Testing UX with insights professionals prioritizes user experience to help guide and improve your design at all stages of development. UX research goes beyond the feedback survey – if you want user research to help inform your usability design, you might want to go with an outside agency to help collect data about user behaviour that focuses on pain points, cultural factors and more. While market research and user research are not one in the same, you will find agencies that employ UX experts – like Insightrix – can offer UX research that looks beyond attitudinal behaviours to discover insights by understanding REAL end user behaviour. Below are just a few of the ways a market research agency with dedicated UX researchers could be your best bet when it comes to testing your next website, product, packaging or application. User-Centric Design Put your user in the decision seat. Insights agencies employ professional, trained research experts who have access to the latest testing technologies, in-depth market knowledge and most up-to-date research methodologies. By including a market research team into your development cycle, your next app or website will benefit from the actionable insights they can uncover – resulting in a better, more user-centric product. While market research often focuses on the "why" – there are research methods we employ to help analyze behaviour that go beyond the questionnaire. For example, Insightrix recently employed our Young Adult Market Research Online Community to develop a mini UX project with our young community members. In doing so, Insightrix created a small research project – where our young adults participated in a series of small exercises at each phase of the product development. At stage one, we asked the community about design pain points and user interactions with the design in question. We received the responses - and we were able to make a decision within three hours from running the exercise. At stage two, we asked our community to discuss the new UX changes based on their feedback among themselves. Again, we were able to achieve deep qualitative reporting within hours on the changes we made to the UX based on their feedback. Rather than stop here at a purely attitudinal approach - we decided to probe further to understand their actual behaviour. At stage three, we narrowed in on specific behaviours – how long did it take for them to log in? What specific information did they find when signing in? How easy was it to get from point A to point B? Market research listens to what people have to say. And to employ UX research, it is important to also understand what they do when they interact with a website, application or product design. Oh, you’ve got a snowball sample… that’s adorable… Why wouldn’t you turn to the experts with the largest, most well-developed and targeted participant groups that are available for your next UX testing project? Insights agencies like Insightrix have access to massive numbers of engaged research participants. What’s more, these sample groups are usually well-versed in the research process themselves – having in some cases been members of research panels for years. Take our largest online market research panel - SaskWatch Research®. SaskWatch has an available sample group of more than 18,000 Saskatchewan residents. Regardless of their location, Insightrix has been collecting valuable normative data for years to help segment our participants to match exactly what your usability testing requires. Having access to a large and engaged research sample gives insights agencies the benefit of being able to develop research participant groups who are specifically targeted to your UX research needs. No matter who your app or website is aimed at serving, market research agencies can enlist participants who would actually use it to work in the testing process. This means that when your project comes out of testing, it will have the best user experience available for the groups who would use it in the real world. For example, a recent usability project we ran included understanding the needs of job seekers in a specific marketplace. To understand job seekers in this specific marketplace, it was important for Insightrix to understand who lives in that marketplace. From there, we were able to identify core target groups who helped define the personas for what a job seeker may look like. In effort to find the target groups (i.e., Graduates, Newcomers, Parents with Children in High School, etc.), Insightrix sent out a small screener to sample sets who met the target group requirements. If the member filled out the screener and qualified, we asked them a series of questions in the form of a scenario in which the target group may find themselves. For example, we may have asked the participant where to locate the directory for local businesses, or how to find the job board from the main page. By using a series of text analyses and heat maps supported by scenario-like questionnaires, we were able to combine the style of interaction with research participants, using UX techniques, to come to the best insights possible. Agile UX Research If you are testing a digital product like an app or a website, you should be doing your usability testing online too. It just makes sense. For Insightrix, we understand sometimes our participants are not always city-bound, and many live in rural areas where commuting is not always the quickest. We understand that our participants can’t always be in person for research – even for usability testing. That is why we power usability testing tools that allow for remote UX testing. But when is that really important? Think of it this way… if you require your application to be tested with participants who live in a rural area and, say, farm for a living...
