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Cheaper is not always better when it comes to survey sample.

Really Cheap Survey Sample of Construction Pros!

November 21, 2019

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Going with a really cheap survey sample may be one of the biggest mistakes your company could make in conducting market research among construction pros. No doubt, you can get cheap survey sample for about any set of qualifications for just $5, $10, or $20 per completed response. However, we have found through our own experience, as well as anecdotally from clients who’ve been lured in by cheap prices in the past, that more than 75% of “qualified” construction pros from consumer panels are not really construction pros at all; and the rest of the list is typically of questionable quality. As they say, garbage in, garbage out.

The problem is simple. Consumer panels generally begin with recruiting from a cross-section of the U.S. population. People are generally recruited online, and the internet does not easily distinguish between honest and dishonest people. Recruits are typically asked to identify their occupation, without acceptable ways of verifying that information. Assuming you want to conduct a survey of a targeted group of professionals representing only a percent or two of the general U.S. population, you can also assume that the number of “qualified” respondents for a survey of construction pros is disproportionately weighted toward those who are lying, cheating, or exaggerating their qualifications to get into a paid survey, compared to those who are truly qualified pros.

So, an obvious alternative would be to use a targeted professional survey panel rather than a consumer panel, right? Professional survey panels can be a big improvement over consumer panels, but only if they recruit survey takers from non-public, pre-screened sources of industry professionals, and if the panel is managed by an organization seen as serving the good of the industry. Further, a professional survey panel management team still needs to scrutinize its respondents, and this is best done by a construction industry experts who can spot disingenuous and unqualified survey responses and remove these persons from the panel.

Home Innovation Research Labs has offered survey fielding of construction pros for decades, and managing a survey panel of thousands of those pros. We use the strictest criteria for sourcing our new panel members. Individuals can’t just sign up for our panel — we must extend an invitation to participate, and we only extend to those who meet strict criteria. Some of the ways we’ve cultivated and honed our panel include:

In addition, our panelists see Home Innovation Research Labs as trusted, impartial industry partners. Our parent company is the National Association of Home Builders, an association with more than 130,000 construction industry professional members nationwide.

Based on the feedback from survey sample customers, our respondents are much less likely to be flagged for cheating and/or speeding through their surveys. Our panelists give more thoughtful responses. A higher share of our panelists are decision makers in the relevant product or service types. Researchers rely on us to get more respondents in hard-to-get categories, such as production and multifamily builders. Plus, we know the industry very well and can help our clients establish screening criteria that do not unnecessarily exclude qualified respondents.

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Don’t risk the quality of your data on securing the “cheapest” responses; make sure you are getting the best value for your research dollars. Let us know if we can conduct your next survey of construction industry professionals. Contact us today to discuss how you can improve the quality of feedback you get from marketing research among construction pros.