A quite substantial contingent from Askia will be attending the ESOMAR Congress on September 18-21 at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, LA. For those of you who plan to attend, we’ll be at booth #6 in the exhibition space, where we hope you’ll swing by to see us.
The other bit of significant news is that, true to tradition, we’ll be hosting a party immediately following ESOMAR’s Welcome Reception. Details are as follows:
Sunday, September 18th from 8:30 PM until late.
Victory, an intimate cocktail bar about a 5-minute walk from the Hyatt.
We look forward to seeing you there for drinks and some delicious Creole cooking!
Even tough we’ve been on holidays, some of our dedicated support staff have been working hard to provide you with some great resources for your upcoming surveys: help articles, new survey controls and more!
Here’s an overview of all the new goodies you’ll be able to find on our help centre:
This short article covers all the basics on Universes, an often misunderstood feature of askiaanalyse. It’s indeed often ambiguously connected to another Filters / Sub-populations.
The article in detail how Universes do not change the counts but change the percentages in your table and details each of the associated values that can be assigned to a Universe for a given table / set of tables:
Create grouped or calculated responses which are assigned to questions in the myView questionnaire tree
Setting up a myView comes in handy in cases such as:
Survey files with long structure e.g. when the data file has lots of loops or historic questions and has become difficult to navigate through
Files shared between a data processing (DP) team and researchers can contain many variables that are not needed by the researchers.
A data file might have sections of it allocated to different researchers e.g. country specific sections. A different .mlv (myView definition file) file can be supplied to each team to show only the profile of questions they will be dealing with.
Part 4 of the meticulous series of articles on on Column Significance is once again a very thorough piece on this calculation and it’s various settings.
This article is specific to the Student Test using estimator & efficiency coefficient. It demonstrates how to create a table which shows the pre-set Col Sig calculation side by side with the programmed calculation for the same test. It provides all steps as well as an example questionnaire and dataset that you can access directly in the source article.
Cross video survey control
This survey control is similar to our Video control but provides extra support for all browsers and will even fallback to Flash video for those still using legacy browsers.
This brand new ADC 2.0 survey control allows you to add lightboxed image galleries within your surveys. This mobile friendly gallery is fully packed with features such as: zoom in, zoom out, full-screen, keyboard controls, …
A few years back, to improve profitability, most major MR institutes have been sub-contracting Survey Programming and Data Processing to Eastern Europe or Asia. This has not been enough. The next step to increase productivity is automation. The successful launch of Zappi Store has made every one acutely aware of this.
Zappi Store uses Millward Brown or Brainjuicer’s methodology to run very formatted studies, entirely automated at unbeatable costs. They have a survey with a few customisable parameters – say the name of the brand, the logo and a list of competitors. With that, they purchase the sample and produce a PowerPoint presentation with all the key (automated) findings. Who needs researchers and analysts anymore? Actually you only need them once – to design the methodology.
At Askia, we have always known that automation was key to improving performance. At our last user conference, we presented what clients did to automate our system… and our system was always very easy to integrate in a larger enterprise ecosystem because not all of our clients use our full range. Some just collect data, some just analyse data with Askia. So we always conceived our software like bricks in a very heterogeneous Market Research wall.
The cement to these bricks is import and export to open standards but also to produce and document APIs: Application Programming Interface – that is entry points for your own geeks to play with our toys. And if you do not have your own geeks, don’t despair: some independent geeks have decided to integrate our APIs so you can automate Askia tasks.
With the new version of AskiaField (its very sexy name is 5.4.2), we have pushed automation to a new level. You can entirely control AskiaField from a custom made application – standalone app or even a web application. Eventually this means that the AskiaField Supervisor will be a web page. But in the meantime, you can write a piece of software that creates a survey script in XML, uploads it to AskiaField, makes it live as a web survey, creates a list from your customers database, email them, cleans the data by removing speeders with AskiaTools, analyses the data and produces a report that you can email every morning to your stakeholders or provides them with a dashboard.
Automation is the future – you are going to need a few more geeks… oh and some air freshener!
The software in the Askia range have been designed to work alongside each other. If you know how your survey tree looks in Design, you will not be surprised by how it looks in Analyse. That’s the whole point of an integrated suite.
