Can you think of the last time you were engaged in a marketing research project? If you’re like most business people, when you hear that question you’re probably thinking about some long-range, very intensive, data-gathering exercise that involved a lot of time, a lot of money and a lot of data analysis. And, yes, that is research. But we’re guessing that you are engaged in research far more frequently than you realize. Importantly, your research efforts don’t have to be full-blown initiatives that involve extensive quantitative research and analysis. Sometimes, yes–but, often, no. The trick is determining when you need to gather more information. And that comes down to two important steps: (more…)
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Advertising campaigns are often expensive investments, particularly for small businesses with little name recognition and limited financial resources. Therefore, it is no surprise that businesses are very interested in measuring the effectiveness of their advertising efforts. Unfortunately, the task of measuring advertising effectiveness is not an easy one. (more…)
My contribution on “Measuring Marketing Communication” is included as a chapter in IABC’s (International Association of Business Communicators) recently released book The IABC Handbook of Organizational Communication. It’s a great book (even if I do say so myself!), with contributions from a wide range of communication experts on topics including how to manage communications, internal communication, public relations and marketing communications.
I particularly enjoyed (more…)
I was interviewed recently by a major business publication about common marketing research mistakes that businesses make. As someone who has been involved in marketing research – conducting research, contracting with vendors to conduct research, writing about and teaching market research courses – I was able to share a number of examples of things I’ve seen (and sometimes that I’ve done myself!). (more…)