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. Continue reading
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
We’re delighted to have Brent Schmidt, CEO of Strategic Fuel, contribute to our blog this month and share his case study of their very first Recollective-based project.
Clients: Juice Inc. and Strategic Fuel
Is a corporate training company that believes energized and engaged employees fuel great customer experiences and better business results. That’s why the organization places a focus on ideas, skills and tools people can put to use immediately.
Driven by the challenge of bringing leaders, teams and customers onto the same page, Strategic Fuel takes a creative and collaborative approach to craft an insight-driven shared focus and direction for organizations and teams. Juice Inc. is a client of Strategic Fuel.
There were a few different challenges in play. Continue reading
For interesting results, mix teenagers with a dash of alcohol in an online research community, garnish with lime (or the branding of your choice).
Recently, the team here at Recollective supported that kind of cocktail community and it highlighted several key advantages of communities and online qual in general. Namely:
- The Safety of a Virtual Environment
- The Value of Familiar Surroundings
- Respondent Attention Retention
The community ran over 2 weeks with 20 participants. It aimed to establish a comprehensive understanding of recently of-age participants’ relationships with various liquors and how these associations influence their in-store decision making.
Though these advantages were particularly evident given the unique variables at play in this study, these benefits can be found and exploited in a wide variety of industries and with a broad set of research objectives, regardless of the community’s size and scope. Continue reading
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.
What a month May was! We not only helped customers build a record number of new studies on Recollective, but it’s with huge delight that we welcome Kerry Hecht to Ramius, joining in a brand new position as Director of Research Services.
As many of you know, our company focus has been primarily on research software with (I like to think) some superb complementary services from our team of Implementation Consultants. Those supporting services have been limited to helping clients understand how to best use Recollective, prepare for launch and in some cases, to program the studies.
As we continue growing though, it’s become very clear there is demand to help researchers do even more with Recollective. So drawing on Kerry’s vast experience in the field of online research and services, we plan to implement several new service packages that customers can use to complement their own capabilities. Continue reading
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.
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. Continue reading
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:
- Saudi Arabia
- Egypt, Arab Rep.
- Syrian Arab Republic
- United Arab Emirates
- West Bank and Gaza
- Yemen, Rep.
Current Language Capabilities
As Recollective’s global customer base expands and the range of geographic locations for project gets ever more varied, we’re asked to support more and more languages. Earlier this year we announced full support for Russian, Japanese and Romanian in Recollective.
This increases the list of supported languages to 11! That means you can now program and manage a Recollective study in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Italian, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Japanese or Romanian.
Any languages can be combined together in a site or even within a single study (particularly useful for studies that engage with multi-lingual participants). Languages are supported on both mobile and desktop, for all account types and will auto-detect to make the user experience as simple as possible.
Online Payment Portal
Another operational improvement we’ve implemented recently is to provide an online portal for customers to pay their USD or CAD invoices by credit card. At the moment, the card types accepted include:
- U.S. businesses – Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Discover, and Diners Club.
- Australian, Canadian, and European businesses – Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
To login, you only need your email address and invoice number. A payment receipt will be emailed to you to confirm the transaction and of course, everything is not only secured by SSL but we don’t store your credit card information.
To pay by credit card, simply go to https://recollective.com/portal/payment
We hope the new languages and easy payment mechanism is helpful and we look forward to helping you with your next Recollective project!