Is Mixed Mode Methodology of Online Data Collection a BIG FRAUD?

Let me share with you a naked truth – your online data collection vendor is fooling you big time and you have absolutely NO idea. “C’mmon Akshay Kanyal you are just making stuff up” I know that will be the reaction of many market researchers but stay on with me and I will tell you […]

The Biggest Secret of Running a Successful Online Panel Company

….and it is very simple – ‘just maintain the demand & supply cycle. It means that in order to create a successful and awesome online panel company you should be able to maintain a balance between the supply of online panels and the demand for it. Unfortunately many business owners operating in the industry are […]

What if Akshay Kanyal is right?

Few weeks back I wrote an article on why I am scared of Indian data collection companies – as expected some people were outright offended, many praised me for standing up for what I truly believe in and some as expected remained silent (read the spineless variety). Till date I have received 49 hate mails […]

What is the difference between Incentives and Bribe?

I vividly remember those hectic days when clients were on my head to get the surveys completed – especially the last few completes were always troublesome. So many a times we had to increase the incentive amount to get those last few completes. But that got me thinking – ‘Am I bribing people to get […]

Are We Asking Too Many Questions From The Respondents?

I have tried for long to come up with a fool proof method to decide as to how many questions I should keep in the questionnaire. Well the search is still on – I have been advised various methods to go about it but the bottom line is – that in most cases at the […]

5 Blog Posts You Must Read Over The Weekend

Today is Friday and when many of my peers would be looking forward to a fun filled weekend with Booze, Parties and Movies I will be drowning myself in some new thought provoking article or book. There is nothing more intoxicating than a fresh idea that will stimulate you. If you belong to my tribe […]

5 Awesome SurveyMonkey services You MUST check out

SurveyMonkey did something that many market research companies have miserably failed to do – making research SEXY! From the time first questionnaire was designed the customers have been stuck with the researchers to provide them insights. Earlier it was OK to wait for 3-4 months before you could get any insight about your potential customers – today it is suicidal […]

Top 10 Online Panel Companies with Awesome LinkedIn Company Page!

LinkedIn is a social networking platform for business professionals. In recent times it has emerged to be one of the best online destination to network with your prospective clients and customers. Therefore it has become imperative for smart companies to properly leverage the immense opportunities available with this platform. A very important feature available with […]

Survey Respondents are just big fat LIARS!

Last time I checked my Facebook account (approximately 4 minutes ago) I discovered a SHOCKING pattern – all my friends/peers/relatives are either holidaying in Bangkok, buying a flashy sedan (read Honda City) or pasting plagiarized motivational quotes on their walls like a maniac. After 5 minutes scrolling down all the updates I just had one feeling – SADNESS – for myself! […]

Why I am SCARED of Indian data collection companies?

Well to start with 99% of them are FAKE and if you as a researcher is engaging any one of them – be aware of what trouble you are inviting. This has not always been the case – we Indians have a very strong analytical skills – probably best in the World (just look at […]