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Our Marketing Research Types


The types of marketing studies are different and complementary. This diversity is due to the problems that arise which are also varied. For this reason, our market research company had acquired these methodologies and surveys, and especially how to use them optimally and adapt them to each specific situation.

Marketing desktop search

Unlike an ad hoc research which is conducted to bring an answer to a specific problem which occurred at a time T, an ad hoc survey uses what already exists to get quickly an idea about the market at reasonable cost, in other words it is a good candidate for exploratory research.

Our market research firm may conduct in some cases such investigations to be well prepared for a major project, or to provide a customer with quick answers to the usual questions about the industry development, the competitors, the size of a market etc.

Quantitative study

Field poll is conducted by surveying a representative sample. Data collection is done with a questionnaire and the objective consists in measuring and identifying the behaviors, opinions, attitudes, appreciations etc. of consumers.

The results can be generalized to the parent population and thus be able to validate/reject the hypotheses generally defined during a preliminary qualitative research.

Qualitative study

Unlike the quantitative studies, we don't attempt to count, but to explore in depth the behaviors, attitudes, motivations, barriers to purchase etc. of consumers by calling on psychology.

A qualitative survey is ideal when it comes to clearly define a subject and specify what to measure.

It can be performed with:

Group Meeting

Some consumers/customers (typically 6 to 10 people) are invited to take part in a collective meeting and answer the questions of the interviewer/moderator.

This method has a major advantage: The exchanges and interactions between participants results in the emergence of new ideas and may trigger a chain reaction.

  • meeting consumer: focus group and mini group
  • delphi method (consultation of an experts group)

Individual face face-to-face interview

Unlike focus groups, face-to-face is addressing sensitive and/or confidential subjects.

  • directive interviews
  • non-directive interview
  • semi-directive interview (more frequent)

To avoid biased results in the case of themes which may embarrass the participants, it is possible to call on a projective method (role-playing game, sentences or stories to be completed, associations of words/images, TAT, Chinese portrait etc.).

Marketing observation

The observation is to monitor clients/consumers behaving spontaneously in natural places (shopping centers, for example). This spontaneity makes the observation an effective marketing research tool and provides enough reliable information.

ad hoc studies and barometer

ad hoc study

It's a custom-made and timely field survey intended to respond to a specific client problem.

Barometer research (tracker)

Field survey conducted at regular intervals to monitor some very specific variables, such as: brand awareness, brand image, brand equity etc.

The same questionnaire and sample are maintained from one study to the next.

Do not hesitate to contact us for any request! The AFA market research company will choose from a multitude of solutions, the most effective methodology to meet your needs.

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Research Methodology


Conducting a market research requires good preparation, rigorous deployment and continuous monitoring in order to generate reliable data which may provide effective responses to the marketing research objectives.

In this logic, we ensure that any qualitative research or survey goes through an elaborate process, which involves the following steps:

1) Brief between the market research company and the client

We start marketing research by a scoping meeting to understand the problem and the client environment:

  • company's business
  • activity area
  • consumers
  • product offering
  • competitors
  • strategic positioning

We work together to build strong and healthy foundation before realizing the project. Then we submit to you a proposal detailing the methodology to be implemented, the planned schedule and the required budget.

2) Marketing Study Design

Before carrying out a market research, we perform a series of recurring preparatory tasks to frame the process and to get equipped with tools:

Desktop research

In some situations, our market research firm may conduct a desktop research to fully grasp the customer's business and working environment.

Defining the sampling plan

We specify the target to investigate (gender, age, CSP etc.). Then, to make a compromise between budget and representativeness, we generally choose a sample with the quotas method, and of course we ensure the representativeness of the sample compared to the base population.

Choice and conception of data collection methods/tools

The data collection can be realized by a questionnaire in case of polls or by an interview guide in case of qualitative research (individual interviews and focus group).