Analyse has mainly been designed to work with a single user, creating their weightings, calculated variables and filters in their QES file.
When we realised that a lot of our users were working on continuous surveys, we introduced Surf files: the analysis definitions were stored in the Surf files so there was no problem whenever you were adding more data.
However, there were two types of user for which Askia Analyse was not performing well:
1. People importing their data from an external source (e.g. triple-S, SAV, Dimensions etc)
They would import their data, maybe create a question tree structure in Design and create multiple questions or loops in Tools. Then they would create variables, weightings and sub-populations in Analyse and save their portfolios.
Now if there was any problem with the source data, such as, additional data or cleaning errors, the whole import would have to be done again. Of course, we provided ways to improve the speed of the process:
In large teams, a portfolio could be created by someone and run by someone else. It’s not always the same people who create the Surf file and use it. Again we had made sure that the portfolios can be shared. If someone created a sub-population within a portfolio, it would be re-created in Analyse but what about calculated variables, recodes and weightings?
To please all these users, we have implemented a new range of developments:
Firstly, we have implemented myView: it lets users re-organise and hide variables as well as hide responses and automatically associate calculated or grouped responses to questions. It’s something we have given a lot of TLC to. Since the ‘my limited view’ definition is stored outside the QES or QEW (in an .mlv file), if your survey changes (after a re-import), the myView file can be re-used (and opened automatically).
Secondly, we have stored a few more things in the portfolio. The weightings and even the calculated variables & recodes. This means that if you use any weighting or portfolio (as well as tab-template and sub-population), their definition will be saved in the portfolio. If you re-open that portfolio in a different QES or QEW, all these definitions will be re-created automatically! – If these already exist in the survey; the system will warn you if they are different.
Finally, an ambitious development scheduled for 22.214.171.124. We have decided to let people create loops in Analyse (well they are called levels, aren’t they?). This means even if you have data in Surf, you will easily be able to bring questions into loops without writing edits or transforming several files in Tools.
This new feature allows you to setup an askiaface for iOS (for iPad only) questionnaire as a Kiosque survey. A Kiosque survey enables you to provide a self-interviewing environment with the following:
Loop interviews: as soon as the current interview is completed, a new one is automatically generated and displayed on the tablet.
Secured kiosque mode: users can only exit Kiosque mode after providing the per Askiafield server password.
Inactive kiosque interview management: if no activity is detected on an in-progress Kiosque interview for at least x minutes, the application will abandon that interview and generate a new one. Of course, you decide on a per server basis the duration of the timeout.
Disclaimer: Kiosque mode is currently offered as a freely accessible trial. Access to this feature will be subject to specific licensing.
Schedule daily sync
To accompany the above new Kiosque mode, we’ve added the possibility to schedule daily survey data syncing.
This will allow you to synchronise all your survey data without having to operate each Kiosque devices. Even though this feature is only available on devices on which at least one Kiosque survey has been setup, it will sync data (interviews as well as questionnaire updates) for all available surveys on the device.
Access the Schedule Daily sync in the app’s sidebar and set the time of day to trigger the synchronisation. You’ll of course be able to deactivate feature when you no longer need it by simply toggling the Daily Sync switch.
As usual, we have also fixed some issues:
Various fixes on issues with keyboard input in the Settings view.
Fixed a performance issue in the app views.
This update is already available via the App Store and will soon be available on your favourite Android devices!
In order to allow our users to further engage with their respondents, we have been relentlessly adding new survey controls to our software offering. These controls, also known as ADCs (Askia Design Controls) are freely accessible to all Askia users and allow extended customisation so they fit your needs.
Below, a selection of our latest survey controls:
The Responsive Table ADC allows you to embed grid (matrix) questions in your survey without having to worry about mobile and tablet respondents. The table will expand / collapse depending on your respondent’s available screen real estate.
Displaying images in your survey is straightforward but sometimes you need your respondents to actually be able to view image details and benefit from a larger version of the image in order to answer a question. This is where this ADC will help as it will allow you to provide a larger render of your image without the hassle of laying out your survey page for a wider / higher image (especially when your respondents are accessing your survey from a mobile device).
