Posts Tagged ‘online satisfaction surveys’

Posts Tagged ‘online satisfaction surveys’

How much data do I need for my research project?

This is a common question we get asked, and one that needs careful consideration because talking to the right number of people or getting a significant number of people to answer your survey is vital to the statistical reliability of your research.

But how do you know how many respondents are enough? How big does a sample need to be in order to accurately reflect the attitudes / opinions of a population / the group of people who you want to understand?

Firstly, it is vital to establish who your population is: if you were doing an all-inclusive employee survey – this would be the entire workforce. If you wanted to find out how and why people use public parks in a particular city, your population would be the number of residents of that specific city.

Once you have figured out your population size, the next step is to consider how certain you need to be that the answers you collect reflect the views of the population as a whole.

In all of our surveys, we specifically consider statistical reliability of the sample size and use confidence levels and intervals.

‘Confidence interval’ is the plus-or-minus figure usually reported in newspaper or television opinion poll results. For example, if you use a confidence interval of 4 and 47% percent of your sample picks an answer you can be “sure” that if you had asked the question of the entire relevant population between 43% (47% – 4%) and 51% (47% + 4%) would have picked that answer.

The ‘confidence level’ is the likelihood of the sample accurately reflecting your population. A 95% confidence level means that if you were to repeat a sample of the same population you would get the same results 95% of the time – This is the most commonly used confidence level and if used, you can therefore say you are 95% certain (plus or minus the confidence level, as above) that the results are true of your whole population.

So how big does the data sample need to be?

This handy little table shows you a rough guide:

Sample size table

As you can see the calculation is not proportionally linear and there is a point when populations in excess of one million will generate the same sample size. At Mackman, we make certain you have the correct sample size for your research, so if you have a research project you would like to discuss, please get in touch.

New MRS Code of Conduct

The Market Research Society (MRS) has launched and updated a new edition of their Code of Conduct, which will come in to effect on 1st September 2014, and is relevant for market, social and opinion research. The Code is significant to the research industry because it underpins ethical research, best practice guidance, legal instruction and ‘exists to protect the entire research supply chain’. With the fast revolutionising research market facing questions about the collection and use of personal data, the MRS Code of Conduct is crucial in helping to protect and regulate first-rate research practice. This gives everyone concerned greater assurance in research from the research providers who adhere to the Code, through to buyers and research participants.

Jane Frost, the Chief Executive of MRS, has said: “The UK research sector is worth more than £3bn and it’s growing. The emergence of massive datasets and the public’s concern around privacy are just two examples of challenges to the sector that didn’t exist ten years ago, let alone sixty. The updated Code is the bedrock on which this sector will continue to flourish - it ensures that research is legal, ethical and transparent, and that is critical to customer and consumer trust.”

Our research director, Gemma Mackman, is a member of the MRS and thus all research carried out by Mackman Research , whether business to business, social, online, telephone, qualitative or quantitative, is executed in accordance with with the rules and regulations.

Our researchers also conform to the Code and follow strict procedures. We are always direct with our introductions when conducting research on behalf of our clients and offer an explanation as to why we are conducting the research. All responses are collected in a strictly confidential manner and in such instance both clients and participants remain anonymous throughout and breaches of confidence do not occur under any circumstances.

 

Customer Satisfaction Survey – Mixed Methodology

Background

Specflue is the UK’s number one supplier of flue, chimney and renewable energy solutions, based in Sudbury Suffolk and Honiton, Devon. The business was founded in 1992 as an independent company, with the guiding principles of innovation, the provision of top class products and outstanding service. These elements allowed Specflue to grow into a leader in its sector.

Mackman Research was commissioned to conduct a benchmark customer satisfaction survey on behalf of Specflue. The study was carried out to help Specflue improve the overall quality of customer service. The aim was to gain more insight into current service levels, identifying strengths and weaknesses to help Specflue implement changes to foster competitive advantage and ascertain future development requirements to enable them to further grow their business.

