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Customer experience : finally a scientific scale to measure it
Aug22

Customer experience : finally a scientific scale to measure it

How to measure customer experience? This question has led many researchers on the path to developing scales to quantify something that is highly subjective by nature. Read also: Yet most customer experience scales were until now limited to one particular domain or one particular moment of the customer experience (to get an overview of those moments please read our article on the subject). At the EMAC 2018 conference one research...

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Market research : the combined effect of music and light in the retail sector
Aug13

Market research : the combined effect of music and light in the retail sector

Sensory market research has focused mostly on the effects on consumer behavior of specific cues: light, scent, temperature, … Some of those cues are always present in a retail setting (light, temperature) and past studies have therefore investigated the effects of the variations of those cues (higher/lower temperature, more or less light) Company industry atmospherics charcateristics purpose abercrombie & fitch clothing loud...

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filter bubbles: scientific evidence that algorithms aren’t to be blamed
Aug01

filter bubbles: scientific evidence that algorithms aren’t to be blamed

What can you discover about filter bubbles when you analyse datasets with billions of tweets over a 8-year period ? Some very interesting results for sure.  In particular that you don’t need algorithms to stay within an echo chamber and that bridging echo chambers comes at a price. This contributes to the ongoing discussion on the very existence of algorithmic filter bubbles. Introduction Garimella et al. (2018) studied...

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30 days to read privacy policies: consent fatigue will make GDPR ineffective
May24

30 days to read privacy policies: consent fatigue will make GDPR ineffective

It is said that the average American is subject to some 1500 privacy policies on a yearly basis which represent dozens of working days worth of reading. I did a little bit of research to find out where this come from and found out that the figure of 75 days worth of reading  often cited in the press is erroneous. I did the math and found 30.5 days. Find out more in this article about “consent fatigue”, the potential...

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How to successfuly realize qualitative interviews in market research studies
May03

How to successfuly realize qualitative interviews in market research studies

Conducting good market research often requires to carry our a qualitative study. This is particulary true of customer satisfaction surveys that are often poorly designed and are not based on sound assumptions. In today’s article we reflect on some essential aspects of good qualitative research. We discuss a four-step iterative guide for interview design proposed by J. Arsel (2018) in his article entitled “Asking Questions...

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Face recognition algorithms are biases towards black people and women
Apr17

Face recognition algorithms are biases towards black people and women

Joy Buolamwini, a MIT PhD candidate, presented her research at the inaugural FAT Conference in New-York. She had previously given a TED talk and been invited to the White House to present her work on algorithmic fairness. In the paper she presented at the FAT conference Joy showed how face recognition algorithms can be biased towards certain segment of the population and in fact lead to discrimination.   Here are the 2 main...

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The history of media resistance : from printing to social media through TV and radio
Feb05

The history of media resistance : from printing to social media through TV and radio

Throughout history people have shown remarkable resistance to new forms of media, be it books, cinema, radio, TV or Internet. Today social media addiction leads to a new form of resistance. A new book by Trine Syvertsen sums up remarkably the history of media resistance. The electronic version of the book is free and can be downloaded here. Here are some highlights from the book followed by thoughts on the evolution of media...

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Market research combines Big Data and qualitative techniques .. 120 years ago
Jan22

Market research combines Big Data and qualitative techniques .. 120 years ago

Visualizing data has become a standard task and one essential component of data science today. But, haven’t we forgotten how lucky we are to have all that data available and to be able to use it for various purposes ?   An early example of Big Data and visualisation project One of the most stunning visualization projects I’ve come to know was initiated more than a century ago by Charles Booth, a Liverpool-born...

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If you are addicted to your social media, it’s because you suffer of FOMO
Jan19

If you are addicted to your social media, it’s because you suffer of FOMO

A recent research (Blackwell et al. 2017) has investigated the antecedents of social media addiction. In other words, what makes us look at Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter dozens of times every single day. Five variables were tested : age, extraversion, neuroticism, avoidance, anxiety, and Fear of Missing Out (FoMO). The results, published in the per-reviewed journal “Personality and Individual Differences” show that only fear...

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Marketing research reveals free apps are bad for business
Dec11

Marketing research reveals free apps are bad for business

A recent marketing research published in the Journal of Marketing reveals that offering a free version of an app reduces the speed of adoption of the paying version of the same app. In other words, you will reduce the odds of selling your mobile app if you propose a free version. This is especially true for hedonic apps (gaming, fun), the study reveals. This study was carried out on the basis of 12315 apps covering a 3-year period of...

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