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Starting up With IdeaMap.NET:
 
What do I need to start?
How do I get started?
How do I login to Ideamap.NET?
 
 
Creating Projects:
 
How do I create a new project?
How do I create a Conjoint Project?
How do I create a ConScreen Project?
How do I create a Questionnaire Project?
How do I create a StyleMap Project?
 
 
Working with the Study:
 
How do I Create/Modify Text Elements (Conjoint)?
How do I Create/Modify Image Elements (Conjoint and StyleMap)? (see Images- How do I use an image in a ConScreen concept?
How do I Create/Modify Concepts a ConScreen?
How do I modify Rating questions? (ConScreen, StyleMap, Conjoint)
How do I Create/Modify Demographic questions (ConScreen, StyleMap, Conjoint)
How do I modify the placement of the images in a StyleMap study?
How do I Create/Modify or add questions to a Questionnaire?
How do I modify the Project Setup?
How can I modify the redirect link?
How can I pass parameters into a study that I would like to record after the study is complete?
How can I use variables passed into a study in a redirect link after the study has been completed?
How can I modify the welcome or thank you message?
How can I password protect the study?
How can I prevent users from going through a study more than once?
How can I give respondent immediate feedback after the study?
How can I modify the layout of the study (Conjoint, ConScreen, Questionnaire)?
What types of questions are available?
How do I create/edit descriptive Text?
How do I create/edit single selection questions?
How do I create/edit multiple selection questions?
How do I create/edit range questions?
How do I create/edit open-ended questions?
 
 
Working With Images:
 
What is the Image Library?
How do I add images to the Image Library?
How do I create a Conjoint study with Images I have uploaded to the Image Library?
How do I delete an image from the Element list? (ConScreen, StyleMap)
 
 
Help With StyleMap:
 
I lost on my images behind a larger image. What should I do?
How can I see how my images will line up?
I can see my images but I can't move them. Why won't they move?
My images appear as colored or outlined boxes, but I cannot move them.
How can I see how the other images within a category will appear in context?
How can I move an image behind or in front of another image?
My images are very close together, how can I determine which one I am selecting
 
 
Managing Projects:
 
How do I control my projects?
How do I manage my project (Launch, Suspend, Resume, Stop, Delete)?
 
 
Analyzing the Results:
 
How do I analyze the results?
How do I interpret the Additive Model Table?
What is a good element score?
Are there always positive and negative scores?
How do I interpret the constant?
How do I interpret the Classification Distribution?
How do I download the results?
How do I extract the files?
What are the files I get?
 
 
Data Processing:
 
How do I create subgroups?
How do I create segments?
 
 
Fielding IdeaMap.NET Projects:
 
How do I find a viable source of respondents?
How do I get people to participate in online surveys (recruiting)?
How do I screen respondents (verify that the right people are participating)?
How do I avoid high drop-off rates (make sure people complete the survey)?


   What do I need to start?
 
  • A PC with Internet access (preferably, but not required, broadband) running Windows 98, 2000, XP or NT
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 4.7 or higher (recommended) or Netscape Navigator (NN) 4.0 or higher
  • Establish an account with i-NovationTM Inc. and get your User Account Name and a Password
  • Schedule and complete your training (highly recommended)

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   How do I get started?
 
  • Call i-Novation™ Inc. at 914-421-7444 to create an account
  • You will get a user account name and a password
  • Schedule and complete your training (highly recommended)
  • Login to Ideamap.NET (or i-Novation.com and click on the Ideamap.NET link), enter your user account name and password and you are ready to create your own projects!

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   How do I login to Ideamap.NET?
 
  • Type http://www.ideamap.net in the Address field of your IE (or Location field of NN)
  • Enter your Account name and Password (if you forgot it or have login problems, call our support line)
  • Click the button
  • You should see the 'My Projects' screen

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   How do I create a new project?
 
Click on New Project at the top of the screen.

