Qualitative Research


That hammer is a lousy screwdriver

We’ve spoke about the best tool for market research before (there isn’t one) and even used the hammer analogy in previous posts.  We’ve even spoke about how Apple doesn’t believe in market research. So this article from Fast Company describing why focus groups kill innovation shouldn’t be a surprise to us.  And it isn’t.  I agree. […]

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Welcome to the team, Sarah Williams

We are delighted to welcome Sarah Williams as the newest member of the Corona Insights team. Sarah’s first month here at Corona Insights has flown by. As our newest Assosicate of Research, she has already been hard at work synthesizing data and creating actionable research reports for clients. Sarah is from the big state of Texas, where […]

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Research…and a little bit of magic

This morning, I decided to ask the Magic 8 Ball if our information-junkie staff here at Corona Insights would employ any online qualitative research tools before the end of the year. Its reply on the little floating blue triangle: “No way!” What!? The Magic 8 Ball is so stupid! Well, we all know that if […]

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MythTrouncers Episode 4: Research doesn’t do anything but sit on the shelf and collect dust.

Myth: Research doesn’t do anything but sit on the shelf and collect dust. Well…I’d love to raise my nose in the air and snootily say, “That is ridiculous. That sort of thing does not happen!” But I’m pretty sure many of us have witnessed times in which it indeed has been the case. It’s interesting […]

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MythTrouncers Episode 1: Quantitative research is better than qualitative, and vice versa.

Myth:  Quantitative research is better than qualitative (or) qualitative research is better than quantitative. As a gal who holds qual research so near and dear to my heart, my initial reaction to the first half of this myth is to lean back in my desk chair and yell dramatically, “Noooooooo!” But in an effort to […]

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Neuromarketing is catching on – but is it ready for prime time?

Neuroscience in market research is growing, and while it is still an uncommon methodology for most, it is moving into the realm of standard methodologies. The premise is simple enough – people don’t always reveal what’s driving their decision making, and more importantly, people don’t always even know what is driving their decisions.  Since people […]

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Assessing secondary data

We’ve been talking data a lot lately on our blog (here and here). So why stop now? Our research work at Corona, more often than not, involves primary research, or gathering original data for the question(s) at hand.  However, this is often only the case because there wasn’t already data gathered previously (i.e., secondary data) […]

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Domino’s’ “Focus Group” Advertisements

By now you’ve probably heard that Domino’s Pizza has “fixed” its recipe. Through “research” done in focus groups it was revealed that people didn’t like Domino’s pizza. (I put research in quotations since I have heard CPB – the agency who did the ad – has a great disdain for focus groups.  Plus, I don’t […]

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Social media and research

We recently blogged about phone apps and research. One of the draws of phone app research is that it can be immediate.  Just saw a movie?  Review it while walking out of the theater.  Just left the store without buying that flat-screen TV – what kept you from buying? While actively seeking feedback through phone […]

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Variation in focus group styles

Saw this post and video (from a UK researcher) about how US focus groups were different from UK focus groups.  The author pointed out interesting aspects of a US group, but did not mention what UK groups were like in contrast.  Which led me to pose the question, what makes UK groups unique? The post’s […]

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