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May 2014 Recap with Survey Analytics

Wow, is this year flying by or what? 2014 is already already just about halfway over! May of 2014 was another great, exciting and jam packed month for the team at Survey Analytics. It's been just over a month since we welcomed two new employees to the team, Dan Fleetwood of the Customer Success Team in Seattle and Colin Wong for Marketing and Business Development in the APAC region. Continue reading for news updates, events we were involved with, some cool features we covered and overall exciting things we have going on right now.

In the news with the help of our fantastic customers and partnership with mindsight we had a technology trends study that was featured on CNBC, Yahoo Finance and among many other well-known publications. The data is still being picked up and considered for future stories, too! Below is the presentation of results from the study on the subject of favorite devices, how consumers interact with apps, data storage, security and more - courtesy of mindsight.


Top 5 Infographics of the Week: Blogging Best Practices

Coming up with original content for a blog on a regular basis isn't always easy. And even after you've written the perfect blog post, you have to promote it in such a way that it will reach your ideal audience. There are tons of articles out there on the do's and dont's of blogging, but we decided to take a different approach on the matter and offer 5 of the coolest infographics on best practices of blogging.

While we're on the subject of blogging - take a look at our 30 day business blog challenge. We give you the ideas, all you have to do is write one short blog post per day for 1 month, embed the badge on your site, and we'll send you a $50 Amazon gift card! No joke. Check out the link for more information.

Feature Spotlight: Piping 101

This Feature Spotlight illustrates the basics of piping. Piping is a smart way to arrange your survey and make it more efficient for the respondent. Piping enables you to carry text from one question to another, depending on the options selected by the respondent. The best part is that it is available both online and on mobile. Keep reading to learn more about piping, when it is appropriate to use, and how to set it up.

The Survey Analytics Business Blog Challenge

Blogs have been around since the turn of the millenium. Bloggers on Tumblr and Wordpress alone are publishing nearly 30,000 posts each minute of every day, and that stat was populated over two years ago. Still, today many businesses are struggling to produce the right mix of relevance and content for their blogs. If you are in charge of writing content for your business blog or know who is, you may have experienced or witnessed those times where we feel stuck. Coming up with high quality, consistent, engaging content on a regular basis is not easy. 
We have a proposition for you: give our business blog challenge a try. Yes, you! Don't outsource all of your business content. Hold yourself accountable and grow your business exposure and engagement with just 30 days of consistency. It’s a win-win situation when you think outside of the box, try something new and conquer your writers block once and for all. Nobody knows your business better than you after all. This challenge covers bo…

Using Research to Reveal Truths Behind Social Media

We have been hearing a lot of talk lately about using research to uncover truths behind social media, so we wanted to chime in on the subject. So much information is created every second, it is quickly becoming over-saturated. And at the end of the day, the value of social media can only be realized if the conversations taking place are meaningful and concrete. So what can we do leverage all of this data and turn insight into action? We found a few great tweets that shed some light on the subject and summarized them for you here.

Top 5 Infographics of the Week: Summer Travel Tips

Since Memorial Day weekend is now amongst us and summer is right around the corner, vacations are on the top of everyone's mind. So we thought it would be a fun idea to share some of the best infographics on summer travel tips. Believe it or not, Memorial Day is one of the biggest travel weekends. AAA's Memorial Day Travel Report is forecasting 36.1 million travelers this weekend, which will mark the second highest travel volume since 2000. And 88% of traveling this weekend will be done with a car, so cities should expect a rise in traffic as well. But feat not - we have compiled a list of some of the best infographics with tips and tricks for your next summer vacation or roadtrip that are sure to help. Happy trails!

Feature Spotlight: Dynamic Lookup Tables

In this Feature Spotlight we are focused on dynamic lookup tables. Dynamic lookup tables are an efficient way of categorizing and organizing data. Dynamic lookup tables can be used to segment data and allows for users to select one category before being shown the next. You have two main options when using a lookup table: a drop down box or a keyword search. Continue reading to learn more about dynamic lookup tables, see how to add them to your survey, and see how they look on mobile.

Recap: Social Media - Conversations Matter More Than Numbers

This morning we sat in on NewMR's presentation by Preriit Souda about social media and how conversations matter more than numbers. It was a very interesting presentation and was quite an eye-opener in the whirlwind of social media that takes place every day. A big thanks to Ray Poynter and NewMR for allowing us to be a Platinum sponsor for all of the events taking place in 2014. Preriit offered many insights on social media and the context for understanding conversations. Read on to see our recap of the lecture as well as some images from his invigorating research.

