Automated persuasion is the Holy Grail of quantitatively biased data base designers. However, data base histories are, at best, probabilistic estimates of customer behavior and do not make use of more sophisticated qualitative motivational profiling tools. While usually absent from web designer thinking, qualitative motivational profiling can be integrated into data base designs. However, qualitative profiling would require that designers add to their repertoire a set of qualitative motivational profiling tools. Clearly the quantitative or qualitative tool must fit the task. This contemporary confusion is corrected by separating the marketing and market research tools into quantitative or qualitative applications according to the proper roles they play and the tasks they must engage.
Motivational Profiling, Data Warehousing, Database Mining, Content Analysis, Data Base Design, Marketing Strategy, Qualitative Market Research, Quantitative Market Research, Customer Behavior, and Micro-Demographics
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Yeager, J. (2005). Databases Don’t Measure Motivation. The Qualitative Report, 10(1), 163-177. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol10/iss1/9