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Selecting A Sample Partner: It’s STILL All About the Project Manager

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I stated in the past and continue to emphasize this – it’s all about the project manager (PM) when you select a sample provider.

What’s the difference between a good PM and your basic run of the mill PM?  In many cases, it’s the difference between a successful or unsuccessful project.

Good Project Manager:

  • Understands the goals of the project
  • Understands market research and sampling techniques
  • Proactive and checks in frequently
  • Responsive – gets back to you quickly
  • Understands their company’s technology
  • Understands response patterns and dynamics of online sample (i.e., women respond much faster than men, younger people are slower to respond, etc.)
  • Stays with you until the project is successfully completed

Run of the Mill Project Manager:

  • Lack of alignment regarding project goals (i.e., what defines a successful project)
  • Limited understanding of market research
  • A button pusher – more interested in traffic than quality
  • Reactive and only responds when you reach out
  • Slow to respond
  • Limited understanding of their company’s technology
  • Limited understanding of response patterns and dynamics of online sample
  • Poor or no transfer of project specifications/knowledge for after-hours coverage
  • Not overly concerned with reaching stated project goals

The sampling industry has a PM challenge and sadly there are more run of the mill PM’s than high quality PM’s.  Not having a quality PM can lead to extended field periods, getting backed into low incidence or mutually exclusive quotas, wasted time and a blown budget.  Your path to success is finding a quality PM for every project.

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