When respondents become storytellers, things get human real quick. When respondents are given the opportunity to tell their narratives as they experience them, our biases as researchers take a backseat. Autoethnography turns the research enterprise on its head: We participate in their research, they take control and tell their own stories. We coach from the sidelines, while respondents are front and center. Autoethnography is a relatively new methodology for consumer research. It differs from journaling in that it allows the market research team to connect more deeply with the consumer through the peeling back of multiple layers of consciousness, thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. In this presentation, we discuss how autoethnography differs from other, more conventional methods. This presentation will contain a case study that shows a side by side comparison of autoethnography and journaling.
Recruitment is often seen as the boring end of the process - methodology has always been the sexy bit, right? Wrong — the sexiest methodology in the world falls flat without the right participants. This is the story of how we used the Big 5 personality theory to find the people are methodology deserved - and unique experiment we conducted to find the sweet spot.
Insights emerge in the places where humans are making the decision, buying the brand, or experiencing the product or service. By learning in the moment, within the natural purchase or experience environment, you keep your research “real” – so let’s take it to the streets! “Street research” involves gathering insights from consumers at the point of decision, purchase, consumption, and/or experience. By recruiting consumers ahead of time or via intercepts, and by using smart methods and technology to capture insights in the moment, you will gain rich insights on the street. Resilience required! The ultimate benefit: insightful, efficient, and agile research. In this session, we will discuss effective applications for place-based research and best practices for successful execution, including low- and high-tech tools for on-site data collection and analysis/reporting.
If you’re looking to squeeze everything you can from respondents in an in-person qualitative research session – especially innovation-focused work – consider the rev up. Yes, we’re talking pre-work or “homework”. Before they even walk into their research session, consumers are our eyes, ears, and pioneers – and they have ideas of their own. While respondents are in their element, in the wild, let’s leverage that opportunity for an output that is powerful and resonant. No more humdrum homework – it’s time to up the ante and give consumers a seat on the innovation team like they’ve never had before. In “The Art of the Tease”, attendees will reimagine homework assignments as a way to pull out respondents’ sharpest thinking in-sessions and add an entirely new dimension to the creative process.
Tips & tricks on how to create dedicated board games for qualitative research. While this theme is not new for qualitative research, attendees will learn how to transform research into a boardgame from beginning to end, by starting from gaming principles and theory, from the psychology of board games, and getting inspired by the most popular board games out there.
Like it or not, we’ve entered a new era in marketing research. Client values and perspectives are evolving. New technologies are constantly emerging. And, this pace of change is only likely to accelerate. Over the past three years, I’ve been fortunate to attend six major MR conferences (plus fabulous QRCA events) and present at three of these. I listened to research innovators share their forward-looking wisdom and experiences; and attended thought-provoking educational sessions exploring technology and the future of the greater MR industry – all with an ear to how Qualitative might be impacted. In this fast-moving session, we will review quick highlights of various MR shifts. We’ll cover technology as well as novel and alternative approaches, including artificial intelligence, automated MR platforms, prediction markets, new MR thought paradigms, generational and cultural shifts, breaking Qual rules, fresh twists on Qual study designs, microbrands, and more.