Posted on Mar 23, 2017

Get to know your new Asian sample provider in the U.S.

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Jeff Gerken, dataSpring's Regional VP, North America, shares his thoughts on current trends in the market research industry.

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Posted on Mar 15, 2017

Get to know your new Asian sample provider in APAC

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Jonathan Lai, dataSpring’s Senior Account Manager in APAC, shares his thoughts on current trends in the market research industry.

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Posted on Feb 16, 2017

5 Survey Logic Tactics to Boost Response Rates

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With the increasing use of mobile devices, attention is more difficult to retain than ever. In 2015, the average attention span of humans was reported to be 8.25 seconds- shorter than a goldfish’s! Because of this, researchers need to condense complex questionnaires and cope with increasing drop-out rates in online surveys.

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Posted on Feb 07, 2017

Privacy in Mobile Market Research

Privacy in Mobile Market Research

Advances in mobile technology make it imperative for researchers and consultants to consider privacy in mobile research studies.

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Posted on Jan 31, 2017

Best Practices for Questionnaire Design in Mobile

Questionnaire Design in Mobile

Questionnaire design is one of the foundational elements in constructing a successful market research study.

Just as online surveys changed questionnaire design from telephone data collection, the rise in mobile surveys and availability of mobile panels has forced the industry to review and update some elements that have been taken for granted. And while the basics of good questionnaire design haven’t changed, it is important to take into account the way people use their smartphones, and the unique interface and functionality.

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Posted on Jan 24, 2017

How Mobile Respondents can effect Data Quality

How mobile respondents can effect data quality
dataSpring’s research on research suggests mobile respondents need to be a consideration in every online research study.

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Posted on Jan 17, 2017

How to Adapt your Online Study to Mobile

How to adapt your online study to mobile

Before adapting your online study to mobile, it is worth considering if there is a valid research reason for the switch.

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Posted on Jan 12, 2017

A Glance Back, A Look Ahead for dataSpring

dataSpring 2017 Market Research Resolutions
 A look back at 2016 and our key resolutions for 2017.

For most companies in the market research industry, 2016 was a year of change and transition. dataSpring has undergone significant transformation as well. The past year saw…

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Posted on Dec 22, 2016

A Season of Giving: dataSpring visits Children's Home in Manila


Meritxell Children's Home Foundation

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Posted on Nov 29, 2016

Best Practices in Conducting Online Communities

Best Practices in conducting online communities

Successfully conducting online communities requires a shift in the research paradigm, moving from simply “asking” questions, to active community “listening” to uncover insights.

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Posted on Nov 22, 2016

The Future of Tech in China's Online Market Research Industry

Mr. Xiaoyi Chai who is dataSpring's General Manger in China, presented at the 7th China CRMA in Beijing

Mr. Xiaoyi Chai, dataSpring's General Manager China, presented at the 7th China Marketing and Market Research Summit in Beijing last October 27, 2016. Data Quality is the #1 concern of the online market research industry in China. His presentation describes the status quo of the industry and how technology will play a major part in shaping its future. Here are the highlights:

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Posted on Nov 15, 2016

Successful Diary Panels: Tips on Engaging Respondents

dataSpring Diary Study Tips
Engagement at every step of the process helps ensure success and maximizes the impact of your study.

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Posted on Oct 19, 2016

Get to Know Your Go-to Global Fieldwork Partner in Europe

QA with Arjen who is dataSpring's new EMEA Region Director

dataSpring’s new EMEA Region Director, Arjen van Duijvenbode shares his thoughts on current trends in the market research industry.

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Posted on Oct 18, 2016

Asia Poll: Facebook vs. Instagram

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We surveyed around 5,000 panelists from 8 Asian countries to find out whether our respondents prefer Facebook or Instagram, and why.

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Posted on Oct 13, 2016

Tracking Studies: 3 Tips to Ensure Your Success

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Flip the process and start with the report to gain stakeholder buy-in, help focus the questionnaire and develop an effective sample plan.

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Posted on Aug 24, 2016

Taboo Survey Topics in Asia

Taboo Survey Topics in Asia

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One of the major challenges researchers face whenever they run surveys in Asia is figuring out whether a topic or question is culturally sensitive or not. A topic may not be explicitly taboo, but they may actually be considered taboo. 

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Posted on Aug 10, 2016

Smarter than Smart Tips for Project Management

Project Manager at Work

The common perception of Project Managers are that they are detail oriented, extremely organized, A-type personalities.  In other words, the type of person depicted above.

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Posted on Jul 27, 2016

7 Times #MRX Showed Its Funny Side

MRX Funny Tweets

Most tweets about #mrx are educational and rich in insights. So much so that a lot of people outside of the industry think we're a bunch of serious researchers who are obsessed with data.

Now, while that might not be too far off the mark, our sense of humor does pop up once in a while. And when it does, it's hilarious! 


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Posted on Jun 22, 2016

Survey Software Must-Haves: 5 Advanced Question Types

Question Types

In our last post, Survey Software Must-Haves: 6 Basic Question Types, we talked about the importance of Questionnaire Design and the basic question types you can do with your average survey software.

Today, we're going to tackle the Advanced Question Types which are a little bit trickier. "Trickier" in the sense that while using these kinds of questions will give you richer data, they're a lot harder to do if you don't have the right survey software.

