Scott Smith

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Scott Smith, Ph.D. is a contributor to the Qualtrics blog.

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Create A Survey With These 4 Common Sense Tips

Creating online surveys is as much an art as it is a science. It involves attention to detail in the design and flow of your survey questionnaire. Creating an effective survey that yields actionabl...

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How to define your research question

A well-defined, precise research question keeps your business research focused and your results actionable. It’s also a powerful tool for securing buy-in from your workforce and building the busines...

9 min read


Survey Questions 101: Do You Make These 7 Mistakes?

Details, details, details. Creating surveys that yield actionable insights is about details. And writing effective survey questions is the first step. We see common mistakes that keep survey questi...

9 min read


When Should Customer Satisfaction be Measured?

Proper timing of customer satisfaction surveys depends on the type of product or service provided, the type and number of customers served, the longevity and frequency of customer/supplier interaction...

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Demographic Survey Questions that Yield Valuable Insights

Have you ever noticed how television commercials change based on the program you’re watching? You wouldn’t expect to see a children’s toy commercial late at night, beer commercials during Sat...

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Employee Satisfaction Surveys: Best practices and sample questions

Improving employee satisfaction has been a goal of organizations since at least the 1930s, when psychologists began earnestly studying employee attitudes and how they were affected by the employer/emp...

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Customer Expectations: 7 Types All Exceptional Researchers Must Understand

Customer satisfaction reflects the expectations and experiences that the customer has with a product or service. Consumer expectations reflect both past and current product evaluation and user experie...

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Market Research Example: How Coca-Cola Lost Millions with This Mistake

In the mid-1980s, the Coca-Cola Company made a decision to introduce a new beverage product (Hartley, 1995, pp. 129–145). The company had evidence that taste was the single most important cause o...

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9 Key Stages in the Marketing Research Process

I talked earlier about 20 different types of marketing research studies. Once you've selected one that you find interesting ask yourself two questions: first, how can you conduct your own marketing re...

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Why do People Participate as Respondents in a Survey?

Marketing researchers often ask the question, but few techniques have been developed to increase participation. The following theories are among those proposed (and studied to varying degrees) as answ...

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