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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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The Recollective Team is Expanding!

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.

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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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New Language Support and Payment Portal

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.

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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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New Image Review Zoom

 

Recollective is centred on an activity-based approach of guiding participants through tasks that can gather a rich set of multimedia responses. The task types supported by Recollective are akin to the question types of a survey, except that the focus is more qualitative in nature, interactive and ultimately social.

One of Recollective’s most popular task types is “Image Review”. It lets you upload an image and define up to three types of markers that participants can drag onto the image. Each placed marker can be accompanied by an annotation that answers a custom follow-up question like, "Why do you like this part of the image?". You can also collect a rating for the image and additional commentary.

We recently updated the Image Review task type to support very large and highly detailed images by allowing participants to quickly zoom in and out as needed.

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