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Christian Science Monitor Uncovers What Readers Really Want

Christian Science Monitor Uncovers What Readers Really Want

iModerate Author

May 07, 2012

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What would you do if you worked for an international news organization whose name was known in most American households, but whose industry was changing rapidly and readership was aging?  Well, that’s just the issue The Christian Science Monitor faced.  In an age, when most publishers are struggling with the growing popularity of the Internet over magazines, it’s no wonder these challenges came up for the popular news source.

However, being a strong brand has its benefits. CSM could leverage its strengths in content to provide both a print and an online format while attracting younger audiences. But, in order to do this, they needed to find out more about their target audience as it relates to their journalistic likes and dislikes, what their current news diet consists of, and what it lacks.

The best way to do this was through qualitative research that could bring this particular audience to life. Our one-on-one conversations provided the perfect format to get beyond one-word responses and uncover a deep understanding of what readers are looking for from their news sources.  As you can read in this case study, the research was sucessful in giving CSM a clear picture of what their audience wanted.

 

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Our research work with iModerate over the past several years has developed into a true partnership. Their unique fusion of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies in a single study has offered new insights into key topics and markets of interest for our organization, which in turn, we are able to quickly turn into action steps. They are flexible, responsive, and extremely engaged in the entire project process, from conception and design to final data processing and delivery. They have even gone above and beyond by volunteering their time, resources, and expertise to assist with a special target market project on women. iModerate has their finger on the pulse of the research industry and consistently provides creative suggestions and solutions to enhance our current work. This ultimately allows us to provide our leadership with the strategic insights and opportunities that helps us to advance the common good.

Kristin Thomsen, Manager, Market Research, United Way Worldwide