Popular market research techniques like surveys are fantastic for generating masses of data, and they play an incredibly important part in developing meaningful marketing strategies.
However, how do you dig down a little further to generate the kind of more intense, personal insight that can often provide a “light bulb” moment with the potential to ignite a marketing campaign?
Here at Spark, one of our favourite market research techniques that has proved time and again it has the potential to inspire a campaign, and take it in new exciting directions, is the depth or in-depth interview.
A professionally moderated interview feels like a chat between friends. The trick is in knowing when to follow the tangent and when to shut it down. We have conducted thousands of in-depths with everyone from 6-year-olds to 86-year-olds. Once people are made to feel at ease they love to talk, and we love to listen actively to generate the type of insight we are renowned for.
“Good marketers see consumers as complete human beings with all the dimensions real people have.” – Jonah Sachs
What is a Depth Interview?
The depth interview (also known as the in-depth interview) is a highly focused qualitative research technique used to conduct intensive person-to-person interviews. The aim is to focus on a specific product, situation or objective, and gain a deeper understanding of consumer behaviour.
While this all sounds very serious, at Spark we like to try and inject an element of fun into just about any market research technique we use. A relaxed interviewee is usually a more forthcoming one.
Our trained interviewers are experts at delving beneath the surface of superficial responses to uncover and assign meaning to a range of complex attitudes, behaviours and experiences. The focus is on finding out what is happening and why, rather than how many times it has happened.