Recently, Insightrix Research® conducted a quantitative study with Saskatchewan residents about their habits on social media usage. Measuring social media usage was the main topic of the research, including determining the ways people in Saskatchewan connect and their preference of social media platforms like Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter or Instagram. This study is the latest installment in our continuing Social Media Habits Syndicated Report series, a series reporting on Saskatchewan social media usage and habits exclusively. We employed the Insightrix SaskWatch Research®  to survey a representative sample of more than 800 Saskatchewan residents to see how they navigate their social media landscape.   The report answers questions like:   What social media platform is most popular among specific demographics? How many Saskatchewan residents are engaging with more than one platform, and if so, which platforms?   As in the 2015 installment of the series, we are delivering to you (for free!) highlights from the Syndicated Report.  More than that, we have gathered together a list of 7 compelling statistics for marketers with an eye on Saskatchewan. Whether you are a marketer, or if you occupy an integrated role that requires you to think like a marketer, these social media usage statistics confirm the importance of developing a targeted social media strategy for business.   #1. More residents were using social media in 2016 than in 2015 In our latest study, we discovered nine out of ten residents (87%) use social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. This represents an increase of 4% in the last year. 4: Do you use social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or LinkedIn etc.? Base, 2016, All respondents, n = 1,500. With more people logging on to social media since last year, this statistic proves the need for businesses to direct at least some portion of their marketing energy to social media efforts, or risk missing out on a trend that seems to be here to stay.   #2. Most Saskatchewan millennials are using social media of some kind In our study, we found that 99% of pioneer youth between the ages of 18-25 use social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram. Compare this to the fact that only 67% of Saskatchewan residents over the age of 68 use social media. 4: Do you use social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or LinkedIn etc.? Base, 2016, All respondents, n = 1,500. #3. Facebook remains the top social networking platform for Saskatchewan residents Once again, Facebook has come out on top with Saskatchewan social network users. Over the year, Facebook’s popularity has held steady with 90% of those surveyed reporting they use the platform. YouTube’s popularity has gone up significantly, from 38% to 51% of those surveyed stating they use the networking site. Twitter, on the other hand, continues to get little love from Saskatchewan residents, with usership at 19% of those surveyed.   6a. Which of these social networking sites...

Saskatchewan residents are more likely to support the legalization of marijuana than oppose it. INFORMATION RELEASE: May 26, 2017 In a recent independent poll conducted by Insightrix Research, 58.6% of Saskatchewan residents express support (either strongly or somewhat) for the legalization of cannabis while 39.7% oppose (either somewhat or strongly) it. The remaining 1.7% prefer not to say. Overall, 27.1% strongly support cannabis legalization. This support is strongest among younger residents and tends to decline with age. Specifically, 37.7% of those aged 18 to 34 are strongly supportive, compared to 28.6% of those aged 35 to 54 and 16.6% of those aged 55 or older. Women (27.7%) are more likely than men (21.5%) to “strongly oppose” the legalization of cannabis. Likelihood of using cannabis if it were legalized While the majority of Saskatchewan residents (59.9%) state they are not at all likely to use marijuana if it were made legal, modest proportions (21.1%) say they are somewhat or very likely to try it. The proportion who say they are “very likely” to try it declines with age. Specifically, among those aged 18 to 34, 14.2% say they are very likely to use cannabis if made legal, compared to only 4.6% of those aged 55 or older.     Should those with cannabis convictions be pardoned if it were made legal? Opinions are divided on pardoning past convictions of cannabis possession. Most commonly, 36.0% of residents believe pardoning individuals currently convicted of cannabis possession offences would “depend” on the details of the offence. Another 32.9% do not think these convictions should be pardoned while 24.8% think they should be. Another 5.6% are not sure while less than 1% prefer not to say.   Research Details A total of 802 randomly selected SaskWatch Research® panel members participated in the online research study on May 9 through 11, 2017. Quotas were set by age, gender and region to match the general population of the province. Since the research is conducted online, it is considered to be a non-probability proportion sample and, therefore, margins of error are not applicable. About SaskWatch Research® Insightrix began developing its SaskWatch Research® online market research panel in October 2007, using high quality techniques including telephone recruitment and referrals from existing panel members. Presently, there are over 15,000 active panel members representing all regions of the province and distributions of the general population. The panel membership closely matches the 2011 Census based on age, gender, household composition, household income, and education. For more information, please visit http://saskwatch.ca. About Insightrix Insightrix is a dynamic, Western Canadian, full-service marketing research company. It exists to serve businesses and government entities with insights-driven research solutions, and interpretive analysis through leading-edge tools and senior-level expertise across a broad range of industries. Insightrix is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. For complete details….https://insightrix.com/market-research-industry-blog/   For more information, please contact Lang McGilp, Research Director Insightrix Research Inc. Tel: 306.657.5640 ext. 229 Email: lang.mcgilp@insightrix.com Web: www.insightrix.com...