In case of quantitative research (survey or poll), we choose a mode of questionnaire administration that is effective and appropriate from the following available options: face to face, telephone, online survey, email, mail etc.

We focus on the objectives of the marketing research when writing and structuring the questionnaire in order to solve your issue without being distracted.

Validation meeting

After putting the final touches on the reflection part before launching the operational side, we organize another meeting to validate the questionnaire, otherwise we run a second iteration.

Even after the launch of the marketing research, we continuously keep you informed of the work progress, and we respond and take into account your comments and remarks.

3) Recruitment and Training

This part is particularly important. We strive to collect reliable data by recruiting adequate profiles and providing them with a solid training session on the market research subject and how to interview people.

We also sensitize interviewers to the obligation to preserve confidentiality and we ask them to sign a confidentiality agreement.

Recruitment

Each interviewer is selected according to his technical and personal skills, and in addition, he is subject to rigorous support to prepare him more to the project. We choose specialized profiles in case of technical marketing studies.

Executives, namely field supervisors, research managers and facilitators of group meetings are also assigned depending of their skills, abilities and appropriateness.

Training

Training and briefing sessions are systematically provided at each survey or market research. They are intended to train interviewers on how to ask the participants, how to administer a questionnaire by following its instructions, how to ask follow-up questions and practice active listening ...

Our marketing research firm strives to retain some interviewers and provide them with continuous training, which may be even too specific. These advanced and loyal profiles will be prepared to recurring marketing studies that are pertaining to more technical topics.

4) Conducting the survey on field

After recruiting and briefing the field team (supervisors, interviewers etc.). We actually launch the marketing research in two stages:

The pilot survey

Before launching the large-scale poll, we carry out a pilot survey of a small sample of the population in question, to test and validate the methods of data collection, the effectiveness of the questionnaire and the average time of its administration.

The large-scale market research

Now everything is ready and validated. We advance in the project by:

  • Ensuring strict monitoring with severe controls during data collection with our polling supervisors.
  • Paying attention to the planned schedule.
  • Analyzing the quality of the workflow and progression with indicators such as response rate, the consistency of the preliminary results, the representativeness and the respect of quotas etc.

Control and quality

To increase the quality of the field survey, we implement a series of measures and perform some routine actions at all stages of the poll realization to ensure the collection of reliable data:

  • Supervision of field interviewers (presence, pace of work, respect of methodology and instructions etc.).
  • Control of questionnaires as the market research progresses to completion (consistency of responses, administration time etc.) and alerting the concerned interviewer if needed.
  • Checking some phonecalls by listening to the whole conversation.
  • Post-field phone calls of some interviewees that we designate randomly.

5) Processing and data analysis

Several tasks are performed to exploit the collected data and to draw constructive conclusions:

  • Data cleansing.
  • Post-encoding of answers collected with open-ended questions and content lexical analysis.
  • Simple tabulation and cross tabulations.

Note that you can carry out an online survey with our polling platform. The data entry in the database is systematically done when conducting interviews. In addition, tables, graphics and a research report (portable CSV file) can be generated online immediately after filling out the first questionnaire. This results in lower costs, time savings and a low error rate.

To complete the analysis and further exploit the results, we use other more sophisticated processing software:

  • Database management systems (DBMS) to make the data more easy to clean, compare, sort, filter, combine, organize, consolidate, order etc.
  • Advanced statistical analysis and data mining programs to compute other values: correlation, regression, principal component analysis (PCA), correspondence analysis (CA), multiple correspondence analysis (MCA), segmentation, modeling, significance tests, conjoint analysis, perceptual map etc.
  • Text analysis programs.
  • Custom algorithms to automate tasks and make specific operations.

We are well equipped and we do rigorous work of analysis using all the available methods of processing, modeling and interpretation.

6) Reporting

Indeed, the reporting and the dissemination of the first results are provided from the very beginning through our platform that allows us to carry out an online survey. At the end of the project we write a comprehensive and detailed report that summarizes all the market research and presents the results in order to facilitate the decision making process.

