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Monday, 27 April 2015

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Consumers use average of five devices when making purchases

27-Apr-2015

Omni-channel has become a consumer expectation as an average of five devices are used by shoppers when making a purchase according to a study from DigitasLBi.

Confirmit and SSI study political buzz in General Election run-up

24-Apr-2015

Market research software provider Confirmit is partnering with survey sample provider SSI on a research programme, Political Buzz, to compare information and polling data gathered through different digital channels.

Smart home purchases 'deeply considered'

24-Apr-2015

Eight in 10 consumers are interested in buying a smart tech product for the home, but the purchase journey can take up to three months, according to new research.

Adblock tool judged lawful in Germany

23-Apr-2015

Adblock Plus, an online ad blocking tool, has won its case against a group of German publishers who had tried to sue the company for blocking ads on their sites.

Features

Everything counts

16-Apr-2015

No quantitative study can cover absolutely everything, but a narrow focus can obscure the wider picture. Steve Evans of Harris Interactive shares his experience of trying to capture it all.

Personality is everything: can the geek win the election?

9-Apr-2015

Brand character and brand personality are central to commercial research. Can these measures help to clarify whether Miliband or Cameron is closest to the ‘ideal’ Prime Minister? By Tom Simpson.

Take the test: Does where we live in Britain make us happy?

26-Mar-2015

The BBC’s Happiness Test set the nation talking about where they lived, and where they should be living to make them happy. But what of the research behind it? By Iain Carruthers

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Measuring experience

23-Mar-2015

Understanding an experience economy requires a different approach to what works in a goods and service market setting, says Noah Roychowdhury of Northstar. This starts with engaging with respondents differently.

Opinion

The shape of the tolerance zone

27-Apr-2015

Rory Sutherland considers the role of quadratic voting and where, when and how it may be applied.

Behavioural economics: a con?

22-Apr-2015

Behavioural economics has a monopoly on policy-making, says Tonic’s Charlie Richards. But is it just a useful label? And do labels really matter?

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From the blogs

Bias in the spotlight: availability bias

21-Apr-2015

In his fourth blog looking at behavioural economic biases, Crawford Hollingworth explores the availability bias.

ELECTION BLOG: Digital democracy

15-Apr-2015

The internet has changed the way people participate in democracies around the world but the UK is lagging behind and this is a barrier to voting.

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IMPACT 2015

‘Good storytelling should be in the service of good ideas’ author Sebastian Faulks told Impact 2015

19-Mar-2015

English novelist Sebastian Faulks told delegates at Impact 2015, that while thorough research is a must, the reader should feel they are “discovering something, not having it rammed down your throat”.

'The market research industry is lagging behind', says former Camelot CEO Dianne Thompson

19-Mar-2015

Former Camelot chief executive Dianne Thompson told delegates at Impact 2015 that the UK’s market research industry is lagging behind other marketing disciplines, a point echoed by her fellow panellists.

Fishing and cooking – how to make online samples fit for purpose

19-Mar-2015

The rise of online research raises big questions about sampling error and the reliability of survey findings, Impact 2015 heard yesterday.

A manifesto for change in market research

18-Mar-2015

The current research paradigm is not suited to entrepreneurialism, so market researchers must “take a walk on the wild side”, and create a manifesto for change, according to speakers at Impact 2015.

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