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Embrace All Methods of Learning About Customers

Glenn Gow brought to my attention a post he wrote a few weeks back that should get us all thinking.

In it, he summarizes a recent MITSloan Management Review piece that upbraids most marketers for doing the easiest kind of market research: Listening to our existing customers.

Using Online Panels

A while back, I wrote about online panels, a kind of focus group on steroids that companies are using to both lower their research costs and to scale survey data to be more quantitative than typical focus groups. These online panels allow more participants than focus groups, offer better representation of your target market, and scale as easily as surveys, usually at lower cost. What’s not to like?

Nothing, if you use online panels properly.