You will see the "Creating Projects" page now.
  • Choose the type of project you would like to create from the drop down list.
  • For Conjoint and StyleMap, choose a Design from the drop down list.
  • Enter the Title of the project (e.g., "New yogurt flavor test").
  • Enter a Description of the project (more details about the project for your future reference).
  • If your project has images, click on the Images check box.
  • Enter the Base Size (Sample Size) of the project (how many respondents you need for your project).
  • Click to create your project.

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   How do I create a Conjoint project?
 
Click on New Project at the top of the screen.

You will see the "Creating Projects" page now.
  • Choose "Conjoint" from the drop down list.
  • Choose a design from the drop down list.
  • Enter the Title of the project (e.g., "New yogurt flavor test").
  • Enter a Description of the project (more details about the project for your future reference).
  • If you would like to have an image category, click on the Images check box.
  • Enter the Base Size (Sample Size) of the project (how many respondents you need for your project).
  • Click to create your project.

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   How do I create a ConScreen project?
 
Click on New Project at the top of the screen.

You will see the "Creating Projects" page now.
  • Choose "ConScreen" from the drop down list.
  • Enter the Title of the project (e.g., "New yogurt flavor test").
  • Enter a Description of the project (more details about the project for your future reference).
  • Enter the Base Size (Sample Size) of the project (how many respondents you need for your project).
  • Click to create your project.

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   How do I create a Questionnaire project?
 
Click on New Project at the top of the screen.

You will see the "Creating Projects" page now.
  • Choose "Questionnaire" from the drop down list.
  • Enter the Title of the project (e.g., "New yogurt flavor test").
  • Enter a Description of the project (more details about the project for your future reference).
  • Enter the Base Size (Sample Size) of the project (how many respondents you need for your project).
  • Click to create your project.

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   How do I create a StyleMap project?
 
Click on New Project at the top of the screen.

You will see the "Creating Projects" page now.
  • Choose "StyleMap" from the drop down list.
  • Choose a design from the drop down list.
  • Enter the Title of the project (e.g., "New yogurt flavor test").
  • Enter a Description of the project (more details about the project for your future reference).
  • Enter the Base Size (Sample Size) of the project (how many respondents you need for your project).
  • Click to create your project.

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   How do I modify the project setup?
 
While the study is in setup mode, once the study is created everything but the following can be edited:
  • Study title
  • Study Description
  • Language
  • Design (ConScreen, StyleMap)
  • Type of study

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   How do I modify the redirect link?
 
Click on the edit icon on the "My Projects" screen.
Click on Setup at the top of the screen.
  • Click on the button in the options box.
  • Scroll down to Advanced Options.
  • Check off the box in the upper left hand corner of the "Redirection Link" box and type in the website you would like respondents to be redirected to at the end of the survey.
  • Click on the button to save or the button to discard.

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   How can I pass parameters into a study that I would like to record after the study has been completed?
 
Click on the edit icon on the "My Projects" screen.
Click on Setup at the top of the screen.
  • Click on the button in the options box.
  • Scroll down to Advanced Options.
  • Check off the box in the upper left hand corner of the External Link box. Then, type in the parameter names and click on the button (up to 4 parameters may be recorded).
  • Click on the button to save or the button to discard.

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   How can I use variables passed into a study in a redirect link after the study has been completed?
 
Click on the edit icon on the "My Projects" screen.
Click on Setup at the top of the screen.
  • Click on the button in the options box.
  • Scroll down to Advanced Options.
  • To pass the parameters you recorded, check off the box in the upper left hand corner of the redirection link box.
  • Select the parameter name from the drop down box and click on the button.
  • Highlight the parameter name and click on the button to delete a parameter.
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   How can I modify the "welcome" or "thank you" message?
 
