tools currently available to corporate and market researchers. They are powerful because they allow for faster research timelines, smaller budgets and greater accessibility for both researchers and research participants alike. As this technology is still relatively new, many still have questions. How do market research online communities work? What kinds of research work best with the technology? What are they in the first place? We answer those questions and delve into the details with guest co-host, Insightrix Communities Account Manager Megan McDowell. Megan gives us the insider’s scoop on many of the best research applications for online communities. She also describes how they are used, what features online communities commonly possess and much more. The episode is also joined by Affinity Credit Union Member Insights Manager, Adam Thome, and Dylan Cody from the same organization. They share their experience and understanding of online communities in relation to a recent Affinity Credit Union brand video testing project that employed one. Their perspective on the benefits of online communities and how they were used is especially insightful. If you have questions about market research online communities, or want to know how you could employ one, this podcast episode will give you a great grounding in this powerful and exciting research technology. Bonus video content! Episode 6 of the Insightrix Podcast is accompanied by a bonus special bonus video. Megan McDowell provides an inside view of what an online community looks like. She also shows some of the features that are common to almost all online communities and points out some of the features that make the Insightrix Communities market research online community platform really stand out. You can check out that video, or videos from other Insightrix podcasts, on the Insightrix YouTube channel. Where can you find Stories of Market Research: The Insightrix Podcast? You can find this episode of Stories of Market Research: The Insightrix Podcast on the Insightrix Podcast Archive. You'll find previous episodes there as well. You can access and stream episodes of the podcast, or download them to listen to later (they are great way to pass the time on long flights or your commute). If you prefer listening on a podcast listening app, you can access Stories of Market Research: The Insightrix Podcast on most podcast players. These include iTunes, Stitcher, Google Music and many others.    Insightrix Communities can deliver powerful insights Insightrix Communities™ can provide you the research insights you need with relevant, easy-to-access participants at an affordable price. By applying Insightrix Communities software, your team can benefit from on-hand market research experts who will help see your project through from concept to completion. Or you can employ and brand your own DIY community! Insightrix provides the know-how to take organizations through each step of the community-building journey, from recruiting your first community member to engaging with them and promoting participation in your research activities, to developing insights as the research is completed.  ...