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Introducing the Petfood Industry Confidence Index

Posted by Communications for Research on 02/18/2020

Communications for Research is excited to partner with Petfood Industry on the Petfood Industry Confidence Index!

We have recently partnered with Petfood Industry magazine to create an anonymous online questionnaire, which Petfood Industry readers will be asked to complete. The questions are designed to gain insights into what’s going on within..

Business Research 101: The Process from Design to Results

Posted by Communications for Research on 02/14/2020

Managing a successful company depends on good planning, as well as some luck. To increase the likelihood of both, smart businesses conduct research so that they can better understand their place in a market and gain insight into their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. With good data, they can make informed decisions about how to..

12 Market Research Topics Your Company Might Want to Explore

Posted by Communications for Research on 01/31/2020

You know what they say about assuming: don’t do it! While some assumptions benefit us in the short term — like when we see a large animal barreling down on us with bared teeth and we take off in the other direction or when we grab our raincoat upon seeing darkening skies — most of the time, they only pander to fears that have nothing to do with..

Why Your Business Should Be Doing Applied Research

Posted by Communications for Research on 12/30/2019

There are two types of research: fundamental and applied. The first is essentially the exploration of natural phenomena so that scientists can better understand and accurately anticipate them. The practical application of any information learned during fundamental research is considered neither a motivator nor a consequence of the process, and,..

Observational Research: When Should You Observe vs. Survey?

Posted by Communications for Research on 12/26/2019

Observation is one of the original guiding principles for scientific inquiry. It is essential for collecting data, forming hypotheses and testing theories. But how do you know when to observe and when to actually start asking questions? For market researchers, it can be a difficult choice. Here’s what you need to know:

What Does a “Research Logistics” Company Do?

Posted by Communications for Research on 11/29/2019

In general terms, “logistics” refers to the careful management of all the processes involved in a business operation or project. A company with good logistics has a firm hand on the organization, as well as the execution, of its activities so that everyone in the firm is informed, engaged and motivated to perform proficiently at all times.

Market Research Trends: Research Ops

Posted by Communications for Research on 11/26/2019

The term “research ops” is a relatively new one. Mentioned offhandedly in a tweet in March 2018, it has quickly blossomed into its own discipline, maintaining a prominent place in the world of design and user research. But design and/or user research aren’t really new concepts; user experience (UX) design has existed for nearly as long as..

Featured In: Happy Market Research Podcast

Posted by Communications for Research on 11/25/2019

This year at the Insights Association's Corporate Researchers Conference, our co-CEO Colson Steber had the opportunity to speak with Jamin Brazil on the Happy Market Research Podcast. In this episode, Colson & Jamin chat about the conference, Communications for Research as a company, ResearchOps and more!

What is Product-Market Fit?

Posted by Communications for Research on 11/14/2019

Most people believe that a good product is the cornerstone of a great business. And while a good product does, indeed, have the potential to provide some functional stability for a company, the true foundation of any enterprise rests on the market around it. A great product just isn’t useful (i.e., “profitable) unless a lot of people are..

How to Analyze Potential Customers for a New Offering

Posted by Communications for Research on 11/5/2019

When it comes to business, there’s really nothing more important than customers. Without them, a business won’t — read: can’t! — succeed. Not only do customers buy a company’s products (a necessity if it wants to be profitable), in today’s hyper-connected society, they also serve as powerful (even if unofficial) market influencers. Knowing who..

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