 

Who knew passive data collection could make research so convenient? Passive data collection, sometimes called passive data metering, is a valuable addition to the research toolkit, especially in cases where your research requires segment-specific, timely and accurate data about your customers' online behaviours and habits. Over the past half century or so, market research data collection has been done through traditional methods. Where once traditional data collection was accomplished mostly through face-to-face techniques like focus groups or in-depth interviewing, data collection soon leveraged technology, and by the 90s, data collection was being done remotely by telephone. Then, in the 2000s, market research began to move much of its data collection to the internet, using online panels to conduct surveys, hold discussions or perform interviews with participants. This progression led to more an easier and more thorough collection process that led to greater amounts of better developed data for insights professionals to analyze – resulting in deeper and more actionable insights for their clients. But these newer techniques that were facilitated by technology had one thing in common – they were still reliant on traditional, active market research methodologies to collect the necessary data – like focus groups, in-depth interviews, discussions, etc. Now, over the past several years, a new data collection method has become available to insights professionals - passive data collection. With that in mind, let's find out what passive data collection is all about and how it could benefit your next research project. The Art of Passive Data In a nutshell, passive data collection is a method by which data is collected without the active participation or direct involvement of the participants who are being studied – all with the full knowledge and consent of those who participate. Passive Data metering can record the user’s activity, such as website search history, app usage, streaming media usage, social media activity and much more, all with the permission of the user. This activity is collected by the app and then analyzed by insights professionals. It’s actually pretty simple, really – but the complexity and richness of data that results is anything but. Skip the Surveys What is important about passive data collection is that it is just that - passive. It does not ask for any active participation from research participants. All they have to do is what they would do normally, and the data flows in. Compare this with active data collection methodologies like surveys or interviews where participants must consciously take part in every part of the data collection process. Sometimes self-reported data isn’t as reliable – I mean, we are humans and human error is often an issue for studies that require things like recall. For example, asking someone how many times they’ve seen an advertisement on YouTube may be hard to remember – but passive data eliminates that notion completely. Whether they are self-reporting seeing an advertisement several times, the passive data approach will identify if they have seen the advertisement, when they saw it, and if they did anything to engage with it further – now that is real insight! Passive data collection removes the burden of reporting from the participant and allows them to participate in the research process with little to no effort on their part. Get an Authentic Picture of Your Actual Customers Active data collection techniques definitely have their place and are still a valuable research tool, but they all have one thing in common: they rely on what a participant tells you rather than on their actual, real-life behaviours. Using passive data metering, you get a front row seat to all your customers’ behaviours as they relate to your brand – and your competitors. Achieve better representation - When you monitor users’ online behaviours, you can tell exactly who your customers and potential customers really are through observing their actions, not just what they say. Combine this with thoughtful and active targeted research recruiting, and you can learn even more about your target customer and their preferences. Remove the guesswork - Knowing exactly where your target customer is going online and what they are doing saves brands time, energy and money. More than that, through metering participants’ online behaviour, companies can gain valuable insights relating to other areas of interest they may have that can be integrated into marketing initiatives, advertising campaigns or product offerings. Complement traditional research - Earlier we mentioned that traditional research still very much has a place in market research and that could not be more true! When you engage with participants in active data collection, you are engaging them on a conscious level – getting their thought out and well-considered opinions. These opinions are incredibly valuable, as they represent what participants want you to know – you don’t have to be a genius to know how valuable that kind of information can be. When combined with passive metering, the increased depth and quality of the data collected is undeniable – and the recommendations based upon it are even more relevant and actionable. Passive Data Collection at Insightrix Insightrix Passive Data Metering is a valuable stand-alone research methodology, or it can act as a complement to more traditional, active data collection techniques. Data on the internet is not just widely available – it can provide companies with real, actionable results. Don’t miss out on the opportunity it presents. If you would like to know more about Insightrix Passive Metering, please fill out the form below to download our brochure. And if you already know passive data collection is perfect for your next research project, contact us. hbspt.forms.create({ portalId: "374811", formId: "90224d74-059f-4167-9bc7-e0c73048b527" }); ...