We’ve been adding a host of new articles and survey resources to our Help Centre; here are some of the most noteworthy of them:
Quota Monitoring for Analyse & Vista
This article shows the use of the Read quota function in a Closed by scripts created variable. We combine this function with table arithmetic scripts to create a portfolio that will allow you to monitor the progress of your quotas as new data is collected. The examples are shown in Analyse and Vista 6.
This simple yet complete solution only requires you use the latest version of AskiaVista (126.96.36.199) and Analyse (188.8.131.52) and higher; of course, you’ll also need a survey with at least one quota question with some data!
This article details the use of arithmetic calculations to look up data from one table layout (broken into separate tables by edge response) into another table layout (summary in single table).
Basically, the idea is to create a new tab definition which has the structure required and then do a lookup of the values from the original table(s) into this new table (by using the GetTable method). The original tables are broken by edge response to produce 7 tables:
The goal is to obtain the results as below with the attached table structure:
Programming Col Sig (means): Classical Student Test
This article demonstrates how to script the formula for Student Test and Student Test using estimator for testing means. Formula and syntax are shown for tables using regular mean calculations as well as Script (mean) calculations which would be used in a mean summary table.
The article details how to program Column Significance tests for means using both the Classical Student test as well as the Student test using estimator.
This brand new Askia Design Control allows you to provide rating-like annotations to one or more images. It is extremely simple to add to your survey as it only requires an open-ended question in a nested loop.
See the video demo below:
You can also take a look at the source article to pick up the ADC or the example survey.
New ADC: auto-complete
This last Askia Design Control allows you to provide a searchable list of responses to your interviewers and/or respondents. This simple survey control just requires an open-ended question and the data source for the responses (XLS, XLSX, CSV, … converted to JSON).
The Askia team just returned from Printemps des Etudes 2016, which was held this year again at prestigious Palais Brongniart in Paris on 15th and 16th April. Askia was on stand #5 – very fitting for the 5th edition of this event which has asserted itself as the definitive market research show in France. We’re happy to report that this 5th edition was very successful, with perhaps the best traffic of the whole 5 years on Thursday.
To mark this milestone, the organisers had invited Martin Sorrell who kicked-off the event with a keynote on the state of the market research industry. A thought-provoking conference in English with simultaneous translation, it was the perfect introduction to 2 days filled with conferences, workshops and rendez-vous.
Meanwhile in the exhibition area, the Askia stand focused on a topic that is at the heart of everything we do: innovation. Visitors were intrigued by “The Engager”, a giant touch screen tablet which the team used to demo our best-selling products such as AskiaVista, or to give a sneak preview of our future releases e.g. Design 6.
When not giving a demo or organising an impromptu meeting, our team spent their time catching up with clients over a glass of champagne and canapes and collecting business cards for our very special prize draw, which was held on the stand on Friday afternoon. Congratulations to our 3 winners:
Mathieu DOMBRIE from BVA, the happy winner of a Samsung Galaxy Tablet
Karl- Heinz Baumann, from the IPI Institute in Stuttgart, winner of a connected smart watch
And Cyril LOPEZ from ETIC Alta, who won a Max Jumping Race mini-drone
A big thank you to everyone who stopped by the Askia stand this year.
We are now getting ready for the next two conferences on our agenda: CASRO Tech in New York on June 6-7th and IIex Atlanta on June 13-15. If you are planning to attend either of these two events, please drop us a message at email@example.com to schedule a meeting or an informal chat.
We are pleased to announce that we have just released an update to askiaface for iOS: version 3.1.1. This update includes the following improvements and fixes:
Updated Base SDK to iOS 9.3
Added Remove survey feature
Integrated UI for remove survey feature
Added specific warning when deleting a survey with / without interviews
Fix when resuming interview on a preliminary selection loops
Fix on response blocks that contain MS Word’s `…` special character
The main feature, Delete survey, allows you to remove an available survey from the list of questionnaires:
If ever you remove a survey for which you still have complete and/or incomplete interviews that have not been synced back to the askiafield server, the iOS app will warn you and require you synchronise your data before removing the survey:
Once all local interviews for that survey have been synced, you can delete the survey:
Base SDK updated
We have updated the base SDK used to build askiaface for iOS to version 9.3 (the latest available) in order to benefit from various performance improvements and fixes. The application now supports devices running iOS 8+, iOS 7.x is no longer supported.
This update is available directly from the App Store so head there to get the update!