Unit 7 DB Marketing

Throughout your studies, you will be presented with opportunities to respond to other people’s opinions and comments. Please respond to your Discussion topic after you have completed the Reading.

Identifying the Sample

You have 2 topics to address in this Discussion, which means you will have a substantial post. Make sure you read the description of a solid post in the Announcement Area. (NOTE: Points will be deducted for weak posts).

You are required to respond to at least two of your classmates. These responses need to be of quality and have meaning in order to add to the learning process.

Discussion topic 1:

A manufacturer of household care products in the U.S. would like to find out how satisfied consumers are with the laundry detergent they are currently using. The information is important because the manufacturer wants to produce a product that satisfies the consumer’s needs.

  • What sampling technique, listed in Figure 14.4, on page 304 of the Basic Marketing Research textbook, will you recommend for the study? Why? Be specific.
  • What are other sampling techniques that could be used, if you only had a short period of time and a small budget to complete the study?

Discussion Topic 2:

In the past, the HR department has gathered information from some management trainees, who reported the name of a competitor from which they received another offer and the size of their starting salary. The HR department thinks that these statistics may be biased and wishes to approach the whole task more systematically. Because of your expertise in marketing research practices, you have been assigned to determine the situation with respect to the last group of trainees hired.

Describe how you would select a sample of respondents to answer the question of starting salary offers. Answer from the perspective of both the company and the potential employee.

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