As part of its Data Insider series, Insightrix Research recently conducted an independent survey, using its SaskWatch® Research online panel, to learn Saskatchewan residents’ opinions and thoughts on the question of illegal migration between the U.S. and Canada. In the survey, respondents were asked their opinions regarding the measures put in place to stop asylum seekers crossing the border. Survey respondents were also asked their opinions regarding the allocation of further support resources to aid asylum seekers once they had reached Canada. Further, respondents were asked to describe their feelings and thoughts pertaining to Canada’s immigration system in one or two words.   Research Details A total of 802 randomly selected SaskWatch Research® panel members participated in the online research study on May 9 through 11, 2017. Quotas were set by age, gender and region to match the general population of the province. Since the research is conducted online, it is considered to be a non-probability proportion sample and therefore, margins of error are not applicable. About SaskWatch Research® Insightrix began developing its SaskWatch Research® online market research panel in October 2007, using high quality techniques including telephone recruitment and referrals from existing panel members. Presently, there are over 15,000 active panel members representing all regions of the province and distributions of the general population. The panel membership closely matches the 2011 Census based on age, gender, household composition, household income, and education. For more information, please visit http://saskwatch.ca....

We recently used our online community software to complete a small-scale, three-day Bulletin Board online discussion with 20 participants we recruited from our 15,000-member online panel, SaskWatch®. The purpose of the online discussion board was to look at how effective a three-day online research project could be. In the first two days, we asked participants about their favourite sports teams and their preferred way of watching television and movies while on the third day, we probed for feedback on the actual bulletin board, itself. This online format proved to be an excellent way to gather input from participants, as well as create an engaging experience that will keep members participating in further research projects. This ongoing participation is different from traditional focus group participation. Focus groups are great when in-person product interaction is needed. An example of in-person interaction would be a company producing a product on which they want feedback, in regards to shape, design, texture, weight, etc. Another example would be if a company or restaurant wanted to do taste tests. In instances such as these, the focus group is imperative. However, in other instances where in-person feedback is not necessary, focus groups prove to have their limitations. They are very time-intensive, and often involve travelling to various locations to gather feedback. These time and travel costs can grow exponentially, and the amount of input and time participants can commit are limited. This is where online communities prove to be invaluable. Online communities allow participants the opportunity to join in and participate, regardless of location or time of day. The findings from this project showed the online bulletin boards are flexible, and help steer research based on objectives while allowing the ability to probe for deeper insights as the research progresses. Convenience was another key finding. Participants were able to log into the bulletin board at a time that was convenient for them, allowing time for reflection that ultimately produced better quality research.     Unlike focus groups, the bulletin board research project proved to be very cost-effective with a fast turnaround. Partha Roy is a senior research executive at Insightrix Research® and he was the lead researcher in charge of this bulletin board project. Partha began working for Insightrix Research last year and, prior to that, he worked for Millward Brown as an associate account director, both in Singapore and South Korea.   Want to read the case study? Interested in this topic? Check out others like it: The Science of Stupid http://insightrixcommunities.com/the-science-of-stupid/  Anti-bullying - Using an Online Community for Public Consultation  http://insightrixcommunities.com/anti-bullying-using-online-community-public-consultation/ The Rise of Marketing Technology http://insightrixcommunities.com/the-rise-of-marketing-technology/...