 

For our clients, having access to their research results in a convenient and centralized repository where they can view and assess data in real time, as it comes in, is crucial. That's why at Insightrix, we are proud to incorporate TIBCO Spotfire technology to provide our clients access to their research reporting. Check out the infographic below to discover some of Spotfire's features and how Insightrix Portals can benefit your next research project. Would you like to download this infographic? Just fill out the form below to access your own .PDF copy. hbspt.forms.create({ portalId: "374811", formId: "67f6f74f-172c-4009-a645-6fe7b5960aa2" }); ...
 

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts." - Aristotle Customer experience (CX) and Voice of the Customer (VoC) programs are an essential element of business intelligence because they inform stakeholders about how customers view their organization. In general, they focus on: Understanding what drives customers attitudes and behaviors Predicting the future attitudes and behaviours of customers Maximizing customers' future positive attitudes and behaviours Our framework encompasses a holistic measurement of Customer Experience and Voice of Customer for both relationship and transaction surveys, driver analysis at the transaction level, priority setting among the different transactions, overall evaluation of different facets of the customer relationship and relationship driver analysis against an overall performance metric. Holistic Customer Experience Measurement There are two key components to this framework: 1. The relationship a customer has with the organization. 2. Direct feedback a customer has from a recent transaction/interaction with the organization. Using the quantitative framework outlined below, research is conducted in these two components simultaneously and is aimed at delivering a holistic outlook from a bird’s eye view of the organization, connecting the strategic elements of the business with its operational components. Relationship Surveys Relationship surveys are designed to gauge the entire relationship that a customer has with an organization and are less influenced by recent interactions/transactions. Their outcomes tend to be more stable and to fluctuate less over time. Relationship assessment surveys provide strategic guidance on organization-wide initiatives. Such surveys are longer (often 10-15 minutes in length) but are conducted among a relatively lower volume of customer respondents. As the nature of the underlying relationships (i.e., perceptions of high-level service experiences and overall value of the relationship) rarely changes quickly over time, it is not generally necessary to undergo continuous measurement for such surveys. Rather, they can be conducted periodically (i.e., annually). Transaction Surveys Feedback on transaction surveys is influenced by a customer's recent experience with an organization, often around a given process or “touch point” (e.g., a visit to the company's website, interaction with a technician or contact with a customer call centre). Compared to relationship surveys, post-transactional surveys tend to be less static and fluctuate more over a shorter period. Post-transactional measurement is appropriate for providing process improvement diagnostics and for measuring/managing the performance of mid- to lower-level managers in an organization (e.g., technician managers, customer service managers, call centre managers, managers with control of/responsibility for specific customer processes or services). For post-transactional surveys, the survey length is short (e.g., optimally, three to five minutes in length, content-focused on just one type of interaction or customer touch point, the volume of data collection is high and interviewing is conducted in as short a period of time as possible after the interaction. This way, individual process/service managers can receive feedback on the specific customer experience they are in control of and can be held accountable for the results. In designing this CX and VoC framework, we use an approach that recognizes these two types of surveys are different but connected, using the outline below. Linking Relationship Surveys & Transaction Surveys The linkage between the Relationship Surveys and Transaction Survey occurs in Service Culture. Essentially, on the Relationship Survey within the area of Service Culture, the survey has two parts: a series of statements at the strategic level about the level of service provided by the organization. These are typically more brand promise statements, such as “how would you rate the organization on being easy to work with? Showing interest in customers”? However, a section for those who might have had a recent transaction with the organization can also be included. This post-contact section within the relationship survey helps determine which of the touch points (i.e., Transaction Survey) drive the overall metric. However, in going beyond just the bird’s eye view we also encourage organizations to look inward and elicit feedback from their employees