Wondering what consumer surveys are?
The truth is, this a broad term that can refer to testing a variety of topics such as:
- Unaided awareness
- Aided awareness
- Purchase history
In this blog post, our consumer research company will dive into the details of this methodology. We will review the definition, process, sample questions, and a case study for consumer research surveys.
The Definition of Consumer Surveys
A consumer research survey refers to a study that gathers feedback and information from the desired audience.
An essential piece to consumer research surveys is defining the goals and objectives of the study.
Before discussing the survey audience, price, or methodology, a research team needs to know the survey goals and how the results will be used.
In addition to defining the goals and objectives, specifying the desired audience plays a crucial role in consumer research surveys.
Ultimately, the goals and objectives steer the direction of choosing a general or more targeted survey audience.
Surveying broader audiences
For some studies, the audience is broad. For example, the target survey audience could be defined as consumers who are 18 or older and live anywhere in the U.S.
Surveying specific audiences
For other studies, the audience is more specific. For example, the target survey audience could be consumers aged 25 to 36, who share or primarily make household decisions, eat plant-based, and exercise 3 times or more per week.
Again, quotas can be set up to ensure other demographics mixes (like gender and age) are met.
The benefit of choosing a more specific audience is that the audience is likely more knowledgeable about the survey topic and likely mimics a target customer.
The Process of Conducting Consumer Surveys
When consumer research surveys for our clients, Drive Research follows these 5 steps!
Step #1: Proposal
During this step the goals and objectives of the research are defined, the process is outlined, and the project details are fine-tuned.
Step #2: Kickoff
The project kickoff meeting is the first official step in starting the research!
The client team will meet with the research team to confirm the goals and objectives, and discuss the next steps to ensure everyone is on the same page.
Step #3: Survey design and testing
Here is when the consumer survey is drafted and fine-tuned. Once the survey is finalized, it is programmed into survey software and tested.
Step #4: Fieldwork
When the consumer research survey is ready to launch, the team begins fieldwork.
The research team will keep an eye to make sure questions are being understood as intended and the survey audience sampling plan is on track.
Step #5: Analysis and reporting
Once fieldwork is completed, analysis and reporting begin.
Depending on the type of report, a topline summary can be completed within 24 hours while a comprehensive market research report takes roughly 2 weeks to complete.
Example Consumer Survey Questions
As a market research company, Drive Research understands the science behind survey writing.
No really, it is a science! It is important each question is written with the objective in mind.
Think to yourself, what type of information am I hoping to learn from asking this question? What will you do with the data?
A third-party consumer research company can help execute a survey from beginning to end. This includes writing professional, unique, and unbiased survey questions.
To help get you started, here are a few example questions for a consumer research survey.
Q1: Which of the following best applies to you? Select one.
- I am the primary decision-maker for [insert industry/topic] in my household.
- I share decision-making responsibility for [insert industry/topic] in my household.
- I do not make decisions for [insert industry/topic] in my household. [Disqualify]
Q2: When thinking about [example industry], what brand comes to mind first? Enter your response below.
Q3: Which of the following [example industry] retailers are you aware of? Select all that apply.
- Example 1
- Example 2
- Example 3
- Other (Please specify)
Q4 [Show brands aware of]: Which of the following [example industry] retailers would you be willing to purchase from in the future? Select one.
- Example 1
- Example 2
- Example 3
- Other (Please specify)
Q5 [Show brands aware of]: What is your perception of the following [example industry] retailers? Select one for each.
Q6: Explain why your perception of Example 1 is [insert selection]? Enter your response below.
Consumer Survey Case Study
Objectives of the Consumer Survey
Drive Research was hired to conduct a consumer omnibus survey. The market research focused on identifying those who made or shared business decision-making and whether fear had played a role in starting something new.
The results of the omnibus survey helped fuel the next steps in operations, marketing, and strategy.
Consumer Survey Questions
The first question asked respondents to identify whether they were a business decision-maker, shared business decision-making responsibility, or not a business decision-maker.
The second question set asked respondents to rank their level of fear about starting something new (i.e., a new hobby, a new job/career) in the past three months and 2020 overall.
For this question set, respondents used a scale of 1 to 5, where “1” was not at all fearful, and “5” was very fearful.
Consumer Survey Results
The survey took less than one minute to complete and included two questions. The survey received 1,000 responses.
Quotas were created to ensure respondent demographic information mimicked U.S. Census demographics.
With a probabilistic sample, a total of 1,000 responses at the 95% confidence level offers a 3.1% margin of error.
If the survey were conducted with another random pool of 1,000 consumers, results would yield within +3.1% or -3.1% of the stated totals in the reports.
In addition to the PDF and raw data file attached, an online report link was included. The online report link is interactive.
Example Headlines Created from a Consumer Survey
Oftentimes, the results of a consumer or PR survey are used to create an eye-catching headline.
Here are a few example headlines:
- In the past three months, [insert survey result] business decision-makers in the U.S. had some level of fear about starting something new (i.e., a new hobby, a new job/career), while [insert survey result] were very fearful.
- In 2020, [insert survey result] business decision-makers in the U.S. had some level of fear about starting something new (i.e., a new hobby, a new job/career), while [insert survey result] were very fearful.
- In 2020, [insert survey result] of business decision-makers in the U.S. were very fearful about starting something new. Furthermore, [insert survey result] of business decision-makers in the U.S. were very fearful about starting something new in the past three months
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As a Senior Research Analyst, Emily is approaching a decade of experience in the market research industry and loves to challenge the status quo. She is a certified VoC professional with a passion for storytelling.
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