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By Noel Medina - August 24,2015. Posted in: Random Musings

Modern Day Life in Cuba

There’s a lot of Russian-inspired architecture and a lot of home appliances (e.g. refrigerators) from Russia in Cuba as well. Still to this day, Cubans even say that “there’s nothing like a Russian home appliance” because they still work just as good, if not better than modern-day appliances. Read more…

By Emily Schuttlefield - August 18,2015. Posted in: Random Musings

There are big changes happening amongst the Cuban and U.S. governments – they are once again communicating. There is now more freedom for Cuban Americans living in the U.S to travel back and forth between the two countries. In May, for the first time since the 1959 Cuban Revolution, ferries for trade and travel were approved, marking a possible turning point in Cuban-American relations. Read more…

By Emily Schuttlefield - August 17,2015. Posted in: Random Musings

Noel Medina, age 24, was born in Camaguey, Cuba. He left the country with his mother when he was 8 years old because his mother won the immigration lottery. Only 20,000 Cubans per year are selected to have the chance to win this lottery, and only some of them actually have the means to afford the opportunity to travel to the U.S. When Noel and his mom came to the U.S., he had a distant cousin in Iowa who helped them get started. He has been living in the U.S. ever since. Read more…

By Garrett McGuire - July 14,2015. Posted in: Market Research, Methodology

Andrea Joss, Quester’s Vice President of Research, wrote a blog post last year about the company’s stance on hybrid research. To summarize her main point, Quester is not to be viewed as the “marriage” of qualitative and quantitative research, but rather the “love child” of the two methods – a linguistic nuance that you’ve come to expect from a language company like Quester. Read more…

By Lauren Corbeill & Patricia Huddleston - May 12,2015. Posted in: Market Research

What started as a deep-dive in to the grocery shopping habits of male college students at Michigan State University became an opportunity to further validate a technology that Quester, a market research firm in Des Moines, has been using for more than ten years–a software-based moderator, backed by artificial intelligence. Read more…