Posts by Vance M.

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  1. What is Rim Weighting?

    Of all the techniques used in quantitative market research, weighting can be one of the most useful…and one the trickiest to apply properly. Among the various weighting approaches available, rim weighting is an especially valuable addition to the researcher’s toolbox. The “rim” in rim weighting comes from the acronym for Random Iterative Method. The name may sound Read more

  2. Intercept Interviewing | Mickey Mouse Style

    I’m always thinking about market research, even when I’m on vacation. During my most recent vacation, I wound up thinking about it a lot. Last week, my family and I visited the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.  During our stay, I noticed that the Disney Research team had a very strong contingent of Read more

  3. Higher Education Trends: The Cost of Not Going to College

    Over the past few years, there has been a growing concern that high education costs combined with uncertain employment prospects for recent graduates have created a situation where a college degree is no longer worth the cost. The Research Bunker Blog addressed this topic in a post last year about fiscal challenges in higher education. Read more

  4. 9 Tips to Avoid Over-Surveying Your Customers

    In this era of smart phones and social media, it’s never been easier for organizations to communicate with their customers and prospects. That’s mostly a good thing from an overall marketing perspective. From a market research perspective, it’s proven to be somewhat of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, researchers have new, often more Read more

  5. The Inseparability of Services | Marketing Concepts

    In addition to working as an analyst at RMS, I am an adjunct faculty member at the SUNY Oswego School of Business. This semester, I am teaching a section of a course called Marketing Principles. One great thing about teaching an introductory course is that it requires me to think a lot about the basics Read more

  6. Higher Education Trends: Rethinking MOOCs

    Over the past year or so, The Research Bunker Blog has been tracking the development of massive online open courses (MOOCs) and their impact on higher education. Much has been written about the ups and downs of the course format during that time, and the future at this point is still very uncertain. In the Read more

  7. 5 Ways Multigenerational Households Impact Market Research

    As market researchers, we in the Research Bunker are always interested in changes in the way people live. Those changes will invariably have an impact on their behavior as consumers and on our approaches to researching them. One trend that has been evident for about a decade and appears to be picking up steam is Read more

  8. 2013 Market Research Trends: A Look Back

    Earlier this year, GreenBook put out its Research Industry Trends Report based on data it collected in the 4th quarter of 2012 (GRIT Winter 2013). The report is a terrific resource for market research suppliers and clients as well. Now, at year-end, we thought it might be worthwhile to look back at some predictions that Read more

  9. 2013 Market Research Trend: Growing Demand

    In examining the significant trends in market research this year and going forward, perhaps the biggest trend is also the easiest to overlook: For the foreseeable future, the need for market research will grow and there will be more market researchers. A recent study from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International has projected “market research analysts and Read more

  10. Market Research Trend: Are Survey Panels Here to Stay?

    Online research panels have been around for a number of years now. During that time, they have become a widely used resource for survey projects, despite a number of limitations. (The Research Bunker Blog has recently discussed some of those limitations here and here.) At this point, panels have proven that they aren’t another technology Read more

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