Mark & Lisa’s Excellent Adventure into the Dark Web

You’ve probably heard of the dark web. It’s that scary, hidden part of the Internet where criminals and fraudsters live, stealing data and breaking security protocols. It’s also an unknown quantity for most people in the market research industry.

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Boost and Encourage Engagement from Survey Respondents

The relationship we have with survey respondents is incredibly important, but in recent years has suffered. Why is this, and what can we do to improve on these issues and ensure a positive experience for everyone involved in the process?

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Market Research and Sample Resources for Industry Professionals

Innovate MR’s team has decades of experience working with a diverse audience, allowing us to craft custom panels to fill the specific needs of our clients. That experience is reflected in everything we do, and we strive to document it on our website for easy reference.

Our Resource Library and Quality Resource Supplements contain several documents, webinar recordings, and podcasts designed to provide a detailed breakdown of our panel capabilities, quality best practices and tips, and insights into the state of the industry. You can access all these resources from the links below, or register for our mailing list and you’ll be the first to receive new releases as they are available.

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Tracking Study Expertise That Matters

Tracking studies can be especially helpful in identifying new trends, emerging competitive threats, in-market performance, and brand perceptions.  At Innovate, we understand how important it is to achieve consistency and stability in your longitudinal research. If changes occur in the data, you need to know unequivocally that they are natural and not artificially generated by changes in methodology or sample design.

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Quality Isn't Expensive, It's Priceless

At Innovate, we obsess over quality.  Why?  Cyber fraud is at an all-time high, impacting every industry, vertical and government agency that exists in the modern world. Earlier this year, Forbes Magazine cited research which predicts cyber-crime to cost 2.1 Trillion by 2019. Like a computer virus, fraudulent activity is evolving; new strains are surfacing every day.  Unfortunately, the Market Research community is not impervious to these threats. In fact, our industry is a major target due to the incentives offered to research participants.

Since the inception of our company several years ago, our philosophy has focused on layering in dozens of mechanisms to thwart online malicious behaviors. These layers are dynamically changing, outsmarting even the most sophisticated fraudsters.

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Is It Time To Make A Change? Free Parallel Tracker Testing From Innovate

Don’t Rely On Luck -  Transition Your Tracking Study For Greater Confidence

As industry veterans, we know the complexities of managing longitudinal research. Over the last several years, we have successfully transitioned over 1,500 tracking studies for our clients! 

As you review your plans for 2018, you may be considering a change in your sample suppliers for several reasons.  Whether you are facing inconsistent service levels, or your data is moving in unpredictable ways, the Innovate team has the experience and expertise to get your study back on track. 

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Debunking #FakeNews In Market Research

One of the greatest challenges in this industry is to fully understand what constitutes realistic expectations. In a data-driven world, the risk of data-less claims about sample quality, survey processes, and incidences of fraud can be dangerous for your research and ultimately your bottom-line.

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Free Webinar: Love in Turmoil: How to Win Back the Hearts and Minds of Research Participants

We’re proud to be part of the upcoming Insights Association webinar, Love in Turmoil: How to Win Back the Hearts and Minds of Research Participants.

Taking place on Tuesday, October 24 at 2PM EDT, this in-depth free webinar will feature many of the individuals we’ve partnered with as part of the Participant Engagement Initiative to discuss what it takes to truly engage with research participants and create lasting relationships.

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4 Things to Remember When Market Research Goliaths Merge

There is a reason we see so many mergers – they offer a bevy of benefits for the companies involved. However, mergers can be problematic for the consumer and client by creating new challenges in communication, quality control, and administration.

The recent SSI and Research Now merger is a landscape-changing transaction in the industry.  Here are four things you should remember with significant mergers.

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Presenting Research-on-Research at the Insights Leadership Conference

Last week, I had the honor of attending the Insights Leadership Conference in Palm Beach, Florida, and participated in a panel discussing the findings from the Participant Engagement Initiative research-on-research. Spearheaded by Andrew Cannon from GRBN, the research-on-research focuses on how brands can improve relationships with constituents and improve the overall user experience to ensure quality in research.

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Participant Engagement Initiative Presentation at ILC

Improving the research participant experience has been one of the most important goals we’ve set as a company. That’s why I’m proud to be part of GRBN’s Participant Engagement Initiative, Research on Research, led by Andrew Cannon.