through an Employee Experience (EX) program. The overall goal of the EX program is to develop a transparent, two-way conversation process between the organization's management and front-line employees to address internal elements that contribute to CX concerns/issues. Beyond the Bird's Eye View Our approach recognizes that front-line employees play a critical role when it comes to delivering exceptional CX, as they possess a unique perspective of having direct experience with customers and insights on how customers are reacting to services. By empowering front-line employees to participate in the CX problem-solving process and by listening and incorporating their feedback, an organization will be able to secure greater buy-in from its front-line employees on future CX initiatives, better understand the customer service challenges front-line employees encounter and gain a more comprehensive understanding of the overall customer experience journey. This, in turn, will lead to more engaged and committed front-line employees who will further enrich the CX program - making it even more holistic. The recommended approach is to run both a quantitative survey aimed at collecting data over time on specific metrics as it relates to employee engagement that measure the impacts of specific changes or initiatives that have been implemented. We also recommend a qualitative discussion board that is aimed to collect more in-depth feedback on specific issues, with shorter turnaround. The intent of the qualitative piece of the research is to help organizations act fast and come up with solutions that are driven by employee feedback, creating stronger buy-in. This latter approach also allows organizations to rectify issues before they can cause a noticeable decline in key performance indicators (KPIs) collected through the quantitative piece of the research. These two research components work together to provide the full EX picture. However, we recognize that for several reasons, both components may not make sense. That's why we offer a variety of options to help organizations choose what CX components work best to round out their entire holistic CX program. Would you like to know more about Insightrix CX Programs? To find out more about specific measures, timing, costs and how the Insightrix Holistic CX program could work for you, please contact Shonna Caldwell, our Chief Revenue Officer. ...
 

If you have ever wondered - then you can learn a lot from your competitors using web data extraction. Web data is accessible in many public domains - corporate websites, news forums and even social media like Twitter and Reddit. But even the most technically minded among us may run in the opposite direction when they hear anyone suggesting a  data extraction project. But, as an insights agency, we do not run away from data science - we run toward it. After all, it is quality data that drives our clients' business strategies. And, dare I say it - what is so scary about that? Web Data Extraction Accessing web data can be leveraged in a way that diversifies your data - but web data extraction using the traditional "Google search" can require a great deal of time and effort given the size of the "web jungle" out there. Our extraction solution is simple - by using proprietary software and processes, Insightrix can crawl the web using advanced programming capabilities, and scrape it for valuable information related to your brand or organization or any topic of interest. We have seen our clients use web data extraction results with great success - and since the internet is continuously growing, the volume of web data analyzed is increasing. In market research, web data extraction is employed for many facets of business: Historical data is valuable - Think about it this way; whether you are a public service, in agriculture or a consultancy, having insights into historical trends can be critical for any kind of trend analysis - especially pricing data. Support your R&D - Spending more time in R&D could mean...
 

Market research and data science are related entities; combining the insights from both disciplines leads to a deeper understanding of marketing issues. In general, there seems to be confusion about what “data science” is, and how it relates to traditional market research....
 

Three of the Biggest Market Research Trends Since 2010 The world of market research has changed, meaning the role of a research supplier has been forced to change. With the evolution of technology, pressure building on clients to solve critical business problems and the need for more agile research solutions, the role of a market researcher can now be defined as an insights professional. Insightrix has responded to the evolution of trends in the industry by shifting our client service philosophy to provide innovative solutions and actionable insights, and by becoming more of a partner to our clients. The following infographic outlines how Insightrix has responded to three of the major trends impacting the market research industry over the last decade and the innovation we've engaged in to meet them. ...
