Are Algorithms Choking Recruiting?

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Last week we took a look at how extensive and complicated surveys can impede the recruiting process and ultimately degrade the quality of a project’s recruitment. This week we turn to algorithms to see what impact they can have on qualitative studies and if there are any possible solutions to mitigate the negative influences they […]

Are Screeners Choking Recruiting?

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments

This week’s blog is the first of a multi-part series addressing the challenges the qualitative research industry faces in the recruitment of highly qualified respondents. Part two will appear next week.   A few weeks ago we had a breakfast meeting with a longtime colleague/friend of INGATHER who operates qualitative facilities elsewhere and who was […]

Thanksgiving – A Time to INGATHER

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Thanksgiving – A Time to INGATHER

The name of our company is INGATHER Research & Sensory. The word INGATHER was coined by our company’s founder to set a tone that would resonate throughout the organization. INGATHER’s connotation – to bring together, to join with others, to celebrate the unity of being part of the human race. Thanksgiving is our company’s opportunity […]

Apocalypse Now Redux: Political Polling

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Apocalypse Now Redux: Political Polling

In last week’s column I addressed the issue of whether data died the night of the presidential election, a statement made the next day by political consultant Mike Murphy. I posited a couple of reasons that contributed to the surprising result: Donald Trump winning the Electoral College and decisively beating Hillary Clinton. They were the […]

Did the Election Kill Political Polling?

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments

This week’s election of Donald J. Trump to be the 45th president of the United States turned pollsters, political pundits, main street media and half our county’s population upside down. As Election Day drew closer Trump’s supporters soldiered on as good soldiers do, even though they questioned the feasibility of a win given polls showing […]

How Did Qual Research Overcome Cake Mixes?

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments
How Did Qual Research Overcome Cake Mixes?

From cake mixes to a category killer, qualitative and ethnographic research changed an industry and exploded in product repurposes and launches. When? One hundred years after the product introduction. In the 1860s, Church & Dwight launched a simple product, a basic baking ingredient in the United States; sodium bicarbonate. Church & Dwight positioned and branded […]

New Mobile Pop-Up-N-Go™ and 2017 Buzzwords Contest

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Two of my favorite books are the Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and Roget’s Thesaurus. These two publications and their competitors are wonderful sources to explore the depths of our English language. They help writers write better and readers to understand new words and their usage. When approached openly, they can be entertaining. At times, I’ve spent hours […]

Presidential Debate Focus Groups are Biased

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Presidential Debate Focus Groups are Biased

It’s late Sunday night, October 9th. My Denver Broncos got run over by the Falcons this afternoon – that’s objective, not subjective. And it’s a bummer. If that’s not enough of an insult to turn my day cloudy, I committed several hours this evening watching the second presidential debate between Mr. Donald Trump and Secretary […]

Etiquette Is Useful In Business, Not Just Dinner Parties

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Etiquette Is Useful In Business, Not Just Dinner Parties

Most of us have received birthday party or wedding invitations that included a RSVP request. When my children were young (not that long ago) we taught them the importance of RSVPs since they helped write and mail (remember those days?) their birthday invitations.  We emphasized the significance of both requesting RSVPs and responding to them. […]

Speaking of speaking…

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Have you ever noticed how some people’s speech patterns leave you wondering if they just made a declarative statement or actually asked a question? It can be quite disconcerting at times, especially in a professional situation where understanding, comprehending the spoken message is so important. The term for this speech pattern is “upspeak” and we’re […]

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