Our role is not to write a report with complicated charts in order to amaze the customer, but rather to respond to the initial problem and provide objective, reliable and operational recommendations that may help him to make informed commercial or marketing decisions.

Did you like our methodology? Are you planning to conduct a market study? Contact us to offer you customized solutions with solutions suitable to your problems and a continuous and personalized support.

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Market Research Company


AFA Market Research Firm

AFA is also a polling company and an opinion research corporation. We work generally with clients in Morocco, and we carry out their marketing studies in our office based in Casablanca.

Our marketing research firm relies heavily on web technologies to automate most of the search workflow. This is part of our mission, which aims to carry out an efficient and effective market research in order to help our customers at reasonable cost, to gauge the economic environment, analyze opinions and attitudes, understand behaviors and to identify needs and expectations of the targeted market, examine the decision process and choice criteria of consumers.

Why conduct market research?

Today the market is characterized by great turbulence and complexity. Lifestyles and buying behaviors are constantly changing. For this reason, the market in which the company operates becomes unpredictable, and in order to implement a marketing and sales strategy with full background knowledge, one must study several endogenous and exogenous variables that impact the company.

Unlike the former practice, it is now imperative to anticipate changes in the market, as stated in these two famous quotes:

"Only the past is certain, but we only work with the future." - Auguste Detœuf
"To be beaten is excusable, being surprised is unforgivable." - Napoleon Bonaparte

Marketing studies should not be considered as waste, but instead, they are essential to secure your investments and optimize your sales and marketing plan.

Our types of marketing studies

Our market research company is led by a team of experts, who are passionate about opinion polls and extraction of "insights" from the data.

We cover the entire field of marketing research with robust approaches and proven data collecting and analysis tools:

  • quantitative ad hoc survey
  • barometer research (tracker)
  • qualitative research with focus groups or individual interviews
  • desktop search
  • online survey with internet questionnaire

A specific marketing study for each issue

In addition to our multidisciplinary approach, we have also multi-sectoral experience and we work with all the different target categories (B2B, B2C, urban / rural, decision makers, opinion leaders, influencers, public organizations, producers, distributors etc.).

Whatever your concern, surely we have a market study which will provide responses:

  • How to measure the satisfaction and loyalty of my customers?
  • What launch/development strategy should I adopt for a new product?
  • Who are the first customers of my product or service (target heart)?
  • What are the needs and expectations of consumers in the target market?
  • Does a specific new concept/product/packaging work well?
  • Who are my competitors? What are their competitive advantages and marketing strategies?
  • How to optimize my communication campaign?
  • How to evaluate the benefits and ROI of my campaign?
  • What are the new markets that I have to conquer?
  • What are the main modes and channels of distribution that should be considered? What are the most profitable of them?
  • To what extent my brand is known? How it is perceived by customers?

We have developed rich expertise to address all these possible marketing issues:

  • customer satisfaction survey
  • customer loyalty survey with the NPS indicators (Net Promoter Score)
  • usage and attitudes survey (U & A)
  • awareness survey
  • positioning study and brand audit
  • advertising pre-test
  • advertising post-test
  • test concept
  • test product
  • test packaging
  • test price
  • shopper and retail study
  • audit and competitive research

Online Survey

Our proven experience in terms of new information and communications technology (ICT) has opened up the possibility of deploying an online survey and thus computerizing the data collection and analysis steps. These two phases are prone to errors and result in more costs and more wasted time.

We create your internet survey with our platform, after designing the online questionnaire, we administer it on field with tablets. Data is entered directly into the database and reporting can be accessed in real time from your administration panel.

We approach transversely your problems by combining our tools and expertise, to support you beyond the restitution of statistics and graphics by bringing you directly exploitable and operational recommendations thanks to our outside and neutral view.

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