What if we told you that the best way to observe how someone really uses something in their home is to never actually enter their home? While this may seem a little counterintuitive, there’s a convincing case to be made for transitioning away from in-person research altogether when it comes to in-home usage testing (IHUT).
In today’s fast-paced, digitally connected world, the process of designing a new product has evolved significantly. Gone are the days of “build it and they will come” as consumers have high expectations for products with the exact feature set and user experience that meets their needs. In my years as CEO of a couple tech companies and a director of a health product company, online focus groups and in-depth interviews have provided an effective approach to deeply understand consumer needs and preferences.
Total retail sales last year in the U.S. amounted to approximately $7.1 trillion USD, roughly 85% of which occurred in brick-and-mortar locations. So, while it’s definitely important to stay up-to-date on the latest e-commerce trends and innovations, it’s still incredibly important to optimize the in-store experience in a way that reflects the attitudes and actions of consumers.
Asynchronous qualitative research, online research in which moderators and participants can log in to a discussion board at different times and participate in the discussion when it suits them, is particularly effective in overcoming barriers which may make more traditional synchronous groups more difficult.
Online focus groups and interviews are here to stay – and for good reason! They’re cost-effective, convenient, and agile. They eliminate the need for travel, making geographic barriers a thing of the past, and are much more environmentally friendly than in-person methods. And, with the pandemic accelerating technological innovation in the industry, research-specific online platforms like itracks Realtime mean you don’t need to make any sacrifices in terms of features or quality of insights. Still, online focus groups and interviews aren’t perfect, and they aren’t always the best choice for gaining qualitative insight.
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