Focus Group Respondent Body Language: The Importance Of Posture
Marketing research is the practice of gathering information to determine the root causes and motivations behind consumer behavior. That means collecting data, not only from, but also about each individual respondent. As any good interviewer will tell you, you can learn as much (if not more) by observing how someone responds as you can from what they say. This week on the Focus Pointe Global Blog we’re taking a closer look at the importance of body language when gathering focus group data.
One of the first things to look for when observing the body language of your focus group respondents is posture. If individuals are slouching in their seats or displaying other signs of sloppy posture, it may be an indication of disinterest or distraction. Make a note of this behavior when and wherever you notice it. If possible, try engaging such individuals with direct questions that invite participatory responses. Do they sit up straighter when spoken to directly? Does their level of interest change?
When people are fully engaged in your focus group and ready to take action, they will often sit forward in their seats or stand with their hands on their hips. These signs of readiness and enthusiasm are good indicators that you’ve got the attention of the group.
By carefully observing and noting behavioral cues like posture over the course of your focus group or marketing research project, you will be able to formulate a more accurate picture of respondent behavior and gain valuable insights into key motivators and consumer opinions.
Whatever level of engagement you observe in your focus group, remember: the attitudes of every respondent can be contagious! If left unchecked, a single slouching and disinterested respondent can infect the entire room with his or her behavior and make it much more difficult to gather accurate data. Similarly, properly encouraged, an active and engaged individual can help energize the room and invite the participation of every member of your study.
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