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Superiority of Multimodal Methodology in Surveys

Jun 01, 2023

Byline: Team American Pulse

The Big Picture: In the rapidly evolving landscape of economics, politics, and culture, the need for accurate survey methods has never been greater. That's where American Pulse's multimodal methodology excels, offering accuracy that single-mode surveys can't touch.

Our multimodal approach involves a blend of:

  1. Live Agent Telephone Interviews: This forms the core of our methodology, providing rigorous quality control throughout the research process.
  2. Live Agent Text-to-Web (TTW) Interviews: This swift and accessible mode helps us connect with respondents who are less likely to answer phone calls.
  3. Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Telephone Interviews: This efficient technique lets us quickly reach a large audience.
  4. Online Panel Interviews: This broad approach offers a diverse demographic snapshot.

"Live telephone interviews are the foundation of any good survey," is how Dustin Olson, a pollster for American Pulse puts it. "By owning our own professional call center and directly managing all of our own field operations, we ensure quality control throughout the research process."

For the most effective surveys, we start with live agent telephone interviews, then enhance the mix with TTW and, where suitable, IVR and online panels. An ideal blend might look like 40% live agent telephone interviews, 25% TTW, 20% IVR, and 15% online panel. This balanced approach gives us a broad reach, covering diverse demographics and response types.

What's the problem with single mode surveys?

  • Online Panels: Cheap online panels suffer from 100% opt-in bias, skewing the results. We believe there's a time and a place for professionally conducted Online Panels, but relying solely on this method for political polls, aka "panel trash," is flawed.
  • Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Surveys: These "Robo Polls" can only legally call landlines, missing a large segment of the population and often skewing towards respondents with higher education levels. While useful in certain contexts, we recommend IVR as part of a multimodal blend.

"Survey methodology needs to keep pace with the world around us. At American Pulse, we're not just keeping pace; we're leading the charge," continued Olson.

Our multimodal methodology trumps traditional methods in terms of both breadth and accuracy. By combining multiple modes of research communication, we can effectively minimize the biases inherent in single-mode surveys.

"Our methodology is about more than just asking questions; it's about truly listening to America's pulse," said Olson.

The American Pulse multimodal approach goes beyond methodology. It's a commitment to amplifying the voices that matter, accurately and efficiently. We're leaving "panel trash" and "robo polls" behind, ensuring your message is heard and understood.

"Panel trash and robo polls are relics of the past," concluded Olson. "We're focused on innovating and adapting the tools necessary to discover the answers you've been searching for."

American Pulse Research & Polling is pioneering a new era of survey research with our innovative multimodal methodology. Accuracy, authenticity, and adaptability form the heart of our approach.

Why settle for less when your objectives and success are on the line?

The Bottom Line: As the world evolves, so must our methodologies. Multimodal surveys offer a robust, nuanced view of public sentiment, leaving single-mode surveys behind.


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