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What Every Marketer Needs To Know About Research

Aug 24

Under more scrutiny than ever before, marketing managers are turning to data to take the guesswork out of business decisions and justify spending. Today’s marketing channels generate an ever-increasing variety, volume, velocity and complexity of information. Every action and interaction can be tracked, analyzed and recorded.

In addition to the massive amounts of data being collected, organizations conduct ongoing market research in an attempt to uncover insights into their target audience.  Researchers employ a variety of tools for quantitative and qualitative studies. Questionnaires and surveys are a favorite for quantitative studies while focus groups are the primary tool for qualitative studies. According to the Marketing Research Association, roughly 70% of all consumer research dollars are spent on qualitative research. It is estimated over 200,000 focus groups are conducted annually, with an approximate $7 billion being spent on focus group testing.

Despite the popularity of surveys and focus groups, both have serious drawbacks and limitations. Survey questionnaires are tightly scripted based on the researcher’s own decisions and assumptions as to what is and is not important, therefore they often contain inherent bias. Surveys are inflexible and do not allow the researcher to probe for subtle meanings or context behind answers. Studies show answers deteriorate as the questions grind on and the respondent repeats the same score in an effort to complete the process.

Focus groups are an artificial environment that subject people to peer pressure. Participants’ opinions could be easily influenced by facial expressions, body language or other reactions. Participants know they are being watched and may change their behavior or hold back opinions as a result.  If the subject matter is sensitive, personal or potentially embarrassing, participants may withhold vital information that would affect the quality of the research results. Additionally, “groupthink” is a well-known psychological phenomenon in which group members try to minimize conflict and reach a consensus decision. This dynamic allows for the group to become influenced by one or two dominant people in the session, resulting in very biased outcomes.

Given the limitations of traditional research methods, Bodden Partners has developed a proprietary approach we call The SOUL Process® because it gets to the very essence of why people buy a product or service.

• SOUL is one-on-one listening sessions rather than focus group herd mentality

• SOUL is open-ended, flexible conversations rather than tightly scripted questionnaires

• SOUL is direct contact with the developers of communication rather than passive observation behind a two-way mirror

If you would like to know how The SOUL Process® can create breakthrough results for your product, request our free ebook today.

Millennials and The Future of the Insurance Industry

Jul 29


As stated in a recent industry publication, the goalposts for the life insurance industry are shifting, driven in part by the expectations of the next generation of customers who represent an enormous area of growth for new policies that will be issued over the next 25 years. While they will continue to be awoken to the need and importance of life insurance by the same traditional key life events—marriage, having children, family health scares—their expectations of how the industry will help them understand coverage options, and experience getting coverage in place is markedly different to their parents’ expectations and experiences.

Life insurance marketers are scrambling to understand the Millennial audience, its expectations, needs and preferences. As mentioned in our previous post, traditional consumer research often falls short when it comes to uncovering true, actionable insights. What insurance marketers are clamoring for are findings that will show them exactly what to say to Millennials, and how and where to say it.  If you would like to know how to develop marketing that reaches the SOUL of the Millennial consumer, request our free ebook today.

Secrets to Selling Life Insurance to Millennials – Part II

Jun 23

Millennials, roughly defined as everyone born between 1980 and 2000, are the hot topic for marketers across industries. But perhaps no industry is struggling with the Millennial conundrum quite as much as the insurance industry. For life insurance marketers, separating Millennial myth from reality is the key to success. While popular perception says Millennials are single and living at home or sharing an apartment with friends, reality is that sizable segments within Millennials are shouldering significant family responsibilities.

Among older Millennials, between ages 25-34, there are now 10.8 million households with children. Further, with Millennials accounting for 80% of the 4 million annual U.S. births, the number of new Millennial parents stands to grow exponentially over the next decade. The birth of a child is a proven trigger for life insurance purchase. And given that 57% of Millennial mothers are unmarried, the need for the life insurance safety net is palpable.

Identifying Millennials with an insurance need is only the first step. The more difficult task is speaking to them in a way that will get them to stop, pay attention and take action. Rather than sitting around a conference room table guessing and experimenting with what will resonate with this audience, Bodden Partners believes the best way to understand any consumer is to listen to them.

We have developed a proprietary, trademarked interviewing technique which we call The SOUL Process. We hold in-depth, one-on-one listening sessions with consumers and potential buyers about their needs as well as their attitudes and reactions to a particular product offering and brand. The ultimate goal of the questioning technique is to get consumers to disclose what they would need you to say and how you would need to say it in order for them to be interested in your product.

Curious about how it works?  Request our free ebook today.

Power Listening: The Key to Breakthrough Results

Apr 29

Today’s marketers live in exciting yet challenging times. Competition for the consumer’s disposable income has never been hotter. By some estimates, in addition to the countless products already on the market, every year over a quarter million new products are launched. If you are responsible for one of those new products, wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to see your product through your prospect’s eyes? Wouldn’t it be great to know exactly what they need to hear in order to buy it?

How can you do that? The answer lies not in doing more consumer research. The answer lies in uncovering actionable insights. Insights pick up where research leaves off. Research evaluates and generates findings and correlations. But findings don’t answer why and correlation does not equal causation. True insights come from exploratory, open-ended, probing research; the type that gives consumers the opportunity to talk freely and at length. When conducted properly, insights-focused research will result in people telling you exactly what they need to hear to be sold on your product.

At Bodden Partners, we have developed a trademarked method called The SOUL Process® a one-on-one powerful listening tool that reveals exactly what your prospects need to hear to buy your product. Curious?  Request our free ebook today.