Quirk’s January Issue

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Google now processes, on average, over 40,000 search queries every second; this translates to over 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide. The way people engage with brands and online content is constantly evolving. No single day of digital behavior is the same as another. If I want to learn about the newest fitness gadget, I search it online. By the next day, I may be over fitness and want to know how to convert my home to a “smart” home, so I search it up. Later that same afternoon, I may want a new refrigerator that can build me a shopping list. Or, I may just want to buy something mundane like shampoo (you know the kind that makes my hair that cool silver-purple color) , so I simply look it up on Amazon and click “buy now.” If brands want to stay competitive, they need to able to keep up with radical, fast-paced changes in consumer online behavior.

Brands have a great appetite for understanding how people behave and make decisions online. They need to understand their customer’s purchase influencers beyond demographic and attitudinal data; passive tracking data captures how consumers move across the digital world, allowing brands to keep up by tracking their customer’s digital journeys – in real-time.

Adopting a passive metering strategy is not without challenges. The challenges range from technology implementation and respondent adoption to understanding of the data. There are oceans of it, and it is totally unstructured. Despite these challenges, more and more clients are diving in and having success finding those nuggets of “data gold” they would never have uncovered with surveys alone. Brands need to start somewhere, and rather than trying to uncover the holy grail of all that Passive Metering can do, simply looking for trends in the data at a high level can deliver those unexpected “aha moments” brands want.

Keep in mind, consumers are complex. Passive Metering is a super effective starting point to understand what people are doing without disrupting or influencing their behavior. However, there is no one simple research formula or methodology that is all-knowing. Blending methodologies has been — and will continue to be– crucial for brands to really understand their customers. The opportunities for connecting digital behavioral data with traditional survey data, 3rd party data or even longitudinal data available through other innovative research approaches such as Insight Communities, translates to in-depth, actionable insights brands need.

We keep hearing Passive Metering is coming as the next “big” thing in research. Truth is, it is already here. It has been here for years. I encourage researchers to stop overcomplicating it. Take the risk of not knowing everything in advance, find great clients to experiment with and dive in. Remember, you don’t know what you don’t know until you know it.

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SoapBoxSample Announces Two Promotions Following Year-Long Hiring Initiative

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Newly appointed Vice President and Senior Research Director Promoted from Within

After a year of strong growth resulting in major hiring initiatives throughout 2017, SoapBoxSample announced the promotion of two employees. Mike Chavarria has been promoted to Vice President of Business Development and Valerie Hanson has advanced to Senior Research Director. Both are effective immediately.

Mike has an extensive background in Market Research with over 10 years in the industry. In his role as Director of Business Development since 2014, he has distinguished himself as an expert in high touch research approaches, including Insight Communities, Mobile Research, and Digital Passive Metering.

Valerie was the first employee of SoapBoxSample’s Full Service department. She joined the company in 2014 following the acquisition of CickIQ. Valerie’s vast experience and in depth knowledge of client of key client’s business, has continued to result in year of year account growth.

Over the last year SoapBox has been on a hiring kick, and has increased the staff by 25% since January. Last month, SoapBox celebrated their 5-year anniversary.

Jacqueline Rosales, COO, commented, “SoapBoxSample’s staff expansion allows the company to focus on optimizing new products and services while continuing to provide high-quality, customized solutions for our clients. The addition of new talent, along with the incredible success rate of internal advancement and promotions has allowed us to build an amazing staff.”

Over the course of 2017, SoapBoxSample has been focused on adding enhancements to MySoapBox Meter, their Passive Metering technology. MySoapBox Meter tracks consumers’ step-by-step interactions as they move across the digital world. Clients can build a detailed roadmap of the path to purchase without disrupting the process.

In 2016, the SoapBoxSample and icanmakeitbetter (ICMIB) operations were integrated following the acquisition of ICMIB by SoapBox’s parent company ISA. With the addition of Insight Community platform capabilities, SoapBoxSample now offers an even more diverse portfolio of products.

SoapBox Celebrates Five Years of FRESH

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The whole ISA family came together on November 16, 2017 to celebrate the five-year anniversary of SoapBoxSample. Founded in 2012, as the online division of Interviewing Service of America, SoapBox has grown from a 3-person operation on a shoestring budget to a multi-million dollar company. The staff has grown to 44, spread across two divisions (including icanmakeitbetter) and two offices — one in Los Angeles, CA and one in Austin, TX.

The Five Years of FRESH party was held at the Q-insights headquarters in Sherman Oaks. Attendees sported mobster-themed attire, played Blackjack, Poker and Craps at the Casino and dined on Italian food. SoapBoxSample COO Jacqueline Rosales made an appearance in a poker suit. (Bottom left of photo.)

SoapBoxSample Adds Industry Specialist to Team

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Anthony Bean Joins the Sales Team as Senior Account Executive

March 14, 2017, Los Angeles, CA – SoapBoxSample, part of the ISA family of companies, announced today an expansion of their sales division. Anthony Bean will join the team as a Senior Account Executive. In this role, he will manage client accounts and build relationships with key industry players to achieve aggressive sales goals for 2017.

Bean says: “I’m thrilled to be able to join the SoapBoxSample team. The company is well-regarded within the market research industry making some bold moves over the past few years to lead the way in new methods to solve client problems. I’m really looking forward to this opportunity to work with SoapBoxSample’s expansive portfolio of products and services to deliver world-class solutions to our clients.”