Click on the edit icon on the "My Projects" screen.
Click on Setup at the top of the screen
  • Click on the in the "Options" box.
  • Create, edit or delete the contents of the "welcome message"/"thank you message" text area.
  • Be sure to check the box in the upper left hand corner of the "welcome message"/"thank you message" box.
  • Save your changes by clicking on the button.
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   How can I password protect the survey?
 
Click on the edit icon on the "My Projects" screen.
Click on Setup at the top of the screen
  • Click on the in the "Properties" box.
  • Click the checkbox in the upper left hand corner of the "Protect Survey" box and type in your password. Type it in again to verify.
  • If you choose to create a protected survey all respondents will have to enter this password to access the survey online
  • Save your changes by clicking on the button.
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   How can I prevent users from going through a study more than once?
 
Click on the edit icon on the "My Projects" screen.
Click on Setup at the top of the screen.
  • Click on the in the "Properties" box.
  • You can prevent multiple logins by using cookies. A cookie placed on the respondent's computer will prevent multiple logins on that machine.
  • Click the checkbox next to "Prevent multiple logins using cookie".
  • Save your changes by pressing on the button.
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   How can I give respondents immediate feedback after the study?
 
Click on the edit icon on the "My Projects" screen.
Click on Setup at the top of the screen.
  • Click on the in the "Properties" box.
  • Click "Respondent's Best Vs. Worst Concept(s)" to display their optimal concept vs. their lowest rated concept.
  • Click "Respondent's Best Vs. Total Panel Best Concepts" to display their optimal concept vs. the total panel's optimal concept (the default for this option is "None").
  • Save your changes by pressing on the button.
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   How can I modify the layout of the study (Conjoint, ConScreen, Questionnaire)?
 
Click on the edit icon on the "My Projects" screen.
Click on Setup at the top of the screen.
  • Click on the in the "Properties" box.
  • By default, the screen layout is set to "horizontal" (concept on top, question on the bottom of the screen).
  • The alternate layout, "Vertical", displays the concept on the left half of the screen and the question on the right side of the screen.
  • Save your changes by pressing on the button.
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   How do I create/modify text elements (Conjoint)?
 
  • See "Creating and Structuring the Element List, Categories and Elements" for help on how to create elements.
  • Click "Elements" at the top of the screen.
  • Click to edit the elements.
  • Edit the category name.
  • Type in Element 1, Element 2, etc.
  • Be sure to type in your elements for all remaining Text categories
  • Save your changes by pressing on the button.
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   How do I create/modify image elements (Conjoint and StyleMap - see "How do I use an image in a ConScreen concept")?
 
  • Click "Elements" at the top of the screen
  • Click to edit the elements.
  • Select an image from the drop down list and click the button.
  • To delete an image, highlight the image name in the "Selected Images" list and click the button.
  • Save your changes by pressing on the button.
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   How do I create/modify concepts (ConScreen)?
 
Click "Concepts" at the top of the screen.
  • Click to create a new concept or to append a concept to the end of the list.
  • Click to delete a concept.
  • Click to insert a concept anywhere in the list.
  • Click to edit an existing concept.
  • Click to save.
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   How do I create/modify rating questions (ConScreen, StyleMap, Conjoint)?
 
Click on the edit icon on the "My Projects" screen.
Click on "Rating(s)" at the top of the screen.
  • Click create a rating question
  • Fill in your rating question and anchors.
  • Select a scale (5, 7 or 9 point) and a scale appearance from the drop down list.
  • Click to save.
  • Click on the button to add addional rating questions.
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   How do I create/modify demographic questions (ConScreen, StyleMap, Conjoint)?
 
Click on the edit icon on the "My Projects" screen.
Click on "Demographics" at the top of the screen.
  • Click to create a new question or append a question to the end of the questionnaire.
  • Click to delete a question.
  • Click to insert a question anywhere in the questionnaire.
  • Click to edit an existing question.
  • Click to save.
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   How do I modify the placement of the images in a StyleMap study?
 
