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Thanks Ray. That makes sense. Many of our Community Panel clients used their panels quantitatively.

Ray Poynter

Hi Laura, you may find this blog post on community panels interesting

Not everybody agrees on the difference between MROCs and Community Panels, but for me the key issue is whether the client feels they can divert a substantial part of their existing QUANT research to the community then it is a community panel. This tends to mean three things
1) the community is large enough to support quant work
2) the community is representative of a defined part of the customer base
3) The community is not so 'community' that its relationship with the brand is evolving too quickly and becoming too sensitised.

I should also point out that some people (for example Diane Hessan and Tamara Barber) have taken the view that MROCs cannot be short-term, that they need time to develop the trust and relationships that make them work, however others, including a number of vendors and buyers favour short-term MROCs.


Hi Ray,

Could you elaborate on the distinction you make in the last section between MROCs and Community Panels? I use these terms interchangeably.


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