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Innovate Podcast Series #4 - Improving Quality through Survey Design

One of the fundamental challenges of good survey design is accounting for all of the different factors – data quality, fraud protection, mobile compatibility, and general user experience. In a recent episode of the Innovate Podcast, Mark Menig, CEO of True Sample, and I took a closer look at these factors.

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Innovate Expands London Team and Appoints Rie Nagai to Managing Director, EMEA

Innovate has hired research business development veteran, Rie Nagai, to oversee continued expansion in the EMEA region. 

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Innovate Will Donate $1 for Every Survey Completed on PointClub to American Red Cross

To aid with hurricane relief efforts in Houston, Innovate will donate $1 for every survey completed on PointClub during the month of September to the American Red Cross. The promotion will run through September until October 1st.

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Ensuring Quality in the Recruitment Process

One of the most significant challenges in market research is ensuring that both quality and uniqueness in sample matches the specific needs of any given study. These challenges are only compounded due to the overlap of participants across multiple panels, and a lack of uniqueness for certain demographics.

Sourcing a difficult to reach audience starts at the very beginning — with recruitment. Most people recruit from the same online publishers, including loyalty sites with large populations of people that fit target demographics.

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Webinar: Under the Hood of a Sampling Company

See how a sampling company works, from behind the scenes. Matt Dusig, Co-Founder of Innovate, pulls down the veil of secrecy to provide real clarity and transparency into the sampling industry, with an inside look at EDGE, Innovate’s sampling platform. Watch Matt explain why this, the 7th sampling platform he’s built since 1999, is the best ever.

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Tips for Onboarding a World Class Team for Your Organization

One of the great challenges of client-facing work is finding people who have the perfect mix of expertise, credentials, and culture-fit. It can be an arduous process and requires more than just a list of job interview questions pulled from Google.

Often, it’s more about gut instinct during an interview than the overall “on paper” pedigree of an applicant. It takes time as a manager to hone that instinct and understand how someone will realistically fit into a growing team.

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Innovate Opens London Office And Appoints Brendan Russell to Sales Director, EMEA

Innovate has hired research veteran Brendan Russell to supervise the company’s European sales strategy.  The firm plans to make additional hires in the region to help service a rapidly growing portfolio of European-based clients.

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Women in Research Spring Events Recap

This past May, we had the pleasure of attending events held by Women in Research across the country as a sponsor. George Llorens, Hilary Belletti and I attended in New York City, where Jessica Bennett, contributing writer for the New York Times and author of Feminist Fight Club joined a conversation at the LinkedIn offices.

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Innovate Announces New India Office Due to Continued Global Growth

Innovate has transitioned to a larger office located in Sector 44, Gurgaon, India.  The company has reported incredible revenue growth over the last 12 months and it has expanded operations in both the US and India as a result.  The firm also stated it will continue to execute against aggressive hiring plans throughout the remainder of 2017.

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Innovate Podcast Series #3 - Fraud in Desktop vs. Mobile Panels

I sat down recently with Mark Menig, CEO of TrueSample for Episode 3 of the Innovate Podcast Series. At the top of the list for discussion was the recent spike in fraudulent activity affecting online publishing and advertising, and the impact it is having on market researchers.

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Innovate Panel Showcase: Summertime Edition

At Innovate, we're proud of our panel, So naturally we like to show it off a little. Our members make up one of the fastest growing, most engaged communities in the MR space... And they have a lot to say!

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The Giant That Was Greenfield Online

How the Tentacles of the Former Sampling Behemoth Still Survive Today

In every industry, there’s a pivotal, innovative, company that forges new paths to do something that’s never been done before. In 1998, PayPal created the consumer-friendly, money transfer solution that you know today. The early founders and group of leaders within PayPal have been referred to as the PayPal Mafia because of the influence they wield around Silicon Valley.

After the sale of PayPal to eBay, this team went on to create many incredible businesses that you use today. Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, was a co-founder of PayPal. Reid Hoffman, also a co-founder, created LinkedIn.  A web designer and engineer from PayPal created YouTube and a few PayPal engineers created Yelp. Three of the PayPal founders created The Founders Fund, a venture capital firm that has invested in Airbnb, Lyft, Facebook and Spotify, to name a few.

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Innovate Announces Strategic US Hiring Growth

LOS ANGELES, June 12, 2017 – Innovate (, a global leader in audience sampling, has hired senior business development expert, Jeff Gerken to support the firm’s growing client portfolio, and plans to make additional hires in the coming months.  These strategic hires continue to build upon the firm’s client-centric model which aims to provide unparalleled industry expertise to Innovate’s global clientele.  

