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4 Ways Your Website Can Replace Focus Groups

Buzz Marketing for Technology

While focus groups attempt to simulate and gain insights on what the customer potentially thinks, nothing can substitute truly anonymous, honest and unbiased feedback. So how are websites replicating—and advancing—the traditional focus group? We look at four ways that your website can replace focus groups: 1. What do they like? You’ll be forgiven if you.

Why Focus Groups Are a Waste of Money for B2B Marketers

B2B Marketing Traction

I’ve never been much of a believer in focus groups for market research. They are expensive and, like some, I believe that focus group dynamics lead to group think, which may not amount to true customer response. Are you a B2B marketer or researcher who has gotten great results from focus groups? According to Dr. Robert T. What do you think?

Is social media all the market research you need?


In the fast-paced world we live in, carefully constructed research that focuses on identifying customer underlying needs and enables segmentation has largely fallen out of favor.   In our service economy, it is very easy to create new offerings and use digital media to establish a brand, put out messages, create buzz, etc.  Photo credit: Wikipedia. Market research rocks!

Why Direct Mail & Focus Groups Don’t Mix

The Point

Recently, a client sent us results of a focus group they had conducted, results that included an evaluation of direct mail concepts we’re developing for one of their products. This reminded me of an article (below) on direct mail and focus groups that I wrote more than 10 years ago. Why Focus Groups Don’t Work for Direct Marketing.

What Facebook Graph Means to Marketing Intelligence

Sales Intelligence View

Many still rely on costly, time-consuming focus groups that don’t always gather accurate audience opinion. At the start of 2013, the most popular social network in the world, Facebook, launched a new tool called Open Graph that is already promising to alter the world of online marketing forever. Graph is still in the beta phase, with a waiting list in progress. online marketing.

The Limits of Crowdsourcing

It's All About Revenue

And Q&A sites like Focus and Quora have recently tapped into the world’s collective wisdom to rank whose answers to certain questions contain the greatest nugget of truth. smaller group on internal experts might conceptualize a few ideas or products, then ask the crowd for feedback on what to lose or keep. Many of the crowdsourcing models used today actually touch a relatively small group of early adopters in specified fields. by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this. The wisdom of crowds or groupthink? This is roughly how the argument for and against crowdsourcing falls. Facebook.

What Makes Customers Tick

Vertical Response

Customer Service business management customer insights Customer service focus groupsThis article by VerticalResponse CEO and founder Janine Popick originally appeared on At VerticalResponse , we don’t get a lot of face-to-face time with our small business and non-profit customers. I. hate that. It was an amazing experience for both our team as well as for them.

Is This Social Media or Word of Mouth?

Marketing Edge

Tags: focus group social media siblings WOM

Listening to Your Customers In the Digital Age

The Effective Marketer

Let’s do a focus group and find out. In an interesting BusinessWeek article dating back to 2005, titled “ Shoot the Focus Group ”, the author states that although there are plenty of examples and ample evidence that Focus Groups fail time and again, companies keep using them. The old-fashioned focus group still has its believers even with fiascoes like Pepsi Edge and a decades-long new-product failure rate of about 90%.” – BusinessWeek. Put my campaign on tv for a year, then hold your group again, maybe it’ll show up.

How Empathy Will Grow Your Sales and Marketing Pipeline

B2B Lead Generation Blog

So what would happen if we focused on helping them do just that? Too many marketers rely on survey data or focus groups to tell them how customer’s think and feel, but that’s not enough. Focus on developing conversations, not campaigns. Writers note – This as a primer for my session at Dreamforce 2016 next week. Our customers aren’t saying, “We need solutions.”

3 ways to integrate social media into your current online marketing

EMagine B2B Blog

Tags: B2B Web Strategy Social Media focus group craft problem solution oriented content mode target traditional media messages the biggest problem “listening” stage above bill’s post includes   quarter inch holes ’  cheaper a traditional physical wanted drill produces true feelings

B2B market research – 10 unique features

The B2B Research Blog

The findings garnered from desk research can help to frame a good qualitative interview and a thorough focus group can help provide relevant answer options for a quantitative survey. Focus groups are rarer in qualitative B2B studies. This means that focus groups are often simply not a realistic option in B2B studies. And with good reason.

Infographic: Influencer Marketing Survey

Onalytica B2B

This October 2015 survey highlights findings from Onalytica’s  focus groups and consultations with 100  Marketing Directors, Heads of Social Media, Communication & PR  Professionals. Discussions were centred around the topic of  Influencer Marketing, its use cases, opportunities, challenges and  tools used. times higher in H1 2015 than the overall average in full-year 2014.

