Let Research Drive Your Marketing Strategies

Otherwise, you’re just drawing straws.

You can’t argue with data – right?

Brands who use data to drive marketing have stronger ROI’s, better results and – most important – better long-term outcomes than companies who essentially guess at their marketing and branding which is nothing more than drawing strategy straws and hoping you pick the right one. When marketing teams leverage research to define the direction of a brand, marketing plan or a campaign – they win! A great research program can literally give you the answers and direction you need to develop strategy, or at least get you going in the right direction.

With so many easy-to-use tools on the market, like SurveyMonkey, Google, SpyFu, GrowthBar and Qualtrics, companies can collect their own data. But where to start? What is the right form of research to answer your specific questions? What do you with the data?

We hope that this outlined guide helps your team make better decisions as you go down the research journey.

1. START WITH OBJECTIVES

    1. Define what the problem or opportunity might be.
      1. What are you really trying to accomplish?
      2. What assumptions do we need eliminate?
      3. What do we need to verify?
      4. What are the opportunities?
    2. Outline the sections of the information that is needed. For example, if you’re launching a new software product, you’re going to want to identify where people would learn about it or buy it. What problems are you solving? What other brands do the users access now? How would they benefit from your product? How much is the user willing to spend?

2. DETERMINE THE TYPE OF RESEARCH

Emailed surveys are not the answer to everything. There are over 50 methods of capturing information, data and opinions. Determining which one is right for your objectives is very important. To help get you started, below is a short list of survey types and what questions they can help answer. If no one on your team is experienced at market research, consulting with a firm with market research capabilities can at least help you to determine the best method and plan of attack on your survey.

3. DESIGN & PREPARE YOUR SURVEY

There are hundreds of variables and scenarios to designing survey questions and depends on your objectives and research type. Whichever direction your research has taken, it is critical to beta-test your questions and review the results prior to launching into the full research. This will give you an opportunity to test your questions and methods so you can make final adjustments.

While you’re testing your research method and questions, it is also a good idea to check your distribution channels and lists to make sure you can reach the RIGHT audience needed. For instance, if you’re conducting some kind of electronic survey, this might mean purchasing targeted lists, making sure your customer contact lists are up to date, assuring you’re connected with your audience on social media, etc.…

4. COLLECTING, ANALYZING & PRESENTING DATA

Presenting data is an art, much more than a science. It is very easy for a presenter to add their opinions and emotions to a data presentation. An audience will pick up on this quickly and the data will lose all credibility. So, please stick with the facts.

Here at Marketing Department, Inc. we use data to drive decisions about strategy. The data also gives us the credibility and confidence we need to make the right decisions for our clients. The same can happen for you.

Good luck with your project!

 

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