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Innovate Podcast #2 - Sample Buyer Expectations with Lisa and Mark

Episode 2 of the Innovate Podcast, featuring Lisa Wilding-Brown of Innovate and Mark Menig, CEO of True Sample recently went live, featuring an extensive conversation about sample buyer expectations. 

Lisa and Mark dive into a question that has come up increasingly in recent months related to perception of potential sample fraud, followed by a discussion of overall expectations about sample quality from buyers and what kinds of questions and concerns come in most frequently in the industry.  

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The Participant Engagement Initiative

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Webinar Recording: The Top Shelf Experience: An Innovative Twist on an Old Fashioned

In a recent webinar, we explored the perfect “mix” of leading-edge practices to bring your client service and internal research operations team to the next level. We shared our effective methods to create, evaluate, and educate your staff. 

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This is What an Unhealthy Respondent Relationship Looks Like

The relationships we have with our respondents are headed to rock bottom. It’s a problem we’ve been facing for years, but we have the power to fix it. Without changes, however, we’re headed for a very real and very messy breakup.

So, what can be done to build a stronger relationship with respondents? Let’s take a closer look at the root of the problem, and how some of these issues can be addressed.

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Don't Get Dumped By Your Survey Respondents

There are some very real issues facing the market research industry due to the less than stellar relationship we’ve had in recent years with respondents. I want to address three areas where we can build a strong, long term relationship with the individuals we rely on for key insights in the industry.

From making a strong first impression to building strong rapport and maintaining high levels of engagement, let’s look at the three areas that should be focused on to address the very real concerns growing in the industry.

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What Sampling Questions Keep You Up at Night?

Every project is different, with unique sample needs and potential challenges. You likely have many questions about your sample, so we’ve built a library of resources to answer them. Our new Resource Library includes detailed panel documents, eBooks and white papers, and additional resources featuring members of the Innovate team for your reference.

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Innovate Podcast #1 - Data Quality Download with Lisa and Mark

We're excited to be launching the Innovate Market Research Podcast. The inaugural episode features Lisa Wilding-Brown of Innovate and Mark Menig, CEO of True Sample. The two sit down to discuss some of the most pressing questions and concerns related to sample quality in the industry. 

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Ins and Outs of Respondent Incentives

Building a strong panel that allows for accurate sampling on a wide range of different projects is an intricate approach. This process requires careful profiling across several different criteria to ensure each sample frame meets the needs of researchers. It also requires a methodology that is engaging, interactive, and rewarding for respondents, so they not only signup, but they return when invited to participate in future surveys. .....Read More

Survey Respondents: The Polar Ice Caps of Market Research

In partnership with my esteemed colleagues, I had the fortunate opportunity of developing one of the industry’s first online panels, The Harris Poll Online. Since then, I have built hundreds of panels. Mothers, gamers, business professionals, mortgage brokers, teens, high income earners, GLBTers, physicians and the list goes on.

I’ve recruited every audience you can imagine. With all this in mind, I have some ideas about panels and the research ecosystem that may be hard for you to hear. Sit down, grab an ice-cold beverage and buckle up. I’m going to serve you the hard truth. I’m not doing this to win or lose friends. My goal is laser-focused. I want to see this industry survive. I want to see research budgets increase, and marketers around the world to rely on our space for trusted, reliable insights for the long-term.


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Innovate Announces Strategic US Hiring Growth

 Innovate (, a global leader in audience sampling, has hired two senior-level staff members to join the company and plans to make additional hires in the coming months.  These strategic hires continue to build upon the firm’s client-centric model which aims to provide unparalleled industry expertise to Innovate’s growing client portfolio. 

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The Importance of First Impressions in Panel Registration

Panel registration requires careful consideration of not only the people you want on the panel, with a keen eye for quality checks and fraud detection from the first interaction, but a strong emphasis on user experience. While it’s more important than ever before to screen and manage the recruitment process, building a strong relationship with panel members is equally important at several steps.

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Technical Approaches to Sampling Fraud Detection for Surveys

Good fraud detection process requires a careful understanding of the different tactics that might be used by those with nefarious intent. Many of these quality checks should be built into the process from the moment of registration, but also as part of panel quality control over the long term.

