A few months ago after a bit of a break from face-to-face groups, I walked into a group room where my participants were all sitting ready for me, and I immediately felt at home. While we shouldn’t choose our research methods on the basis of how much the researcher enjoys them, the truth is enjoying your work makes a huge difference to the outcome.
Does it really matter how you conduct qualitative research, as long as you do it right? No not really. There are all sorts of good reasons to use all the current qual methods including ethnography and social media analysis.
The real insight comes at the analysis stage by using the right kind of analysis. Though this varies a little from country to country, from an Australian perspective there are five different types of qual analysis we can do, each one giving a different insight.
Chris Arning is a semiotician based in the UK. I have had the pleasure to work with Chris several times. Here is Chris giving us great insight in to Donald Trump's communication strategy, and how we use semiotics to make sense of today's world. As Chris says:
"What is unique to the semiotic enterprise is the methodology’s sensitivity to taking in and observing what other approaches neglect and another is its awareness of the meaning in the image. In addition to this, semiotics should bring a cultural memory to the task of making sense of today’s world – a world where media obfuscation and manipulation are all too common. If indeed we are entering a ‘post-truth era’ as seems to have become the received wisdom, then politics and the projection of ideology through media organs, is surely a critical facet of this. If semiotics is not relevant here, then I don’t know when or where it is?"
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Flex MR is world-leading online market research platform that we like to work with. Here is a blog post from them on the important topic of innovation
Does your business have competitive advantage that ensures a strong position in the market and can you keep it? This is one of those questions that can give a business person nightmares, but at the same time it is (probably) one of those few questions that any businessperson asks themselves again and again.
The Christmas meal is a complex symbol rich with meaning.
The Esomar publication RW Connect has published a semiotic analysis of how women are depicted in the media at Christmas in the UK and Australia co-authored by Susan Bell and Lynne Freeman. It shows that women have been depicted as the invisible architects of a feast.