Rebranding can be a necessary step in changing the trajectory of a company. However, it does come with some measure of risk. Rebranding when done right seeks to take the successful aspects of a company’s service or product and carry those forward into the future, while shrugging off the failures of the past. Problems arise when the management in charge of the change fail to consult and test with the target audience. It seems rather simple, yet time and again you hear of case after case where the management seems satisfied, fails to consult with the intended audience and suffers accordingly. Take the example of the article we ran a while back on Rhode Island’s failed rebrand attempt. We believe that online communities can provide the support needed to make a rebrand go right, as they provide a space for the continual testing of products and services, with the target audience. In an article written by Michaela Mora entitled How to Avoid Rebranding Mistakes she recounts her time as Director of Research for Blockbuster online and how focus groups proved crucial for the rebranding process. Click here to read full blog....

Good customer service cannot be underestimated Sometimes these blog  posts are more cathartic than one can imagine. Recently I was having coffee with a friend and he began telling me his customer experience nightmare. His story is a first-hand account of what happens when customer service goes horribly wrong. I asked him if he would mind sharing his account for this article. But the most interesting part was asking him how he would feel the situation could be remedied. After all, it’s one thing to complain but it’s another to come up with a solution. Below is the account of my friend’s debacle. Click here to read full blog....

If they had to vote in the upcoming U.S. Presidential election, about 41% of Saskatchewan residents would check the box for Clinton! August 19, 2016 Hillary Clinton has a favourable position among Saskatchewan residents, with only 17% saying they would cast their ballot for Trump. Another 16% would vote for an independent candidate while 26% said they are not sure who to pick! So, Insightrix wants to know- If YOU had to vote in the U.S. election, would you go with in Clinton vs. Trump? Before deciding, take a look at the adjectives Saskatchewan residents use to describe each candidate in Clinton vs. Trump. Democrat Candidate, Hillary Clinton: Republican Candidate, Donald Trump: As said, about 41% of Saskatchewan residents would vote Hillary; this proportion rises to 62% among those who voted Liberal in the last Canadian Federal election and 46% among those who voted NDP. Conversely, support for Trump rises to 32% among those who voted Conservative in the last Federal election compared to only 17% overall. However, Trump is certainly not winning over many Saskatchewan women as only 7% would choose the Republican candidate compared to 27% of men. Interesting to note is that there are no statistical differences between young and old voters in their support for either candidate. Further, when asked who they think will be the next President of the United States, a near majority (49%) believe Clinton will prevail, compared to only 25% who think we will see Trump in the White House. Two percent believe an independent candidate will take office and another 24% are not sure. Finally, 31% of residents believe that, if elected, Clinton would implement policies that are better for Canada. Twelve percent say this about Trump while 11% believe an independent leader would be most beneficial for Canucks! Many (46%) are not sure who would be best for Canada. Research Details A total of 801 randomly selected SaskWatch Research® panel members participated in the online research and quotas were set by age, gender, and region to be representative of the population of Saskatchewan. As 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 more information, please contact Dylan Cody, Senior Research Associate Insightrix Research Inc. Tel: 306.657.5640 ext. 238 Email: dylan.cody@insightrix.com Web: www.insightrix.com...

Research shouldn't be a race If there is general agreement that obtaining customer input on your business is critical, why do so many companies have trouble with the execution of obtaining that research information? I was reminded of this after reading a recent article entitled, You only get one chance to talk to customers, right? The author, Matt Champagne does a tremendous job explaining the common errors that organizations commit when it comes to creating a survey. Like any company, customer feedback is crucial to creating new products, and improving existing products or services. The problem is that surveys are often seen as something that happens only once a year. By restricting customers to providing input only once a year, and with members of the organization often desperate to obtain feedback for their own department, may result in random questions being asked. Champagne states that this clearly violates the rule that states, a survey should focus on a single purpose and create questions around that single point. Organizations need to understand that by creating smaller, more frequent conversations with their customers they are more likely to get better, more consistent feedback. Click here to read full blog....

Microsurveys In a recent article by Tom Lancaster entitled Six Reasons Why Microsurveys Are a GRIT  2016 Trend to Watch, the CTO for InCrowd discusses how micro surveys have gone from being a talked about approach in research to being real and present today. Like most trends in technology, the emphasis seems to be on staying simple, short, and requiring less than a few moments of attention. Microsurveys seem to meet each of those criteria, and this perhaps may be the reason why they are taking over other survey methods such as behavioral models, biometrics, and wearables, according to Lancaster.  Having been involved in the market research industry for a long period of time, we have found that online panels meet the needs of busy panel members. With a panel we have found that sending short microsurveys out on a weekly basis to our panelists allows us to get the information needed by our clients, as well as better fit the time constraints of our panel members. That is why we believe wholeheartedly in what Lancaster has to say about micro surveys. Click here to read full blog....