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Digging Out of The Data Quality Conundrum

Data quality has been a top of mind issue in the market research industry for as long as data has been collected, but online surveys and an increasingly sophisticated pool of respondents has made it more pressing than ever. The risk of fraud is very real and the tools with which people can get around insufficient safeguards are more robust than ever before.

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Innovate Announces Major Enhancements to Sample Supplier API Suite

LOS ANGELES, January 31, 2017 – Innovate (, a global leader in audience sampling, has released a newly enhanced Supplier API Suite.

Innovate’s SAS platform is an application programming interface that seamlessly connects supplier sample to Innovate’s internal sampling system.  For market research agencies, this development will help clients gain greater access to hard-to-reach global audiences and reduces the need to use multiple sampling vendors. 

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4 Tips for Panel Building Success

It’s a no brainer that panel building is more important than ever before. Good recruitment tactics, effective survey routing and strong communication with panel respondents are all vital elements in producing quality data. Here are four of the most typical problem areas and how they can be approached.

Diversification of Recruitment Channels

Diverse recruitment ensures a more representative panel, providing not only greater flexibility, but ensuring a better ability to fulfill hard to reach audience requests. We take this seriously and recruit from a spectrum of sources, including both online and offline publishers, social networks like Facebook, web and SMS databases, advertising networks, and through television ad placement.

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5 Secrets to Organization in the New Year

Staying organized can seem like an impossible task, especially at work. Emails come in faster than the speed of light, people are in-and-out of your office, phone calls, meetings…the list goes on and on.

You feel like Stretch Armstrong being pulled in a million directions. I’m here to tell you it’s not impossible! There are a handful of easy strategies to get your life organized.

Where did I learn how to get so organized?

My first job, cocktail waitress.

Only a select few know the overwhelming stress of having to serve a rowdy party of 15 over-served patrons all yelling drink orders as if dying of thirst in the Sahara, all with Jane hungover yet again, meaning her entire section needs to be covered too.

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Innovate Announces Global B2B First Class Panel

LOS ANGELES, January 11, 2017 –Innovate (, a global leader in audience sampling, has completed a significant addition to the company’s proprietary panel bolstering its B2B offer and dynamic profiling capabilities.

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What Happens in Vegas, Shouldn’t Always Stay There…

A recount of my Vegas-inspired epiphany and how TV panel recruitment is giving Innovate the edge.

LOS ANGELES, November 7, 2015 — A few years ago, while I was still running uSamp, I arrived in New Orleans for a sample conference.  It was a hot and oppressively muggy day. 

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Innovate Promotes Lisa Wilding-Brown to Chief Research Officer

LOS ANGELES, October 25, 2016Innovate (, a global leader in audience sampling, announces the promotion of Lisa Wilding-Brown to Chief Research Officer.

In her new role, Lisa will lead the company’s various research initiatives, continue to oversee all panel engagement and quality programs as well as work closely with clients providing expertise in the areas of sample and design methodology. One of Lisa’s most important initiatives is to help the company launch a flagship Automated Sample platform, slated to debut in 2017. 

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Innovate Records Triple Digit Growth and Expands U.S. Team with New Hires

LOS ANGELES, October 11, 2016 — In a move to further increase client service capabilities, Innovate (, a global leader in audience sampling, announces three new hires.

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Secrets to Building a World-Class Team

LOS ANGELES, September 15, 2015 — Remember back in elementary school, when you got assigned to a group project?  You were so excited to work with your classmates.  It was fun, right? 

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Innovate TV Latest Video: Jeffrey Henning of Researchscape

LOS ANGELES, August 29, 2015 — In the latest edition of Innovate TV, we chat with Jeffrey Henning, founder of Researchscape International.

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Lessons in Leadership: Help Me Say Yes

LOS ANGELES, August 8, 2016 — Recently, I celebrated my 25th consecutive year of making a trek to Las Vegas with the same 5 college buddies.

Over the years, we have learned that the best times are the “boring” times like driving because we end up having deep conversations about life.

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Innovate TV Latest Video: Remesh Platform and Machine Learning Demo

Easy to Use, Large Scale, Group Moderation with Real Time Analytics 

LOS ANGELES, June 5, 2016 — In the latest edition of Innovate TV, we interview Andrew Konya, CEO of Remesh

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New Ways to Gather Insights: Innovate TV features Survata

In the latest edition of Innovate TV, we interview Chris Kelly, CEO of Survata

LOS ANGELES, June 29, 2016 — Survata provides technology-driven research for every business decision. Survata’s newest innovations are expanding the boundaries for data-collection and

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The Financial Stages of Growing a Market Research Company


Another in the Innovate MR Series “How to Build a Market Research Company” including Tips on Finance, Hiring, Management and Sales.