PRESS RELEASE: April 20, 2017 Voter intent shows, if an election were held today, SaskParty is at the lowest approval level since Insightrix began tracking in 2009. For the first time since being tracked, support for the SaskParty has fallen below 50% in Saskatchewan. Presently, 44% of decided Saskatchewan voters’* state they would cast their ballot for the SaskParty while 40% would vote for the provincial NDP, and 5% for the Liberals if a provincial election were held today. Fully 4% would vote for the Green Party and 7% for the Progressive Conservatives. Presently, 25% of respondents say they are undecided as to whom they would vote for if an election were held today. * Those who name a party for whom they intend to vote, and those who are uncertain but name a party towards which they are leaning.   * Note the November 2009 statistic was from a similar poll conducted in partnership with Rawlco Radio. Budget Woes Those in Regina (60%) and Saskatoon (46%) are more likely to say they would vote for the NDP than those living in other areas of the province (32%). When asked to describe their thoughts about the budget in one word, a variety of adjectives are used. The following word cloud summarizes the common words provided. The larger the font size, the more frequently the word was said by respondents. Most adjectives are negative.   Budget Impact When asked which segments of the population will benefit most from or will be hardest hit by the budget, a mix of responses are noted. Most commonly, “the poor”, single income earners, the elderly, the education sector and the middle class are perceived to be most negatively impacted while the wealthy and the business sector are most likely to seem as benefiting from the budget.   Research Details A total of 803 randomly selected, SaskWatch Research® panel members participated in the online research study from April 11 to 13, 2017. Quotas were set by age, gender and region to match the province’s general population. Since the research is conducted online, it is considered to be a non-probability proportion sample; therefore, margins of error are not applicable. Comparisons have been made to similar polls that used the same methodology, quotas and sample source.   About SaskWatch Research® Insightrix began developing its SaskWatch Research® online market research panel in October 2007, using high quality techniques that include telephone recruitment and referrals from existing panel members. Presently, there are over 15,000 active panel members representing all regions of the province and distributions of the general population. The panel membership closely matches the 2011 Census based on age, gender, household composition, household income and education. For more information, please visit: http://saskwatch.ca. About Insightrix Insightrix is a dynamic, Western Canadian, full-service marketing research company. It exists to serve businesses and government entities with insights-driven research solutions, and interpretive analysis through leading-edge tools and senior-level expertise across a broad range of industries. Insightrix is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. For complete details on our recent polls, please refer to: https://insightrix.com/market-research-industry-blog/   For more information, please contact Lang McGilp, Research Director Insightrix Research Inc. Tel: 306.657.5640 ext. 229 Cell: 306.290.9599 Email: lang.mcgilp@insightrix.com Web: www.insightrix.com...

Market research is imperative in advertising messaging. In a recent article on marketingweek.com the author Thomas Hobbs looks at Pepsi’s recent blunder with a Kendall Jenner advertisement and discusses market research in ad messaging. The author writes, that it all began last year at the Cannes film festival when PepsiCo’s president Brad Jakeman criticized the outdated state of ad agencies. His criticism was based on the idea that a company like Pepsi needs to be producing content at a rapid speed and the traditional model of using ad agencies takes too long. His bold plan was to create a content creation studio within Pepsi, which he called Creators League Studio. Jakeman stated, “instead of five pieces of content a year, a brand like Pepsi needs about 5,000 pieces of content a year. Instead of taking six months to develop an ad, we have six hours or six days. And instead of it costing $2M, it needs to cost $20,000.” While Jakeman’s plan was a bold one, he failed to realize one of the key important attributes that go with the outside ad agency which is an outsider’s perspective. While it is true that content takes a long time to create with an ad agency, part of the reason is the amount of testing that goes into a campaign.   Want to read the full blog? Click Here Interested in this topic? Check out others like it: Old Spice's Rebranding Success Story  http://insightrixcommunities.com/old-spices-rebranding-success-story/  Adobe Poises for the Future  http://insightrixcommunities.com/adobe-poises-future/ The Rise of Marketing Technology http://insightrixcommunities.com/the-rise-of-marketing-technology/...

When it comes to knowing her clients, Sally gets it. Sally understands that in today’s business world, you have to know who your clients are if you want to be successful. Sally knows no matter the quality or appeal of your product or service (even if it is the highest quality accordion wax!) a thorough knowledge of your client base, their habits and their needs is crucial. That’s where SaskWatch Research® comes in. SaskWatch is a Saskatchewan-based online research panel made up of more than 15,000 people who call Saskatchewan home. For nearly 10 years,  some of our country’s most dominant brands and influential organizations (like SaskTel, SaskPower, SGI, Affinity Credit Union, many of Saskatchewan’s government ministries and many, many others) have employed SaskWatch for their research needs. SaskWatch is more than just a space for businesses or service providers to learn about their client bases – it is about the people who provide the service. SaskWatch is not just the research community powered by Insightrix – it is an online community that genuinely makes a difference in Saskatchewan. It is a chance for the opinions, ideas, thoughts and behaviours of people like you help better inform business decisions. Since 2008, research Saskwatch has facilitated through Insightrix has made a real difference – and that is thanks to its members. Recently, SaskWatch members have used their online power to influence political, social and consumer decision makers through making their own thoughts and opinions heard. They have influenced city life in Saskatoon, resulting in a decrease in the cost of civic leisure passes. SaskWatch members have even had a hand in helping the Saskatchewan Roughriders get an understanding of how the people of Saskatchewan view them, who their die-hard fans are and even got to have a say in the construction of Mosaic Stadium in Regina! So, get online and start a survey today and have a chance to have your say about what matters to you....

