Social media and qualitative – Respect the word! #MRIA16 #NewMR 


Ask first, listen later by Lori Reiser

  • Traditional research often starts with the business, product iterations, product marketing, product fine tuning
  • We should put people first so you hear about unmet needs and pain points
  • Case studies
  • Health insurance firm – young adults getting their first insurance plan, and new retirees moving away from employer benefits; had predefined assumptions but those were based on the six people in the room, fears of these people were financial and health and being bored not really insurance, how did they define good health and how could that be protected, did focus groups and bulletin boards, retirees weren’t worried about getting sick but rather that their parents would get sick, younger people were more worried about stress as their health issue
  • Meat company – what did consumers need in terms of communication needs, saved qualitative for the end of the research, started with a survey of staff members and inspection organizations, realized they needed to formalize their email address to clients so that it didn’t come from Annie Pettit but rather from the company, realized that Mennonite members didn’t have email addresses [pay attention to that anyone who says they do probability sampling via RDD]
  • Pharmacist – surveyed pharmacists as well as focus groups and the focus groups were after the fact, what does patient centered care mean, many barriers in terms of how pharmacists communicate with people given what doctors and other people want them to be able to say
  • You can’t ask broad questions unless you go qualitative, open ends on a survey arne’t going to cut it; give your users permission to participat in the idea making, find the trendsetters and listen to them, use skilled moderation

Classified: Research that integrates to innovate by Mark Wood

  • Technology has given us an identify crisis, people challenge are traditional beliefs, anyone can do DIY research, other people are jumping into our sandbox with new types of data
  • Tactics to get our mojo back
  • Understand consumer dynamics in a more connected world
  • Leverage expertise in a data curation to improve SML capabilities, Think both/and between traditional survey and SM, Help companies navigate path to purchase, use data to help action
  • Have to work with clients better and bring in other pieces of data so we can inform them better
  • Bringing MR expertise into social media listening
  • We need to take SM data to the full extent just not report facts and figures
  • Must get access to this data first and then we can sample and structure and clean it
  • SM provides an authentic voice of the consumer, has rich detail; surveys enhance social media structure to categorize themes and related back to real initiatives 
  • Use social and survey together to inform each other
  • Need to identify lots of buzz with lots of impact, not just lots of buzz
  • Use buzz impact matrix to understand which conversations have high buzz, high impact, and then dive deeper into those issues
  • Identify all the touch points that need to be assessed, identify which have the highest reach, but there are big differences in claimed versus reality
  • Need to move from measurement to action [the problem of the century!]
  • Opportunities are greater than ever for MR to have an impact
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