It has never been so important for brands to write clearly and effectively to their customers, yet the techniques most research agencies use to test written communications have not kept up with the times.
Many clients still use focus groups, because that is how they have always tested advertising.
I love focus groups, but here are three reasons why we need to test written communications such as brochures, websites and correspondence individually, not in groups.
One of the things we like to do most is to help organisations communicate clearly. So we do a lot of testing of organisational communications of various kinds such as disclosure documents, fact sheets, labels and the like. We always advise our clients that 'understanding' involves more than just understanding the words. This paper on nutrition claims supports our view. Based on our insights and supported by the evidence in the study described in the paper, here are three tips for testing labels, fact sheets and claims.