Learn how technological, social, economic, and cultural forces are redefining market research.

This online Principles Express course describes rapidly evolving trends in the market research industry. By staying current on what is happening in the industry, you are better equipped to leverage the research methods and technologies that deliver the most valuable insights to your client.

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Format: Online

Hours: 12

Credits: 1.2 CEUs

When: Start anytime

Cost: $329 -$359


After completing this course you should be able to:

  1. Describe how advances in technology are changing how people live and work.
  2. Review how social media is impacting both marketing and market research.
  3. Explain how the shift of power to consumers is radically altering the information that businesses need for their companies to be successful.
  4. Describe the new research opportunities and attendant challenges with the use of mobile devices.
  5. Summarize how the market researcher's approach to measurement is changing from a focus on attitudes, opinions, and intentions to measuring and understanding behavior.
  6. Discuss the increasing use of automation and artificial intelligence, noting their potential advantages and disadvantages.
  7. Describe how do-it-yourself (DIY) research tools have created new challenges and opportunities for market researchers.
  8. Describe a number of new methodologies, distinguishing between those that already are or are likely to soon be mainstream versus those that are still niche.
  9. Describe ways to help clients understand and manage the risks inherent in "hot" new technologies and methods.
  10. Give examples of how technology continues to impact sampling.
  11. Discuss the pros and cons of surveys as a source of insight.
  12. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of conducting in-person qualitative research versus digital qualitative approaches.
  13. Discuss how the explosion of new research methods and data sources is mandating the use of multiple methods and a need for synthesis.
  14. Explain how the scope and roles of market research are changing and expanding. Discuss the impact on research professionals from both the client and research agency perspectives.

Who Should Attend?

  • Entry-level researchers looking for a general understanding of the latest trends in the Market Research industry.
  • Mid-level staff seeking to determine which emerging methodologies and new research approaches they could benefit from using.
  • Experienced researchers looking to catch up with the latest developments.
  • Corporations seeking professional development options for their internal training portfolio.
  • Suppliers of research seeking courses for new-employee onboarding.
  • Researchers who lead or contribute to project design.
  • Analysts seeking to understand the pros and cons of new research methods and technologies.
  • Client-side researchers responsible for writing RFPs and evaluating proposals.

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Course Fee(s): 

$359 - Standard Fee

$329 - Association Discount (Members* of: Insights Association; ESOMAR; Canadian Research Insights Council, The Research Society, Intellus Worldwide, QRCA, AMAI, WAPOR-Latinoamérica, MRII Board of Directors, UGA MMR Advisory Board.)

$50 - One-Month Extension (only one extension is granted per participant)

*Membership will be verified.

Prepayment is required to be registered. The prices listed are per person (US Funds). Prices are subject to change.

Zoe Dowling, Ph.D – Senior Vice President Research, FocusVision

Fred JohnZoe Dowling is Senior Vice President at FocusVision, where she uses her research expertise to help clients best apply FocusVision's technological solutions. An early Internet adopter, she has been involved in online research since the late 1990s. She specializes in participant engagement for web and mobile surveys, as well as qualitative approaches related to online communities and interview techniques. A scholar of innovation, Zoe actively combines traditional and out-of-the-box approaches to adapt effective methodologies to a changing world

Prior to joining FocusVision, Zoe was at Kantar Added Value for 9 years, most recently as SVP, R&D and Global Mobile Capability Leader. She is a regular speaker at industry conferences including ESOMAR Congress, GreenBook’s IIEX conference, NEXT Insights, and the MRMW Conference, to name a few. She is also a workshop leader and webinar presenter on various topics relating to digital data collection.

She holds a BA in Sociology and Social Policy from the University of Stirling in Scotland, an M-Phil in Social Research Methodology from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Surrey in England.