Approach

In collaboration with Specflue managers, Mackman Research designed a questionnaire based on the objectives, to help assess and measure the level of customer service provision across different commercial sectors and all areas of their day-to-day business. Clients were invited by a letter from the National Sales Manager of Specflue to take part in the survey. Specflue provided a large contacts database containing information which was subsequently used to subdivide data by business area and location.

Specflue provided individual contact details. Survey participation was in the form of a telephone interview, lasting approximately six minutes with a Mackman researcher. In addition, customers who were unobtainable by telephone and had a valid email address supplied, were invited to take part through an online version of the survey. The survey consisted of closed questions and open questions. Numerous attempts were made to book a convenient time to conduct the survey with as many contacts as possible in the six week time scale.

Results

From Specflue’s customer population, the research achieved a confidence level of 95% and a confidence interval of +/- 5.49%.

There was a positive response to Specflue’s customer satisfaction survey with a higher number of contributors than estimated in the set timescale. Mackman Research achieved 25% above the target response rate. It is very clear that Specflue have a loyal customer base who trade with them because of the quality of service they receive. The overall results for Specflue demonstrate excellent levels of service for their industry sector and highlighted areas where further improvement can be made. Mackman Research identified a number of key areas for development and recommended activities to influence customer satisfaction going forward. The study also informed Specflue about potential future developments for the business and provided competitor information.

Specflue

Customer satisfaction survey for flue and chimney specialists

Specflue

Mackman Research is delighted to have worked with Sudbury based Specflue to complete a bench mark customer satisfaction survey. The study took part at the end of the summer and was commissioned by Specflue to understand and improve the overall quality of customer services at the company. Mackman Research designed a questionnaire on behalf of the company, to help assess and measure the level of customer service provision.

To achieve the highest response rate possible, we used a mixed methodology. Primarily a telephone survey combined with the support of an online survey. There was an encouraging response to the survey and in the six week calling period our researchers achieved 25% more than the target number of responses. Specflue project manager, Maria Marston-Fuller said, “In our initial meetings Mackman showed that they understood our business and what we were trying to achieve. As a company we had never outsourced our customer satisfaction surveys before and wanted to ensure we got it right. We felt confident that Mackman would help us achieve this. I also liked the thought of working with a local company; having a company close to hand in case of any issues. I would not hesitate to work with Mackman again.”

If you are thinking about conducting a customer satisfaction survey, please contact us at customerservice@mackmangroup.co.uk or telephone 01787 3788038

International Customer Satisfaction – Online Survey

Background

Mackman Research has worked with Twinings to conduct an international online survey for six consecutive years. The annual survey is centred on Twining’s clients’ customer satisfaction and knowledge of customer services. The survey measures the overall satisfaction levels of customers and their experience of dealing with Twining’s’ International Customer Services. The on-line survey method is used to survey Twining’s clients in 70 countries worldwide.

Approach

The questionnaire has been amended and improved year on year to reflect changes in the company and to take in to account the preceding year’s results.

Mackman Research was supplied with a copy of the Twinings’ customer contact database and all customer contacts were emailed and invited to take part in the on-line survey. The on-line survey was “live” over the course of two weeks and a one week extension was agreed, when a low response rate was documented after two weeks. In specific cases, a faxed copy of the questionnaire was used to make certain a response was gathered.

Results

The comparative data demonstrates levels of satisfaction over a twelve-monthly period and the results are cross tabulated to show differences between product and market. The results of the international customer services satisfaction survey continue to help support and monitor improvement to Twinings customer services, coinciding with an important time in their business strategy. We provide a PowerPoint presentation version of the results in addition to the standard comprehensive report.


Employee Satisfaction Survey – Online

Background

Baker Tilly is a leading independent firm of accountants and business advisers that specialises in providing an integrated range of services. They provide business clients with audit, accountancy, personal and corporate taxation, VAT, management consultancy, corporate finance, IT advisory, restructuring and recovery and forensic services. The firm has national coverage through its network of offices and is represented internationally through its independent membership of Baker Tilly International.

Mackman Research was commissioned to carry out an annual human resources staff survey at Baker Tilly, Bury St Edmunds. An important element of the project was the on-going monitoring of staff perceptions.