Click on the edit icon on the "My Projects" screen.
Click on "Layout" at the top of the screen.
  • Click .
  • Click on the image and drag it to the desired location.
  • Click on the icon.
  • Click on the icon.
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   How can I create/modify or add questions to the questionnaire?
 
Click on the edit icon on the "My Projects" screen.
Click on "Questions" at the top of the screen.
  • Click to create a new question or append a question to the end of the questionnaire.
  • Click to delete a question.
  • Click to insert a question anywhere in the questionnaire.
  • Click to edit an existing question.
  • Click to save.
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   What is the Image Library?
 
  • The Image Library is a repository of all the visuals in your account.
  • In order to use a visual in a project, you first have to upload it to the Image Library.
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   How do I add images to the Image Library?
 
Click on the edit icon on the "My Projects" screen.
Click on "Image Library" at the top of the screen.
  • Click to find the image file that you want to upload.
  • Click .
  • You can preview the existing images by highlighting the file name in the drop down box and clicking .
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   How do I create a Conjoint study with images I have uploaded in the Image LIbrary?
 
Go to the "My Projects" page and click on the edit icon . Click on "Elements" at the top of the screen.
  • The first time you create a project, be sure to check off the "Images" checkbox.
  • The image category is always first.
  • Click on the icon on the first category to add or edit images.
  • You can preview the existing images by choosing the file name in the drop down box and clicking .
  • Click to save.
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   How do I delete an image from the element list (ConScreen, StyleMap)?
 
Click on the edit icon on the "My Projects" screen.
Click on "Elements" at the top of the screen.
  • Click on the icon on the first category.
  • To delete an image that was previously selected, highlight the name in the selected files box and click .
  • Be sure to replace the deleted image with a new image. You must have the correct number of elements in all categories.
  • Click to save.
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   How do I create/edit the Introduction Page?
 
Click on the edit icon on the "My Projects" screen.
Click on Setup at the top of the screen.
  • Click on the in the "Options" box.
  • Create, edit or delete the contents of the "welcome message" text area.
  • Be sure to check the box in the upper left hand corner.
  • Save your changes by pressing on the button.
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   How do I create/edit the End Page?
 
Click on the edit icon on the "My Projects" screen.
Click on Setup at the top of the screen
  • Click on the in the "Options" box.
  • Create, edit or delete the contents of the "Thank You message" text area.
  • Be sure to check the box in the upper left hand corner.
  • Save your changes by pressing on the button.
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   How do I add/delete/insert demographic questions to be used for the classification?
 
Click on the edit icon on the "My Projects" screen.
Click on "Demographics" at the top of the screen.
  • Click to create a new question or append a question to the end of the questionnaire.
  • Click to delete a question.
  • Click to insert a question anywhere in the questionnaire.
  • Click to edit an existing question.
  • Click to save.
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   What types of questions are available?
 
There are 5 types of questions available:
  • Description
  • Single Select
  • Range
  • Single Selection Question
  • Multiple Selection Question
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   How do I create/edit description questions?
 
  • To create a description question, click on either the button or the button to insert the question in the middle of the questionnaire.
  • Select "Description Question" from the drop down list and click the button if you are creating the question for the first time.
  • To edit an existing description question, click on the button.
  • Enter/edit text in the Text box
  • Press the button to save or to discard.

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   How do I create/edit single selection questions?
 
  • To create a single selection question, click on either the button or the button to insert the question in the middle of the questionnaire.
  • Select "Single Selection Question" from the drop down list and click the button if you are creating the question for the first time.
  • To edit an existing single selection question, click on the button.
  • Enter/edit text in the Question text box.
  • Type in each selection in the answer list and press the button or the button to change and update a selection.
  • Click on the button to delete a selection.
  • Use the and buttons to move a choice up and down in the list.
  • Click the button to save or to discard.

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   How do I create/edit multiple selection questions?
 