After the presentation, we were able to speak with Preriit briefly on what inspired this type of research. He explained that it all started when he was writing a paper for CASRO last year that took a totally different approach. That approach was what he calls a bottom up approach. While he was working on it, he started looking at traditional social media analysis which he calls top down approach, which is what he demon…

Data Visualization and Our 2014 Personal Technology Trends Study

Data on it's own is flat, factual and not the most engaging piece of content you can put out there. The answer to how others perceive your data lies within how you analyze it and what story you are telling from it. It may seem like out of nowhere over the past couple of years there are now hundreds of companies offering solutions to help you visualize your data in new and creative ways. Data visualization is nothing new to rave about; but the improvements of how far data visualization has come and how we are starting to implement this as a part of our business certainly is worth raving about. Related from Why is Data Visualization so Hot? Speaking of the companies offering data visualization tools, their mission is to help you as a biologically proven visual learner to analyze different data sets, trends and patterns. They really draw us to think about how we are presenting data found from our research today and moving forward.

This spring with the help of our awesome …

3 Cool Things We Learned During Small Business Week 2014

May 12th-16th, 2014 was Small Business Week 2014 organized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (@sbagov). We followed the hashtag, #SBW2014 on Twitter throughout the week and narrowed it down to three of our favorite things shared by brands we love as we celebrated Small Business Week 2014. For some great stats and insights about small businesses in the U.S., check out this story on Why National Small Business Week Matters (The Twitter Small Business Blog).

Why are we talking about Small Business Week 2014 here anyways? In case you didn't know, Survey Analytics is small business proud! Our company is fairly young and currently we stand at 38 dedicated team members strong serving many enterprise level clients with our listening tools. Although we did not have Small Business Week 2014 on our agenda, it popped up and we found it very compelling and thought you would enjoy seeing some of the highlights too.

On Monday, May 12th, 2014 as Small Business Week kicked off at the Twi…

Top 5 Infographics of the Week: Wearable Tech

Wearable technology, as defined, is an article of clothing or accessory that incorporates computer and advanced electronic technologies into the device. While it sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, products like Google glass have been gaining a lot of hype and attention in the media lately.

The philosophy behind wearable tech is quite simple. It's that technology is becoming so incorporated into our daily lives that we don't even notice it anymore - it's passive. You don't have to log your exercise anymore, or set an alarm clock, or charge your phone before going out... or even take out your phone to take a picture! Read on to learn about these products and more.

Feature Spotlight: Custom Variables

In this feature spotlight we are diving into the world of custom variables. We have now made it easier to update and map custom variables in your survey that can be used for piping, logic, raw data, and data segmentation. Read on to learn more about what custom variables are, how to set them up, and the many applications in your survey.

Recap: 5 Tips For Creating Communications With Impact

We would like to give a shoutout on our blog today to NewMR and thank Ray Poynter for bringing us on as the Platinum Sponsor for the rest of events happening in 2014. Today we sat with Ray Poynter, NewMR and Lucy Davison, the Managing Director from Keen as Mustard while she discussed Research Communications: Getting it Right. The presentation will be available here to play in case you missed out along with other NewMR lectures from May 2014.

Before diving into the 5 tips for creating communications with impact, Lucy's presentation opened up with a great introduction about how the field of communication and journalism works differently than market research. It's becoming more challenging for us to filter through all of this accessible information, tell the right story and spot the gorilla. Market research spends more time collecting and analyzing data and tends to stop after filtering through the information and doesn't follow through with the story. On the other hand, jou…

Survey Analytics Expands to the APAC Region and Welcomes Colin Wong

Survey Analytics has been growing the product quickly and hiring talent across the globe over the past few years. Our President Vivek Bhaskaran and Andrew Jeavons believe that the world is flat, but talent is not and it is in the company's best interest to hire talent across the globe. We would like to make our latest announcement of our expansion to offer our services to the Asia-Pacific region and introduce you to out representative in the area, Colin Wong. Colin brings a lot of experience in the market research industry and has worked in conjunction with some of the biggest annual events in market research. We had the opportunity to have a quick Q&A with him and continue reading to learn more about Colin and his role in Sales and Marketing for Survey Analytics in the APAC region.

