Part 5: Engagement

How to Maintain a Culture of Insights Sharing

Rolling out an insights engine may require changes to existing processes, team structures, and behaviors, as well as the introduction of new technology. In other words, it involves a whole lot of change. And while change can lead to innovation, increased productivity, and business growth, it can also come with uncertainty.

Here are a few best practices to keep in mind.

Make Insights Sharing as Easy as Possible Packaging insights for stakeholder consumption can require a lot of work, from synthesizing data across different sources to distilling the results to key takeaways that stakeholders can easily digest. While this work requires human input, technology can take on some of the heavy lifting, making it as easy (and repeatable) as possible for insights team members to share their knowledge. For example, you might adopt an insights management platform that automatically generates summaries of PDFs or other text-based documents to save team members from having to manually craft a summary for every report.

Keep Promoting Desired Behaviors It can take a while for people to establish new routines, and some of your team members or stakeholders may initially revert back to old behaviors after you launch your insights engine. When you see this happen, model and encourage the new desired behavior. For example, if a stakeholder sends you an email asking a research question, you could send them a link to a document answering their question in your insights management platform, or encourage them to post the question in the platform if it doesn’t have a documented answer.

Educate Stakeholders on Market Research with Self-Serve Resources In addition to sharing finalized research reports and insights, give your stakeholders an opportunity to learn more about what you’re working on. Consider sharing educational resources on different research methodologies, data sources, tools your insights function uses, and so on. Encourage stakeholders to ask questions in your insights management platform (and make sure your team answers them in a timely manner) so your organization’s collective intelligence continues to grow.

Offer Ongoing Training on Data-Driven Decision-Making According to research from Deloitte, more than two-thirds of business decision-makers express discomfort accessing or using data. Help your stakeholders overcome this discomfort by offering regular training sessions on using data and insights in decision-making. Between training sessions and self-serve resources, stakeholders should feel better equipped (and more empowered) to leverage your insights function’s findings.

Next: How to Make Insights Actionable for Stakeholders

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