Most people are willing to sit down and have serious discussions about issues that affect their communities if you invite them to the table. In addition to moderating focus groups, you become the field anthropologist/ethnographer able to explore cultural practices, generational differences, family and intra-cultural dynamics with your experts sitting right there with you.
Since the popularity of Facebook, Twitter and Youtube have grown dramatically over the past few years, there have been volumes of discussions about the influence of social web marketing for brands. In China, the buzz now is Sina Weibo. “Weibo” is a semantic translation of “micro-blog” and follows the same basic structure as Twitter but with several differentiating features.
Much has been written about the advantages to taking a psychological approach to qualitative market research. As well, there are many companies out there who specialize in “ethnic” market research. But what happens when the two intersect?
China consumption habits have started to move toward increasing maturity and sofistication. This is perceived as a tremendous opportunity for organic brands entering China and competition in this market is intensifying.
Many global research firms get trapped in a pitfall in designing the Japan leg of the global research project. "Consistent What and Differing How" is a norm one should always adhere to in global research projects that contain field research across many countries. More often than not, we need to adjust the specifics prescribed at the global level "What" to yield the best result from the research work in Japan. In this series of articles, I will shed a light on how we should deal with the "How" pa