 

What's the difference? The terms data visualization and data representation can be easy to confuse. They sound pretty similar, and at first glance, one may find it's tricky to keep the two straight. And since data is ubiquitous these days, we are seeing more examples of both almost everywhere from our watches and fitness bands to the apps on our phones and dashboards on our computers.  Both have been employed in insights research and reporting for some time and they both fulfill specific functions. They both sound pretty similar, too, and they do similar things – it’s no wonder how it can be hard keeping data visualization and data representation straight. So, we've created a new downloadable infographic to explain the differences between the two and how they are used. We've been using it around our offices to help our researchers and data professionals explain the styles of data representation or data visualizations we might utilize in our reports. We've also been employing it to work with research professionals who are new to the field to help them also become acquainted with the uses and development of both - and now it's available for you to download for your own use! Scroll to the bottom of this article to download the infographic right away, or read on to learn more about the differences between data visualization and data representation for market research. Data visualization crunches numbers Putting it simply, data visualization is the process of taking information and representing it graphically. Common in insights and market research reporting, data visualization makes it easier to communicate the story in the data. When one is looking at a complex, large and perhaps varied data set, data visualization can be a great choice to impart that data story in a way that can be quickly and easily understood. Data visualizations are developed programmatically; that means they are built through the use of software. Think Google Maps or complex GIS systems - they crunch large data sets through sometimes sophisticated algorithms to find trends and correlations in the data, producing interactive representations that allow one to communicate or understand data more easily. Common examples of data visualizations include heat maps, streamgraphs and word clouds. Download your own copy of our infographic, The Difference Between Data Visualization and Data Representation for Market Research, by filling out the form below to see more data visualization examples and how they are used. Data representations support data reporting Sometimes referred to as infographics, data representations can support almost any kind of data reporting. They allow one to drill down to and communicate the most important parts of a data story graphically. Data representations, unlike data visualizations, are human generated. Design software is employed to build them (like Adobe Creative Suite, Canva or Piktochart), but they require a professional to take an editorial role in deciding which data to include to tell the data story best. Infographics communicate information creatively and stylistically to engage and create memorable experiences. This makes data representation ideal for executive summaries or to highlight key data points that may not be as well communicated in a data table or chart. Some ways data representations are used are in timelines, hierarchical representations, flow charts and comparisons.           Want to know about data visualization? Listen to Ep. 14 of Stories of Market Research: The Insightrix Podcast - it's all about how to use them, best practices on how to build them and more. Always know which to use and when We’ve developed an infographic that will help you remember the differences and uses of both data visualizations and representations. This rich and engaging chart offers insights into how both visualizations are representations are used and why, as well as the most common forms of both. You can hold onto it to refer to later, or share it to help teach others about infographics and visualizations. Go ahead - put it on your wall and never be unsure which chart or graphic to use to tell your next data story! Fill out the form below to access your own copy of The Difference Between Data Representation and Data Visualization for Market Research infographic.   Want to access the entire infographic? Fill out the form below to receive an email to download your own PDF copy.   hbspt.forms.create({ portalId: "374811", formId: "ae9b4751-7c2e-41f9-bde5-07da17ec7a90" }); ...
 

Using qualitative approaches is nothing new in research. It is often applied to help strengthen quantitative approaches to give answers to questions that cannot always be obtained by measurements alone. Qualitative research – as a broad approach – often employs in-person focus groups, in-person interviews or online survey open-end text boxes to tap into a respondent’s thoughts, feelings, attitudes and behaviours. Insightrix has been collecting qualitative data for years – and we’ve directly benefited from using these approaches to enrich survey data. Using qualitative data in online surveys can be engaging (and, dare I say… sometimes fun?) for respondents, while research groups find it easy and rewarding to support quantitative data - and that can be a game changer in presentations to your board members. In the past, Insightrix has employed qualitative tools for many exciting projects with partners and clients. We’ve used qualitative methods like: Observational research – like ethnography – and we have been served well by using this approach. Market research online communities (MROCs) – using MROCs in select research projects allows for much larger participant groups and exciting opportunities for survey design. Open-ended text questions on online surveys – these can be fun for participants and can really help provide researchers with a more complete picture Focus groups - we even travel across the nation to facilitate focus groups. Yes… still. In-depth interviews - for many consulting projects that require explicit details from participants, IDIs are essential. But what do all these