Approach

An existing survey was developed in collaboration with Baker Tilly, with 66 questions and space to comment. The Mackman Research team surveyed all employees of Baker Tilly Bury St Edmunds. The research took place using an online methodology and confidentiality was introduced in an effort to encourage full and frank participation from Baker Tilly employees. A contact list of 100 personnel was supplied in MS Excel format and all contacts were invited by email to participate in the survey. The on-line survey was ‘live’ over the course of 2 weeks. During this time various reminder emails were sent to each employee who had not responded.

Results

100 respondents completed the survey within the timescale, representing a 100% response rate.

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Moving on up…

Mackman Group new office, Sudbury, Suffolk

Mackman Group new office, Sudbury, Suffolk

With the Mackman team continually growing as demand for business increases, the company is moving into a bigger office. The company has acquired a new building in Sudbury, just down the road from the current premises.

The design and technical departments have moved into the new building already, with the marketing, research and publicity teams moving down later in the year. Being a bunch of creatives, everyone has plenty of ideas as to how the new space can be decorated!

This exciting news marks an important step forward for the Group as its steady and significant growth has enabled this move. The new building has plenty of office space, multiple meeting rooms, on site parking and a rose-filled outside space. Watch this space for news of a 'House Warming' party in the New Year!

Mackman Research Success

We've raised a cuppa in celebration to a job well done after successfully completing a research project for tea giant Twinings for the fifth year running.

Mackman Research, based in Station Rd, Sudbury, interviewed key international wholesale buyers on behalf of Twinings. The survey measured overall satisfaction levels of customers and their experience of dealing with Twinings’ international customer services. Questions were based around customer satisfaction and perceptions of Twinings’ international customer services. As well as offering a prize incentive, Twinings donated money to Save the Children for each completed questionnaire.

Twinings’ international customer services manager, Sharlene Moffitt, praised the work of Mackman Research and said, 'Mackman has worked professionally at all times, enabling clear presentation of the results to identify key trends and areas for growth and improvement of the Customer Services team now and in the future.' She added the work had 'proved to be an invaluable tool for helping Twinings shape the future of the Customer Services we deliver.'

Starting life as a small, family firm, Mackman Research is recognised nationally as a research leader, specialising in creating and undertaking customer satisfaction surveys for ‘top end’ clients. Experts at the firm devised the methodology, designed the questionnaire, built a secure web portal to collect the data, analysed the information and provided a findings report. Twinings will use the findings to inform their decisions and company practise.

Gemma Mackman, Research Director of Mackman Research, part of Mackman Group, says, 'We are really proud to include Twinings in our list of clients and enjoy working with Sharlene and her team.'

Gemma added, 'Customer service is high on people’s agendas because it is a key way to differentiate yourselves from your competitors. Leading firms are using surveys like this as part of their growth strategy and they want to outsource to a specialist.'

Tea Giant Twinings comes to Town

This week we welcomed tea giant Twinings senior management to our offices, after successfully completing a research project for the company for the fourth year running.

Our researchers interviewed key international wholesale buyers on behalf of Twinings. The survey measured overall satisfaction levels of customers and their experience of dealing with Twinings’ international customer services. Questions were based around customer satisfaction and perceptions of Twinings’ international customer services.

Twinings’ international customer services manager, Sharlene Moffitt, praised the work of Mackman Research and said: “Mackman has worked professionally at all times, enabling clear presentation of the results to identify key trends and areas for growth and improvement of the Customer Services team now and in the future.”  She added the work had “proved to be an invaluable tool for helping Twinings shape the future of the Customer Services we deliver.”


Twinings signs up for customer service research

The market research services of Mackman Research have been called upon again by tea giant Twinings to undertake crucial business to business market research.   Customer satisfaction market research of satisfaction levels of global trade customers dealt with by the International Customer Services team will take place in June 2010. The online customer satisfaction survey includes qualitative and quantitative research. The market intelligence gathered will be compared with previous findings. This years web survey will include satisfaction survey questions that can be trended over four years.



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