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There are 41 articles in our archive related to this topic. Below are 5 selected at random and available to all users of the site.

Getting up close and personal with ethnographic research
The author discusses the benefits and drawbacks of ethnographic or observational research as it becomes more popular.
Researchers use too many terms to define the act of watching consumers live their lives
From shop-alongs to embedded research to urban ethnography, marketers and researchers bandy about many labels to describe ethnographic research. The author argues that true ethnography involves a long-term approach in which consumers allow the researchers to spend time with them and observe their lives. The other techniques, though they are tagged with ethnography-type names, are too short-term to be really considered authentic and effective ethnographic research.
Forget exact science: Drawing conclusions from observational research
While most marketing research is observational in nature, we also conduct experimental research. Each has important advantages and disadvantages that are frequently overlooked and this article addresses them.
Seven rules for observational research: how to watch people do stuff
Observational research is becoming a popular method, yet many clients are not comfortable with it simply because they don't know how to get value from watching people. This article discusses seven rules for observational research that will help client and moderator alike.
Observation and monitoring of interviews
This article is an excerpt from a chapter of “Approaches to Developing Questionnaires,” a report by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce. The article examines the usefulness of observation and monitoring for the purpose of evaluating the questionnaire and related data collection procedures. It discusses such topics as respondent cooperation, interview flow, interview length, personnel and skill requirements, characteristics of individual questionnaire items, using forms to quantify observations, verbal interaction coding, interview training, the observation setting and cost considerations.

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Recent Articles

Below are the 5 most recent articles on this topic. These articles were published within the last three years and are only available to registered subscribers.

Forget exact science: Drawing conclusions from observational research
While most marketing research is observational in nature, we also conduct experimental research. Each has important advantages and disadvantages that are frequently overlooked and this article addresses them.
How to conduct values research in a qualitative setting
The authors explore the use of ethnography to understand consumer values, using a research project on TV news as an example of how values can affect product and service choices.
Ethnography-based hybrid research stretches four continents to study workplace interaction
Herman Miller conducted a global hybrid research project to observe how people behave and collaborate in the office to inform new product development.
Fusing ethnography and interrogational research into a new modality for health care research
Fusing ethnographic and traditional research methods can help health care researchers better understand patients’ viewpoints, uncover how treatment decisions are made and develop more effective positioning and messaging strategies.
How to obtain a 360-degree view of pharmaceutical usage
By combining ethnographic and other research methods, pharmaceutical firms can get a fuller picture of how patients use - or don’t use - the medications prescribed to them.

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