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2 Simple Steps To Understand Complex Consumers: Observe Closely, Then Survey Effectively

Posted by MFour on Apr 30, 2019 11:49:36 AM

 

The constant proliferation of new research products, technologies and methodologies for market research is making life increasingly complex for research-users.

But it doesn't have to be. To remove clutter and gain clarity on the available data-collection options, the simple rule to remember is “observe, then survey.” 

MFour handles data-collection simplification like this:

Observe who? Members of the large, representative first-party consumer panel that’s gathered around Surveys On The Go® (SOTG), the original, most-advanced mobile market research app.

Observe when? Observe endlessly. Always-on GPS location tracking of consenting SOTG users makes it possible. They allow the app to access their phones' location features so they can receive location-triggered surveys.

Observe where? Across all locations of the top 1,000 U.S. retailers, and millions of other places of commercial interest.

Survey who? Whichever segment you need, based on observed location visits combined with detailed demographic pre-profiling. See who's making the observed visits without having to ask.  

Survey when? At the Point Of Emotion®, the window in which the consumer experiences and attitudes you need to understand remain vivid and recall is at its highest.

Survey where?

  • Inside a store if you want to understand what the consumer is thinking and experiencing right now (example: which package stands out on a shelf full of similar products?).
  • Or just after observed visitors have left the store, so you can ask about the entire experience, including what they purchased, and why.  

Consumer journeys are more complex than ever, but that doesn't mean the tools for understanding them have to be burdened with complex moving parts such as multi-sourced consumer panels, third-party data and algorithmic analysis that makes inferences instead of seeking out actual consumer feedback.

If you observe closely, then survey intelligently, you can trust that your data captures reality. You'll play a key role in guiding your business to the right decisions, and you'll be able to explain clearly to yourself and understandably to anybody else in your organization how you collected your data and interpreted it to confront the business problems you all need to address.

 

Topics: point of emotion, surveys on the go, consumer panel, mobile geolocation, mobile market research panel, location-triggered surveys, event-triggered surveys

ExperienceCheck™  Identifies Shoppers' In-Store Pain Points, Guiding Restaurants and Retailers to Customer Satisfaction

Posted by MFour on Apr 17, 2019 9:42:45 AM

MFour Mobile Research announces ExperienceCheck™, a new market research product built expressly to help retail and restaurant brands quickly identify and eliminate shoppers’ in-store pain points, clearing the way to greater customer satisfaction and growing revenue and market share.

ExperienceCheck™ captures the in-store shopping experiences of actual consumers to give brand executives and marketers a fast read on what needs to be improved or optimized, from product placement to staff performance, store ambiance and checkout experience.  

Using GPS-enabled, location-triggered surveys, ExperienceCheck™ obtains feedback from opted-in, first-party consumers, just after they have exited a store or restaurant. The combination of observed natural location journeys and event-triggered surveys takes researchers to the Point-Of-Emotion® – the brief window in which validated shoppers’ responses are vivid, immediate, and least vulnerable to recall bias.

“ExperienceCheck™ gives customer experience teams and brand marketers the data they need to understand complex in-store realities quickly, and make persuasive, effective recommendations for fixing problems and maximizing advantages,” said Chris St. Hilaire, MFour’s CEO and co-founder.

With ExperienceCheck™, retail and restaurant clients gain insights into the entire customer experience:

  • Determine whether interactions with store or restaurant staff are meeting expectations for service, information, courtesy and a human touch. 
  • Gain an understanding of how product placement is impacting sales and whether problems are surfacing that cause customers to feel frustrated.
  • Learn whether the checkout experience is smooth and giving customers a final touchpoint that leaves them with a positive impression of their visit.

ExperienceCheck™ surveys are powered by the large, demographically representative, first-party consumer panel that uses MFour’s advanced mobile research app, Surveys On The Go®. Retail and restaurant researchers quickly achieve key demographic quotas to represent a diverse public, including Millennials, Gen Z, Hispanics and African-Americans.

ExperienceCheck™ is available in Full-Service and Self-Service options. Both include readymade, templated questionnaires designed for either General Retail or Restaurant research. All users get fast insights into the reasons behind consumers’ validated visits, their shopping experiences and purchasing motivations, and whether they intend to visit again.


 

Topics: retail research, location-triggered surveys, ExperienceCheck, restaurant research

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