Mobile Research: The Next Chapter
Research has certainly come a long way. From in-person interviews, to mailers, to phone centers; researchers have always been quick to harness new technologies. Yes, we still get the occasional phone survey, but research has largely relocated to the internet.
In the past, joining an online survey panel became a great way to make a few extra bucks and researchers gained direct access to respondents. But, these traditional panels aren’t without issues–
- They tend to have a shallow reach, and it is difficult to fill them with a truly representative sample.
- Their panelist can be “professional” survey takers, who know they are taking part in research.
- Clever respondents can game the system, and commit fraud which hurts the value of your data.
To avoid these issues, many researchers are turning to mobile research. Mobile is the next chapter; and what better way to reach people than with the apps they use everyday?