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Title Assessing the use of Internet surveys in the context of advertisement tracking studies: a case study of Tourism Yukon's winter promotion campaign
Author Dossa, K. B., Williams, P.
Source Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing, 11, 2/3, pp. 39-62
Access date 29.03.2004
Abstract As interest in the varying applications of Internet technology has expanded in recent years, so have discussions concerning the relative merits of this medium as a credible means for conducting market survey research. Proponents of this form of on line surveying claim that as the Internet becomes more universally accepted as a means of communication, its utility for survey purposes will be largely related to its ability to conduct some forms of research faster, better, and more conclusively than other more traditional methods of interviewing. Other supporters highlight the approach's potential research advantages with respect to gaining access to especially difficult-to-find populations, its cost effectiveness from a data collection perspective, and its speed of interaction with respondent populations. Conversely, other researchers express more cautionary perspectives and emphasize that Internet survey methods tend to suffer many of the same shortcomings as those associated with more traditional survey methods: inappropriateness for communication with specific audiences; control over sample representativeness; "self-selection" biases and response turn-around time. As with other emerging market survey research tools, there is a need to systematically explore the strengths and weaknesses of these perspectives in the context of specific research situations. This research examines issues of sample representativeness, "self selection" or non-response bias, and appropriateness of the survey techniques in the context of advertising tracking research. It does this by comparing the socioeconomic and behavioural traits of Internet and traditional (telephone and mail) survey respondents participating in a tourism advertisement tracking study in Canada.
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Year of publication2001
Bibliographic typeJournal article