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Boosting Recollective Activity Socialization

Recollective presents participants with numerous opportunities to collaborate and connect as a community. Primarily, this collaboration takes place within either Discussion Topics or Activity Response Streams.

While participants are quick to collaborate within Discussions, the social features available for Activities are sometimes overlooked by both researchers and community participants.

This is likely because thread-based discussion forums have been around for decades now, but in the context of research, activity response streams are often a new concept for researchers and participants.

Inadvertently overlooking response streams is a shame. Doing so is a missed opportunity to socialize as much as possible and, in turn, generate more feedback, especially given the insightful, creative thought that participants tend to contribute within Activities. Drawing more attention to these responses will generate new ideas – ideas that would otherwise be untapped – and will encourage more and better responses.

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Tech vs. Traditional: How To Get The Most From Your Research

Qualitative research is invaluable for gaining a deeper understanding of "why?" and to discover what really drives your customers and employees. But traditional qual methodologies can often be expensive and time consuming, limiting their use and value given the rapid pace set by modern businesses.

Watch this Recollective-sponsored webinar to the American Marketing Association to discover how technology is rapidly transforming the qualitative research world, enabling brands to innovate by blending the advantages of traditional methodologies with the speed and cost advantages of online.

Lenny Murphy (GreenBook) will discuss macro research industry trends, then Meaghan Willis (STAGE 6IX Consulting) will present real life case studies to demonstrate how technology and traditional approaches can be used together and the advantages this delivered to the brands.

Topics covered will include the use of video in research, real-time and asynchronous approaches and some tips on moderating/managing successful research using online tools.

Key Takeaways:
  • A better understanding of available online qual technologies
  • Insight into how digital and traditional techniques can blend to deliver more robust, timely research
  • Valuable tips to better moderate research using online tools
  • Appreciation for how and why online qual research should become an essential tool to understand your customer
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Top 6 Must-have Community Features for Online Ethnographic Research

An online research community is inherently ethnographic. A group of related individuals are engaged and observed with the aim of better understanding what defines them as a group. At least the opportunity to approach the data from this perspective always exists, even if that isn’t the explicit aim of the researcher.

One key component of traditional ethnographic research is field-based data collection that prioritizes observation over direct questioning. Observation allows the researcher to contextualize the gaps between what people say versus what they actually do. A research community however, removes the researcher from the field and relies on the community interface to collect data for them.

And that can be a positive!

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Five Questions With Gen Lamorie-Wallace of Phase 5

Posted on March 13, 2012 by Simon Chen

Gen Lamorie-Wallace is a busy woman. By day, she is an Ottawa, Canada-based Vice President with market research consultancy Phase 5. By night, she runs a restaurant with her chef husband in a trendy city neighbourhood. Sometimes, Gen's worlds collide and inspiration strikes. For her, it's when a 'foodie' patron pulls out a smartphone and starts tweeting an online commentary about his dining experience. This experience as a restaurateur informs Gen's belief that market researchers need to understand how our communication culture is shifting and to be able to offer to clients new approaches that mimic this "new normal" for communications. Following her presentation Lessons Learned When Adapting Technology Platforms for Qualitative Research at the recent MRIA QRD Conference, we had a chance to talk to Gen about the forces that are transforming consumer culture and the opportunities for businesses and MR.

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Upcoming: Multicultural Media for Multicultural America Forum

Posted on March 2, 2012 by Simon Chen

For Americans and Canadians, multicultural consumers are a rapidly growing demographic. Understanding the social lives of such consumers -- their values, beliefs, habits and preferences -- is of great importance to brands and their marketers. An annual day-long event called the Multicultural Media for Multicultural America Forum will explore this demographic. Presented by marketing research consultancy Horowitz Associates, the March 21st, 2012 conference will focus on ". . . how the concept of community impacts programming, marketing, and advertising geared toward America's new multicultural audiences."

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Upcoming AMARamius Webcast: "Real Research in a Virtual World"

From time-to-time, Ramius has the opportunity to work with the American Marketing Association to produce some interesting content for its members. We're pleased to announce our next Ramius-sponsored webcast on Wednesday, September 14th:

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