approaches have in common? They require human intervention, human coding – and time. Yes, qualitative research takes time to dig into. It’s a way to uncover more about a subject rather than determining the research narrative by crunching the numbers. But when insights are wanted quickly and are expected to come with depth – are these qualitative methodologies the best approach to get the whole story? That depends. By using these approaches, will it take the research team time and effort to develop the insights? Absolutely. We know that, going into a new decade, our research participants are changing – they expect quick survey experiences, they appreciate best-in-class user design and have more immediate distractions than ever before. So, if our clients’ demands are changing and survey participants’ experiences are evolving rapidly – shouldn’t market research be innovating qualitative approaches at the same pace? Here are three ways to optimize your next qualitative research project that will appease both your research participants, as well as your clients:   Find a unique way to tell the story through another person’s lens. For example, if you are an ice cream producer who is curious about the visibility of your packaging in a specific chain superstore you operate in – you may want to conduct market research to find out what is most visible to your customers and who frequents these chain stores of interest. Your business would then work with a research team who may use an ethnography approach to answer this research question about your product and its visibility in stores. Ethnography would allow the research team to find participants who have purchased the ice cream in the past 12 months and those who frequent the chain store. The participant/ice cream connoisseur may be tasked with a research scenario that employs video response using an application to help the respondent tell their experience in their own words. The brand could follow up by asking about a competitor’s visibility and how it compares to your own. You could even have the participant travel to other locations to explore the same research question. While the incentive would have to outweigh the work involved for the participant, the research team would be able to gather rich qualitative data which the ice cream brand could then include in their next product packaging or distribution decisions. Let video responses tell a larger-than-life story for consumer research. Video is one of the most effective ways to provide a short survey experience for your participant. Not only does it provide the opportunity to see through the eyes of the consumer – it allows for rich storytelling that can bring life to research findings. Take Vox Pops – they are a fly-on-the-wall video research approach that are quick and cost effective, and they allow us to share market research information while gaining hot topic insights from the general population. Insightrix uses Vox Pop video research for consumer-curated content that gives greater engagement and deeper interaction with our brand. It gives us an opportunity to share video research with the general population who may be interested in the topics discussed while exploring the insights of the gen pop through video that is digestible for social media audiences. Vox Pops are quick and easy to turn around – avoiding the time a qualitative survey would take to set up. A short and informal interview can be a great way to simplify collecting public opinion that can be applied to many business needs – like marketing! We have recently done Vox Pops on subjects like quality of life, opinion on professional sports, holiday shopping and purchase habits – and even favourite beer brands! These Vox Pops can be done in 48 hours from question to completion. Use a video response tool to gain insights into your target market’s desires and expectations. One easy and cost-effective way to improve qualitative research online is the inclusion of video responses. Video responses can assess attitudes or immediate reactions associated with a question. Survey participants are more likely to elicit feedback and give the researcher more diverse data to evaluate. Video responses provide the participant the opportunity to answer authentically because they are in a comfortable setting using one-way communication – instead of driving to a strange facility or sitting on the other line of a one-on-one interview, answering thoughtful questions. This approach can provide video reels that capture multiple respondents’ answers and allow clients and stakeholders to view responses from the consumers themselves. Video insights are deeper than an open-end at the end of a market research survey – they provide an opportunity for the survey participant to tell an authentic story, they let the researcher ask for a unique answer and they give video research data that can be applied to internal stakeholder presentations that provide more depth than any well-designed PowerPoint slide. Video response questions can be applied in ad hoc market research projects – they require very little work to include in an online survey and provide a value add to any quantitative research project. Without being intrusive, video questions can be easily opted out of and the same question can be applied in other methods, so as not to lose data, and not have to re-involve your participants either. We do not require video responses to be mandatory, and we know the response rate is important. An extra (small) incentive to provide a video response is important – but so is the question you ask! Make the survey experience is rewarding and don’t ask a question that can be effortlessly typed out in a text box or that will create any bias. Ask a question that allows the respondent to share a story. Ask about an experience or get feedback on something they have just been shown – like a new logo or new product packaging. Video responses are a great storytelling solution for your survey that will both enrich your qualitative data while providing the top of mind feedback that can take your research report to the next level.   ...