Anthony is a result-oriented team player with 12 years of experience under his belt.  Most recently from Toluna, Bean’s background includes positions with Harris Interactive and J.D. Power and Associates. He has distinguished himself in the Market Research industry with his extensive expertise across automotive, financial, film industry sectors and his community solutions awareness.

Jacqueline Rosales, SoapBoxSample Chief of Operations, added “We require talent who can ask the tough questions of clients and really understand the core of their business to recommend the best approach and combination of methodologies. We are super excited for Anthony to join the team. With the changing landscape of research, our clients need forward-thinking thought partners and Anthony has had great success building relationships on this premise.”

SoapBoxSample’s continual staff expansion allows the company to focus on optimizing new products and services while continuing to provide high-quality, customized solutions for their clients. In 2016, the SoapBoxSample and icanmakeitbetter (ICMIB) operations were integrated following the acquisition of ICMIB by SoapBox’s parent company ISA. With the addition of insight community platform capabilities, SoapBoxSample now offers an even more diverse portfolio of products.

Last year SoapBoxSample added multiple new capabilities to its product lineup. MySoapBox Meter seamlessly collects behavioral data from PC, mobile and tablet devices, gathering a holistic view of a consumer’s path to purchase. SoapBoxSample also expanded their mobile missions’ features last year, by enhancing their mobile app MySoapBox Mobile. The app captures respondent’s digital journeys in real-time. Respondents can upload photos and videos securely through the app, to a cloud-based storage solution. MySoapBox TV stores respondent’s photos and videos, which clients can easily view, tag and edit.

SoapBoxSample Gains Two New Vice Presidents Via Internal Promotion

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Updated Leadership Will Drive Ambitious Growth Goals for 2017

January 5, 2017, Los Angeles, CA — SoapBoxSample, part of the ISA family of companies, announced today an expansion in leadership to drive projected growth for 2017. Two of SoapBox’s senior Directors will be promoted to Vice Presidents, and each will take on greater responsibilities both by initiating new projects and increasing collaboration between departments.

Dan Parcon, formerly SoapBox’s Director of Client Services, has been promoted to Vice President of Operations. Dan has been with the company since its inception in 2012 as the second employee hired and has been an integral part of the startup’s early success.
Jacqueline Rosales, SoapBoxSample Chief of Operations, commented that Dan “has worked very hard challenging himself both professionally and personally. His desire to make SoapBox the best it can be has never, ever waivered.”

Elinor Gaida will now serve as Vice President of Research and Analytics and will continue to lead her department with a newly expanded role overseeing community projects. Elinor has an extensive background in Market Research with over 13 years in the industry.
Jacqueline Rosales commended Gaida for her hard work and accomplishments, saying “Elinor is steadfast in her independence and is a natural leader. From the moment she came on board, she took charge of research and analytics and never looked back.”

In 2016, SoapBoxSample and icanmakeitbetter (ICMIB) integrated their operations following the acquisition of ICMIB by SoapBox’s parent company ISA. SoapBox has been focused on integrating their community work with their research and analytics division, while continuing to offer high-quality, customized solutions to their clients. The company successfully met an aggressive set of sales goals in 2016 while simultaneously expanding their line of products. SoapBoxSample’s portfolio of products now includes expanded passive metering capabilities, a fully-integrated community platform and an online video storage and editing solution for respondent videos (MySoapBox TV).

SoapBoxSample Turns 4!

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4 Years and going strong! The SoapBox team celebrated their company birthday with a house party, complete with backyard sumo wrestling, va elcro wall, a Champagne Sabreuring demonstration from our Director of Systems and Programming Aaron Cole (first from left), and throwback jams provided by DJ Dan (Director of Client Services Dan Parcon, third from left).

SoapBoxSample Expands Product Line with New Physician Panel

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“Our Doctors Are Always On-Call”

July, 2016, Los Angeles, CA — SoapBoxSample, part of the ISA family of companies, officially announced the launch of a new physician panel, DocThought. Engineered to provide targeted access, DocThought is a vast network of medical professionals ready to provide expert opinions to answer clients’ medical research questions. Members will provide feedback about a variety of medical products and services and weigh in on all things related to the medical industry.

Jacqueline Rosales, SoapBoxSample’s Chief of Operations, stated “Access to high quality Physician sample continues to be a void in the space. SoapBox continues to focus on the “what’s missing” to meet the ever-growing needs of clients. Recognizing the market needs, and building our portfolio of services around those needs, continues to fuel our growth as an organization.”

Physicians are required to provide their medical ID number upon registration and are verified to be practicing physicians. The information collected upon registration allows clients to segment by specialty, type of practice, ailments treated, and medications prescribed.

SoapBoxSample’s rapidly expanding organization allows the company to focus on optimizing new products and services while providing high-quality, customized solutions for their clients. Recently SoapBoxSample expanded their mobile capabilities by adding MySoapBox Meter, a passive metering application. The app tracks web browsing and app usage behavior on respondent’s smartphones, tablets and desktops. This growth trend and portfolio expansion kicked off earlier this year when SoapBox and icanmakeitbetter (ICMIB),  an insight community platform company based in Austin, Texas, were integrated following the acquisition of icmib by SoapBox’s parent company ISA. With the expansion of mobile and community capabilities, SoapBoxSample now provides an even more diverse portfolio of products.