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Posted on Jun 08, 2016

Survey Software Must-Haves: 6 Basic Question Types

Survey Software Must-Haves: 6 Basic Question Types

Questionnaire Design is perhaps the most important part of survey research. It takes a great deal of time and attention to write good questions and organize them to form the questionnaire. Just think, there can be many ways to ask a single question, and how that question is placed in the survey may influence how people respond to the later questions.

That’s why, before you begin, you have to ask yourself two questions:

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Posted on May 31, 2016

How Does dataSpring Avoid Respondent Duplication?

How does dataSpring Avoid Respondent Duplication


It happens when a respondent is able to access a survey more than once, resulting in two sets of identical data. Clones, if you will. It's one of those annoying data problems that can come up when you are working with multiple panel companies, and it can really screw up the results.

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Posted on May 25, 2016

Pros and Cons of Online Research Panels

Pros and Cons of Online Research Panels

In our last post, Understanding Research Panels, we talked about what an online research panel is and how it works. Your next step is to figure out if conducting a survey online is the right methodology for your study.

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Posted on May 18, 2016

Understanding Online Research Panels

Online Research Panels

A new project lands on your desk.

Flipping through the brief, 3 things immediately become clear:

#1 You need to find out the desires and preferences of your client's target audience.
#2 You need it yesterday.
#3 You need it cheap.

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Posted on Feb 22, 2016

The Quirk's Event: We're exhibiting!

Are you attending The Quirk's Event?

Visit us at Booth #406

and find out more about our Global Sample coverage,

One-stop Fieldwork Suite, and Research Process Automation Tool! 

Get a chance to win a GoPro Hero4 in our raffle too.

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Posted on Feb 19, 2016

8 Online Survey Terms Consultants Need to Know

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A client is going to launch a new product soon and they want to have a better understanding of their market. You're the person they turn to to get these answers. So, you decide to run a market feasibility study with an online market research firm who will do most of the legwork for you, from programming to sampling to tabulation.

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Posted on Aug 12, 2015

3 Ways the Youth of Asia Can Make a Difference on this Year's International Youth Day- and Beyond!

Today is the International Youth Day (IYD)! If you've been following the United Nations website and already know all about it, good for you! But if you're like me and you don't know a lot about the day, then read along to learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about this important world-wide event.

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Posted on Jul 24, 2015

MERS Crisis in South Korea: The Market Research Industry Adapts

Turbulent Times
In the midst of a global economic turbulence—due to the currency devaluation in Japan, export trade depression in China, and the Greece debt crisis among other things—the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has struck a hard blow to an already sluggish Korean economy. The disease, which first appeared in the country in May, has infected 185 people, mostly elders, and left 36 dead to date- with more in quarantine.

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Posted on Jun 29, 2015

Big Data vs. Real Life: Lessons Learned Across Cultures

My Mind Was Blown

I vividly remember reading an article from Microsoft back in 2013 about how 90% of all existing data in the world at that time were produced only within the past two years- “KA- POW!”

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Posted on Apr 18, 2015

The #1 Emerging MR Trend in India: How Mobile will Win the Day

Read on for an informative first-hand look at issues shaping the future of Market Research in the one of the world's largest up and coming economies.

Shortly after joining Research Panel Asia (RPA) a few months ago, my first official task was to take a business trip to India- one of the markets I cover as RPA's Senior Account Manager in APAC.

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Posted on Nov 07, 2014

4 Reasons Research Panel Asia Chose NYC for Our Next Office


Tony Soprano, Lombardi's Pizza,
and  Delivering Better Client Service!

Do you remember the opening of the hit HBO drama “The Sopranos”?

Music starts…deep base pumping as Tony Soprano tooled his Caddy along the NJ Turnpike, cigar smoke billowing…the camera panning frequently to shots of Manhattan’s skyline glimmering in the distance.

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Posted on Mar 28, 2011

Approach the kids market correctly - Running online research in Asia : 4

Approach the kids market correctly - Running online research in Asia

Unstoppable lowering birthrate, aging society

Popularization of much higher education

"Parachute kids" booming - tween aged kids to start studying abroad

These are some keywords relating to the children market and its real trend in the three now developed, main countries of Asia - Japan, China, South Korea.

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Posted on Feb 02, 2011

Watch out with the details - Running online research in Asia : 3

Watch out with details - running online research in Asia

When it comes to respondent attitudes or sensitivity towards the survey structure, it's difficult to say what the difference is in between the countries. However from the actual project management perspective, recently we've seen some examples that may need some consideration when running projects in Asia.

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Posted on Dec 28, 2010

Timing Matters!! - Running online research in Asia : 2

Timing Matters - Running online research in Asia

The holiday season is here and year 2010 is coming to an end. In Western countries, New Year is one of the biggest holiday seasons and is usually the time for family reunions. Likewise, numerous big events which are usually accompanied by many fireworks and illuminations are held in major cities around the world. Because of this, many people go back to their hometown to celebrate the New Year with their family. However, this is not the case in some Asian countries.

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Posted on Oct 22, 2010

Translation Matters!! - Running online research in Asia : 1

We are perfectly aware that language translation is always an issue when it comes to running surveys in Asia. As an Asian data collection firm, we've received many surveys in Japanese/Chinese/Korean which are the local languages of where we have proprietary panels in. Looking at these surveys translated, there are some points we find importance in, to keep the whole survey to make sense in order to maintain the data accuracy and also to maintain panelist's loyalty towards research surveys.

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