Voice of the Customer research that actually convinces the CEO to do the right thing

Cloud Potential

know, because I’ve seen them all fail: focus groups, online surveys, email surveys, and so on. As a revenue coach, I do not consider my work successful until sales start going up. And sales will not go up until the CEO and other top managers make the mental shift from company-centered to customer-centric. Traditional methods of customer research do not flip that switch.

Email Marketing: How to maintain low opt-out rates

B2B Lead Generation Blog

If all we do is focus on winning the sale, they’re going to tune out or opt out. If we focus on how we can help them, we’re going to build trust, and when they trust you, they’ll stick around and likely buy whatever it is you’re selling. My answer, in a word, was relevance. Watch the video below to find out more. Know how your value proposition helps.

The Guide to a Successful Employee Advocacy Plan


As a general rule there are four steps involved in the process of onboarding employees: Establish a focus group – to sell the idea to a selected group of employees, to get a feel for what would work best, and what (if any) barriers are in the way. Focus on the ones that are already savvy, as they are more likely to demonstrate success. But this race gets very tiring.

New Approaches To Understand Customers Needed In A Digital Transformation World

Tony Zambito

What is changing in the past two years, is that CEOs are focused on globalization and digital transformation.  Relying on a status quo of traditional means such as focus groups, win/loss oriented interviews, surveys, and buyer interviews that are grounded in conventional yet outdated sales and product marketing concepts. Illustration by Nikita Kozin. Enjoy.).

Social Business Intelligence: Wisdom from the Outside-In

Buzz Marketing for Technology

In traditional research, companies elicit feedback through periodic surveys and then enhance their findings through focus groups. Focus Groups suffer from the most human of all issues; the loudest person in the group wins and sways others through a combination of charisma and decibels.  In both cases, the information rendered is faulty. 

The Emerging Importance Of B2B Ethnography To Buyer Personas

Tony Zambito

In recent studies by IBM and other research studies on CEO sentiments, customer insight and understanding are identified as a top focus for CEOs.  A majority of surveys also find a growing concern for both establishing and retaining customer loyalty in today’s digital marketplaces. This is then combined with win/loss questioning focused on the buying process (or buyer’s journey).

Does Big Data mean market research is dead?

The B2B Research Blog

Will surveys, focus groups and interviews become relics of a bygone age? When Big Data finally becomes a reality, does that mean market research will become surplus to requirements?  Some would say so. They argue that we already have the answers to most questions at our fingertips.  They’re sitting in our servers and on the web.  All we need to do is mine the data to reveal the insight.  That being the case, why bother asking customers themselves, especially as what people say they do, doesn’t always match what they actually do? They’ve got a point.  So it’s not a dichotomy. 

ScribbleLive Spark: Automate Content Research with Watchlists


These are most commonly used to segment influencers into focused groups. This allows you to focus your analysis on the most relevant influencers. Welcome back to our ScribbleLive Spark series, where we outline tips and best practices to use our products for effective results.  Enjoy! TLDR (Too Long; Didn’t Read). The Full Story. Why Watchlists are Important. What/How.

When, Why and How to Gate Content Along the Customer Journey


Also, we’re too focused on what we want from the prospect (e.g., This can be done from actual data points we may have from their engagement history; from interviews and focus group studies (whether formal or informal); and from listening to what folks are saying on social networks and so forth. You really need to focus your energy on that middle part.

3 Ways Brands Can Make Native Advertising More Effective in 2017


Through focus groups and a survey of 1,212 consumers, we pinpointed some big problems with native content, but also discovered how it can deliver big benefits to advertisers. There’s a consensus out there that suggests consumers are averse to native content that focuses on the sponsor. The Daily Beast now gets 90 percent of its ad revenue from native ads.

Capturing the Voice of Your Customer for B2B Video


Why not conduct online surveys or focus groups? Focus groups don’t give true readings because some members of the group are influenced by the opinions of other members; or they’re reticent to bring up certain topics in front of their boss or a business rival. The Voice of My Customer has spoken. They are saying, “Enough already. We get it! We agree that stories are impactful sales tools, and delivering stories via brief videos is even more powerful. What we need are the stories! We know they exist. ” This is an easy problem to solve.

8 Questions to Steer Your Marketing Priorities

B2B Lead Generation Blog

You should not ask customers these questions on a social network, on a survey, or during a focus group. Find and focus on priorities. Tweet You could be racing the finest Formula One car, but if you’re always steering in the wrong direction, even a horse and buggy will beat you to the finish line. So it is with marketing. Steer Toward Your Customers. Are our prices fair?

