Happy MR Podcast

Happy Market Research teaches brands of all sizes how to leverage market research to generate outsized returns and grow exponentially. Through a series of free podcasts, and premium members-only content, you can learn step-by-step how to make your first (or next) million dollars.

Ep. 234 – Piotr Szymski – Key Differences Between Old School and New School Insights Pro, and What We All Need to Pay Attention to

My guest today is Piotr Szymski, Vice President of Catalog and Business Intelligence at Sony Music. Established in 1929, Sony Music is among the “Big Three,” record companies, including Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. Prior to joining Sony Music, Piotr served as head of insights for both SABMiller and Procter & Gamble.  Find…

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Ep. 233 – Rian van der Merwe – How Successful Companies will be Built on Ethics, and the Impact on Consumer Research

My guest today is Rian van der Merwe, speaker, writer and responsible for Product at Postmark, which is part of Wildbit. Wildbit is an 18-year-old technology company whose software centers around taking the pain out of the development process and is used by over 100,000 companies globally. Prior to joining Wildbit, Rian has served senior…

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Ep. 232 – Aji Ghose – How Sky is Using a Mix Methodological Approach to get a Complete View of the Customer, and How You Can Too

My guest today is Aji Ghose, PhD in computational cognitive modeling, and is Head of Research and Data Science at Sky. Sky is a media and telecommunications conglomerate owned by Comcast and headquartered in London. Sky is Europe’s largest media company and pay-TV broadcaster by revenue with 23 million subscribers and more than 31,000 employees…

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Ep. 230 – Phil Ahad – How Insights are Being used Across all Functions, and the Changing role of Insights’ Platforms

My guest today is Phil Ahad, Chief Digital Officer at Toluna. Founded in 2000, Toluna produces online surveys and manages a consumer community of over 24 million active members in 68 countries. Prior to joining Toluna, Phil lead marketing and product strategy teams across many different industries, and has held senior-level positions at CoStar, AOL,…

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Ep. 229 – Jon Picoult – Tactical Ways to Build Credibility for Personal and Business Success

My guest today is Jon Picoult, Founder and Principal of Watermark Consulting. Founded in 2008, Watermark Consulting offers consulting services to top brands around improving customer experience. Prior to founding Watermark Consulting, Jon served in leadership roles at both MassMutual Financial Group and American International Group. He holds a degree in Cognitive Science from Princeton…

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Ep. 228 – Steve Portigal – Trends in User Experience & Market Research, and How They are Driving Success

My guest today is Steve Portigal, Founder of Portigal Consulting. Established in 2001, Portigal Consulting helps organizations bring insights about their users into their design and development processes. Additionally, he has also authored two books: “Doorbells, Danger, and Dead Batteries: User Research War Stories,” and “Interviewing Users: How to Uncover Compelling Insights.” And, Steve hosts Dollars to…

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Ep. 227 – Bryant Leech of Nielsen on the Correct Application of Automation from the World’s Largest Research Firm

My guest today is Bryant Leech, Director of Design Solutions at Nielsen. Nielsen is an American information, data and measurement company that operates in over 100 countries and employs approximately 44,000. Prior to joining Nielsen, Bryant has worked as both a client side research and agency researcher. He has also been a ski instructor.   Find Bryant…

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Ep. 226 – Emmet Ó Briain on the Right way to use Consumer Insights and how Many Researchers get it Wrong

My guest today is Emmet Ó Briain, Founder of Quiddity. Established in 2010, Quiddity offers methodologically innovative research, particularly in the use and analysis of naturally-occurring data (and especially language) in consumer and social research. Prior to founding Quiddity, Emmet spent 6 years at Ipsos as Research Development Director. Additionally, he has recently made a…

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Ep. 225 – Jenny Karubian – Hacks for Building a Successful Market Research Agency

My guest today is Jenny Karubian, Founder and CEO of Ready to Launch. Founded in 2014, Ready to Launch is a consultancy based in LA that helps firms launch new ideas, products, and technologies that better serve their customers. Jenny has extensive experience as an ethnographic researcher and is a professor of anthropology, sociology and…

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Ep. 224 – Michael Yaksich – How one of the Fastest Startups in the Silicon Valley is Using Market Research

My guest today is Michael Yaksich, Director of Customer Strategy at Cruise. Headquartered in San Francisco, Cruise is a self driving technology company that will offer a ride hailing service initially in San Francisco. Prior to joining Cruise, Michael has worked in insights at Hyundai, BrandIQ, Cadillac, and Honda. Find Michael Online: LinkedIn Website: https://getcruise.com…

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