We are pleased to invite you to Top Brands in Saskatchewan and Top Brands in Manitoba, a MRIA event hosted by the Prairie Chapter of the MRIA, and Majid Khoury and Insightrix Research. These events will take place in the afternoons of April 25, 2017, in Regina, and April 26, 2017, in Winnipeg, and will give you the opportunity to connect with other marketing professionals and large brands in your area, and discover the right way to conduct research to build your brand strategy. Some of the area’s top brands to be discussed include: Manitoba Hydro Saskatchewan Rush Great-West Life SaskTel The Winnipeg Jets Conexus Credit Union And many others     More information can be found below, as well as through visiting the MRIA website, at:  https://mria-arim.ca/membership/chapters/prairie-chapter/prairie-chapter-events    Please sign up today, and join us!   Top Brands in Saskatchewan and Manitoba   Market research is one of the most important components in building a valuable brand strategy. Without a solid understanding of how your audiences currently perceive your brand, it’s difficult to strike the right balance of reality and aspiration in evolving your brand positioning. Majid Khoury, an advertising strategist, and Insightrix Research will illustrate real life examples of Saskatchewan and Manitoba companies and describe how their brands are perceived. With many local brands being studied, there is a chance your brand might be included! Come have lunch and find out! The presentation will outline strategies and methods for conducting brand research. We’ll focus on research techniques that will help you gain a real understanding of people’s perceptions, beliefs and behaviours. What you will take away: What are the top brands in Saskatchewan and Manitoba The right way to conduct research to build your strategy Common mistakes organizations make when conducting market research How market research informs your brand strategy.   Insightrix Research and Majid Khoury will be hosting this MRIA event over two afternoons in Regina and Winnipeg. Please join the Prairie Chapter of the MRIA in Regina on April 25, from 11:30 am until 1 pm in the Canadian South Room at Ramada Plaza (1818 Victoria Ave.), or in Winnipeg the following day (April 26) from 11:30 am until 1pm in the Promenade A room of the Norwood Hotel (112 Marion St.). Cost of admission is $40 for MRIA members, $45 for non-members. Register early, as seats are limited. Please go to https://mria-arim.ca/membership/chapters/prairie-chapter/prairie-chapter-events to sign up and register for this exciting event. Signing up is mandatory prior to registration. If you encounter any difficulties signing up for the event, or if you have any questions, please email us at Corrin.Harper@insightrix.com...

Research can be conducted for a number of reasons, one of which is to shape policy. Advocacy research’s main purpose is to influence formal and informal policies created by policymakers. Therefore, it is important to gather solid data so that your research clearly shows the needs or problems you want addressed. In February 2013 the federal government of Saskatchewan hired Insightrix Research to investigate the need for a provincial anti-bullying strategy, the Saskatchewan Government challenged Insightrix to develop and deliver the most effective public consultation process using both in-person interview sessions as well as using Insightrix Communities software for online engagement. The needs for researching bullying and coming up with a solid anti-bullying strategy within the province is great. Bullying is a serious issue in schools, work, and the community. The effects of bullying can pose long-term issues and complications. For the study Insightrix conducted in-person interviews coupled concurrently with Insightrix Community software. 16 in-person consultations were run throughout the province, which drew a total of 400 participants to these consultations. At the same time that these in-person consultations were running, Insightrix created an online community which both the government and Insightrix promoted. This online community led to 600 Saskatchewan residents joining the online community. Both the in-person sessions and the online community had moderator presenting questions which allowed the government and Insightrix to listen to residents and gather new insights regarding the topic. Based on the discussions both in-person and online Insightrix was able to compile a report detailing people’s thoughts and experiences regarding anti-bullying initiatives and strategies. The report showed that the online consultation was well-received by residents, and the dialogues conducted within the community were deep, and thoughtful providing insights that were unable to be gathered during the in-person sessions. The online community also allowed members from all over the province to participate creating a broader audience. The online community software allowed access to every single comment made, and allowed the government access to read, and monitor comments at any time. The online community stayed open two weeks past the in-person consultations allowing the findings of the in-person sessions to be tested with the online community.  By using geo-IP data the Insightrix Communities platform was able to show participation and input from all across the province. From the in-person sessions as well as the online community discussions Insightrix was able to come up with key findings about the type of bullying that goes on within Saskatchewan and help the government create policies to reduce bullying in schools, and the community and provide the support and education needed to combat it. By conducting the research online, as well as in-person the government was able to ensure inclusion for all geographic regions in the province. This was a great example of using research to guide policy making so that each community member could feel fairly represented. If you would like to find out more about how our online community software can be used to help you create policy please feel free to contact us. Want to read the full blog? Click Here Interested in more case studies? Check out others like it: CASE STUDY – Online Voting with 26,000+ Members https://insightrix.com/saskcanola-online-voting-case-study/ CASE STUDY – The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia Advertising Concept Testing https://insightrix.com/reiwa-advertising-testing-using-facial-expression-analysis/ CASE STUDY – City of Saskatoon Youth Engagement Strategy  https://insightrix.com/city-of-saskatoon-youth-engagement-strategy/...