How Survey Research Will be Transformed by AI

How Survey Research Will Be Transformed by AI

By Glimpse

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing every sector it touches, and market research is no exception. Traditional research methods, while effective, are being complemented and sometimes even replaced by AI-driven tools and methodologies, just like in the case of survey research. This transformation is not just a minor enhancement; it’s a significant leap that promises to make market research faster, more accurate, and data more actionable.

AI’s impact on market research can be seen in various ways. It can mine vast amounts of data to discover patterns and trends that humans might miss. It can also automate the collection and analysis of data, saving time and resources. AI can provide deeper insights into consumer behaviors and preferences by analyzing data at a more granular level. At Glimpse, for example, AI-driven solutions transform massive datasets into actionable insights, bringing market intelligence to unprecedented heights.

How Survey Research Will Be Disrupted by AI

AI is set to disrupt survey research in two pivotal dimensions: how survey data is generated and how it is analyzed.

1. How Survey Data is Generated

Traditionally, survey data has been gathered through primary research, involving the collection of data directly from respondents through questionnaires, interviews, and other direct methods. This approach, while reliable, is time-consuming and often limited by the willingness and availability of respondents.

In the future, the generation of survey data will be significantly augmented by AI. Here’s how:

  • Vertical Growth: AI will allow researchers to scale their datasets vertically by adding new respondents. Using historical data and AI algorithms, researchers can simulate responses from additional respondents, thereby increasing the sample size without the need for additional outreach.
  • Horizontal Growth: AI can enhance the complexity and richness of existing respondent data horizontally. For instance, using AI to model and input fresh data, researchers can add new variables to an existing dataset. This might include psychographic data, behavioral insights, or other relevant information that wasn’t part of the original survey.

A practical example of this approach is Glimpse’s AI-driven “Enrich Your Data” solution. This methodology uses existing primary data to answer new questions and provide additional insights within the same study, effectively functioning like a virtual recontact study. On the other hand, our “Grow Your Data” solution leverages historical data to expand datasets to cover underrepresented audience segments.

2. How Survey Data is Analyzed

Analyzing survey data is traditionally a labor-intensive process that can often involve extensive data cleaning, coding of open-ended responses, and deep dives into statistical analyses. AI automates and enhances these processes, transforming how researchers analyze survey data:

  • Conversational Approaches: AI facilitates more natural, conversational ways of querying data. Instead of sifting through tables and charts, researchers can ask questions in plain language and get immediate, precise answers, making data analysis more intuitive and accessible.
  • Synthetic and Augmented Approaches: AI-generated synthetic data, when combined with traditional datasets, enhances the richness and utility of the data. This merge boosts accuracy and ensures a comprehensive analysis of consumer perspectives and behaviors.
  • Dynamic Conversations: AI enables researchers to engage in simulated conversations with individual respondents or entire segments. Advanced AI platforms can interact with digital twin personas modeled on real respondent data, providing a nuanced understanding of the data while maintaining the integrity of human responses.

Glimpse integrates hundreds of categorical, behavioral, and open-ended data points collected from genuine respondents. These data points then build out detailed digital twin personas, allowing for in-depth analysis through interactive and dynamic methods, thus shifting from static data to dynamic dialogue.

The Future of Survey Research

The future of survey research is on the cusp of a transformative shift fueled by AI. The promise of AI lies in its ability to augment the generation of survey data and revolutionize its analysis, creating a richer tapestry of insights and a more nuanced understanding of complex consumer behaviors.

As AI continues to evolve, it’s clear that the next frontier will be marked by a seamless blend of machine-generated intelligence and human expertise. This synergy will not only enhance the efficiency and accuracy of survey research but will also democratize access to deeper insights, and unlock new dimensions of understanding and opportunity.

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Neil Dixit

Founder of Glimpse, with extensive experience in driving adoption of technology, establishment of innovation strategy, and product creation.

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