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Matthew Walko

I would suggest Vision Critical ( Here's a recent post about Community Panels: providing companies with the ability to conduct quantitative and qualitative (MROC) research through one platform:


I quiet like Research Live as well. which aways has some very timley updates and industry related articles.

Also I had a specific question relating to MROC's in general, given that Social Media is now becoming more mainstream (Daemon Group predicts Social Media will be mainstream in Australia by June for Business use), what do you see as the key benefit for a "Research Only" Community as opposed to just a "General Community"?

Ideally, Social Media should be integrated in to the core operations and functions of how a business operates, and a Community (along with a Twitter account, FB page, company blog be it Corporate or otherwise) should be integral to a company, however shouldn't the Community ultimately be generic rather than just for "research"? And how does that fit in with other departments like advertising/marketing/P.R who could also leverage the community.....what in the end is the key difference between a MROC and any other Community?

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