  • To create a multiple selection question, click on either the button or the button to insert the question in the middle of the questionnaire.
  • Select "Multiple Selection Question" from the drop down list and click the button if you are creating the question for the first time.
  • To edit an existing multiple selection question, click on the button.
  • Enter/edit text in the Question text box
  • Type in each selection in the answer list and press the button or the button to change and update a selection.
  • Click on the button to delete a selection.
  • Use the and buttons to move a choice up and down in the list.
  • Click the button to save or to discard.

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   How do I create/edit range questions?
 
  • To create a range question, click on either the button or the button to insert the question in the middle of the questionnaire.
  • Select "Range Value Question" from the drop down list and click the button if you are creating the question for the first time.
  • To edit an existing range value question, click on the button.
  • Enter/edit text in the Question text box
  • Type in the low anchor and the high anchor.
  • Click the button to save or to discard.

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   How do I create/edit open ended questions?
 
  • To create an open ended question, click on either the button or the button to insert the question in the middle of the questionnaire.
  • Select "Open Ended Question" from the drop down list and click the button if you are creating the question for the first time.
  • To edit an existing open ended question, click on the button.
  • Enter/edit text in the Text box
  • Press the button to save or to discard.

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   I lost my images behind a larger image. What should I do?
 
  • Use the button to reveal images from all categories.
  • Use the mouse to click and drag the images around the workspace to reveal the hidden image.
  • Click the button to bring the image to the front.
  • Once you have the images arranged properly, click the button to save your layout.

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   How can I see how my images will line up?
 
  • The button is an on/off toggle button that adds a border around the images so that you can see the exact dimensions while you move them around the layout editor.
  • The button is an on/off toggle button that shows the location and the dimensions of each category by coloring each category square with a different color.
  • The button is an on/off toggle button that forces all images to become transparent except for the image you click-on. Only one image category can become non-transparent at a time.
  • The button is an on/off toggle button that shows the location and dimensions of each category by showing just a frame around each square image category.

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   I can see my images but I can't move them. Why won't they move?
 
  • Make sure that before you begin to create a layout, select the respondents screen resolution from the drop down list at the top of the screen.

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   My images appear as colored or outlined boxes, but I cannot move them. What should I do?
 
  • Make sure that the toggle button and the toggle button are set to "off".
  • Click the button to toggle on and off.

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   How can I see how the other images within a category will appear in context?
 
  • Use the button to cycle through all the images in a given category.
  • Click on the image whose category you would like to cycle through and then click the button.

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   How can I move an image behind or in front of another image?
 
  • Click on the image and use the button and button to move an image up and down "layers".
  • Use the button and the button to move an image all the way to the front or back of the "pile".

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   My images are very close together, how can I determine which one I am selecting?
 
  • In the layout editor, when you click on an image, the properties are displayed in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.
  • You will find the image's category name, dimensions and layer order.
  • Click to see a preview of the image.
  • Click to go back to the image properties.

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   How can I preview the study before I launch it?
 
  • You can either click on at the top of the Setup page or on the "Manage Projects" Page.

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   How can I share a preview with my co-workers?
 
Click on the manage icon on the "My Projects" screen.
  • Click on the icon .
  • Type in all email addresses and a message and click the button.

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   How do I control my projects?
 
Click on "My Projects" at the top of the screen. This screen allows you to:
  • See a list of your projects
  • See the project type and title of all your projects
    • The 4 types of projects are: Conjoint, ConScreen, StyleMap and Questionnaire
  • Sort/filter projects by type, status, or creation date.
    • Select the sorting/filter option you would like from the drop down list and click .
  • See the status of your project. The status of a project may be:
    • Draft - the project is in setup mode.
    • Online - the project is active and accessible for fielding to respondents.
    • Suspended - the project is temporarily suspended (for example, for verification of the quota). The project can be re-started after suspension.
    • Closed - the fielding has been completed.
  • Initiate the Setup, Manage and Reporting Menu
    • Click to go into the edit menu.
    • Click to go into the managing menu.
    • Click to go into the reporting menu.

