Finding the right people for your project is what we’re good at. Very good at.
THN are a great team to work with, I’ve used them over a number of years now and they are my go-to partner for high quality respondents, project managers who go out of their way to make my life easier and guidance/advice on difficult consumer recruits.
The online communities were buzzing and it has been hard to choose respondents for the next research stage... since they have all been so good!
I was very happy with how things went for this project. Tracey did a great job! This recruit was a bit out of the ordinary and it was handled really well. Tracey was also really great at keeping on top of the respondents throughout the running of the online community, we had a 100% completion rate which is fantastic. No complaints with how it went, would definitely use THN again!
Kathryn did a great job taking the brief and filling the groups without any issue. She also did a great job collecting the homework and sending it to me in a nice organised format and provided frequent and clear updates which is much appreciated.
The respondents were fantastic last night, thank you so much! Everyone at BrandHook is raving about what a fabulous job you have been doing for us!
Super recruitment again so thanks a lot for all of your efforts. It makes my job easier when we’ve got great people to chat to. The client was very impressed with the quality too.
Amazing response! I am wrapped!! And so is the client! And the host is incredibly impressed at the engagement on this project... says it is his highest ever, mind you, a very engaging subject!
Thank you! 94% recall rate, must be a new world's record!
I look forward to working with you again soon - you always make things nice and easy for me. It's wonderful passing things to you and feeling assured everything will be done to the correct specs.
Last night's group was outstanding. The clients (all 6 of them!) were very impressed with the variety of people and how articulate and on task they were.
I thought you did a good job of recruiting to spec in a short time-frame; and given we managed to get the vast majority of people to carry out their Pinterest boards too, we were very pleased.
All the work prior to Christmas went really well. As always the team were highly organised and were a pleasure to work with. The recruit was excellent even when it was so close to Christmas. Thanks again to the team, I always know the project is safe hands with them!
A HUGE thank you for last night, some really fantastic respondents & incredibly diverse group of women. Thanks so much for making last night such a great session & our lives that bit easier.
We were very happy with the recruitment – all the respondents were on spec, happy to join in and engaged. We appreciated the speed with which you recruited the groups and the professionalism of your staff.
Excellent people in terms of respondents being on spec even to the segment level, being talkative and friendly, doing pre-work, and letting us into their homes. So massive thank you there. It really contributed to the success of the project!
This project ran like clockwork and I really appreciated all the effort that went in to finding the right respondents and quickly responding to changes as they popped up. Also, thanks too for proactive communication throughout the project. The Human Network team always make me feel in the loop and up-to-date with where things are at. Love your work!
All went really well as usual thanks – clients were very happy with the ‘spot on’ participants!
I have to say, I worked with many recruitment companies in different states & regions, in terms of the level of quality and consistency, THN is the best by far! Well done!
Tracey has really represented everything we look for from recruiters. She has been completely fabulous in checking on how things are going and working with us to find solutions whenever anything arises
We are so happy with the amazing job Jacqui and Claire did recruiting so many groups, to such a high standard! We really appreciate you keeping us updated throughout the process, and for always striving for great participants, we really do notice the difference (as do our clients) and it makes our job so much easier.
I just wanted to say what a delight it has been to work with you on this project. You have been nothing short of fabulous. Every step of the way you have been there, followed up and sorted it out. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
It was very successful indeed in no small part due to your amazing recruitment. 100% amazing.
Again thanks for all your effort on the job – it was fantastic to work with you and your team… looking forward to the next one!
Thank you so much Tracey and the team at THN for always going over and above to not only recruit great respondents who are on spec and high contributors in the focus groups, but also help us pressure test our pre-tasks by actually completing the tasks yourselves by going to the store and taking pictures – we are so grateful!
We could not have been more pleased. All the respondents were great, really engaged and open in the sessions. Our client was blown away with the groups and the level of detail we were able to get. Working with Claire on this was fantastic. Such a smooth process, I was kept up to date all the way through and was made to feel confident from the start. Nothing I could improve on at all.
Tracey has been an absolute delight to work with. I know that she's completely on top of the project through her prompt, concise & professional communication and on top just a lovely person. I can't speak highly enough.
A huge thank you for all your help with the groups. Awesome job on the recruitment (particularly in Brisbane where we had a great creative bunch of brains!) All managed effortlessly by yourselves – and making our lives immensely easier.
Thanks for everything, we couldn’t have done it without you, you guys provided more than quarter of the sample from amongst 10 different suppliers!
Thanks so much for your fantastic service - it’s always great to work with you! The panelists were really cooperative and easy to work with – I don’t think there were any dramas at all. It was a long day but I believe we have gathered some very valuable data.
The project went really well overall! I always enjoy working with you guys and think the quality of your respondents are fantastic.
Overall, it was great working with THN and I really appreciated the effort and consideration that went in to recruit the right participants for our project.
20 August 2015
4 tips to ensuring top notch online community participation
We recruit (and manage) A LOT of
online communities here at The Human Network and we’ve learned some
crucial techniques over the years about how to recruit the right people for
your project and equally importantly, keep them participating from start to
Sherise is one of our
resident experts in online community recruitment and is the keeper of our
enormous checklist detailing how we go about recruiting the people who best fit
your online community brief.
While the list starts with the
obvious items such as ‘how many respondents are required?’ and ‘how much is
the incentive?’ etc etc, Sherise has kindly agreed to share four crucial points
that are often overlooked in the brief, but are absolutely essential in
ensuring great participation and completion:
#1: What is the anticipated time commitment on each day?
While it might seem simple, we
find that respondents are always concerned about how long it’s going to take
them to complete the online community so it’s important to detail this from the
outset. The time commitment should also state whether there is a certain time
of the day they need to log on etc so that they can gauge whether they can fit
the commitment into their schedule.
#2: Will respondents be required to take photos or videos?
While we assume that in this day
and age most people have access to a phone/video, this is not always the case
(or if they do, they may not know how to use them!) so it can save a lot of
mid-project trauma to ensure that respondents can provide all the required
material from the outset.
We also find that respondents
can understandably be a bit cautious about who they may need to take
photos/videos of – especially if it’s their family. Being fully briefed at the
time of recruitment about what the topics of the photos and videos may be
ensure that we don’t have someone start the online community only to drop off halfway
through because they don’t have the capability or interest in providing this
#3: What will the process be if respondents experience any technical
The first truth of online
communities is that there will always be technical difficulties (whether
they be yours or the participant’s!) Therefore, it’s essential to provide
respondents with a contact person or troubleshooting checklist so that if they
run into any difficulties, they can be addressed quickly to ensure that the
project keeps progressing. Respondents tend to drop off quickly if their
technical difficulties are not being dealt with in a timely manner.
#4: Provide a draft discussion guide or an outline of exactly what respondents
will be asked to do.
Often we will be asked by
potential respondents about the type of questions or activities that they may
be asked to do. We find that it’s very useful to be able to talk through with
them the type of questions that may be asked and also for us to identify any requests
that may be problematic. Being able to discuss tricky issues at the beginning
means that respondents are better prepared for them and willing to participate
with every requirement. I particularly discuss creative tasks like collages and
any tasks that involve them leaving home – eg a store visit, photo and video
So these are our four ‘often
overlooked’ project points that will facilitate not only excellent recruitment, but
high levels of project completion. But of course there are more – so if you’re
interested in discussing online communities with us, please get in