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Tips for conducting door to door market research

January 8, 2013

Tips for conducting door to door market research
Before you start:
• Work out a few simple questions to ask people, if someone is mentoring you they will be able to help you with these.
• Do wear smart clothes (depending on your business, these may not be the clothes you will wear when you are actually doing your work).
• Do have an identity card. You can wear it round your neck or pin it to your breast pocket so people can see it.
• Do inform the local police of what you will be doing – where and at what times. You may be able to do this over the phone or you could call in at the local police station before you start and show them your ID card and, if they are interested, your survey questions and your thank you note (you never know if some of them may be interested in using your services).

Interview checklist – what to take with you when you go out:
• ID card
• Survey questionnaires
• Thank you notes
• Clipboard
• Paper + pens
• Waterproof bag / plastic wallets for storing unused and completed questionnaires etc
• Business cards, if you have them yet
• Map of the streets / area you are going to visit
• List of streets you are going to visit, so you can write down which houses you have been to and spoken to someone, so you do not disturb them again
• Single sheet of paper where you can record how many interviews you have done in each street / area. You could just check off how many people you have seen by gender /age group
• Mobile phone
• Personal alarm, if you have one
• Refreshments – water / food

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Networking Your Way – Feedback from the event

April 21, 2012

Networking Your Way – Feedback from the event

Over 80 people attended the Networking Your Way to New Business event on the 21st March 2012. There were also 13 networking organisations who had stands at the event, plus the charity Norwich Door to Door. Thank you to all those of you who responded to the feedback survey. Here are the results and some of the comments. Networking your way results Final

Customers, lovely customers

August 9, 2011

You have some lovely customers. You have spent a certain amount ‘buying’ these customers. Yes you have spent some money as you have bought and given out some business cards. You have bought a website and domain name. You might have attended a networking event.
There are plenty of people out there who will tell you how much easier and more cost effective it is to keep your existing customers and sell to them again, than it is to do all that hard work again getting some new customers. Don’t waste your money by buying your customers only to ‘throw them away’ after a single sale.
Two years ago, a study by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) revealed that four out of five executives believed that companies were losing sales every year because of a failure to engage customers. Furthermore, 80 percent suggested that increased customer engagement would translate into improved customer loyalty, and 75 percent said it would translate into increased revenue and profits.
How are you communicating with your customers? Are you listening to what they say? What have you done as a result of what they said? Customers are increasingly sophisticated. Where as in the past you might tell a few people if you got bad service or a poor product the internet has turned this into thousands. A quick message on Twitter or Facebook could quickly go to hundreds if not thousands of people.
Yes you can ask the questions where you will get praise for things done well by you and your team. Although nice and can be useful when you want to boost the team, these are not the responses that you really need.
To improve and be able to see what they are looking for those other comments. What does not get done right first time. How you cope when it has gone all wrong on you. Also important are the suggestions of what you might do better. You can always decide to ignore the ideas if they take you too far away from what you think that you do.
In the Do you Listen to your Customers survey of 2010 over 50% of businesses that had carried out some sort of consultation with their customers said that their turn over and their profits had increased as a result.
So what are you waiting for? Ask your customers how you are doing. You might be surprised what they say, both good and bad.

Embrace the difficult questions and welcome the disappointing answers.
This blog first appeared as a guest blog on the Business Vitamins site in 2011.

Backing up your data – what do you use?

December 13, 2010

Backing up your data

We have been looking at the different ways to back up our data.

There seems to be two schools of thought. Either you do the back up using external hard drives and memory sticks. The other is over the internet where the data is held on someone’s server.

With the former you have to remember to do the backing up, but you do have instant access to the back-up data. It is sitting in your office.

The latter you can set up the software to automatically and if your office was to have a fire or flood (perish the thought) then your data is safe.

So what should we do?

What system do you use and why?

Research Plus presentation for National Customer Service Week

October 7, 2010

Research Plus Do you listen to your customers presentation 5 Oct 2010
This is the presentation given on 5th October to a room of eager business people in Norwich.

Research Plus Presentation 5 October 2010

October 7, 2010

Here is the powerpoint presentation on do you listen to your customers given on the 5th October 2010. A few extra slides have been added to aid the understanding. We plan to add some audios at a later date. You can leave comments here or on the blog at www.research-plus.co.uk

Download now or preview on posterous

http://bit.ly/aMJRDT(942 KB)

 

Looking after your Customers.

September 24, 2010

Looking after your Customers.

A presentation of the survey results and other speakers on the importance and practicalities of looking after your customers.

 

The date is set.

The venue is booked.

The speakers are getting their PowerPoint presentations prepared.

The prize draw winners are being selected.

There is one thing left to do – order the tea and coffee !!

Do you want tea or coffee?

Click on the link and book your place or contact us directly.

http://customersurvey.eventbrite.com/

Looking after your Customers.

September 24, 2010

Looking after your Customers.
A presentation of the survey results and other speakers on the importance and practicalities of looking after your customers.

The date is set.
The venue is booked.
The speakers are getting their PowerPoint presentations prepared.
The prize draw winners are being selected.
There is one thing left to do – order the tea and coffee !!
Do you want tea or coffee?
Click on the link and book your place or contact us directly.

http://customersurvey.eventbrite.com/

Do you listen to your customers and are they Raving Fans

August 3, 2010

Do you listen to your customers and are they saying OK or are they your Raving Fans?

Customer Service Week 2010

The countdown has started to the first week in October.

What are you going to be doing for this international week of recognising good customer service?

If you are thinking that you had not heard of it and don’t know what to do, then perhaps you would like to get involved with the Norfolk events.

Firstly Research Plus+ are going to conduct a survey to find out whether you and your organisation are listening to your customers at the moment. We want to know.

If you are doing very little at the moment then you are in the very fortunate position of being able to do more very easily.

To take part follow this link

Email Signature

May 7, 2010

What do you put at the bottom of your email?

Hopefully you put your name !

But what else do you supply?

An email address so that people do not have to use the reply button
A phone number – it might save someone time hunting around for it
Your website – especially if people can click through to it
Your blog – you have spent a lot of time writing it so advertise it.
Your social media links such as twitter, facebook and LinkedIn if you use them

Isn’t the aim to make it as easy as possible for potential customers to get in touch with you easily in the way that suits them?

What do you think? What would you add or what would you leave out?

Would you add a phrase about not printing the email? Is it still necessary?