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   How do I manage my projects (Launch, Suspend, Resume, Stop, Delete)?
 
Click on the manage icon on the "My Projects" screen.

Project Activity
  • Total Completes - the number of respondents who completed the interview.
  • Total Logins – the number of respondents who entered the survey but never completed it.
  • Sample Size – the requested number of completes after which the server will stop the survey.

  • Note: it is common to have a higher number of logins than completes
Project Info:
  • Title - The name of the study
  • Description - A description of the study
  • Type - The type of study (Conjoint, ConScreen, Questionnaire, StyleMap)
  • Design - The study design (Conjoint, StyleMap)
  • Fielding Link - This is the study link. Click on to email the link or to save the link to a file on your computer.
  • Test Link - This is a link you can use if you would like to view your study at any time. No data will be saved. Click to send a test link via email.
  • Password - This is the password if you chose to password protect your study.
  • Status - This can be online, draft, suspended or closed.
  • Rating Question - This shows the number of rating questions. Click to view your rating question(s).
  • Elements - Click to view the element list.
  • Demographics/Questionnaire - Click to view the classification questionnaire.
  • Language - This is the language that the study is in.
Control Panel
  • Suspend Project – temporarily suspend launched projects (stop respondents’ access). Can be resumed at any time
  • Launch/Resume Project - Finalize and Open project for fielding online or Resume fielding from “Suspend” mode Note: No changes can be made after you have launched the project
  • Stop Project – Stop the fielding and close (permanently) access of the respondents (can not be undone!)
  • Data Processing – configure your request for data processing options for “stopped” projects (segments, subgroups).
  • Delete Project – removes the project from the server Note: you may request to restore the project data later on from the backup copy for an additional charge
  • Preview Project – check the project integrity and appearance before Launching Note: the appearance of the screens is very close to the actual launched interviews but may differ in some details
  • Duplicate Project - Duplicate Project – create a carbon copy of the project which can be edited and modified.

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   How do I analyze the results?
 
  • You can analyze your results at anytime during the fielding of your study, regardless of the project's status. You cannot create subgroups until you have completed fielding.
  • Click on the download icon on the "My Projects" page.
  • Click Topline at the top of the screen to view the Additive Model Table for all respondents.
  • Click Distribution at the top of the screen to view the frequency of each classification option for all respondents.
  • Click Download at the top of the screen to download the available reports (available only after project is closed).

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   How do I interpret the Additive Model Table?
 
  • By clicking Topline at the top of the screen, you can get the Additive Model Table by Total Panel.
  • A positive number represents increased interest as a result of exposure to that element.
  • A negative number means that element detracts from interest.
  • A number near zero means that element is unimportant in increasing interest.

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   What is a good element score?
 
  • Each study has its own range of scores. The scores are relative to one another, with larger numbers indicating elements with greater impact (positive or negative). There is no absolute number, which is meaningful across all studies.
  • AS A VERY GENERAL RULE OF THUMB (which will vary with product category, element list, branded or unbranded study, innovative or traditional product, and so on):

Below -2: Avoid this element. It detracts from interest

Between -1 and +3: This element is broadly neutral. It does not greatly impact interest.

Between +4 and +7: Solid but not inspired

Over +7: Strongly motivating. Probably important.

  • Studies, which include a wide range of scores, indicate that it makes a difference to the consumer what you say, and how you say it.
  • Studies, which have more neutral scores, may have higher constants, variations between subgroups, or a wider selection of acceptable alternatives within the middle range.

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   Are there always positive and negative scores?
 
NO, NOT ALWAYS!

Some studies have few negatives.
  • The idea/concepts/elements chosen are all powerful. It may be a novel idea, or it may be the language chosen, but whether the reason is conceptual or exceptional it is always good to have a choice of only positives.

