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Should Qualitative Research be Dumped for Something Better?

You’re Probably Wrong

  • Jan 19, 2021
  • 12:00 pm ET
  • 30 min
  • Airs bi-weekly
  • Episode # 5
Episode #5 Overview

"Qualitative market research in marketing and advertising are based on self-reporting that assumes that somehow we have access to the processes underlying our conscious awareness.

However, we struggle to accurately describe our subjective inner states and our research responses are often fraught with biases that skew what we say about what an issue, a brand, a product or advertising creative.

What starts as a quest for in-depth insight and understanding often ends up being a post-rationalised search for conscious understanding – neglecting the realities of what commands our thoughts, beliefs, actions and responses in a research context.

Why then is qualitative research still so commonly used and relied on, does it still have a role, or should it be killed?

Neil, Sorin, and Aoife apply their different experiences and expertise to the question and discuss whether the time is up for qualitative research or whether we can find it a meaningful role, but with an enlightened understanding of its limitations.

Tune in and learn:
- The reasons behind the myth of a rational consumer
- Why considering both the conscious and unconscious mind makes for better research
- How neuroscience-based research techniques bypass the biases and go straight to the source
- How qualitative research can fit into this new world"

You’re Probably Wrong Overview

We live our lives assuming understanding of people and our world. The same is true for marketing. But most of these assumptions are probably wrong, and marketing science and expertise explains why. This series challenges our existing knowledge and considers the implications and opportunities of realising that it’s probably wrong.

Neil Davidson


Neil Davidson

CEO, HeyLab

Aoife McGuinness


Aoife McGuinness

Neuroscience Consultant, HeyLab

Sorin Patilinet


Sorin Patilinet

Global Marketing Insights Director, Mars

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