What Are IDIs? Explaining In-depth Interviews in Market Research

Posted by Philomath Research on October 21st, 2022

IDIs is a complicated and often tedious task. We’re huge fans of gathering all the relevant data possible for analysis, as well as doing in-depth qualitative analyses of your customers and business partners. Knowing where (geographically) your target audience resides, along with viewing their online interactions with products like yours, is a great way to get an idea of what will work with them when it comes time to launch. Monitoring social media posts and community forums can help you understand how they feel about certain issues or products, which should provide valuable insight into how you should approach the product marketing strategies behind your own.

If you’re going to have a successful business, it’s incredibly important to make sure you know what others think of your brand. By using in-depth interviews, also known as IDIs, an interviewer can collect and dig up both hard data like statistics and more subtle impressions about how consumers feel about the products or services being offered.

An in-depth interview is necessary in this situation. Interviews conducted in person, also known as IDIs, provide an interviewer or moderator the opportunity to get both hard facts and more subtle impressions from an interviewee. In this post, you will receive a high-level overview of IDIs and how they can help businesses better understand how their brand is perceived by the public.

What are in-depth interviews?

A group interview is when multiple people get together to discuss a particular topic. Sometimes it’s with other employees, friends, or family members. Sometimes it’s with a group of people who all use the same brand or product. These kinds of user interviews are called focus groups, and they are often hosted by industry experts and may be more formal than other kinds of interviews. Focus groups can bring up many different perspectives that might not have been considered before. Having a moderator helps to organize the discussion in the room, moving from one person’s thoughts to another seamlessly so that we avoid having too many voices at once attempting to be heard all at once. Implementing these kinds of strategies into your research will help you get more data, but also better-quality feedback!

Besides survey research, in-depth interviews (IDIs) remain the most frequently used form of marketing research. Why? Because they are the most reliable source of information about your customers. They provide you with up-close and personal insights into how your brand is being perceived and what it’s consumers may want to see changed or improved in your product line or related services/offers. If you can create a relaxed atmosphere for your interviewees so that they feel comfortable enough to be themselves and let their guard down, the chances are better that they’ll give honest answers rather than trying to appear more knowledgeable than they actually are on a given topic. Such an atmosphere requires two things – trust and rapport. IDIs offer hyper valuable qualitative consumer insights into how your business is viewed and these insights can help inform or change your advertising campaigns for the better!

What makes IDIs unique?

Information can be gathered in detail through in-depth interviews

An in-depth interview is perhaps the most effective way of getting a unique understanding of the individual positioned across from you during the conversation. If this is regarded as an interaction with somebody who has concerns which have been identified, the interviewer can continue to ask questions about this topic to obtain more insights into how this business operates and thus build a greater relationship as we go on. At any given moment then, highly trained interviewers will be reviewing the body language, word choice etc. being displayed from each party to build up a better picture of what motivates them and where there might be more work required before we can make our beloved product a reality for both parties.

An in-depth interview provides a greater return on investment

Marketing today is largely focused on sheer volume, as we mentioned in the introduction. What is the maximum number of data points we can include in this analysis report? An in-depth interview with a business follows the opposite path. In IDIs, fewer subjects are collected, but the data is of higher quality. Quantitative and qualitative research should be considered as part of a strong marketing strategy. It’s difficult to beat IDIs when it comes to qualitative research.

With business becoming increasingly impersonal, IDIs add a personal touch

Having an opportunity to participate in an in-depth interview is something that many businesses and consumer groups appreciate. Your customers can express their blessings, dislikes, and concerns about your brand or product by completing this survey. It’s important to note that IDIs can be both serious and informal. It is possible to obtain powerful insights in a one-on-one interview if you create a sense of comfort

Benefits of IDIs

It is useful when recruiting difficult candidates

When looking to hire a hard-to-reach candidate, setting up an in-depth interview is far better than setting up a focus group because you’re only talking to one person. In-depth interviews also offer private setting where it’s easy for candidates to talk candidly about both their personal and professional experiences.

Improved Relationships

One-on-one interviews can be incredibly relaxing for the subject being interviewed. One questioner, who is fully present, sounds and looks like a friend; it creates a relaxing environment which on the outside may appear to foster more meaningful interactions.

Lesser Distractions

It’s not uncommon to come across an individual or group who talk over others in meetings or who try to take control of a project. This can be easily managed, although it does influence other members of the meeting or team. IDIs serve as a neutral third-party during discussions, allowing for all important information to come out without any outside distractions.

Cheaper and quicker

IDIs are usually quicker, less expensive, and much more cost-effective than traditional focus groups. Special facilities are unnecessary as IDIs can take place almost anywhere and this is also much easier for the researchers to customize based on their purpose. As well as requiring fewer participants, scheduling is also flexible which makes it easier to gain participation commitments – meaning greater numbers of people indicates a broader cross-section of demographics. There will be a smaller incentive payment per participant needed because the research team are not obligated to pay fixed costs per individual like they would in a traditional focus group.

Faster Adaptations

When designing a new product, researchers can identify changes that can be made to the design very quickly through initial interviews due to the client or user giving feedback about an aspect of their experience during an actual use of it. This can help the company save resources by not adding too much detail in some areas of the new product’s design and focus more on what really needs to be changed instead of working on improving every detail no matter how small and insignificant it might seem.

In-depth interviews can be a great way to get a good look at how your target market or audience thinks and feels about the products or services offered. IDIs are a great way to get the information you want about the various products or services your company offers. If you’re considering running an in-depth interview, we at Philomath Research would be glad to help!

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