Some studies have few positives.
  • This often accompanies a high constant. This implies there is a large downside risk in communication, and very little to gain.

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   How do I interpret the constant?
 
The constant reflects the level of interest not attributable to the individual elements.

  • It is the level of interest driven by in-going forces such as mindset towards the brand or category, reaction to the positioning statement, etc.
  • Ultimately, we would like the constant to approach zero, explaining as much of the interest as possible via the elements.

Constants are added to the element score to estimate total interest in a given concept.

High constants mean that the tested elements play a small role in motivating interest.

  • Very high constants are often found in heavily branded studies with well-known products. Consumers bring a great deal of background with them.
  • Very high constants are often found with lower element scores. There is less freedom for the elements to work.

Low constants mean that among that particular target, the skillful use of motivating elements is critical in developing interest. There may be a greater opportunity for elements to work.

  • Very low constants are sometimes found in unfamiliar products or ideas, where consumers need information from the elements to form an opinion.

Constants are specific to an individual study, and an individual element set, not general for products or categories.

However, as a BROAD GENERALIZATION, a constant between 40 and 50 is unremarkable.

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   How do I interpret the Classification Distribution?
 
  • By clicking Distribution at the top of the screen, you can get an instant classification distribution for the total panel of respondents.
  • You will see results in frequencies and percentages

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   How do I create subgroups?
 
  • Click on the Manage icon on the My Projects screen.
  • Click on the data processing icon .
  • Click on Subgroup at the top of the screen.
  • Click on the checkboxes next to the questions (options) in the questionnaire you want to obtain subgroup utilities data for.
  • Click on .
  • Verify your selection. Click on if it is correct or to make a new selection.
  • Enter your password and click .
  • Once it says “Successfully created subgroup list below, please come back after 24hr to download report file” you have finished creating your subgroup.

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   How do I create segments?
 
  • Click on the Manage icon on the My Projects screen.
  • Click on the data processing icon .
  • Click on Segments at the top of the screen.
  • Click on the checkboxes to select one (or both) of the options. Selecting the first option will create separate datasets for 2, 3 and 4 segments and if you have a sufficient number of respondents, you can request data for 5 and 6 segments.
  • Click on .
  • Verify your selection. Click on if it is correct or to make a new selection.
  • Enter your password and click .
  • Once is says “Successfully created segments, please come back after 24hr to download report file” you have finished creating your segments.

Note: You can create segments only after closing the project.

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   How do I download the results?
 
  • Click on the download icon on the "My Projects" page.
  • Click Download at the top of the screen.
  • Save the ZIP file to a directory of your choice.
  • In order to download your raw data files, you must have completed and closed the fielding.
  • You can download the raw data files for: interest, persuasion and classification data.
  • You can also download your element list and classification questionnaire.

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   How do I extract the files?
 
To extract data files from this file:

  • Download this file to a directory of your choice.
  • Double click on the file (Windows Explorer).
  • Use a program such as Winzip to extract your data files.

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   What are the files I get?
 
Below is an explanation of the data files you get:

.CLS - Classification:
  • This file contains data from the Classification part of the project. UID is a unique respondent's ID maintained by database. Do not pay attention to values in this column (there may be skips, etc.) This just a way for you to identify corresponding rows in different files if you need.

Qi - Question Number:
  • There is one column for Single Selection and Range questions. There is NO column for Description "questions". For Multiple Selection Questions the columns are labeled as Qn_Mm where n is question number and m is option number in this question.

.ELM - Element List:
  • This file contains a list of all of the elements in the project. Note - These element key codes (E_1, etc.) are used in other files (.op0, .opc, .ot0, .otc) as column headers to identify utility values for each element.

.OP0 - Persuasion Model:
  • This file contains individual scores for each of the respondents by each element. The 1...9 Ratings have been recorded as 11, 22, 33, 44, 55, 66, 77, 88, 100 before running the regression (see on-line help). Const. is the constant for the regression. See Help file on How to read this data.

