Focus groups are a great qualitative marketing research method to get key information and insight from consumers. We watched one example of focus groups in class for the Google Chromebook – now I would like you to prepare for and conduct a focus group.
In the example above, Domino’s Pizza learned their customers were not aware they used natural ingredients. So part of the resulting marketing strategy was to focus more on natural ingredients. This insight was gained directly from the result of conducting focus groups – another example of how marketing research can drive a marketing strategy.
Your group is going to plan a focus group. The topic: How would instructors increase engagement at Point Park University, both inside and outside of the classroom. How could they leverage technology to increase this engagement – and would this engagement help the students become more prepared for jobs post graduation.
To plan for a group – the first step is to prepare a discussion guide. This is used by the moderator to guide the conversation.
- Four to eight primary questions and/or discussion topics should be developed for each focus group discussion
Another good resource is here for preparing for and conducting a focus group: http://ictforag.org/video/downloads/com-05r-wkst-focus-group-discussion-guide.pdf
So as a group, please prepare a discussion guide to prepare for our in-class focus group in week #5 (Your last assignment will be the focus group).
Please attach your groups discussion guide to this post via slideshare – and we can discuss next week.