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Steve Thompson

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New Grid Task type, moderator tools and Flexi-start - the November release is here!

We've been working on the latest update to Recollective for a little while now and are very excited to announce it's release. Those of you with active sites may already have seen the new functionality in Recollective, but here's a quick overview. More details will also be posted on each upgrade or call us to schedule a top-up training session.

  1. New Grid task type
  2. Enhanced task moderation features (edit, delete and reject individual responses)
  3. Flexible start dates and new site subscription area
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FGI Research & Analytics partners with Ramius and Recollective

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Leading insights company, FGI Research & Analytics, chooses Recollective® to power their online community (MROC) solutions

 

Ottawa, Canada – October, 2014 Ramius Corporation (www.ramius.net) announced today that FGI Research & Analytics (www.fgiresearch.com) has chosen the Recollective Professional platform to power their SmartSpace Market Research Online Community (MROC) offering.

“The advanced technology of the Ramius platform is fully integrated into our mobile-friendly MROC and custom online panel solutions. As a result, we are able to provide our clients with crowd-sourced insights from consumers around the world, regardless of their preferred device, location, or time of day. It’s the only way to effectively engage and collaborate with today’s consumer. Period.” said David Wilson, CEO at FGI.

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Chinese Language Arrives!

So many of our customers are using Recollective in global projects, that we get requests for new languages every week. Chinese has been perhaps the most requested language recently. So, as part of the ongoing effort to localize Recollective into popular languages, we're really delighted to confirm that the platform now fully supports Simplified Chinese.

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Gamification comes to Recollective with new Incentives feature

Today we're releasing an incredible series of upgrades to the core Recollective platform. These upgrades are available to all customers and include:

  • Incentives (points and levels)
  • Action Log
  • Web-Based Notifications
  • Email Notification Digests
  • Anonymous Access

Incentives

We've attended several marketing research conferences over the past few years and one consistent topic of conversation at all of them as been "gamification". We've been thinking about how to bring that element into Recollective for quite some time. Gamification, in the general opinion of researchers we spoke with, is a way to stimulate more interactions and quality of response by making the research fun and competitive.

As we considered that, it was clear that gamification had two dimensions:

  • The reward of accumulating points, and having effort recognized in the community, is in itself an incentive to stimulate the desired behaviour.
  • Points and levels can be used to determine who has earned a traditional monetary incentive in a research community.

To address these elements, we've built the following new features:

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Leading European insights company Blauw Research chooses Recollective to expand the scope of its online research

Ottawa, Canada – May 6, 2014 Ramius Corporation announced today that Blauw Research has chosen Recollective as one of their preferred platforms to power online research communities and has entered into a strategic partnership agreement to grow its presence across Europe.

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Inflows: recruiting, screening and balancing in Recollective

As some of our customers and partners might be aware, the vision for Recollective has always been to satisfy the entire end-to-end experience of building and running an online insight community. Our goal is to deliver everything you need - from recruiting to launch, moderation to incentive management - within the application.

A huge part of that vision was completed and released this month: Recollective Inflows.

What is Inflows?

The idea behind Inflows is to provide the tools you need to openly invite people to any study, have them screened, balanced to quotas and for those that qualify, automatically added to the study.
The initial step, the ability to open registration into a study by sharing a URL or sending out bulk emails, has existed since 2013 (in addition to the convenient Bulk Upload tool). In this release, we've extended the "inflow" process to include screening, balancing with quotas and automated communications.
UPDATE April 17, 2014: We recently completed a webinar to introduce Recollective Inflows. We provided an overview and a live demonstration of all its new features. A recording of that webinar is below:

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February Recollective Release - Multimedia Tasks

Very soon after launching Recollective in late 2011, we made sure there was a suite of tools to enable researchers to capture photo, files and webcam or mobile video responses in addition to open-ended text. Those four task types have proven to be hugely popular, forming the core of almost every project done using Recollective.

We're always seeking new ways to make the platform more flexible for research and so this month we are really proud to release a new task type: Multimedia.

This task type combines all four primary ways to gather a response - text, photo, video and files. When shaping a question, the task type enables researchers to choose which media types can be used and optionally, set limits for how many of each must be shared by the participant.

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December Recollective Release - Interactive Word Clouds!

Christmas has come early to Recollective. Launched late on Friday 13th Dec, we've rolled out a huge release which introduces interactive word clouds, full text keyword searching and a brand new rich text editor.

Interactive Word Clouds

In the late September release we introduced the concept of summary views for the stream so you could see a photo and video wall or a dashboard of activity charts in addition to the standard newsfeed of responses and discussions.

Interactive word clouds complete the set by representing text-based responses and discussions in a summarized, highly visual format. I have to say, they're pretty special.

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Recollective Release - August 2013 (Incremental)

There were a number of small improvements that we weren't able to squeeze into the main release this month, so instead they were all pushed live over the weekend. Here's a quick summary of what's changed.

Summary Stream
  • New stream filtering options to highlight comments and ratings by a profiled user

Photo Task Type

After splitting the old Text / Photo task type a few releases ago, we've had feedback from some customers that they want to see it back. So, to help any die-hards out there, we've improved the new Photo Task Type.
  • New option attached to Additional Commentary to "Place above photos" which enables text to be captured before photos are uploaded.
  • Text responses appear above photos on the response view and stream
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Recollective Release - August 2013

August is normally a quiet month, so we've taken the opportunity to make some further advances in the Recollective feature set. Chief among them are improvements to the Poll tool which were pushed live yesterday evening (6 Aug).

Improved Poll Task Type

The Poll task type was one of the very first we released back in 2011 and we've had some great feedback about how to improve it. In this release we've expanded it's capability to include follow-on actions and new choice options.

  • A "None of the above" and an "All of the above" choice in single and multiple choices polls respectively which remains on the bottom of the list when options are randomized.
  • The ability to define actions per poll choice (in a similar way to the Prompt task type). These actions enable you to do things like drive task navigation (skip ahead / back / across / sideways / up / down and generally have fun), open external URLs, add or remove participants to segments and more. This feature applies to single-choice polls only.

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