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Marketing Research Articles Related to Quantitative Research

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General Mills marketing research decides cookbook cover

Published
October 1986
Author
Tom Quirk, QMRR Publisher
Abstract
"Betty Crocker's Cookbook" has sold over 22 million copies, but as the flagship of their publishing line, General Mills Marketing experts needed to figure out a cover that could keep the book selling strong. A variety of techniques were used to figure out what book cover would sell best.

Rating scales can influence results

Published
October 1986
Author
Quirk's Staff
Abstract
A summarized excerpt of a U.S. Department of Commerce study testing the merits of a seven-point rating scale versus a 10-point rating scale.

Continuing analysis of shopping habits in San Diego

Published
April 1987
Author
Emmet Hoffman
Abstract
The "Continuing Analysis of Shopping Habits in San Diego," or CASH, is a clearinghouse for consumer information in San Diego County. The data is a service of The San Diego Union and The Tribune, a San Diego newspaper, and employs telephone interviews to collect extensive information on consumers throughout the area.

3 questionnaire techniques on 'health events' reported

Published
February 1987
Author
Quirk's Staff
Abstract
The U.S. Department of Commerce has released a report called, "Approaches to Developing Questionnaires," that outlines the merits of a diary procedure, sample design and effective evaluation in marketing research. A summary is included in this article.

Singles' lifestyles explored in JCPenney study

Published
January 1987
Author
Beth Hoffman, Quirk's Managing Editor
Abstract
A recent survey by JCPenney explored the lifestyles and tendencies of the singles population. The consumer study, conducted by the Public Issues and Consumer Programs department of the JCPenney Co., helped the retail giant to better understand the approximately 77 million singles living in the United States.

Research aids in growth, success of church

Published
January 1987
Author
Beth Hoffman, Quirk's Managing Editor
Abstract
Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minn., is proof that market research and a desire to be consumer-driven have a place in religion.

Software program helps Gillette save time, money

Published
August 1987
Author
Quirk's Staff
Abstract
The Gillette Co.'s personal care division, which generates more than 50 market surveys each year, is using A-CROSS software program to analyze survey research data. Irwin Blau, division research manager at Gillette, says the program is easy to use and has made the division more efficient.

Research tools provide Time, Inc. timely research results

Published
August 1987
Author
Quirk's Staff
Abstract
Time, Inc. has found that timely market research is necessary to stay on top of the highly competitive publishing industry. Senior analyst Bill Protash employs a variety of software tools to analyze and present surveys in an effective and timely manner.

Quest research pays off for United Way

Published
October 1986
Author
Beth Hoffman, Quirk's Managing Editor
Abstract
In the past, marketing research was too expensive for many United Way organizations. But all that has changed, thanks to a new research program called Quest. By utilizing innovative survey techniques and technology, Quest allows United Way organizations to improve communications, identify key services and improve fundraising easily and inexpensively.

Data Use: Q-Factors or K-Means? A market segmentation dilemma

Published
December 1987
Author
Stanely Cohen
Abstract
In a constantly changing marketplace, marketers must focus on subgroups, tailoring their product and message to achieve their goals. Demographics often aren't enough, consumer attitudes and perceptions must be understood to gain a competitive edge.

Accountemps relies on surveys to keep tabs on personnel

Published
February 1987
Author
Quirk's Staff
Abstract
For Accountemps, a temporary-help service, research was needed to improve the productivity of its workers. Vice presidents and personnel management were surveyed to find helpful hints on how to improve productivity.

NBC/Journal poll is tested, precise process

Published
January 1987
Author
Quirk's Staff
Abstract
NBC and the Wall Street Journal have joined forces to implement "Election Day Voter Polling," a survey of over 35,000 voters nationwide that helps both news organizations to better inform and involve their customers.

Employee surveys spark decision to establish child care

Published
July 1987
Author
Beth Hoffman, Quirk's Managing Editor
Abstract
After a series of surveys revealed an increasing demand for infant day care, Dominion Bankshares Corp. in Roanoke opened an in-house child development center that has been operating at full capacity. Being in the childcare business may not have been the corporation's original goal, but the decision has been hailed as natural, appropriate and profitable.

JCPenney pinpoints its customers

Published
October 1986
Author
Quirk's Staff
Abstract
In order to fully understand the needs of their customers, JCPenney has initiated a series of studies called Consumer Feedback. These studies give JCPenney a clear picture of the needs, attitudes and behaviors of their customers.

Research unravels bus riders' intimidation

Published
December 1987
Author
Beth Hoffman, Quirk's Managing Editor
Abstract
Minneapolis-St. Paul’s Metropolitan Transit Commission needed to overcome many obstacles to increase and retain ridership on busses, especially for non-English speakers. Interviews, focus groups and questionnaires in different languages were employed to develop a marketing strategy that would make the bus system more hospitable and less threatening.

Questionnaire helps Owens-Corning Fiberglas examine remodelers market

Published
February 1987
Author
Beth Hoffman, Quirk's Managing Editor
Abstract
Owens-Corning, a manufacturer of glass fiber materials, initiated a study to find out how the company was fulfilling the needs of remodelers. A questionnaire was sent out to 450 contractors, had high return and increased awareness in the company of an important segment of the marketplace.

Pitney Bowes personalizes its business-to-business research

Published
February 1987
Author
Beth Hoffman, Quirk's Managing Editor
Abstract
Pitney Bowes, a supplier of shipping and mailing equipment, surveys thousands of customers every six months in order to remain competitive in the worldwide marketplace.

Budget for living data

Published
July 1987
Author
Harris Goldstein
Abstract
Interactive perceptual mapping, conjoint analysis and "living databases" are helping marketing research practitioners get a competitive edge and gain respect.

Marketers track, understand teens with syndicated studies

Published
August 1987
Author
Quirk's Staff
Abstract
Marketing to teenagers can be difficult, but Teenage Research Unlimited uses self-administered questionnaires with follow-up mailings to monitor the teen market. It may be a volatile market, but companies like MTV and Seventeen Magazine have found that up-to-date information on teens can be very helpful.

Research assures short move is smooth one

Published
June 1987
Author
Beth Hoffman, Quirk's Managing Editor
Abstract
When a Midwestern clinic moved into a new facility, the clinic turned to marketing research firm Minnesota Medical Services Corp. (MMSC) to ensure a smooth transition. MMSC used a variety of research methods to work out any kinks before the clinic reopened its doors.