PRESS RELEASE    Riders fan jury still out regarding the new coaching staff and team roster after first 4 weeks of play. July 27, 2016 Like the team itself, fans in Rider Nation are still adjusting to the Green and White’s new coaching staff and team roster according to a new poll conducted by Insightrix Research. Forty-six percent (46%) of fans are indifferent or believe it is too soon to make a call on the performance of the new coaching staff. Another 35% indicate that, at this point in the season, they feel somewhat or very positive about the new coaching staff. This contrasts with 19% who feel more negative. Similarly, 38% of fans are undecided or think it’s too early to judge the new roster out on the field. However, 36% of fans agree (somewhat or strongly) that the Riders have made positive roster changes this year while one-quarter (25%) of fans disagree with the roster changes. As for long term prognostications; fans predict standings in the West Division at the end of the season to unfold as outlined below: Stampeders- 1st place Eskimos- 2nd Lions- 3rd Riders-4th Bombers-5th Finally, Rider Nation is rather dismal about the Green and White’s Grey Cup chances early in the season. The Insightrix “Grey Cup Confidence Index” is currently sitting at -65, which means fans are quite negative about the Riders’ chances of winning the Cup this season. This index is calculated by subtracting proportions of negative ratings from proportions of positive ratings. An index score of 0 would be completely neutral. Research Details A total of 401 randomly selected SaskWatch Research® panel members participated in the online research and were screened for interest in the Riders to ensure they are part of the fan base. As 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 Founded in 2001, Insightrix Research Inc. is a full-service market research firm that helps clients develop, administer, and manage data collection and information strategies. From its office in Saskatoon, Insightrix offers a comprehensive range of research services. For more information, please contact Dylan Cody, Senior Research Associate Insightrix Research Inc. Tel: 306.657.5640 ext. 238 Email: dylan.cody@insightrix.com Web: www.insightrix.com...

Marketers foresee personalized CX The Path to 2020: Marketers Seize the Customer Experience was an Economist Intelligence Unit report, sponsored by Marketo. The report looked at a global survey of 499 CMOs and senior marketing executives from around the world, as well as in-depth interviews. The research examined which technologies and customer trends are expected to change the marketing industry the most in the coming years. The report found that 86% of marketers identified the end-to-end customer experience as being their prime goal by 2020, meaning that they will become responsible for the entire customer journey. It goes on to cite the CMO at Marketo, Sanjay Dholakia, who thinks that the successful CMO will go on to earn an alternate title as CEO-but not chief executive officer- instead customer experience officer. The report goes through the checklist of owning the customer experience, from staying on top of multi-channels, learning to understand the customer along the customer journey, spreading information within a company rather than in silos, and understanding the ways in which customers expect to communicate. Click here to read full blog....

An insight community requires some preparation In a recent report Keys to Community Readiness and Growth: How Brands Prepare for an Online Community Vanessa DiMauro and Jessica Fish conducts research with 400 plus individuals who have an online community or are thinking of getting an online community. They share insight regarding the initial reasons why organizations decide to get an online community and how that reasoning can shift. The research goes on to look at how the software platforms are chosen, why companies want to create an online community, the actual running of these communities and the overall level of satisfaction these individuals derive from their insight community.   Click here to read full blog.  ...

Customer feedback is important How a company obtains feedback and suggestions on its products sounds like a simple problem. However, the amount of dissatisfaction with what appears to be simple, easy to fix problems, would appear to challenge that assumption. Last week I had the pleasure of going out for coffee and catching up with a friend I hadn’t seen in some time. We met at Tim Horton’s and caught up on the usual topics, family, hobbies, and work. My friend works for a large mining company in Northern Canada. He was asking me about work, and I mentioned to him about my researching and writing on market research online community software. Click here to read full blog.  ...

Insight communities and modes of thought In a recent article on Marketresearch.com’s blog Anne Beall examines the two different modes of thinking, one which is conscious and deliberate and the other more unconscious and automatic. These distinct types of thinking are not new, but in terms of market research insight, the treatment of the two as being separate is new and could be of incredible importance. Before we get into further details – let’s stop and understand the difference in the decision making process of a consumer, based on the two types of behavior: The two type of thinking modes are called systematic and heuristic. Click here to read full blog....