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Forum topic by Mark A. DeCou posted 02-13-2012 08:32 PM 1450 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mark A. DeCou

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02-13-2012 08:32 PM

Topic tags/keywords: buying power tool online survey marketing tools depaul university study woodworking wood

Hey Lumberjocks, here is an online survey for a group of Marketing Students at DePaul University.

I don’t know much about DePaul University, nor where the school is, but I do know that I don’t like them since they beat my Kansas State Wildcats in a BIG basketball tourney some years ago (NIT). I don’t now remember the details, but I do remember that I don’t like DePaul, nor Butler, Gonzaga, Marquette, Louisville, Wisconsin, Houston, UNLV, Syracuse, and a rather long list of other teams that have put my Wildcats out of a Big tourney (NCAA & NIT) over the years, sometimes more than once.

But, I decided to push down my internal feelings of despair to help the Marketing Students at DePaul.

The students are doing some sort of project and they created an online survey to get woodworker’s input on how to market tools to US. One of the students contacted me after reading my Blog here on Lumberjocks, asking me to participate in their survey, and to promote the surveys so they could get 100 respondents by their deadline. She was pleasant in her email and has a cute sounding name, so I decided to try out the survey. Magazine Publishers couldn’t get me to do it, but a nice sounding college girl could get me to take a survey on selling Power Tools to woodworkers.

What better place to get marketing information from real woodworkers, other than Lumberjocks? Nowhere I say, so I decided to post this in the Forum, in the hopes that we can find enough responders to help the students finish their project.

If you want to help them out, take the surveys before 2-19-2012.

Here are the links to the two surveys:

Survey 1:
Survey 2:

If it helps to motivate you to take the survey, they are giving a $100 gift to one random survey taker. I never win anything, but if you want to reduce my chances of winning the gift, you should participate. Now, see, that ought to motivate you…..keep Mark from winning something.

that’s it, thanks for reading, and for helping the students.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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7245 posts in 3594 days

#1 posted 02-13-2012 08:54 PM

Already done… they contacted me as well… I think it is great…give up a few minutes of your time.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 02-13-2012 09:11 PM

Hehe, I’m not currently spending over 10 hours a month woodworking (I wish I could!) so I am apparently not eligible to take the survey.

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Mark A. DeCou

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#3 posted 02-13-2012 09:15 PM

You could just say “yes”, gives me less of a chance of winning the $100 prize.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#4 posted 02-13-2012 10:46 PM

Just got done with both surveys.
Thanks in advance for the tip.
I’m going to win the gift card.

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Tyrone D

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#5 posted 02-13-2012 11:28 PM

That communication methods section was a killer. The rest was fine.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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#6 posted 02-13-2012 11:31 PM

Sorry guys, I already won this thing. They just don’t know it yet.

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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Mark A. DeCou

2009 posts in 4645 days

#7 posted 02-14-2012 01:26 PM

I figured that I don’t do anything else as a hobby, so my work is my hobby and clicked “yes”.
And, sometimes the pay is about as a good as a hobby, or less.


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#8 posted 02-14-2012 01:48 PM

Isn’t DePaul at Chicago? I thought I saw it when visiting U of Chicago and North Western.
Mark, you are one big Cat for not holding a grudge. I will also forgive you for being a CAT.

Go Mizzou!

I’ll check out survey.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#9 posted 02-14-2012 02:03 PM

Finished both parts. If they’re listening, suggestions to improve the survey:
If you choose to enter in the Other field, it won’t accept it. You have to choose a button. Include an “Other” button.
All of the south is grouped together. Suggest at least including the southeast as an option.
For televison stations they don’t include CBS. Aren’t any of us geeks wo like to watch Big Bang Theory also woodworking geeks?
Interesting survey, though. Makes you stop to think about why you buy what you buy.

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#10 posted 02-14-2012 02:06 PM

Yes, there are some glitches. Typical student projects. I have seen professionally done one that are a lot worse. Overall it seems to be well done.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#11 posted 02-14-2012 08:34 PM

already took it also. hope someone we know, wins. good luck to all who does it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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