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MRIA, Prairie Chapter January 2006 Why Buy the Fish When you Can Own the Fishing Rod? Leveraging Custom Panels Presented by Michael Rodenburgh VP, Consulting.

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1 MRIA, Prairie Chapter January 2006 Why Buy the Fish When you Can Own the Fishing Rod? Leveraging Custom Panels Presented by Michael Rodenburgh VP, Consulting Services

2 Why Buy the Arctic Char When you Can Drill Your Own Hole in the Ice? Leveraging Custom Panels MRIA, Prairie Chapter January 2006 Presented by Michael Rodenburgh VP, Consulting Services

3 Vision Critical Overview Tech firm dedicated to the research industry since 2000 Focus on MR tools that simply, enrich and empower Services limited to our core expertise - online panels 60+ custom panel installs in the past 12 months: US teens, Air travelers, Radio listeners, TV viewers, Canadian women, Canadians 18+, Magazine readers, Financial Advisors, Loyalty Card holders, Runners Partnerships with key sample providers (SSI, eRewards, etc.)

4 Online Research Current value of the North American research industry: $7 billion 33% of all quantitative research is being done online currently Value of online research market set to triple in the next three years, reaching $4 billion by 2008 In three years that number will be over 66% online As a result, the use of Internet panels will continue to see explosive growth for the foreseeable future

5 the availability and use of panels has democratized the…research scene end clients are more and more convinced of the reliability of results consumers can share their opinions…in a less intrusive, more respondent-centric way To put it simply, panels are hot! ESOMAR Conference Chair, Worldwide Panel Conference March 2005 Budapest, Hungary

6 Within 3 years, online panels will be the mechanism by which 50% of all primary research is done, across industries. EVP Marketing, $10 Billion B-B Technology firm

7 Types of Panels Large national consumer Large national B-B Industry or demographic specific (public) Multi-client/syndicated Proprietary Blind Recruited from national panel/database Recruited through industry sources, lists, internal sources Customer panels External and internal recruiting sources Affinity-build Product design help Customer councils Smaller B-B Brand champions

8 Customer Panel Landscape VIP Communities (300) Bulletin boards Panel Advisors (30,000) Panel+ Customers (3,000,000) EFM, CRM, Email Target Market (30m) Monitoring, CRM, Email Consolidation likely LT Pressure from both sides

9 Custom Panels vs. Syndicated Panels Todays syndicated panel is the telephone omnibus of tomorrow Rent access to the panel for ad hoc surveys Custom panels are those that are proprietary to one client Respondent contact information and data is typically owned by the end-client While syndicated panels are useful, many are not perfect Rate of professional survey taking inside syndicated panels Ease of joining many online panels is creating many professional survey takers Comscore Networks reports that: 30% of all online surveys are taken by only 0.25% of the Internet population These heavy survey responders each took an average of 80 surveys per quarter in 2004 – thats about 1 a day!

10 Drivers of Custom Panels Why are Custom Panels becoming popular? 14% of consumers and fewer business decision makers are accessible by phone – CASRO The average response rate of opt-in email lists for surveys is 1.5% (DMA) The most costly components of low incidence consumer and B-B online surveys today are sample and incentives Demand for more, faster, agile intelligence sources SPAM and telemarketing backlash Desire for client control Our prediction is that growth in online panels will outstrip syndicated panel growth in 2006 Upcoming research conference in San Francisco will have FIVE speakers all speaking about some component of custom panels

11 This All May Not be Good News for the Research Industry An ESOMAR study conducted 5 years ago regarding how the industry is perceived by senior executives suggested that the operating model for the MR industry would change very soon Client Research Supplier Respondent 2009 1999

12 And its happening now… Research is going direct to the buyer…consultants are being cut out of the equation Look at the proliferation of do it yourself web survey tools online: Panel+ Etc. Why, you ask.....?

13 Custom Panel Benefits Cost Savings Information is becoming a commodity, and panels are more cost effective Fast Turnaround Usable results can be gathered in a matter of days Sampling flexibility Strategic segments in the panel can be isolated for specific studies among low incidence groups Longitudinal analysis Unlike ad hoc studies, panels allow for tracking behavior over time Ownership of panelists Clients like the idea of control - nobody else burning out their respondents, and it utilizes their in-house databases for on-going research Visual stimuli Ability to assess still images and/or video formats Shorter interviews Eliminating common questions from each survey shortens average survey length, keeping response rates high

14 Other Panel Benefits Provides better information vis-à-vis cause and effect relationships More easily managed on an on-going basis (no more fighting fires!) Reinforces market focus throughout the organization Allows you to conduct research when you would otherwise not conduct it

15 Is a Panel Right for My Organization? Yes, if… Sample is difficult to find, low incidence, stringent screeners There is a need for ongoing, continuous feedback; 6 or more surveys of the group will be done within a year Cost of tapping third party list brokers or competitive customer databases are significant-need to cut long term costs Desire to build an own your own corporate market intelligence asset Turnaround is needed quickly Behavioral or attitudinal data should be tracked across time Would like to understand the why of CRM/transactional data You have an easy, low cost means of recruiting panelists Web site links Accurate in-house email lists Large phone survey that can be piggybacked on to recruit panelists

16 Separating Research from Panel Mgmt online panels require input from many disciplines outside normal market research practice… ESOMAR Conference Presenter Worldwide Panel Conference 2005 The panel manager needs to be: Part researcher Part advertiser Part respondent advocate

17 The Need for Technology A panel is more than an email list and a web survey You need to consider all of the components required to make the panel work: Panelist portal Survey authoring & hosting Sampling management Email deployment Online qualitative (online focus groups) Real-time reporting Panel management

18 So, you want to build a panel? Ongoing Panel Maintenance Develop Panel Plan & Recruiting Plan Customize Panel+ (Incl. branding and skins, etc.) Recruit Profiling Survey Ongoing Research Quarterly Panel Health Assessments

19 Panel Plan Successful custom panels have a plan that outlines: What the optimal panel size is, based on: # of studies Sample sizes required for each study Response rates expected Incidence of segments Expected churn rate Panel usage (new product only vs. ad testing vs. customer sat) Next, the plan determines the criteria for representation Specific segments required Required quotas or subgroups Age/language/Region, any others?