.OPC - Combined Persuasion Model & Classification File:
  • This file is the aggregation of the .OP0 and .CLS files. This file is provided for your convenience and is redundant. By merging .OP0 and .CLS, we created a file that is easier to use if you want to create subgroups or just analyze data based on classification questions.

.OPEN:
  • This file contains combined data for open ended questions from the classification questionnaire (one line per respondent).

.OT0 - Interest Model:
  • This File contains individual scores for each of the respondents by each element. Before running the regression, ratings between 1 and 6 are recorded as 0 and ratings 7, 8 and 9 are recorded as 100 (see on-line help) where Const. is the constant for the regression. See Help file on How to read this data.

.OTC - Combined Interest and Classification Model:
  • This file is the aggregation of the .OT0 and .CLS files. This file is provided for your convenience and is redundant. By merging .OT0 and .CLS, we created a file that is easier to use if you want to create subgroups or just analyze data based on classification questions.

.QSN - Classification Questionnaire:
  • This file lists all classification questions asked in the project.

.QST - Rating Question:
  • This file contains the question asked during the concept portion of the survey.

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   How do I find a viable source of respondents?
 
There are many sources of potential respondents on the Internet:
  • Professionally managed online panels
  • Opt-in databases
  • Client-provided email address lists
  • Websites

Which source to use largely depends on the specifics of the sample that is desired.

If the sample calls for a general population of Internet users, both general population email lists and general interest online panels can deliver respondents to the survey at a reasonable cost.
  • General population email lists usually pull lower response rates but can be very cheap - as long as people respond in sufficient numbers.
  • Online panels offer the benefit of committed respondents and high response rates but can be relatively expensive.

If the target sample is low incidence, a more targeted approach is usually required.
  • Potential sources of respondents include special interest online panels, special interest email lists, and Websites whose visitors match the profile of the desired sample.

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   How do I get people to participate in online surveys (recruiting)?
 
Once a promising source of potential respondents has been identified, a suitable recruitment strategy must be implemented.

Respondents from online panels, opt-in databases and client provided email address lists are usually recruited via email invitation.
  • The invitation should position the study topic as one of interest to potential respondents and explain why participation is important.
  • It should be brief and to the point; it should not require any scrolling.
  • Whatever incentive is offered should be mentioned as early as possible, possibly in the subject line.
  • Incentives can take several forms, of which some of the most popular are prize drawings (which are relatively cost-effective and easy to administer), coupons redeemable at online retailers, cash payments from online banks, and other, more traditional premiums such as magazine subscriptions and pre-paid phone cards.

Recruitment at websites, an approach known as Website intercept, can be very effective in recruiting low incidence samples.
  • This approach relies on a close match between the characteristics of the target sample and the selected Website’s typical visitor profile.
  • Various techniques can be used, including banner ads and pop-up windows.

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   How do I screen respondents (verify that the right people are participating)?
 
Extra care must be taken in selecting the source of respondents to ensure that most of those invited actually qualify for participation.

  • The wording of the invitation or pop-up window can also specify respondent criteria (e.g. “Are you a current user of XYZ? If so, then you’ll love our new interactive survey.”)

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   How do I avoid high drop-off rates (make sure people complete the survey)?
 
Several variables influence the drop-off rate (the percentage of respondents who log in to a survey but fail to complete it).

  • Number of screens
  • Length of time needed to complete the survey
  • The perceived value of incentives
  • The overall difficulty of the survey (including the likelihood that respondents will find it confusing, a common complaint about IdeaMap).
  • The source of respondents may also play a role.
  • Online panelists more likely to complete a survey than respondents recruited from opt-in databases.

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   How do I manage quotas (Ensure that all subgroups are represented)?
 
Respondents must be classified according to their responses to a demographic, usage and attitude questionnaire.

  • This questionnaire is administered immediately after each respondent has rated all of the concepts.

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