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What were the hot topics in 2014 for marketing research? One barometer comes from over tens of thousands of page views of my content in 2014 and identifying which blog posts were “voted” as most important, treating each page view as a vote.

Four reasons that surveys can produce garbage data and four pieces of advice to get valid and useful results

Six big wakeup calls in 2009 are doing the marketing research profession a favor; refocusing us on what it will take to conduct trustworthy research, find unexpected feedback, provide anticipatory insights, measure media in a way that people now choose to experience it, and properly rebalance our understanding of how people choose brands by placing more emphasis on understanding the shopper.

Internet research has some huge advantages. It is not only faster and less expensive; it offers an environment that is more native to our digital, interconnected world. We must not shy away from finding the best way of harnessing the more realistic environment that internet research can offer.

At the ARF, a panel of scientists and buyers unanimously agreed that, with proper procedures, quota samples from double opt-in online research panels can produce reliable and consistent data, which make them a valid choice for tracking research and concept testing.