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
This post is from Dr. Nick Anderson, a psychologist at Dr-Groks, who has spent his career helping brands all over the world to understand the complexity and apparent irrationality of their consumers and apply sound psychological principles to create impactful product design and communications.
Qualitative research is about relationships.
In our research-lives the relationships we have with consumers and end-users is central to getting our jobs done. The better we can know them, and get them to share their lives, behaviours, and beliefs with us – the more astute our insights become and the better our work is as a result.
Lots has been written already about how online platforms can help us connect with our consumers, but there has been relatively little mentioned about how a well run platform like Recollective helps with client relationships too.
For me, the relationship I have with my client-partner is just as important as the ones I have with my consumers. The more honest and authentic this relationship is, the more we feel like partners, and the more focused (and fun) the work is.
Here are 3 ways an online platform is a great client-friendly approach to research. Continue reading
As always, IIeX was a great experience for the entire Recollective team and for me, personally. We made some great connections, learned a lot and participated in collaborative problem solving.
Part of the experience for us was hosting a roundtable with people who participate in marketing research studies. We did this to further our ongoing conversation about what our industry is like for them. Our goal is to create a more open dialogue between our side of the industry and theirs; the hope being that we can work towards some foundational shifts in our thinking and find some solutions to our shared problems with quality and trust.
First, as a reminder, this wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support of our industry. I’d like to give a personal thank you to:
While Jessica Broome and I conceptualized and brought this to life we never would have been able to do this without help… lots and lots of help! Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago we were basking in the sunshine and heat of Atlanta, attending the Insight Innovation Exchange (IIeX) conference. Each year provides a fantastic opportunity to not only meet new and existing customers, but to also soak up some great presentations by speakers from North America.
This year three themes struck me as particularly prominent:
- Visceral visualization – Virtual environments and more robust media in general
- Interrogating respondent’s implicit motivations and feelings
- Automation of analysis
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.
Not long ago I found myself in the midst of what was disguised as a quick online survey but proved to be a significant investment of my time. I opted in because I wanted to contribute; I opted out because I didn’t want to contribute that much.
Striking the right balance between workload and incentive is difficult. When I’m working with a team that’s new to research communities I can, understandably, expect to hear at least one question dealing with this dilemma:
“How many questions should/can I ask in a day?”
“How much time can I expect participants to spend contributing to the community on a given day?”
“Is X enough incentive for Y time spent?”
I can provide some broad guidelines based on my exposure to other communities but I always conclude with a confident, “it depends.” The answers to these questions depend on a number of variables: demographics, subject matter, incentive offered etc. Continue reading