Kicking Off Conference Season

Carry-on bag? Check. Laptop or tablet? Check. Business cards? Check. Like many of you, we are gearing up for a busy conference season, kicking off with ESOMAR Congress next week. We would love to meet you! Stop by our exhibit booths at the following events this fall and learn more about the insights industry’s premier […]

Getting Past The Catch-22 of Communicating Research Results

Professional marketing researchers are in an interesting predicament.  We’ve been conditioned to exercise methodological and analytical rigor. We pride ourselves on an ability to dive deeply into data and find nuance beyond basic descriptive statistics. As such, the best of us draw out deep insights that may not be intuitive and often lend themselves to […]

Moving Beyond Agile Research

At IIEX in Atlanta yesterday, Thor Ernstsson, CEO of Alpha, shared his vision for the evolution of insights and its impact on how business is done in general and product management in particular. Classic Modern Advanced Waterfall workflows Agile workflows On-demand workflows Upfront research Congruent research On-demand research Gated decision making High-velocity decision making Democratized […]

Advice for New Market Researchers

As part of our survey of researchers, we asked them to give advice to young people about the research industry. The key messages were around learning, hard work, and accumulating experience. Researchers value their own opportunities to learn and grow, and “learning” was a key theme, mentioned by 10% of respondents. “Be prepared to learn […]

Making Research Careers More Attractive

A common theme was “pay,” mentioned by 15% of respondents (half of whom used the phrase “better pay”): “Increase pay & benefits.” “The pay and the dress code.” “Better pay, faster innovation.” “The industry needs to pay a living wage and offer benefits. Make employees feel valued.” A related theme to pay was “benefits,” mentioned […]

Recommending a Research Career

Just under half of the respondents were likely to recommend a career in market research. 30% of those who planned from college to end up in market research completely likely recommend market research as a career contrasted with 10% of everyone else. Not all who see themselves still working in market research a year from […]

Growth and Learning at Work

Of researchers with the opportunity to learn and grow at work, 45% conducted research in a market that was new to them, 42% used a technology that was new to them, and 41% attended training. About three in ten had the opportunity to manage a larger project than they had before or to use a […]