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Custom Surveys and Omnibus Surveys: What's the Difference?

They share the same goal of collecting valuable data, but they each have unique qualities that set them apart.

Custom Surveys and Omnibus Surveys: What's the Difference?

Custom and Omnibus surveys, despite sharing the overarching objective of data collection, exhibit unique characteristics that differentiate them significantly. Think of custom surveys like tailored suits – they're precisely designed for specific needs and aim to gather in-depth information on one topic. On the other hand, omnibus surveys are more like versatile tools, covering multiple subjects in a single survey. They're like casting a wide net to capture a variety of insights all at once.

In this guide, we will explore what makes these survey types different and help you decide which one is the best fit for your research needs.

What are Custom Surveys And Omnibus Surveys?

Custom surveys are like tailored suits - they are precisely designed for a client's specific needs and aims to gather in-depth information on one topic. The client commissions a custom survey to address their unique objectives and target a specific audience of their choosing. Only the client who commissioned it has access to and owns the collected data, unless they choose to share it.

In contrast, omnibus surveys are more like versatile tools. An omnibus survey covers multiple subjects in a single survey. It is a standardized recurring survey conducted regularly in a specific region or audience. The costs of data collection are shared among all participating clients. Each client fully owns only the results of their submitted omnibus survey questions, making it a more flexible option for gathering information on various topics.

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Omnibus Survey vs. Custom Survey: Which one is Better?

Before embarking on primary data collection, market research firm must evaluate whether a custom or omnibus survey best suits their goals by weighing factors like survey depth, audience specificity, and budget against the depth of understanding required. Here below is a deep dive into the differences between Omnibus Survey and Custom Survey.

Survey Specificity and Depth

Custom surveys are designed specifically for one client's unique research needs. They allow an organization to dive deep into a particular topic of interest and gather granular data tailored exactly to their objectives. By targeting a single research purpose, custom surveys can ask very focused, in-depth questions that produce highly relevant insights. This level of customization ensures the client gets information addressing their precise custom questions and hypotheses.

In contrast, omnibus surveys are intended to serve multiple clients at once. They cover a wide range of general topics that various organizations can tap into for their individual research purposes. While questions on any single topic may be more surface-level, omnibus surveys offer a versatile format to efficiently gather preliminary data on diverse issues.

Audience Specificity

Custom surveys enable clients to precisely define the target audience whose perspectives they aim to understand. By selecting survey respondents from their exact customer base, member groups, or other relevant stakeholders, clients can obtain insights directly applicable to the people their decisions will impact.

Omnibus surveys typically poll broader geographic regions or demographic segments of the general public rather than customized stakeholder groups. This allows them to efficiently capture a wide range of public viewpoints to serve many clients. While less tailored to any single client, this wide-ranging approach provides a general sense of public opinions.

Cost-Effectiveness

Developing a customized survey requires extensive time and resources for design, testing and targeted sampling. This specialized process makes per-response costs higher than omnibus alternatives. However, it ensures insights precisely meet client needs.

Standardized omnibus surveys allow costs to be spread across multiple clients. This reduces per-client expenses compared to independent studies, making omnibus studies cost-effective. While questions are broad, omnibus provides preliminary data affordably.

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