Fixing Native Advertising: What Consumers Want From Brands, Publishers, and the FTC


Through focus group studies and a survey of 1,212 adults who regularly access the internet, we found: 54 percent of respondents have felt deceived by native advertising in the past. As 2016 comes to an end, the media industry faces an uncertain future. Fake news has flooded Facebook, captivated the attention of people across the nation, and likely influenced a presidential election.

5 Effective Options For B2B Advertising on Social Media

KoMarketing Associates

Below are a few ways B2B marketers can leverage available social media advertising opportunities: Target Professional Groups. Facebook and LinkedIn have very active groups, which people use to build community, ask questions, and interact with others in their community. If you don’t think your audience is on social media, you’re wrong. Target Job Titles in Campaigns. Final Thoughts.

How To Avoid the Biggest Pitfall of Progressive Profiling

Digital B2B Marketing

Photo Credit: Phil Manker via Flickr cc. (It took a focus group setting to get this much information!). According to Google, progressive profiling is “a method of asking questions incrementally, gathering more information about a prospect over time.” Then, as they come back over time, continue to gather a little bit more. And then it all falls apart. Source , Page 6).

Habits of Customer-Centric Marketers: Q&A with Donna Danis


The Good Stuff: My favorite ways of conducting interviews with buyers are using a mix of focus groups, one-on-one interviews and quantitative surveys because the mix gives you a deep and broad base from which to understand personas and operationalize around them.  In a recent  study  we read, the role of marketing is changing to become the chief advocate for customers.

Driving action from a customer satisfaction programme

The B2B Research Blog

These critical stakeholders should then be invited to form a working group which shapes and owns the programme. Before anything is measured, another group of key stakeholders needs to shape the research – customers.  A small selection of customers should be engaged to reveal the critical areas of their experience and potential drivers of satisfaction at each.  Post-survey you may also want to consider some further focus groups or interviews to explore specific issues raised by the survey in detail. Here are nine golden rules. Rule 1: Create stakeholder ownership.

What Steve Jobs Can Teach Us about Marketing in 2017


For example, in 1997 Apple created an ad campaign titled “Think different,” focusing on the core of the company’s brand: innovation. Steve Jobs said: That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Steve Jobs said, “It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”. He points out that Alexander Graham Bell didn’t conduct focus groups or speak with customers prior to inventing the telephone. Focus on experience. Steve Jobs didn’t look good on paper. Use color.

The Future of Buyer Personas is Social - Part 1

Tony Zambito

  I learned and watched in awe from the wonderful collective group of pioneers from those early heady days in using personas at Cooper Design – people like Kim Goodwin, Robert Riemann, David Fore, Wayne Greenwood, and Dave Cronin.    This holds true for surveying methods associated with traditional market research, customer surveys, and focus group methods. 

4 Ways You Can Scale with Your Marketing Programs

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Phillip Chen For marketers at growing companies who are ready to make the leap from a small marketing group to a larger-scale function, making their programs larger and more effective is almost always on their minds. Aside from focus groups, other ways you can uncover insights for your company include surveys, internal interviews, customer interviews, and of course reports. 2.

You’ve Discovered SEO Keywords, But What’s Next?


Group Your Keywords. While this grouping might not be helpful for your content strategy, tracking all of the derivatives people use to search your brand will be helpful when creating paid ads. People using these keywords are actively looking for a solution, especially on a search engine, and as such, solution- or product-focused keywords are often the most valuable.

The five things most marketers get wrong about personas


Personas can be helpful in activating the right brain to really focus on communicating with real people, but only when personas actually resemble a small number of customer types. Instead, we must be constantly focused on feedback that our personas–and the content we create to reach them. I’m tired of personas. It’s not that they aren’t valuable. Always.

Chris Abraham joins Cindy Crescenzo and Steve Farnsworth on FIR with Shel Holtz


About today’s panel: Chris Abraham , digital strategist and technologist, is a leading expert in digital: search engine optimization (SEO), online relationship management (ORM), Internet privacy, and online public relations with a focus on blogger outreach, blogger engagement, and Internet crisis response. Episode 64 of the #FIR podcast is up.

12 Benefits of Blogging for B2B Marketers

B2B Marketing Traction

Instead of or in addition to expensive market research such as focus groups, you can use your blog and social media to get feedback and opinions. 9. Is blogging worth it for B2B marketers? Here are 12 benefits business to business marketers can gain from blogging. 1. Add value for prospects and customers. Create credibility for your business. Engagement increases customer intimacy. 6.