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The best ways to use stimulus material

What's the best way to use stimulus material in qual?

Qualitative researchers can use a broad range of stimulus material to get much more out of the discussion.

In fact, we would even go so far as to say that the best focus groups (bulletin board and face to face) use stimulus material as the foundation of the discussion. The stimulus material should be closely related to the thread of the discussion and should be at the core of what participants are talking about, rather than an unrelated or occasional fun activity designed solely for engagement or involvement.

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The semiotics of Christmas

Lynne Freeman and I have embarked on a never-ending journey of understanding the semiotics of Christmas, starting with a social semiotic analysis of the depictions of Christmas food in UK and Australian Magazines. Since, then understanding what Christmas 'means' has become something of a preoccupation.
Some of the things we have learned:

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Twenty four thousand reasons to do online qual

In our last three-day online qual forum / discussion bulletin board (whatever you want to call it!) on financial services, 13 consumers made 219 posts, each post an average of 75 words long (and some much longer). In all, our participants typed 24,764 words!  Compare that to our last 2 hour group: 6274 words, from 8 people.

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