53 Focus Group Questions for Any Purpose

Whether your focus group is there to give feedback on a product or service or help you assess how your brand stands out in your competitive landscape, thought-provoking, open-ended questions are essential to a productive discussion. However, it’s easier said than done. What can you ask beyond “What do you think of our product?” that can provoke the most useful answers? Here, we’ve pulled together 53 questions you can ask in your next focus group to pull the most interesting and useful insights you can out of your participants. Simply copy-and-paste the questions you like below into the notetaking template…

Total Addressable Market (TAM): What It Is & How You Can Calculate It

In college, I interned at a MarTech company that sold email marketing optimization software. With their software, brands could finally gain visibility into their email program’s deliverability rate or inbox placement, which most email service providers, like Constant Contact or MailChimp, can’t do. The business’ largest revenue stream was a channel partner program that enabled email service providers to sell my old company’s software to their own customers. And one day, at an all-hands meeting, our CEO showed us a slide that listed every single email service provider we partnered with and the amount of customers they all had. He…

What Is a Focus Group in 100 Words or Less [+ Pros and Cons]

In an ideal world, you’d know just how your product or business idea would be perceived before it’s released. This knowledge could help you make alterations to what you’re offering for the best possible reception, and better inform your sales projections and marketing strategy. Sadly, you’ll never know exactly how what you’re selling will be received by your target audience, which is why companies conduct market research. But, while mass data collection through surveys provides you with necessary quantitative information, it doesn’t offer as much qualitative insight into your target market’s view or opinion of what you’re selling. This is…

How to Do Market Research: A Guide and Template

Today, consumers have a lot of power — they can research your product or service and make purchase decisions entirely on their own. And rather than talking to one of your sales reps, they’re more likely to ask for referrals from members of their networks or read online reviews.  With this in mind, have you adapted your marketing strategy to complement the way today’s consumers research, shop, and buy? In order to do just that — and to meet your potential buyers were they are — you must have a deep understanding of who your buyers are, your specific market, and…

How to Run a SWOT Analysis for Your Business [Template Included]

A SWOT analysis is a useful technique to evaluate a new project or objective your business faces, or your business as a whole. Essentially, a SWOT analysis is a roadmap for how you should move forward with your business, which opportunities you’re missing out on, and which challenges you should tackle. It’s an effective method to maximize opportunities while minimizing negative factors associated with a given project or objective. Plus, it lets you unbiasedly evaluate your business’s strengths and weaknesses, which is key to avoiding unnecessary errors down the road from lack of insight. Here, we’ll provide a SWOT analysis…