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Philippe Dame

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Home Sweet Home

Last year, the new Home tab in Recollective took over for the "Study Overview". Both were focused on welcoming new participants to your study and guiding them to their first or next activity. The Home page became the preferred solution as it can incorporate more information while being far more flexible.

The Home page features a modular layout made up of "cards" that provide tremendous freedom to personalize the page. In the recent December 2016 update to Recollective, we made the Home page much more sweet with a trio of dynamic cards:

  • Activities Card
  • Discussions Card
  • People Card

We also introduced a new default home page template, and the ability to copy and paste cards in the same study or across studies.

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Recollective: 2016 In Review

With every Recollective release we strive to perfect, enhance and innovate the platform. We do so with direct input from hundreds of customers running thousands of studies on Recollective every year — 2016 was no exception.

For the sake of usability, it's impossible to present all of the platform's capabilities in one tidy interface. We know that each researcher makes use of a different combination of features and it's easy to overlook the overall evolution of the platform, even if you use it daily.

We thought we'd round up Recollective's major improvements in 2016 but also highlight many of the smaller usability improvements that add up to a great experience.

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Recollective Fall 2016 Update

We're improving Recollective on a daily basis and have small updates going out weekly. We're also hard at work on bigger features that we aim to release every 2 to 3 months.

The most recent update to Recollective started rolling out mid-October and it introduced a major new task type we call "Fill the Blanks".

"Fill the Blanks" Task Type

This new task type allows you to create a template response for your participants whereby they need only complete the questions or "blank spaces" you define.

Relative to the task types already available in Recollective, Fill the Blanks has some unique advantages:

  • Free-form structure maximizes flexibility
  • Efficient to setup and complete due to density of questions on a single page
  • Allows for greater guidance and consistency in responses

The task type can be used a number of ways:

  • Qualitative research via projective and storytelling techniques
  • Quantitative research via short surveys
  • Basic data collection via online forms
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Recollective Spring 2016 Update

Just in time for our appearance at IIeX 2016 in Atlanta, we're introducing a major platform update for Recollective. The release starting rolling out on June 9th and will be available to all customers by early next week. We hope you enjoy it!

Major New Features

Advanced People Filtering

The process of searching for people (i.e. filtering panelists in Site Administration or selecting participants inside a study) has received a major update. Basic Filters have been improved and an Advanced Filters tab now appears.

The new Advanced Filters let you intuitively build up a set of filtering criteria. You can filter on any built-in field (like "First Name" or "Last Visit") AND you can filter on any custom panelist profile field. Since every screening question in a study is also a panelist field, you can now easily find people based on their screening responses. You no longer have to connect specific choices to basic segments.

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Recollective March 2016 Update

We recently released a new software update to Recollective with many new features and improvements (along with a variety of solved defects). Here's what we've been up to:

 

New Self-Help Guide

  • The missing Recollective manual is here! Get help quickly with a new Self-Help Guide embedded directly within Recollective.
  • A new help icon now appears in the lower right corner of all pages to Analysts and Moderators (it will not appear to Clients or Participants).
  • The guide includes rapid keyword searching to help you find relevant articles.
  • Dozens of help articles exist already but we'll be continuously expanding it.
  • The guide appears alongside our existing support system, a new feature request form and a live list of recent updates from our blog.
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New Feature: Study Home Page

In the latest release of Recollective, every study has gained the ability to display a highly customized home page to engage participants (and clients) with rich multimedia content. On this new Home tab, you can add multiple types of Cards and those cards can be easily updated, resized, repositioned and re-styled as needed.

A study home page might be used to welcome participants (with text, photo or video) but it can also be used to introduce moderators, feature participant responses, show off concepts, graphically link to important discussions and more. Although some moderators might be tempted to treat it like a static greeting, innovative researchers will treat it as an editorial space for the study. Ideally, the home page of a study delivers relevant news and interesting findings as they occur.

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Arabic Support in Recollective

According to Unesco, if you took all varieties of the Arabic language and considered them a single language, it is spoken by more than 422 million speakers. This makes it the sixth most-spoken language in the world. It's also a language used by more than 1.5 billion Muslims.

The World Bank states that the Arab world, a collection of 22 countries, has a combined GDP of $2.846 trillion, which is staggering. Arabic speaking countries include:

  • Algeria
  • Morocco
  • Bahrain
  • Oman
  • Comoros
  • Qatar
  • Djibouti
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Egypt, Arab Rep.
  • Somalia
  • Iraq
  • Sudan
  • Jordan
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Kuwait
  • Tunisia
  • Lebanon
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Libya
  • West Bank and Gaza
  • Mauritania
  • Yemen, Rep.
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Time to Smile: Emoji Support!

 

Japanese for "picture word", Emoji are often pictographs—images of things like faces , weather , emotions  or activities . They arrived on the scene in Japan  long before they were popularized in North America via the smartphone. The humble emoticon :) is its predecessor.

Both emoji and emoticons do one thing well, they express an emotion  or idea succinctly . They've become part of the way we speak  online and they aren't going away. You might be surprised to learn that there are several international Emoji standards for cross-device  consistency. This is serious business .

Today, we're happy to announce that Recollective now natively supports emoji and emoticons across the entire application. This is a benefit to both participants and study moderators when it comes to getting across meaning , feeling and personality .

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New Design. New Opportunities.

All Recollective customers are now running the updated interface we announced on April 15th. This new look is a dramatic, and yet completely natural, evolution of the Recollective experience.

We've received fantastic feedback to date and continue to incorporate everyone's input. The entire platform was born out of real needs in the field and this hasn't changed. We also have a lot more in store for the second half of 2015.

Visit Recollective.com now to view a new screenshot tour that walks you through the platform's features through the eyes of our fictitious travel business, "Rail Canada". What you'll notice is a simpler, clutter-free design that lets your brand, content and people truly stand out.

Our goal is to make the design elegant while ultimately unnoticed. If you're thinking about it, we haven't done our jobs. It should anticipate your needs, prevent common mistakes and simply get out of your way.

Improved branding means you can consistently convey the look and feel of your agency or client brand, right down to a theme colour that pervades the site. Everything blue in our sample screenshots can be equally green, orange or hot pink (you can customize it per study).

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Fresh Look for Recollective

A fantastic new interface design is now available for an exclusive preview by Recollective customers. If you're a Recollective customer, you may soon notice a toggle inside your studies as shown below. It grants you access to a fully functional and live preview of this new look. If you don't see this toggle in your Recollective study, please visit a study in your Recollective demonstration site.

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