LOS ANGELES, June 20, 2016 — There are days when being a finance person within a market research company feels like herding cats. Different departments constantly asking for resources

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How to Successfully Transition a Won Project to a Project Manager

LOS ANGELES, June 16, 2016 — So you won a project? Congratulations! You breathe a sigh of relief knowing you can finally pass it off to the talented hands of theproject manager. It might feel like

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Announcing Innovate TV

LOS ANGELES, June 5, 2016 — Innovate debuts Innovate TV, video interviews with companies introducing cutting-edge technology to the Market Research industry. Each segment will feature a 

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Lucky or Smart: 13 Tips to Create Your Dream Career

LOS ANGELES, May 23, 2016 — When I was a child, my dad gave me some very sound career guidance that I still carry with me today... “80% of people suffer from deficits that will hold them back professionally  – make sure you are in the 20%, kid.”

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Sweet Deal: Innovate Partners with Zweet

LOS ANGELES, May 10, 2016 — Innovate is excited to announce a new strategic partnership with Canada-based Zweet which operates that country's largest mobile consumer shopping application. 

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Mobile User Experience: Rocking Change or Hitting Rock Bottom?

LOS ANGELES, April 26, 2016 — Innovate MR's Lisa Wilding-Brown, EVP of Global Operations, was interviewed on RBDR today by RFL's Bob Lederer. The interview centered around concerns

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Wait! The Survey Panel is (back) Alive...

Well that was a fast rebirth. Wasn’t it just dead last week?

LOS ANGELES, April 12, 2016 — So just when my last blog post said that online survey panels were on life support, barely a pulse, requesting last rights, I’ve now seen the light.

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OMG Survey Panel Pains – WTH is Really Going On?

LOS ANGELES, March 23, 2016 — In the last few weeks, I’ve read numerous blog posts from researchers and panel companies about the sad, sad (yes double sad) state of online panels.

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The Panelist Dilemma: Quality Isn’t Expensive, It’s Priceless

Illustrating the parallel between hiring qualified staff and recruiting top-notch panelists.

LOS ANGELES, March 15, 2016 — Many years ago, while at a former company, I was asked to fill several key positions in the Operations department.

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The FBI vs. Survey Panelist “John Doe”

A true story about guns, pickles and an arrest one foggy night.

LOS ANGELES, March 2, 2016 — I’ve never shared this tale publicly, but instead of ranting about survey panel quality and the sampling industry in general, I thought it might be time to tell this remarkable story.

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5 Tips for Being a Successful Sample Delivery Project Manager

LOS ANGELES, February 28, 2016 — In Market Research, the Project Manager is extremely important. It’s the Project Manager that takes a project from start to finish, establishes expectations and delivers on those expectations.

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Are You Cutting Corners on Sample Quality?

LOS ANGELES, February 13, 2016 — A tale about how cheaper might not always be better.

The other day I had a headache, so I went down to Long Beach Harbor in Californiaand waited at the docks for a boat from China to unload palettes of acetaminophen.


Once unloaded, I took out a spoon and scooped some of the powder out and 

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The Sale of Instantly to SSI

LOS ANGELES,  February 2, 2016 — Matt Dusig shares his personal thoughts on SSI’s recent acquisition.

It’s been a busy week. I received dozens of emails, phone calls and texts – everything from “Wow” to “Interesting” to “What’s Next?” In case you’re not aware, I co-founded Instantly in 2008 with my long-time friend

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It's Innovate's 2nd Anniversary!

LOS ANGELES,  January 29, 2016 — Today is Innovate's 2 year anniversary!  It's been a privilege to work with such an amazing team that's dedicated to building a best-in-class sampling business.

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Innovate Expands U.S. Operations With New Hires

LOS ANGELES, January 26, 2016 — In a move to further increase client service capabilities and support its continued rapid growth, Innovate (, a global leader in audience sampling, announces three new hires.

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How to Avoid Tracker Carnage

LOS ANGELES,  December 22, 2015 — As a professional working in the market research space for over a decade, I’ve been witness to some incredible change. In fact, our industry has probably changed more in the last ten years than the thirty years prior to that!

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