5 Great Articles on Recruiting People to Join Your Community

There are many different kinds of communities - communities in your workplace, your neighborhood and social networks just to name a few. While they all seem different, they are more similar than you might think. Communities bring people together, and if done correctly, an online community can be an incredibly powerful tool for your brand. Communities encourage participation, foster brand advocates, and bring knowledge together. After all, with no one to "like", comment, and share your content, social marketing is worthless. So we have compiled 5 great articles on tips and tricks for recruiting people to join your online community. Take a look, there are some really helpful ideas in there!

Top 5 Infographics of the Week: Creating Awesome Online Communities

There are many different types of communities - in your neighborhood, in your workplace, your school and more. Communities exist everywhere, even online. In fact, social networks are some of the most powerful communities out there.

Using an online community to fuel your business can be very powerful. Savvy businesses are catching onto the idea that in order to stay in constant contact with their customers and prospects, they must foster an engaging online community. This isn't always easy, so we found 5 great infographics about the ins and outs of creating awesome online communities, from the concept, hiring the right community manager, software consultation all the way to things you should avoid. Continue reading to see some great insights and the top 5 infographics we selected this week on creating and making your online communities awesome!

Feature Spotlight: Dashboard Configurations

Dashboards are incredibly useful for interpreting and digesting a lot of information, but we all have different preferences when it comes to viewing styles. Now we have made it even easier to configure dashboards while you are already viewing the dashboard report. Without ever having to leave the page, you can click the wheel icon to configure each question within the page. In addition to this, you also have the option to share your configured data with other dashboard accounts, edit the theme, and customize charts. Learn about this, and more, in today's feature spotlight on dashboard configurations.

A New & Improved Tour of Survey Analytics

The past couple weeks have been an eventful time for us here at Survey Analytics. You may have noticed some changes in the look and feel of the software; that's because we've been rolling out many new enhancements across the board. We are now using Bootstrap 3, which makes it much easier to use the tool from mobile devices. With new buttons and icons, collapsable side menu, and a revamped dashboard view, we thought it would be beneficial to guide users through all of the new improvements. We've conveniently provided five short videos that take you on a tour of some of the main tabs in Survey Analytics. Take a look below for the videos and a short recap, and don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

Q&A with Our New Customer Success Manager Dan Fleetwood

Q1: Tell us a little bit about yourself - education, background?

Dan: I went to school for two years at the University of Washington before transferring to Central Washington University where I double majored in Communications and Business Administration with a focus on Marketing. For the past 8 years or so, I’ve been working on the data collection and full service side of the Market Research world. This gave me lots of experience in working with a wide variety of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.  I’m also on the board of the Puget Sound Research Forum where I serve as the Sponsorship Chair this year and will be the VP/President Elect next year.

5 Awesome but Oh-So-Wrong Science Fiction Projections Into the Future

At Survey Analytics, many of us love and banter about sci-fi movies and all the awesomeness. We asked Customer Success Team Member Greg Bender to provide us with his top 5 favorite projections into the future in science fiction movies and to emphasize on how very wrong they were. Although we believe anything is possible and some of these dates have not occurred yet, we still thought we would share these so off-beat projections that were already proven wrong or are likely impossible to happen. Please do share some of your favorite sci-fi future projections as well in the comments!

April 2014 Recap with Survey Analytics

April of 2014 was yet another exciting month at Survey Analytics with a lot of enhancements and additions being made to both our product and team. This week we have geared up and are pleased to announce our new hires Dan Fleetwood on the Customer Success Team in Seattle and Colin Wong out of Brisbane, Australia to come in and help with business development and marketing efforts in the region. We will have some more information about them coming to you soon right here on the blog! Continue reading to see other highlights of Survey Analytics from this past month in the news, events we participated in, product release updates, features we put in the spotlight and more.

Top 5 Infographics of the Week: Social Media Demographics

Whether we like to admit it or not, social media has become a huge part of our daily lives. With sayings like, "Find me on Facebook" getting dropped regularly, sometimes we don't even realize how much it is integrated into our personal lives. And with new social media sites being made continuously, we feel as though we need to exist on all of them in order to keep in touch. Wrong, wrong, wrong. We believe that some social media sites are better at some things and worse at others, and finding the right site for you can be a challenge. That is why we were so interested in learning more about social media user demographics and statistics. Check out the top 5 infographics of the week on social media demographics, they have some great statistics.