I’ve had the privilege of building and maintaining multicultural panels for almost a decade. Despite the progress in technology to improve our delivery methods, our soft skills haven’t kept pace. As an industry, we’re still struggling to create culturally relevant panel experiences for respondents.
This isn’t specific to multicultural panels, rather panels at large. We are an industry dedicated to helping our clients mine for consumer insights that will aid in the development of better products, services, and experiences. And the demand is there. AdTech and MarTech continue to rely on panels to enrich their data sets. Creating culturally relevant panels will be one of the keys to sustaining the growing need for survey respondents.
So what are some steps to make your panel culturally relevant? Here are a few starting points:
For example, Hispanic millennial panels, Affluent African-American panels, Cross-Cultural GenZ panels…and so on. Do you have a respondents sub-segment you wish was more responsive to your surveys? Define them and try to build a panel experience around that sub-segment. You’ll be surprised at the increase in engagement you’ll see.
Once you define your audience, try researching them! You don’t have to get everything right off the bat. Overtime, ask the right questions to get to know them and how the interact with your panel content in an effort to craft a more tailored experience for them.
Engagement metrics are essential and if some of your key metrics are dipping below your benchmarks, start the process again. Maybe the audience you initially defined has changed (you created a “new mothers” panel and now those mothers are no longer “new”).
While this seems like a big lift, if you have a panel within your organization, you likely have to tools to accomplish these steps with little investment. Landing pages are now quick and easy to make. Creating surveys is easier than ever. Plus, your respondents are everything, not investing in making sure your panel experience is culturally relevant will cost you more in the long run. Our respondents are the engine in this new data economy. Let’s give them experiences that will make them want to come back and share their opinions with us.