Qualitative Market Research follows through a complete research project from the perspective of both user and practitioner. In this respect, it can be used as both a continuous teaching text and training manual, or individual sections may be consulted to enhance knowledge of ‘best practices’ and improve productivity in any specific research application. Section one begins with an overview of the history and philosophy behind the practice of qualitative research, using qualitative or quantitative approaches, organizing qualitative research (particularly those in ‘practice’ such as research consultants), qualitative research applications (including product development, branding and advertising) and the varieties of qualitative research methods. Section two looks at the management of qualitative research and discusses project management, planning and budgeting issues. Section three looks at group moderation and interviewing techniques, and section four addresses the whole area of collecting and analyzing qualitative data, including discussion of computer-assisted software methods, as well as research reporting. This book meets the needs of several audiences by creating some common ground in the applied practice of qualitative research. It should consequently be invaluable reading to a wide readership, from social research methods students (particularly those in sociology, business, psychology, education, marketing and market research) to worldwide practitioners of qualitative research, both clients and consultants.
"… a comprehensive survey of the topic… a complete resource and a fundamental yet creative cookbook… Mariampolski offers detailed suggestions on how to effectively set up each particular type of project with step-by-step guidelines on how to proceed at each stage along the way.… It will be very interesting to those who wish to work in marketing, advertising, or research."
--Journal of Advertising Research
Exercises in the Focus Group
In just about every focus group and most individual interviews, it is helpful for the moderator to engage participants in one or several pencil-and-paper exercises. These shift the emotional dynamics of the session by producing new opportunities for exploration. These may be used as a way of focusing ...