20 Panel Plan The panel plan also lays out criteria for: Anticipated research program Frequency of Contact Response rates Purge Rules Incentives Newsletters Finally, the plan provides estimates for recruiting timelines & costs (if appropriate)

21 Should the Panel be Branded or Blind? Branded advantages: Clear and real connection to the panelist Able to dig down into the relationship between yourself and your customer Much less expensive to recruit Blind advantages Able to research competitive space without concern for bias Panels can be both blind and branded at the same time! Blended strategy combats source bias and decreases recruit costs

22 Panel Recruitment Best Practices It should be treated it like an advertising campaign – with a theme and creative direction Think about engaging your marketing department, including a creative director and copywriter Recruitment method depends on nature of panel, but can include one or more of these sources: Direct mail invitations to customers (branded) Telephone recruitment for high value - hard to recruit target segments (branded) Purchased double opt-in email lists (blind) Viral marketing and member-get-a-member (blind) Media purchase on appropriate business websites (blind) Banner/pop-up recruitment from client website (branded or blind) Magazine advertising (branded or blind) Multiple sources is usually highly recommended to obviate any bias

23 Panel Composition Bigger isnt necessarily better Size of panel is dictated by minimum sample sizes, anticipated usage, response rates to each study Panel doesnt need to be representative, in fact it may NOT be representative on purpose You only need to have the capability of drawing rep samples from the panel

24 Optimal Usage Panel usage should emphasize frequent, short surveys Past experience has suggested optimal number of survey invitations is between 12 and 24 per year

25 How big does it need to be? Sizing can be based upon anticipated usage of the panel Easy way to estimate required panel size: Lower limit: ((number of surveys * sample size per survey)/12/average response rate) Upper limit: ((number of surveys * sample size per survey)/24/average response rate) Therefore, if we planned to have 20 studies at 1,000 completes each, and ran an average response rate of 35%... Lower limit: 2,381 Upper limit: 4,762 These calculations assume equal distribution of surveys across all demos, etc.

26 Panel Sizing – Another Approach Minimum sample size for each study in specific segments Example: 1.A company has 8 target segments 2.400 is considered an acceptable sample for analysis within any group 3.Panel should be able to hold a 35% response rate without aggressive purging (conservative estimate) We can therefore calculate 8 segments*400/0.35 = 9,142 rough panel size

27 Panel Profiling & Composition After recruit plan complete, recruiting and panelist profiling commences Profiling survey becomes the criteria against which respondents are qualified Demographics Firmographics Category participation Lifestyle and values Profiling survey can automatically de-duplicate respondents based on email address Profiling survey must include a double opt-in!

28 Incentives People join panels for 3 reasons: 1.Connectors: they want to be part of the decision making process 2.Pay to Play: they want to be rewarded for their time 3.Mavens: they want access to the information collected Incentive programs, especially B2B, must consider all 3 motivations and plan accordingly

29 Incentives We recommend a 3 pronged incentive plan: 1.Affinity: Emphasize the elite nature of the panel Identify client action items from information collected 2.Rewards: Rewards dont have to be complicated to be effective free conferences, magazine subscriptions, free LD,, gift certificates, charity donations or IT gadgets, prize draws, etc. 3.Information: A quarterly newsletter (or a report for B2B panels) written specifically for panelists using information gathered during the research reinforces interest in participating

30 The Case Study - WomensVoiceOnline

31 WomensVoiceOnline WomensVoiceOnline: TV viewers (obviously women!) 18 to 54 yrs N=2000 (approx) across the country Panel used to assess: Viewing behaviours Movie reviews Advertiser studies – shopping behaviours, etc. Recruited from a combination of online advertising, mainstream media (TV ads), and double opt-in email lists

32 The Case Study – WomensVoiceOnline Respondent Log-in Panelist Lobby

33 The Results They averaged roughly 1 survey per month Key is ability to get results quickly – 48 hour turnaround is not unusual Very high response rates – usually 40% or higher, sometimes as high as 65% Low proportion of non-responsive panelists Allowed the network to address sales opportunities that would not have been otherwise addressable due to turnaround time Provided important insight into the correlation between viewing patterns and product usage – allowing them to alter programming accordingly


35 Only 10% of the panel have never responded to a survey.

36 Only 182 have opted out of the panel since inception last year.

37 Whats Ahead for the Future? Respondent for life Sample fodder evolves to respected advisor – the general public are not lab-rats Panels and councils become function and industry specific, customized by size, sponsor affinity, and level of interaction (feedback, profiles collected, transaction, promotions) Integration with CRM, blogs – research turns into Feedback Marketing

38 Democratizing Customer Feedback Can Research Harness this Power of Online Customers? Internet democratizes the consumer environment Can a panel harness the power of the internet to be both marketing and research? 37,000 downloads: Tiny Machine 2.2 million downloads: iPods Secret

39 Thank You! For More Information: Michael Rodenburgh, VP Consulting Services (604) 647-3563

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